Customizable Dresses for Awkward Bodies Like Mine
remember when i went to portland fashion week and had no idea about fashion? this is still true.
part of my struggle with fashion is that i’m kind of a giant. you may not realize this in my photos on the blog, but i’m actually 5’9, with the hubs being 6’4! if and when we have children, they too shall be giants. i know that’s not crazy tall because i have lady friends who are 6 feet tall and they have an even harder time but still, there are some legs and torsos happening over here.
here we are towering over some of our toastmaster leadership friends at the international convention in ohio two years ago!
anyways, it can be hard for me to find pants long enough or skirts and dresses that don’t fall awkwardly on my legs. i also have the wingspan of an eagle so long-sleeved things often expose my wrists and that is just indecent. oh, and michael phelps and i have similar shoulders.
here’s another little fact about my body…i’ve basically had ‘child-bearing hips’ since i was 14 and went through puberty (though i’m still waiting for my chest to develop) and a smaller waist. when i buy dresses, i usually have to get them tailored to either be let out in the hips or taken in around my middle. i know, first world problems.
however, i found a new to me clothing company through another blogger (thanks amanda!) and i present to you eShakti, a completely customizable clothing store with sizes from 0-36 so all women can find and wear cute things!
it was sort of like they read my mind because not more than 2 weeks after finding this and clicking around on their website, they invited me to try out a dress for myself!
what i love about them is that they have a TON of different unique patterns to choose from as well as more toned-down options of clothing too. even cooler, you can actually create a fully custom dress!
you can even change the sleeves on your dress to none or a full sleeve. because i know nothing about clothes, this also educated me and i found i really like ‘capsleeve’ things and really dislike ‘bracelet length’ –back to indecent wrist exposure.
you definitely need your husband or partner or someone more than a stranger (unless it’s a tailor) to help you if you decide to do a custom measurement.
they have a really handy tool to use that explains quite clearly how to take an appropriate measurement
my husband was more than pleased to help with the measurements for my dress and offered to do this daily if necessary. he’s a kind gentleman.
the only tricky thing is deciding what dress to settle on because they have more choices than the breakfast aisle at costco. i opted for a dress that i might not normally pick out my own to attempt to expand my fashion-sense and it just arrived! i have some other dresses queued up as potential christmas presents or when i just need a new dress because sometimes i can be girly. i looove it!
when i put this on my husband said “you look like the ‘new girl’ girl!!!!’
after i corrected him and said “you mean, i look like the ‘new girl’ woman,” i couldn’t help but agree and then channel her for my attempt at fashion blog modeling.
that’s right…my hand is in a POCKET, which i love because this is where i can store snacks and my phone.
i might be ghostly from the flash in the below photo but i had to include it because we raaaan so i could jump on a bench and take this photo with the portland cruise boat in the shot.
i also shortened the length of this dress via the customization feature because who doesn’t want to show off their knees, right?! the dress fits great in all the areas but we must have measured slightly incorrectly in my shoulder width because it’s a bit tight up there (and i’m a sloucher so i may have been slouching when the hubs was measuring). measure standing up straight and do it a few times to make sure it’s correct. it’s still wearable, just a bit snug.
our pup sugar got to come along for the fashion shoot and i will let you know right now that this dress is dog friendly and approved. she is totally smiling for the camera too-look close!
as we were walking and my husband was taking photos of me, a nice older couple visiting from new york offered to take a family shot for us! isn’t that the sweetest and nicest? we sure thought so.
the paranoid part of my brain thinks twice about handing an expensive camera over to strangers but i figured i could outrun them.
eShakti is offering a special 10% discount to new wifestyle readers by entering “thenewwifestyle” AND you can even use this with their normal offer of $25 off your first order after you register with them! this offer is good until 11/7/14 so jump on it!
a few things about this special code of ‘thenewwifestyle’
- code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box. it is not case-sensitive.
- code can be used any number of times until the validity period!
- it can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
- this discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.
- not applicable on previous purchases.
most people usually have parts of their body that are awkward so it’s important to find clothing that is comfortable and you feel confident in. even though i talked about how my body is a little awkward compared to the normal ‘sizing’ things in clothes, i am grateful that it functions the way it’s supposed to. overall, i feel more comfortable in my skin than many other points in my life so yay for self-acceptance and love!
i am in colorado for a long weekend and while i love it, the weather needs to stop raining because i came here for the 300+ days of sunshine and currently it’s spitting from the sky. however, it’s still friday, i’m still in colorado and i get to spend time with my parents and soul friend so yay!
1) how tall are you?
2) do you find it hard to find clothes for your body type?
3) self-love time! what’s your favorite part of your physical body? (i like my legs and my teeth)