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My Lashkaraa Review!

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Image source: http://www.Lashkaraa.com


The latest and greatest in online shopping for South Asian clothes?!

This is gonna be a long one, grab a cup of chai or coffee and get comfy.

Check out the video if you don’t feel like reading:

If you haven’t heard of Lashkaraa, you probably will, very soon. Why? They’re doing a great job marketing their clothes – they’ve got some big named bloggers rocking their chic outfits. If you’ve read my most recent blog about my stash of Indian clothes, you already know that I’m hesitant to order clothes online because 1) the material is usually hit or miss. 2) The customer service is lacking. 3) The fit isn’t the best. And if you’ve read Mindy Kaling’s novel “Why Not Me?” you already know… FIT. IS. EVERYTHING.

 I decided to order a couple of things from Lashkaraa to see if the hype was real. Their outfits looked amazing on all of the bloggers and though I know things always look better on models/YouTube stars – I wanted to provide an honest, unbiased, unaffiliated, unsponsored review of the site that provides some of the most stylish South Asian clothes on the market! Read on to see what I found!

WEBSITE
The first thing I noticed was that Lashkaraa’s website is very user friendly. If you’ve perused any other South Asian clothing site you’ll know that they’re often hard to navigate and things aren’t sorted in the most logical fashion. Lashkaraa’s site is well organized and it’s easy to find an outfit by type/event. Lashkaraa: +1.

RESEARCH
Before jumping the gun and buying a bunch of cute outfits I wanted to do a decent amount of research. I looked for reviews online and I saw that site jabber had mixed reviews. That’s when I saw something odd – there were two 5 star reviews, by two different users, on two different days with the same exact review. If you don’t know what this implies – it just means that a bot may have, at some point (in early 2016), left fake reviews to boost their overall rating. RED FLAG. Lashkaraa: -1.

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Image source: https://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/lashkaraa.com?page=2#reviews

I tried to find YouTube reviews that weren’t sponsored/affiliated with Lashkaraa because I actually love the idea of seeing how the material looks and moves on real people… plus it’s really easy to read how the person feels about the outfits when they’re talking about them – there weren’t many videos. This is part of the reason I decided to do this post. Sure, beauty bloggers and instagrammers with large followings may receive this stuff in exchange for an honest review but it’s hard to hate something you may or may not have gotten for free, ya feel me? I found KeepingUpWithAnisa’s video where she showed some of the outfits she got from Lashkaraa, including a customized replica of the Roshini Daswani Kewalram “Princess Jasmine” lengha. (She was DYF’s Dubai bride that had 9 different looks). Anisa disclosed she wasn’t sponsored by Lashkaraa, she came across as genuine, and her outfits came out GORGEOUS. (If you haven’t heard of her, do yourself a favor and check her out on YouTube. Her makeup always be on pointtttt.) The best part about it? She mentioned that the Lashkaraa team was always in touch with her/consulting her about the progress of her dress. Good customer service? Sold. I have since noticed that Lashkaraa has been posting more pics of their real-life customers wearing their clothes rather than models… LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.  Lashkaraa: +1.

 

MY ORDER AND THE COST
I ended up ordering two outfits from Lashkaraa. I didn’t order stitching for the blouse pieces as my in-laws were going to India and my tailor in India is THE BEST. Seriously, my husband didn’t have my measurements and simply showed him a pic of me… I kid you not the dude sewed a blouse based on a pic and it fit PERFECTLY. Anyway, I digress, see below:
Cream satin saree with the stitching for the fall.
Saree: $95.00
Fall Stitching: $2.00
Light pink and white embroidered lehenga – unstitched.
Lehenga: $105.00
There are constantly sales, so keep an eye out for discount codes! I found a Black Friday discount code and saved $50.00.
Shipping: $15.00
Total: $167.00 …about $80.00 for each outfit. NOT BAD. Lashkaraa: +1
The average cost of my outfits in India: $125-$190 with stitching, so that’s saving up to $90/outfit once factoring in stitching costs!

 

 

SHIPPING
Here’s where things get a little messy. My order was placed 11/22/2017. I received the shipment on 01/20/2018. Most people that reviewed Lashkaraa mentioned that they got their order within 2-3 weeks. Long story short: I was told that my items weren’t ready or there was an issue, week after week. If you want the detailed account read on, otherwise feel free to skip this section:

Emailed Lashkaraa 12/18/2017 – about 4 weeks after I placed my order, they responded 12/19/2017 and explained that couture products take 3-4 weeks. (but it had already been almost four weeks at this point so like, …whut?)

Emailed Lashkaraa, again 12/28/2017 – about 5 weeks after my order. I got a response 12/29/2017 informing me that the items will be dispatched next week.

Next week came and went and I didn’t receive notification of shipment so, again, I emailed them on 1/8/2018 – it had been 6 weeks since the initial order. I got a response 1/9/2018 explaining there was an error in the embroidery. And the items would dispatch over the weekend. Theoretically, this would have been 01/13/2018.

The weekend passed and I still had not received confirmation of shipment. So yet again, I found myself emailing Lashkaraa on 01/15/2018 – it had now been 7 weeks since my original order. I kindly asked them to cancel my order and provide a
refund as my in-laws were leaving for India in a couple of weeks and I would not be able to get the items to them in time for them to be stitched, thus, deeming this whole experiment fruitless… Like clockwork I got a response on  01/16/2018  saying my items had dispatched.  I also received shipment information on that day.

I received my items on 01/20/2018. Almost 8 weeks after order. This contrasts greatly with Anisa’s experience and the reviews I read online.  Lashkaraa: -1.

OUTFITS
So I guess this is the most important part and what everyone is most interested in- the actual outfits.
The saree: The satin saree is BEAUTIFUL. The reason I was immediately drawn to it was it’s simplicity. It’s just an all-white, satin saree. If you know me, you know I LOVE Sonam Kapoor’s style and this outfit just screamed Sonam Kapoor. The simplistic saree paired with the net/beaded blouse wonderfully contrasts old-bollywood style with new-bollywood style. I’m all about it. The beading on the blouse was beautiful, as well. The only real issue (I wouldn’t even call it an issue) is that the blouse lining was more of an ivory whereas the saree was more of a bright white. Honestly, this really doesn’t bother me much. I’m 5’7 and I’d probably have to wear conservative heels or flats with this saree after tucking, so if you’re taller than me, keep that in mind.
The lehenga: My biggest fear ordering this lehenga was whether or not Lashkaraa would provide a liner for the white lehenga. They did. The skirt wasn’t see through! HALLELUJAH. The embroidery featured on the skirt isn’t embroidered directly on the skirt but rather is patchwork. It’s done really tastefully and given the price, I don’t mind. The net (this is usually a big point of contention for me) on the blouse and dupatta is a little stiff but nowhere near as bad as some of the stuff I’ve received in the past.
Lashkaraa: +1.

THE VERDICT
Would I recommend that you order from Lashkaraa? Reemskii rating: 4/6 stars.
I know, I know, out of 6 is a weird rating but that’s just how the cookie crumbled.

ABSOLUTELY! …just not for a specific event, unless you’re ordering at least a few months in advance.  Keep in mind that I didn’t even get my outfits custom-stitched. I just ordered the material and it still took 2 months for me to get it. My in-laws will now get that material stitched in India. I believe Anisa’s custom-made Princess Jasmine outfit took 3 months from order to delivery (I may be wrong). I would be mindful of the order times and discrepancies in customer experiences before ordering.
While I really want to believe that everything that was corresponded to me via email is the truth and that this was just an isolated event I, unfortunately, can’t vouch for that. I will say, however, that Lashkaraa’s customer service team never ghosted me. Every week that I emailed them I had a response within 24 hours. I was never left unanswered for whatever that’s worth.
The clothes were decently priced, they were beautifully made and as long as you’re not in a rush, I don’t see why you wouldn’t order from Lashkaraa!

PS: If you’re part of Lashkaraa’s team, I’d love to discuss this review with you further to help improve the customer experience. If you’re a viewer or reader who found this helpful and would like to see more content like this, leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you.

18 thoughts on “My Lashkaraa Review!”

  1. thanks so much for sharing ur experience. defs gonna give them a try. plz do share more of ur online shopping experiences. its so hard to find a reliable source of quality clothing online.

    1. Hi Zafri, I’m glad this helped! Let me know if you’d like a review on a particular site and I’ll try and get one up. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing a honest review. I’ve been curious about them after seeing so many bloggers posts. The review was very detailed which is exactly what I needed.

    Thanks!

  3. I hated purchasing from Lashkaraa.com and regretting it big time. It’s been 2 months and I don’t have any shipments. Their customer service is super poor. I would not recommend buying from them. Right now I am fighting for a dispute with my bank.

    1. Hi Tamanna,
      Oh no, I’m so sorry you’ve had such a hard time with them. They’ve definitely got to figure out their shipping situation. I also did not receive my shipment until almost 8 weeks after ordering. I hope it all worked out!
      -Reema

  4. Hi my experience with Lahkaraa was the same. I agree that they have done a great job marketing and managing their Instagram account. There are no helpful comments on Instagram, because they immediately delete any negative comments. I tested this three times and all real concerns were deleted.
    The clothes are fine, but the customer service and delivery is NOT! I was very disappointed. I to have a full account from date of order to date of delivery on Ready to Ship (15 days) items and they have never arrived on time.
    The entire point system and discounts are worthless. The customer support is not supportive.
    I would have been happy to be a loyal customer but very disappointed.

    1. Hi Maureen,

      Sorry for the delay in response (I haven’t checked this little old blog of mine in some time), I feel ya! Overall, the customer service team was responsive to my emails, they always responded within 24 hours. However, I almost felt like they were bread-crumbing me with excuses. The team did reach out regarding my post and I did provide some feedback that I hope will help customers abroad feel a little more comfortable ordering items from them. Hopefully more honest reviews from customers like you and I will make an impact! 😉

      -Reema

  5. Loved your post! It was very helpful. There aren’t many reviews on Indian outfit websites.

    Can you please do a review on Kalkifashion?

    My budget is small for my wedding and I am trying to figure out if I should get my bride lehenga from Lashkaraa.

    1. Hi Meghna,

      Firstly, congrats on the wedding, how exciting! Sorry for the delay in response and i’m so happy this helped you! Of course, I’ll look into Kalkifashion 🙂
      For bridal outfits, I’d definitely recommend seeing the items in person rather than shopping online. It’s a big day and you’d definitely want to feel and try the outfits to ensure they’re exactly what you want for your big day! I totally understand that may not always be possible… I would highly recommend that you check out G3 fashion and Asopalav online for reasonably priced bridal lehengas. 😉

      Let me know if I can help in any other way and best of luck with the wedding!
      -Reema

  6. Hi Reema,
    Your detailed review was really helpful. I was particularly interested in the blouse for the creamy satin saree. Unfortunately that saree isn’t available anymore. Did the blouse come out well for you? I’m wondering if that’s something that I can have made easily.
    Thanks,
    Harshi

    1. Hi Harshi,
      I’m so glad you found this helpful! The blouse is stunning, it’s probably my favorite thing about the entire order. It turned out so nice that I’m actually wearing the sari at a family wedding this summer. 🙂 I would reach out to Lashkaraa (or any tailor that you may already know) and see what they can do for you!
      -Reema

      1. Thanks so much for the prompt reply! Would it be at all possible for you to share pictures of the details of the blouse?

    2. Hi Harshi,
      No problem! Your comment actually prompted me to login to my blog which I have been neglecting for far too long. I answered a bunch of questions thanks to you! I can share details of the blouse tonight on instagram if you’d like to take a peek there. I’m @reemskii.
      -Reema

      1. I’m actually getting married in Baltimore in September and I’m interested in the satin top for one of the wedding looks! It’s a struggle to find a tailor who might be able to make it though (do you happen to know anyone in the Baltimore/DC/Philly area?) so any additional details are great. I wish I was able to just buy it or try it on and see whether it’s the right style for me!

      2. Hi I posted it in my story for ya with pics. Unfortunately, I get most of my blouses and outfits tailored in India, but I left a few tips and tricks on how to make the most of your blouse 😉 hope that helps!

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