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Dia & Co Plus Size May 2022 Review

Nicole Rieder
ByNicole RiederMay 13, 2022 | 8 comments

Dia & Co
2.4 overall rating
78 Ratings | 27 Reviews

Dia & Co is a monthly plus-size clothing subscription box that is personally curated for you by a Dia stylist. Upon enrolling with Dia & Co, I filled out an extensive survey asking me about my clothing size/weight/height, price range, and also my style likes, and dislikes. Every month my stylist selects five items that could be clothes or accessories to try out. If I like them, I have the option of buying them. There is a $20 per month service fee, but the fee can be applied to any purchases I opt to make. A 25% discount is applied if I chose to keep all five items too!

The items in my box are chosen personally for me dependent and reflective of my style and price preference, so the package you receive from Dia & Co may be entirely different than mine!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes).

First Impressions

That Dia & Co envelope I look forward to seeing every month now comes as a sleeve.

Enclosed is an awesome message from my stylist this month, Leah! I selected one out of the six items this month. This comes with a lovely personalized note from Leah-- I love that she let me know she likes to make candles and has two fur babies! The note also encourages me to shop via the Dia & Co shop as well!

There's also an invoice that has a detailed list of the brand, name, color, size, and price of each item we selected along with the grand total after the styling fee and 25% off (if I opt to keep all five items) is applied. Not all of the prices aren't listed, so this form is a bit inaccurate. The total would be $415.23. After the $20 styling fee and 25% is applied my balance for the entire box would be $296.43! The savings would be $118.81 if I did decide to keep everything! That would be like getting either the Jenny Plus Size Convertible dress for free  -- that's pretty fantastic!

Now for the fashions!

Jenny Convertible Dress by Coldesina, Size 2x-- Listed Value $118

 

I feel like I did a disservice to you all because as soon as I looked up the info for this dress, I realized that it can be worn with the one draping sleeve across the chest. You live and you learn, eh? This dress is a remnant of winter styles. Our spring here has been all over the place with some days in the 70s and 80s, only for it to take a sharp decline into the 40s and 50s. Though this is a style I would save for the winter, especially the holiday party season, I will still model it for yinz! There are a few issues I have with this dress. First is that I was sent a 2x. These days, my body has changed drastically during the pandemic, and I range between a 2x and 3x in dresses and bottoms are a 22, but mainly a 24 or a solid 3x. Trying to get into this dress was no small feat. If I had my Fitbit on while getting into this, it might have registered me as going for a swim or doing aerobics. Once I finally got into the piece, I literally had to take a moment to breathe and wipe some sweat off of my forehead. That weird slumber cap/wizard sleeve makes it even more awkward and frustrating of a task. The dress is elegant and I absolutely adore the rich velvet material, but I am ultimately not a fan. I did simple styling and paired this piece with MCLC Balancing Act mules. I think this would have looked far more sensational and glamorous had I worn the dress with some silver open-toed platforms or even ankle booties. Add a pair of fishnets and you are set!

Amelia Flutter Sleeve V-Neck Top by CeCe, Size 2x-- Listed Value $52

 

Leah picked me this lovely vintage-inspired blouse. I love the shade of red and the beautiful floral pattern. I decided after trying this top on to change the sizing on my profile on the Dia & Co site-- it is too snug! The material is a sheer, thinner fabric with not one iota of stretch. I felt somewhat claustrophobic wearing this piece; I was stuffed in and afraid to make any sudden movements in fear of ripping this beauty. Fit aside, I think had I received the 3x this would be a staple in my wardrobe. It looks adorable with jeans, but imagine how precious this would look with a black curve hugging pencil skirt and platform heels. In the fall this would look great with a faux leather biker jacket, mini skirt, tights and ankle booties.

Nicolette Stretch Skinny Jean by Meri Skye, Size 22 — Listed Value $65

 

I definitely could have used a size 24 in these pants because--- WOW, these were tight! The jeans have ample stretch; I honestly was shocked I managed to get into them! I do love the skinny leg style on these and absolutely love the cut and the high waist. I opted to style the jeans with the Amelia Flutter Sleeve blouse and my new favorite jellies from Torrid!

Arwen Plus Size Pleated Polka Dot Maxi Dress by Chetta B, Size 20— Listed Value $65, On Sale for $49

 

This dress might be my favorite item selected for me by my stylist this month! Chetta B is not new to me; my summer dress review last year featured another adorable polka dot maxi by the brand! I am a little sad though, because I was sent a size 20 in this piece, but I definitely could have stood to get the 22 in this dress. The fit is a wee bit snug on my chest. So tight, I think I flattened some of the pleating! Aside from my ample bosom, this dress is fantastic. I love the long sleeves, it gives it a bit of a vintage inspired feel. I wanted to bring some fun quirkiness to this number, so I paired it with the previously mentioned Torrid jellies and some Chairry from Pee Wee's Playhouse acrylic earrings from one of my favorite makers, The Purple Banana Shop! This would look great in cooler months with a faux fur coat, boots, oversized round glasses, and a large brimmed hat for optimum Stevie Nicks vibes.

Sienna Faux Fur Zebra Print Jacket by East Adeline, Size 2x — Listed Value $79

 

If yinz frequent my reviews, you might be doing a double take! In one of my winter Dia & Co reviews, I reviewed the Meg Coat by East Adeline. Similar cut and style, but this one is a leopard print and the Meg style is a tan zebra/tiger variety. I do love this coat, but sadly my stylist sent it to me in the 2x rather than the 3x. I could get it on, but it isn't as comfortable as the Meg coat, for sure. I know it is a bit late to be receiving a coat, but honestly our weather has been so scatterbrained that I have had to bust out my coats, sweaters, and sweat shirts still. I for one just want it to be in the seventies if not higher-- your girl is ready to be swimming up a storm! This coat, even though seasonally and fit wise is not the best suited, is still fantastic. I love animal print and consider leopard print to be a neutral. It looks phenomenal paired with the polka dot Chetta B dress and will add a touch of sass and flair to every outfit. This is a staple piece in cooler weather paired with your favorite band shirt, mini skirt, and boots or a fancy cocktail dress and heels for a special occasion. It will make a casual ensemble like a button down, jeans, and sneakers look rebelious and wild! Trust me, one cannot have enough faux leopard fur coats in their wardrobe!

Jordan Pinafore Dress by Loralette, Size 22/24 — Listed Value $46.23

 

This month, Dia & Co sent me SIX items to try and this is the one that I selected myself. I have a similar pinafore, but when I saw this one in my current size-- I had to give it a whirl! I am certainly glad that I did! The stretch denim makes this an immensely comfortable and easy-to-wear piece. I am a big fan of the chest pocket on this-- I can see me leaving a few Aldi quarters in it for when I go grocery shopping! I also appreciate how versatile this pinafore is; I know I will get wear from it all year long. In the colder months, this will look fantastic with a long sleeved striped turtleneck, patterned tights, and ankle booties. In warmer months, it looks adorable with a t-shirt and platform sandals. I am digging how cute this looks styled with my Chairry earrings from Purple Banana Shop, a checkered polo from Forever 21, and my trusty flat White Mary Janes. It is just a fun ensemble perfect for spring, don't you think?

Verdict

This month's Dia & Co was filled with some adorable pieces-- that I sadly had a lot of sizing and fit issues with. That is on me though, I made sure to update all my size listings to ensure in the future I get better fitting items to show off to yinz!

Regardless of the fit problems I had, I was excited to let my stylist, Leah, take the wheel this month. I chose the pinafore, but I found the items she selected for me interesting and fun. I think had they fit me better, the Chetta B dress and the East Adeline faux fur would be my favorite selections she made for me! They really reflect my tastes and style. I am hoping to get Leah again to see how we can work on another box together. I absolutely love collaborating, providing ample feedback, and seeing what items my stylist can surprise me with each month! I usually write up a  quick paragraph along with sending links to  my Pinterest and IG. This helps give my stylist a clearer idea of how I look, how I prefer my clothing to fit me, and what I generally gravitate towards clothing wise. It also allows my stylist to have an understanding of my lifestyle. Do you work at home or in an office? Are you more of a homebody or do you go out on the weekends? Do you tend to travel? Are your trips to warmer climates?  This helps your stylist determine if you might need more business casual or vacation ensembles-- something that fits your needs to a t. I also like to go through the Dia & Co site and create favorites folders to go back to when I pick out pieces each month. Sometimes, I get lazy and just throw them all in one folder, but when I am being more meticulous I might create a folder like "Summer 2022 Looks" or "Work Clothes." This keeps my vision organized and is a great help to my stylist!

Don't forget: you do also have the option to select all five of the items in your style box or even purchase items outright from the site itself! I love to shop for myself, but I often try to only pick out two or three and let my stylist select the rest. I am extremely particular on styles and how my clothing fits me, but it can be exciting to let someone else shop for me! It is nice to get a nice surprise on occasion!  I am slowly getting out more, but am still very careful since myself and some of my family members are extremely high risk. I don't go to the mall nearly as much as I did before the pandemic. With Dia & Co I don't need to have a fitting room try on session at the mall-- it is all brought directly to me!  Also, were you aware that Dia & Co also offers styling box services for activewear, intimate pieces, and now swimwear too? Summer is right around the corner, so it is worthwhile to check out their fantastic swimsuit selections!  You also can forgo a styling box altogether and buy pieces directly from the site.  You are able to accrue points from purchases from your box to buy directly from the Dia & Co site as well! I absolutely love Dia & Co and all the ways they allow you to use and enjoy their service. Are you as excited as I am to see what I get next month?

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Other Things You Should Know

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Dia & Co curates its boxes based on each individual’s preferences as well as what’s available. What you get might not be the same as what I got, but you also might get something that fits your style and body even better than the looks above! Sign up and see what they choose for you! 

Value Breakdown: This box has a $20 styling fee and includes free shipping and returns. The total retail value of the items inside is $415.23. The cost of each item is listed alongside it above, but if I choose to keep at least 5 items, I get a 25% discount. The $20 styling fee for the box would also be applied to the purchase, meaning I’d end up spending $296.43 for the whole box. Ultimately, that is roughly a 32% discount.

What did you get from Dia & Co this month that you love?

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Nicole Rieder
Nicole Rieder
Nicole has been a subscription box enthusiast since she began reviewing for MSA in 2017. She loves writing plus size clothing box reviews because she is all about body positivity/neutrality and feels fun and exciting clothing should be accessible for everyone! Nicole not only has a passion for fashion, but all things vintage from the 60s and 70s and her idol, John Waters.

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8 comments

Maddie in PA

For a May box with six items, only the flutter sleeve blouse and the pinafore you picked out for yourself look like they’re not winter.

This is the issue I have with these clothing boxes since the pandemic hit. I do understand that they may be hurting financially but sending out winter clothes in May without any end-of-season discount is alienating to clients.

BTW, that first dress is a train wreck (even if you could have figured out the “convertible” aspect) and, again, winter holiday party or winter wedding at best.

But I love your reviews, Nicole!

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Nicole Rieder

Thanks Maddie for always taking the time to read and comment on my reviews.

That does sometimes happen with subscription boxes, but I did go on hiatus for a period for personal reasons, so that is on me too! Truth be told though, I think everything but the coat and blue velvet dress could easily be worn for spring and summer time. My weather this week is bonkers… it will be 90 tomorrow! However it will be like in the 60s in a few days. It is all over the place!

Again, I appreciate you taking the time to keep up with me and my reviews. I have more coming on the horizon that I am very excited to put out there for you all!

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Anita F

I love your reviews too. You always look like you’re having so much fun! Love all the outfits on you!

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Nicole Rieder

Awe thank you, Anita F! That means so much! And I definitely try to have fun with it, for sure. :o)

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Sheri Hoffman

I love just about everything on you.❤ I hope they straighten out the size issue. As usual, love your reviews.

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Nicole Rieder

Thank you so much, Sheri! The review coming out soon has some AMAZING pieces. I am very excited to get that review done so you can see all the fun stuff I got for the warmer weather. thank you again for checking out my reviews– I truly appreciate it!

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Debbie L

We’re you able to or can you get a larger size if you liked an item? That cost and pokeadot dress were cute.

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Nicole Rieder

Debbie L, that is a great question, it really depends if the piece in another size is available. Dia & Co DEFINITELY offers exchanges and is very accommodating. I just was a bit late on requesting the pieces in different sizes, so that is on me.

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