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Dia & Co Plus Size Summer Dresses 2022 Review

Nicole Rieder
ByNicole RiederJul 15, 2022 | 2 comments

Dia & Co
2.5 overall rating
77 Ratings | 26 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 Team Dia & Co! I selected all the pieces of this month. Since I picked all the items this month, I got a generic, but kind note from Dia & Co reminding me I always have the option to choose my own items or hand over the reigns to one of their equipped stylists too.

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. The total would be $341.00. After the $20 styling fee and 25% is applied my balance for the entire box would be $255.75! The savings would be $85.25 if I did decide to keep everything! That would be like getting the Tatum Passion dress by City Chic for free  -- that's pretty awesome!

Now for the fashions!

Fay Side Tuck T- Shirt Dress by Marc NY, Size 3x-- Listed Value $69, On Sale for $39

 

In my previous Dia & Co review, my stylist selected an awesome tie dye Marc NY dress that I essentially live in these days. I am actually wearing as I type up this review! Since that dress was such a success, I decided to give this shorter all black dress by the brand a go. I had to toss a black jersey dress that was extremely old and see through in parts, so getting this one now was perfect timing. I was hoping the material would be the same ultra stretchy, soft, and comfortable fabric as my last Marc NY dress. It isn't exactly the same. It has some stretch, but not as much and is more like a thinner t-shirt material. I do like the length of this one. Since it is shorter, I can easily transition this dress into colder months with tights, layered sweaters and cardigans, and my favorite—the faux leather biker jacket. Just complete the outfit with ankle booties or combat boots and you are set for fall and winter. I am not anticipating the colder weather, so for now I will rejoice that I can wear this without leggings or tights. I topped the styling for this comfortable LBD with pink troll earrings from the I'm Your Present Etsy shop and matching pink sneakers from my upcoming ShoeDazzle review.

Capri Maxi Dress by City Chic, Size XL (22)-- Listed Value $119, On Sale for $71

 

I know yinz are probably stunned that I selected not one, but two black dresses this month. Even folks that like bold colors and prints appreciate periodically a black dress! I love the neckline and the tie detail at the chest. FYI, to ensure my bra didn't show, I looped one part over and another over my bra and tied it. I learned this from an influencer friend of mine and it works rather well! The dress has some elastic stretch details, but also has a flowy fit and cut that make it extremely comfortable to wear. A piece like this is extremely versatile—you can get hundreds of outfits from it simply on how you accessorize this dress. You can wear it with a jean jacket, sneakers, and sunglasses or a large brimmed hat and embellished sandals-- just to name a few!  I opted to add some funky hot pink touches with help from some retro lampshade earrings by Gloss + Shimmer (the shop is closing at the end of the month, so grab while you can!) and platforms from Wild Pair. Due to the thinner linen like material I would probably wear this mostly in spring and summer, for  an easy to wear, yet stylish ensemble.

Did I also mention...IT HAS POCKETS!!!

Tatum Passion Burst Maxi Dress by City Chic, Size XL (22) — Listed Value $129, On Sale for $77

 

I selected another City Chic dress—actually all but one dress if from the brand! I used to avoid purple for years, but I have been gravitating more towards purples and pinks over the years. This abstract floral print intrigued me, so I figured it was worth a go. The violet and fuschia shades look brilliant combined with the different greens in the leaves and vines against the black background. The material is a lighter cotton with limited stretch. There is stretch in the chest portion and the strap ties make this piece more adjustable.  Though the fabric is a lighter woven material, this can definitely translate into your fall wardrobe due to the jewel toned color palette. Simply layer this piece with a black turtleneck, tights, and chunky combat boots. For extra layers, top off with an over-sized, chunky knit cardigan or pull over sweater.  I did summer time styling by pairing the dress with purple cat eyes and cream jellies from Torrid.

Alani Shirt Dress by City Chic, Size XXL (24)— Listed Value $89, On Sale for $53

 

I saw this floral print shirt dress and figured, why not give it a try? I wasn't sure how the fit would be since the fabric would probably have limited stretch, so I opted to size up. I honestly regret getting the XXL which is an equivalent of a 24 for City Chic. It fits me strangely in the neck, arms, and even in the hips a bit. It is just too oversized! I wonder if the XL would fit properly or if I would have button bulging. You are going to be surprised to hear this from me of all people but...this print is waaaaay too much! I know you are reading this with your head titled and confused! My old roommate used to call me The Queen of all that is Tacky, so it says a lot when something is excessive for me. It just feels like something  I would have tried on when I was twelve or thirteen at this '90s shop my mom would take me to called Hit or Miss. I was a pre-teen trying on clothing designed for women 3x my age that needed business casual pieces because I had sized out of the young girls sections at the department stores. I think a lot of bodacious babes can relate to those vibes, especially around my age when clothing for larger sized women was so limited. However, just because it wasn't my cup of tea, doesn't mean it won't look amazing on someone else! This is a comfortable piece to wear and the fabric is light and breezy for summer weather. I opted to style this piece with my purple cat eyes and white Mary Janes. This could easily be worn in cooler months with a lilac/ fuchsia or mustard yellow cardigan and tights for extra layers and warmth.

Lola Striped Maxi Dress by City Chic, Size XXL (24) — Listed Value $119, On Sale for $71

 

I saved my favorite of the City Chic pieces for last. I was pretty eager to receive this dress, especially for Pride events this summer. The color palette is perfection, I love all the variations of pinks, yellows, blues, and greens. I can't help but smile when I look at this dress; it is so festive and joyful! The only grievance I have is that I got the wrong size. The dress is really long, even with heels on, it covers my feet. I am 5'6" for reference. It is also baggy in the chest, which is an issue I rarely ever have! I kept trying to readjust it and no matter what I seemed to do, it made it look even baggier. Speaking of the chest, I do love that this piece has a modesty button. If you want to show off more of your cleavage, you can let it go, but if  you are in an office setting this is a great option if you want more covered up and don't want to wear a camisole. The sad but funny thing is the modesty button drapes in such a way that it appears even baggier on me. I simply have to laugh!  I believe, like the last dress, I would have had more success if I had scooped up the XL (22) instead. Regardless of the size issues, I do adore this dress. This is definitely perfect for summer at the beach or for a wedding or shower. Since this is such a lovely and bold style, I did minimal styling by pairing this beauty with flower power earrings from Purple Banana and cream jellies from Torrid.

Verdict

This month's Dia & Co  had some fun, bold summer dresses! All but one were the City Chic brand. I selected every item myself and learned a lot about the City Chic sizing-- I am presently a solid XL (22) in the brand.  The awesome thing about Dia & Co is they have  a phenomenal return/exchange policy. When you put in your feedback on the month's selections, you just put in either that you want to return or exchange and mail the items back in the prepaid envelope supplied and drop it off at USPS! Easy peasy!

I do love picking out my own pieces—I am a self proclaimed shopping fiend, after all! I usually have a great gauge on the styles and fits I prefer on my body.  However, I do also love collaborating, providing ample feedback, and allowing myself to be surprised by my stylist! Often, when I don't go buck wild and select all five items in my monthly style box, I try to select two or three pieces and let my stylist select the rest.  I also write up a quick paragraph along with sending links to  my Pinterest and IG. The purpose of providing those links is to help show my stylist how I look, what style clothing I wear, and how I prefer the fit of said clothing. It also allows my stylist to have a window into the kind of lifestyle that I lead. They are able to tell if I go out a lot socially, if I am the outdoorsy type, or if I work in an office setting, etc. This will help your stylist determine whether you need more lounge wear pieces or more business casual pieces, for example. 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. This directly tells my stylist what appeals to me on the site itself.

As I mentioned before, you can choose all five pieces for a styling box, but did you also know that Dia & Co offers styling services for activewear, intimate pieces, and now swimwear too? This is perfect since summer is right around the corner! You also can forgo a styling box altogether and buy pieces directly from the site. All of these options allow you to skip the trip to the mall and just have gorgeous fashions delivered to your door step.  With Covid cases on the rise yet again, it is nice to have such a convenience. Also, another perk is that you are able to accrue points from styling boxes and direct purchases that you can use towards purchasing additional items as well! I absolutely love Dia & Co and all the ways they allow you to use and enjoy their service. Are you as pumped 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 $341.00. 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 $255.75 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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2 comments

Ranee

Nicole…..you look outrageous… And love the troll pink earringswhere did you get those. Love the long dresses..I wear those a lot.loving the pink hair too.

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Nicole Rieder

Thank you so much, Ranee! I am digging the pink too! I might change it up for Halloween, we shall see! Here is a link for the troll earrings: https://www.etsy.com/listing/470342139/furry-treasure-troll-pink-white-or-blue

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