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Dia & Co Plus Size July 2022 Review

Nicole Rieder
ByNicole RiederAug 22, 2022 | 9 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 $496.00. After the $20 styling fee and 25% is applied, my balance for the entire box would be $372! The savings would be $124 if I did decide to keep everything! That would be like getting the Carley dress and Mariposa swimsuit by City Chic for free  -- that's pretty fantastic!

Now for the fashions!

Hazel Short Jumpsuit by City Chic, Size XL (22) — Listed Value $53

 

If you are new to my reviews, you might be unaware that I love all things animal print. My go-to is leopard prints, but I am a sucker as well for zebra and especially tiger print items. They are difficult to find, so when I spotted this romper/short jumpsuit on the Dia & Co site, I knew I had to give it a go! Usually I prefer my jumpsuits to be made of super stretchy fabric, but the cut on this piece as well as the elastic at the waist makes it easy to get on and off. The sleeves are a tad baggier than I would prefer, but I also am not mad about it since it is so easy to get on and off. I completed the ensemble with earrings from Undoubtedly Mad that had a kitschy/retro touch, along with the Balancing Act mules from MCLC. Though the fabric is very light and more breezy and ideal for lounging at a cabana, I do think this could be worn in cooler months, too. Simply style the romper with opaque black tights, a black turtleneck layered underneath, white combat boots, and your favorite faux fur coat or faux leather biker jacket in the fall for an absolutely divine look!

Carly Dress by City Chic, Size XXL (24) — Listed Value $99, On Sale for $59

 

I didn't intend to select almost all City Chic pieces, but it happened and I ain't mad about it! Especially when it comes to this dress. I love this cantaloupe or maybe pumpkin-guts-orange shade, rather. It is somehow both vivid, but simultaneously a pastel. The bell sleeves on this give me such a great vintage-inspired feel that I cannot get enough of, too. I do regret not getting the XL in this instead; I feel like the XXL fits but is slightly too big. Regardless, I am going to make it work, because this is a beauty. And the dress is sold out on the Dia & Co site in my size. I kept with the retro vibes and paired this with the same Undoubtedly Mad earrings I wore with the City Chic romper, but finalized the outfit with my fave summer jellies from Torrid. This dress will make you feel beautiful, whether you are wearing it at a loved one's wedding or dancing with your friends at a club!

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

 

I might be aging myself with this comparison, but this dress reminded me of what TV screens would look like when a channel or program went down. These big colorful bars would appear in the interim. I think that is largely why I found this dress so appealing. I love the combinations of colors, I love the vertical and curve of the stripes on the accordion pleat skirt. I love it all, well, almost all. The halter portion was a whole event! One part of the string came out, so I had to use a wire hanger to string it back in. Otherwise, this dress is the bee's knees! I love how it fits in the chest and I even like how the stripes make my behind look even more pronounced! I styled these with my Juno Birch Hot Dog earrings from Gloss and Shimmer (sadly, currently defunct) and my previously mentioned Torrid jellies. I truly felt like a queen in this dress and you will too! I can't suggest this dress enough for a Labor Day weekend wedding!

Cancun One Piece by City Chic, Size XL (22) — Listed Value $59

 

The va-va voom pin-up vibes in this one piece swimsuit are unreal. I normally gravitate towards two piece suits/bikinis, but I kept seeing this on Dia & Co's site and had to try it out. There was something that made me think of blonde bombshells like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Debbie Harry, and Angelyne! I realized it was kismet, too, once I styled this suit with my purple cat eye sunnies! The fit was overall comfortable. The back has a closure that was probably stretch to its limits, but it fit! I don't know if the size larger suit would have worked. The cups are a bit oddly fitting, but I am not sure if the size up suit would have fixed that issue. It could be the design or the inside cup fillers that make it fit a bit strange. Overall, I do like this suit and am hoping to head up to swim with my cousin in it soon!

Adeline Off the Shoulder Midi Dress by 11 Honoré, Size 22 — Listed Value $248

 

I need to say sorry in advance that I couldn't show you this dress on my body. This dress was not fitting for the life of me. I usually am a 22 in dresses, and I have tried other items by 11 Honoré without sizing issues. I tried to get my boyfriend to zip me up into this, but it was not happening. I tried to walk into the dress from the neckline and get it on from the bottom over my head. Absolutely no luck. This dress has absolutely no stretch. From the pictures, it does look very tailored, but I got the impression it would have at least some give! Nope. Not an iota! So, I would suggest to size up with this dress if you do select it. It is absolutely beautiful on the models on the site, so I am sad I couldn't show this off for you all too! This dress is so elegant and sophisticated, it would look phenomenal with heels and large silver statement earrings.

Verdict

This month's Dia & Co had some fun, bold pieces! All but one were the City Chic brand. Though last month I selected almost all City Chic pieces too, I still made blunders on sizing. I should have selected each piece in the XL (22). The great thing about Dia & Co is they have  an excellent 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! So dang easy!

Being a self proclaimed shopping fiend, I often prefer to pick out my own pieces. I generally have a good idea of styles and fit I prefer on my body. However, I do also love collaborating, providing ample feedback, and allowing myself to be surprised by my stylist! I do try to have some restraint at instances and only select two or three pieces and leave the rest of the work to my stylist, but this month was not one of them. The pieces were too great not to pick for myself! I also write up a quick paragraph along with 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. From seeing your lifestyle, that may prompt your stylist to select some work pants for the office or a comfy long cotton dress to lounge at from your desk at home. 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 creates a bank of things I love for my stylist to directly reference.

Sure, you can choose all five pieces for a styling box like me, but did you also know that Dia & Co offers styling services for activewear, intimate pieces, and now swimwear too? Summer is on its tail end, but you can still grab a killer suit for your remaining trips to the pool! 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 and now Monkeypox cases on the rise, 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 $496.00. 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 $372.00 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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9 comments

Caligirl

Love the striped halter, looks great on you.

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Nicole Rieder

Thank you so much, Caligirl! It is such a fun/bold piece!

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Donna

Wow! Seriously, that striped halter dress needs to have a very special place in your closet. It is absolutely lovely and it looks divine on you! Probably one of my favs you’ve reviewed – Love LOve LOVe LOVE it!!!

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Nicole Rieder

Awe Donna! Thank you so much! I am definitely wearing that next year for PRIDE! I am hating summer ending and am already looking forwards to the next one!

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Maddie in PA

That Teana halter dress is *everything!* Love it, love how you look in it, lost the fit, just love love love!
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Here’s a helpful hint from someone who spent waaay too much time trying to find the “missing” end of anything drawstring – tie each end with a small knot to keep it from disappearing back into the garment or, with a dress like this, string on a pretty bead and tie the knot below it.
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Love your reviews, Nicole! Oh, and you didn’t need a $250 LBD. 😉

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Nicole Rieder

Thanks, Maddie in PA! That is a good idea about the string. Yeah, when it was received, I had to really work to get that string in place. So that could be a good option with the bead.

As for the dress, it was definitely worth a go for sure! I try to branch out and try a variety of brands for the reviews! Thanks again!

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Rebecca

The striped dress is AMAZING on you!

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Nicole Rieder

Awe thank you so much, Rebecca! I am in love with it!

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Nicole Rieder

Thank you so much, Rebecca! I love it so much!

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