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Dia & Co Plus Size Fall Transition Pieces 2022 Review

Nicole Rieder
ByNicole RiederNov 4, 2022 | 4 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 this month's stylist, Kelsey! She selected all the pieces of this month and threw in an extra item. She gives some fun styling tips on each piece for me 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 $272.00. After the $20 styling fee and 25% is applied, my balance for the entire box would be $372! The savings would be $189  if I did decide to keep everything! That would be like getting the Keeley shorts, Teena & Marie set, and Priscilla Smocked Cuff blouse for free  -- that's pretty fantastic!

Now for the fashions!

Teena and Marie Puff Sleeve Set, Size 2x — Listed Value $80

 

Summer is over now, but the warm weather vibes are eternal. This set has a tropical print that is ready for a beach ready trip-- maybe a winter island getaway? In theory (and on the model), I loved this set. On my body and frame, not so much. The top is super cute. I love the box cut neckline and the elastic in the back that gives it a great fit. The sleeves are ultra cute too. However, these pants. Goodness gracious, the pants are awful on me and my short legs. Certainly, I might be able to get them hemmed, but that slit would either need to be closed or go up higher to accommodate my frame. Personally, I am not a fan of the slits appearance wise, but I sense they are great on a breezy eighty degree day. The length, would be ideal for some of my friends that are over six feet tall. I am 5'6 and even in my chunky heeled sandals, the pants are dragging. I give the top a a B+ and the pants a D. I styled these with my favorite chunky summer sandals, acrylic black geometric earrings, and a leopard print bow for some fun pattern clashing. Even though this didn't work for me, it doesn't mean the outfit is bad, just not good for me. Just ensure if you are around my height to commit to shortening these pant legs.

Bella Neoprene Midi Size by L I V D in Tan , Size 3x — Listed Value $36

 

Okay, yinz. You know that I always try to keep a positive perspective in my reviews, but this skirt is making it incredibly hard. To each their own, but I don't wear anything khaki other than if you want to include leopard print items. I like to be flexible and open with fashion, but I have to draw the line somewhere, and this khaki skirt is one of them. Not only do I dislike the color, but the strange peplum detail, the asymmetrical cut in the front, and the side slit-- this is all too busy in the worst way to me. It feels like a jumble of outdated fashion trends all blended into one skirt. The one positive for me is the material. I love the neoprene because it has stretch and some structure, but this is a huge pass. I might have hated this less had I received it in the black or purple options in this style, but only slightly. I opted to show this skirt off with the top from the Teena and Marie set to show how different the top looks paired next to a different bottom as well.

Priscilla Printed Peasant Blouse by Ryan Wylde, Size 3x — Listed Value $62

 

If you have been following my reviews, you probably gather I appreciate floral patterns. I am not surprised my stylist sent this my way. I would probably prefer this in a different color palette, but I think she sent it along to coordinate with the skirt. It all makes sense, but I don't feel like I was in mind for this outfit. I do like the fit and cut of the top. The smocked sleeves with elastic at the wrist is a nice touch too. The material on this is light enough for late summer/early fall, but can easily be worn layered under a long knee length cardigan, jeans, and pointy booties in chillier weather.

Gwenda Tank Top in Light Green and Ivory by Molly & Isadora, Size 3x — Listed Value $55, On Sale for $33

 

This top Kelsey selected for me is definitely one of my favorites. The colors and style fit my personality and body great! I love the pea/lime green shade and the print-- it has a great retro vibe that I love! The material is incredibly light weight with limited stretch. Though it is obviously ideal for summer, this could easily be worn paired with trousers and a blazer in an office setting or with jeans, flats, and a cardigan for a cute, but casual ensemble to hang out in with friends.

Keeley Butter Denim Shorts by Meri Skye, Size 24 — Listed Value $60, On Sale for $41

 

I know, it is autumn. The leaves are starting to turn and the air is a bit crisper. Halloween is right around the corner, but out in my neck of the woods it is still fairly warm! We sometimes have days in October in the 80s, at least we did last year! Even so, you can wear shorts like these in the fall even in cooler weather. Just pair them with your favorite tights, opaque or patterned, with combat boots or Mary Janes. These shorts are especially cute, they feel so soft and buttery to the touch with loads of stretch. I can see wearing these with a vintage band or Halloween novelty shirt, fishnets, and white combat boots throughout this fall.

Arielle Animal Print Cut Out Top by Meri Skye, Size 3x  — Listed Value $31

Kelsey probably also could tell I am a fiend for all that is animal print. I love this top due to the print and cut. It has loads of stretch and is incredibly comfortable to wear. It is a bit roomy on me, so I am not sure if that is what causing the bunching of the neat neckline detail. I love the concept of it, but the execution isn't the greatest. The material prevents it from laying properly on my upper chest. Regardless, I love the print and fit. This top would look great with everything from jeans and sneakers, shorts and Crocs, to a mini skirt, opaque tights, open toe glitter platforms, and a faux leather biker jacket to a sassy, yet tough touch. This is a versatile piece that will serve well in anyone's closet.

Verdict

This month's Dia & Co had some great pieces, but also some that didn't feel like they were selected for me in mind. Though some of the items didn't spark a lot of joy for me, I can imagine them looking and making someone else wearing them feel great!

Being a self proclaimed shopping fiend, I often prefer to pick out my own pieces, but I opted to give my stylist the wheel this month. Since I felt tepid on some of the items sent my way this month, I will certainly ensure to give ample feedback and update my likes on the Dia & Co site. 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.

I often love to choose all five pieces for a styling box, but also enjoy to select a few and let the stylist select the remaining pieces. Sometimes it is hard to resist being a self proclaiming shopping fiend like myself. Did you also know that Dia & Co offers styling services for activewear, intimate pieces, and now swimwear too? Summer is over, but you can get some great end of season deals now for next year or for some winter getaways to warmer lands. 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 $372. 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 $189.00 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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4 comments

Maddie in PA

Wow, this box doesn’t look like it was selected for you at all. The one upside is that Dia & Co is offering clearly out of season items at a clearance price, something I don’t see often enough.
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I appreciate you modeling the Neoprene item (OMG!) because it had never occurred to me that that fabric, especially in a light color, is clingy and revealing of our, er, imperfections. That skirt looks like a Project Runway last-minute garment that got the designer sent home…
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Fantastic review, as always, Nicole!

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Nicole Rieder

Thank you so much for your comment, Maddie! Yeah, that skirt was… so bad. Not a fan. Dia & Co is usually pretty excellent, but the styles from that month’s boxes sadly weren’t it.

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Lacey

By far the best single line of a MSA post, ever:
“I don’t wear anything khaki other than if you want to include leopard print“ hahahaha thank you for this. Solid gold.

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Nicole Rieder

🙂 Thank you, Lacey! Leopard print is my favorite neutral! hahaha

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