Dia & Co Subscription Box Review – November 2016

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Dia & Co is a monthly personal styling subscription for plus-sized women. It’s pretty much just like Stitch Fix for plus sizes – fill out your profile and sizing information, pay a $20 styling fee (refundable against anything you choose to keep), and have 5 items selected by a stylist sent straight to your home to try on. Dia & Co includes free shipping each way. If you keep all 5 items from your box, you’ll receive a 20% discount.

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The box itself came packaged very neatly and included a note from my stylist.

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I appreciate that the stylists look back at previous feedback and try to incorporate it into your next box. It’s also helpful when they include styling suggestions. One thing I miss in my Dia & Co boxes as compared to Stitch Fix are the styling cards that Stitch Fix includes. They are so helpful!

It included an invoice showing the price of each item plus my potential discount.

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In addition to telling the stylists that I am more of a Classic, Casual, and Retro kind of girl, I also let them know that packability is key due to work travel. One of the things I think it interesting is they ask you what you DO NOT want in terms of colors and prints, instead of asking what you DO want. It does force me to be more open-minded!

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What I got:

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Slink Jeans Macy Bootcut Jeans Dark Wash Size 16 ($98) Ages ago, I was desperately seeking jeans. I wish these had appeared in my life a little sooner. For starters – the length! I am 5’10”, I usually want a 33″ inseam. 32″ looks ridiculous. 34″ is good for boots with some heel. But for every day, 33″. Guess what is hard to find? That’s right.

Also, the color – a nice dark, but not navy, wash.

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For comparison – I usually wear a 16, occasionally an 18 on the bottom. I think these were true to size. Definitely made for someone with a generous waist and smaller (not much smaller, but a bit smaller) legs.

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I wandered around in them a bit – I think they have enough stretch (1% spandex goes pretty far) that they might get saggy, but they just seem so promising! They definitely come in at the knees and flare back out.

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Photo on the right is most true to color.

Oddi Cecily Top Hunter Green 1X ($42) I am less excited about this shirt. I just am not into ruffles, and I think the waistline on this hits me in just the right way to say, “Boxy, not curvy.” Also, I do wonder about the color – to me, it was more of a grey-aqua green, but they call it hunter green. I don’t think it has nearly enough yellow to be a hunter green.

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Society + Lulu Sleeveless Skater Dress Black 1X ($60) Fun – Yes. Flouncy – Yes. Great color – Yes. Fits well – Yes. Not quite sure when I would wear it – Yes.

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This is one of those times I wish I were the kind of person to get dressed and go out. But when it comes down to it, I am not. I live in a laid back hipster paradise, so boots, skinny jeans, and a cute top are as fancy as I need to get. Also, as much as this was a fun dress, it almost felt like I wanted to use it as part of a Halloween Costume. An awesome costume, but still, it didn’t quite feel like I was dressed as “me.” I agree with my stylist, though – it would be fun for New Year’s!

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Emerald Belle Cardigan Navy 1X ($45) Um… ew? My feedback to my stylist after this one was “Please don’t send me things that make me look like a flying squirrel.” I just do not get this look. I have no idea how I am supposed to wear this, or frankly, why I would want to wear it. It immediately made me feel fat and unattractive, which is really a job best left to fluorescent lights. My clothes don’t need to help that out. Even my hair is objecting to this cardigan.

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If this happens to be your thing – it is a thin lightweight knit, nice and soft.

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Shiraleah Billy Scarf Red One Size ($29) Loooooove it! The weather JUST turned chilly, and I am in scarf mode. The day before this showed up, I bought a big red plaid scarf (rectangle) that I was all excited to wear. Then this showed up and bumped up in the snuggle scarf queue. That’s me wearing it the day my box arrived. I ended up sitting near the restaurant door and i just wrapped it around me and carried on. Whoever invented the blanket scarf is my hero.

So… it sheds. That will stop eventually, I am sure. But be warned! This is a giant square scarf if you’re into which shapes you do and don’t like for scarf draping and such.

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This month’s Dia & Co was a pretty good mix of items I liked and items I was a bit more “meh” about. To be honest, I am really happy when I keep one item per month. While getting a “keep all five” box would be awesome, budget wise, one item a month fits right in.  Especially when that one item is a super snuggly scarf that I can wear with about half of my tops.

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  • Gina

    Do you still get the styling fee credit if you only keep one item?

    • Jen

      Yes! I find that with most of these boxes (I have done Stitch Fix, as well), keeping one item is enough to make the box worthwhile, plus that’s usually within my monthly spending budget.

  • Addie

    You really should get that dress! It looks ah-may-zing on you! And I think everyone should have a cute dress in the closet (weddings, baby showers, parties)…. I have a similar one and I just through a slouchy black cardigan over it and wear it with black leggings and booties to work when I want to feel a little more polished than just jeans….. 🙂

    • Jen

      Awww! Thank you! I ended up returning it because I already have SO MANY cute dresses that don’t get work enough. But thanks for making me feel all pretty in it!