Dia & Co Subscription Box Review – December 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.

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

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.

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!

style preferences

Everything I got from this month’s box.

Vail Scarf in Black/White, One Size, $30. My love for the giant blanket scarf is eternal. I knew right away this one is a keeper – my favorite real winter coat (which Brandy totally made me buy several years ago) is purple, so this is a great choice to wear with it. It has already made the trek to the cold Northeast with me!

FYI, it was shedding like mad, but it seems to have slowed down. I should have taken a lint roller to it before wearing it. Needless to say, keep!

Eloqui Cherie Twist Neck Top in Emerald, Size 14, $45

Fashion to Figure The Bootcut Jean in Dark Indigo, Size 16, $38.90

When I saw the color of this blouse peeking out from the packaging, I said a little prayer hoping it would be something I would like, because I LOVE the color. Love, love, LOVE. It is just an absolutely gorgeous emerald green. I ended up liking the blouse (this kind of neckline annoys me – I can never figure out what kind of necklace to wear with it), but I think it looks pretty under my cardigans and will be good for work or a dressy casual outfit. Keep!

I have received jeans in several boxes, but it has been a while since I kept a pair. They all are pretty close to fitting, but not perfect, and for the price, I want them to be perfect. That being said, usually the jeans are closer to $100, and these are under $40! They fit really well, are a great length (I am 5’10” and like a 33″ inseam for sneakers and flats). I wish the pockets sat lower – this is my thing with jeans – the pockets on big-girl jeans are just too high, at least for me, so they don’t flatter as much as they could. KEEP!

FYI, this is most true to color for the top and the jeans. And my pasty tummy.

Junarose Kaya Dress in Black, Size 1X, $79. Well, my stylist gets credit for packability (which is a big point for me – I travel for work, so if it is going to need ironing, it isn’t getting packed), but oh me, oh my, this dress is unflattering. It is way too big, but frankly, even if it were my size, that front tuck is terrible. I feel like it just points at my nipples and my, well, you see where I am going with this. It is a nice stretch material (not a light sweater like the stylist says in the note, though). Buh-Bye.

B. Curvy Nishka Waterfall Cardigan in Burgundy, Size 1X, $78

This is the softest cardigan ever. It is appropriate the kitty is in the photo – she is jealous of its softness, and she is pretty darn soft. I love Bobeau, and this is apparently one of their brands, though I hadn’t seen it before. I have a lot of cardigans (a LOT), so based on price and my lack of interest in the waterfall style, I decided not to keep this, but it is a very nice piece.

This month’s Dia & Co had several items I wanted to keep in it. It is the closest I have come with any box service to a “Keep All Five” experience. 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.  This month I felt like a splurge, since each item was reasonably priced, and I can get a lot of wear out of them. I am looking forward to next month’s box!
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