Well, I decided to give Dia & Co a try after Stitch Fix left me hanging yet again. I won’t be posting that Stitch Fix delivery to the blog, but I did put it up on Instagram if you want to take a look. It was a complete miss and I sent everything back, so it was a waste of $20 and I was incredibly disappointed. Anyway! Going through the process signing up for Dia & Co, I noticed that they asked a bunch more questions about fit and color/print preferences, so I’m hopeful that this will go better! They also cater exclusively to plus sizes, so I have to imagine that they have a better sense of how plus size clothes work. Simply adding a set number of inches to a straight size doesn’t make clothes fit a plus sized gal the right way, and I know Dia has a few brands on their list that I already love, so I feel like I might trust them more to get fit right. First boxes tend to be a little bit of a gamble while the stylists get a feel for your personal style and fit, but the great thing about Dia & Co is that they let you upload pictures to show off how things from your box fit. This is BRILLIANT for getting a better customization as time goes on. My stylist, Rachael, sent along a note:
Welcome to the Dia & Co family! We’re really excited to start this journey with you and build a wardrobe you’ll love to wear every day. These Celebrity Pink skinny jeans have a three button closure which will bring a bit of retro style into all of your looks! You can wear them out to dinner with the gorgeous Marybelle blouse and a pair of ankle boots for a fun and fabulous look. As it starts to warm up, the Kut From The Kloth shorts will be a great piece to incorporate into your wardrobe, so wear them with the East Adeline tee and a pair of canvas shoes. The City Chic dress will look stunning paired with t-strap heels and statement earrings. Don’t forget to send us your feedback – we want to know what you like, what you don’t and and what styles you’re willing to try. And most importantly, we want you to have fun with this! xo, Rachael
Item: City Chic Lyra Dress
Paired With: Shoes and Shrug (mine)
City Chic is a brand I REALLY love and their clothes always tend to fit me well. I think I made a slight judgement error when putting in my sizes online since I kind of run between two sizes depending on the manufacturer, so this came in a size too big. City Chic also tends to be a bit generous with sizing, so usually I go a size down with them. The color is GOREGOUS and the material is a Polyester/Elastane blend, so it has a little bit of stretch. As Rachael suggested, I grabbed my favorite pair of t-strap heels, but I don’t really have statement earrings since I have all those curls that end up getting tangled around dangly earrings. I was SO torn over this dress because it really is lovely and in the right size it would be a dream (Dia & Co offers free size exchanges), but I just don’t have enough occasion to wear really nice dresses like this. I think if it had been done in a more casual cotton blend, I might have kept it. I noticed there was a polka dot version available as well, and that might have been a better match.
Item: Celebrity Pink Vanderbilt Skinny Three Button High Rise Jeans
Paired With: Top (this box), boots (mine)
Item: Marybelle Bella Woven Blouse
Paired With: Jeans (this box), boots (mine)
Let’s start with the jeans! They were the right length, but the high rise just didn’t work with my short torso. They came within about 4 inches of my bra band line and since I carry most of my weight around my bottom, they kind of looked like mom jeans. I’m not quite brave enough to post the photo of them with a shirt tucked into the jeans, so let’s just say it wasn’t flattering. But, the length was spot on!
The top. Oh man, I adore the star print – it’s so cute and unique and exactly what I want to see. Unfortunately, bell sleeves? Ehhhhh. I did love the crochet detail at the sleeves and near the hem, but ruffly/frilly sort of things just aren’t very me. If the same print was on a more plain t-shirt or v-neck top? DEFINITELY would’ve kept it. I also find that I push up sleeves a lot if I’m too warm, so sleeves I can’t push up are probably not going to be a winner with me. Rachael suggested ankle boots, but my favorite pair of black boots worked well enough. I don’t even own a pair of ankle boots really? Or at least, I couldn’t think of another boot pair of shoes I own that would work here.. I tend to go for calf-height boots usually.
Item: Kut From The Kloth Mason Walking Short
Paired With: Navy top and shoes on left (mine) and top on right (this box)
Item: East Adeline Malia Short Sleeve Ruffle Peplum Tee
Paired With: Shorts (this box), shoes (mine)
In the photo on the left, the red shorts are from Kut From The Kloth, a brand I already know and love. At first my mind went, Shorts?! It’s going to blizzard the snot out of us tomorrow, are you daft? But then I put them on and between the inseam length, the soft denim, the color, and relaxed fit, I had to keep them. Granted, I may not be able to actually wear them until May or June, but it’s a staple sort of piece that doesn’t go out of style. Plus, as you can see by the top I picked from my own closet, I have lots and lots of navy colored tops I can pair with it this summer. We also have a trip to the boat in the Netherlands coming up in June, so these will DEFINITELY be coming along. Rachael suggested canvas shoes, and I have these super cute pair of sailor themed mary janes that were kind of begging to be included here. Just don’t mind my blindingly pale legs – it’s been winter for a long time, dude.
For the right photo, I paired the two pieces from the box as suggested by the stylist, and eeekk that top. Again with the ruffles not being my style, but also that the ruffles add so much width and bulk to my shape, and putting a ruffle at the biggest point of my body (hiii my hips) is probably not a great idea. Peplums and I just don’t get along.
So, final thoughts. I did only keep one piece, the shorts, but hopefully the feedback on the returns will be taken into consideration for next time. I ended up going back into my profile and changing my size one lower on tops and dresses to help get a better fit right out of the box. I am kind of between the two sizes depending on how tops fit – if the fit is more fitted close to the body, I go to the higher size, but if the fit is looser/free, I end up going with the lower size. I’m not sure if ruffles and frilly bits are just a thing for fashion this year, but I’m not into it at all, so getting two tops with ruffles was a miss. My profile is set to edgy/casual/retro and both tops felt more Bohemian I think? But again, first boxes with clothing boxes are a chance for the stylist to get a feel for the client’s preferences, so they don’t always wow right off the bat. Dia & Co also does some neat collaborations with big name designers, so I’m excited to see who they work with in the future! Anyway, I’m looking forward to my next box and hope that they review the feedback and really nail it next time. In case you’re thinking about signing up and want to use my referral link, here it is!