Curious about the plus-size clothing box service called Dia and Co? Check out my Dia and Co Review and discover my honest feelings about it!
After giving birth to my fifth child, who weighed a whopping 11lbs 2oz at birth, my body has not recovered or bounced back as it has from my other babies.
Blame it on the fact that I’m now 30, less active, and my metabolism is slowing down, but for the first time in my life, I bought size 14 pants a few months ago so I could officially ditch the maternity pants and sweatpants that had been my wardrobe postpartum.
For years I was a size 8 (sometimes a size 6 and sometimes a size 10), but my hips are decidedly wider and my stomach not nearly as flat or trim as they were pre-baby.
I guess that’s what an extra 25-30 lbs will do to you.
While I’m slowly but surely dropping a pound or two each month, I need clothes that fit me now. With a closet full of tops and bottoms designed to fit a smaller version of myself, I am struggling to wear anything but size large T-shirts and my new size 14 jean Bermuda shorts (that I bought from Walmart).
While I don’t really consider myself “Plus Size” (as that seems bizarre given my size), I decided to try out a clothing subscription service designed specifically for Plus-Size women that I heard about when I wrote my post about Stitch Fix competitors.
They boast that they fit women who wear sizes 14-32 or sizes 0X-5X (with limited inventory in size 12), so when they approached me about trying out their service in exchange for a review on my site, I figured, why not? Lord knows I need some better clothes that actually fit my new body!
Dia&Co is a female-founded company exclusively dedicated to serving women who wear sizes 14 and up. They believe that style has the power to spark radical self-love, and they’re committed to ensuring that women of all sizes have equal access to beautiful clothes.
The company was founded out of the personal experience of co-founder and CEO Nadia Boujarwah, who knows firsthand the struggle of finding stylish clothing in her size. After teaming up with her Harvard Business School classmate, Lydia Gilbert, they co-founded Dia&Co to meet the needs of this incredible community—an inclusive and inspiring group of women who use style to celebrate themselves as they are today.
Dia&Co is proud to have a workforce that is over 85% female and an executive team that is 60% female. More than 75% of the Dia&Co styling staff identifies as plus size, and the majority have been Dia&Co customers themselves. They understand the challenges that their customers face in finding clothing they love, and they’re committed to making shopping a more joyful experience.
Their stylists take the time to get to know you, then send you hand-selected clothing and accessories that match your unique style, body and budget. They style clothes for all ages and styles.
When you sign up for Dia&Co, you fill out a detailed survey about your style, fit and budget preferences. They even have a new Dia and Co Active box! Their inventory includes a wide range of selections, from top brands to up-and-coming designers.
A dedicated Dia Stylist then hand-picks five garments from their inventory just for you. The garments are delivered to you for you to try on in the comfort of your home and check out.
There’s a $20 styling fee for each box, which is then applied to any purchases you make. You keep what you love, then send back the rest! They cover shipping both ways.
Dia and Co Review and Unboxing
I filled out my style guide and waited for my box to ship.
When I got my box I got a little note inside that read:
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.
The Clark shorts are perfect for beating the Texas heat in style! Wear them with the Charlie tee and canvas sneakers for a classic sporty outfit. They’ll also pair nicely with the cosy tee, necklace and black sandals! The carnation maxi dress is so versatile. Wear it casually with your favorite slip-on sandals, or dress it up for date night with flats and the Jessamine necklace!
Don’t forget to send us your feedback we want to know what you like, what you don’t and what styles you’re willing to try. And most importantly, we want you to have fun with this!
I’m going to show you the pieces I received with the prices first, and then discuss my honest Dia and Co review with you.
Molly&Isadora Casey Short Sleeve Split Back Tee: $45
Meri Skye Carnation Short Sleeve Surplice Maxi Dress: $69
Meri Skye Charlie Detailed Shark Bite Tee: $39
Kut From the Kloth Clark Boyfriend Short: $55
Jessamine Statement Necklace: $28
If I kept all the items in the box, I would receive a 25% full box discount, making all the items in the box just $177 total.
Okay, my thoughts on these clothes was not overall very positive.
The maxi dress was by far the best item in there, but I felt it was a little too short on my 5′ 9″ tall frame and slightly too big and a little too plunging in the neckline, BUT would be an excellent nursing top! I didn’t end up keeping it and do think the price for a plain black maxi dress was too steep.
The tops were both so BIG on me and I hated the “fart slip” as I called it in the back of the striped top. I thought it was actually very cute from the front, but because of both of the slits, I would have to wear an undershirt with it, which I am pretty opposed to most of the time.
The teal top with the buttons was just… off. I dunno. Wasn’t feeling it at all.
The boyfriend shorts were terrible. The style was hideous first of all, but most importantly, they were enormous on me! They actually shipped me a size 16W instead of the size 14W as listed on my sheet and requested by me for sizing. But, even a size 14W, which they later sent me, was still super large on me and the cut terrible unless you like saggy butts and thighs.
The necklace was a cute style, but the chain was actually broken on it when it arrived at my house. I safety pinned it while taking the pictures. I requested an exchange on the necklace and then was told they didn’t have any more in stock.
The box was a complete fail.
I was feeling like Dia and Co might not be the right clothing subscription box for me. Perhaps I’m not the right size?
However, they asked me to review a second box and give them another try, so I agreed and did a second Dia and Co box review.
Dia and Co Review #2
The clothes in my second Dia &Co were somewhat better, but still somewhat amiss.
The pants were both fairly large on me. They were just kinda bulky in the crotch and hips (I think they were a size too big at size 14, but I don’t know that Dia and Co offers everything in size 12). I liked the high-waistedness of them, as it helps to kinda suck in that mommy tummy and hide those love handles and all that jazz. But, I’m not always a “tall” in pants. At 5′ 9″ I’m often a bit between regular and tall lengths.
The black shorts are actually elastic pants – no zippers or snaps – and have super large and deep front pockets (and ironically pretend back pockets on them). I ended up keeping the black shorts as something slightly dressier to wear around.
The green floral top was kinda cut with its tie in the back (which now that I write the name, I see that I was apparently supposed to tie it in the front?♀️), but I really think it made me look pregnant and it just didn’t fit properly on my frame and I didn’t love the stiffer fabric of it.
The teal top felt soft but was way too low in the chest for my modesty comfort levels and wasn’t my favorite style anyway.
The necklace was only okay. I feel like I have similar, yet prettier and better, long necklaces so I sent it back.
After two Dia and Co clothing boxes, I only kept one piece – the black elastic high waist Bermuda shorts. They are pretty high quality and very comfortable, so I’m happy with that decision.
I do think that if I were to keep trying boxes I might find some more great pieces to add permanetly to my clothing collection, but I also think it might be too hard as I (slowly but surely) lose weight over the next few months. I might not continue to fit well into their clothing.
The problem I feel is with me, rather than with them. I’m just not the perfect client for their clothing and fashion!
If you do wear plus-size clothing, I think they are worth trying out though.
My blog friend Hilary has received numerous boxes from them and she almost always has great things to say about their boxes (you can see her Dia & Co Reviews on her blog, including a Dia and Co activewear review).
If you love fashion subscription boxes, be sure to check out all my other reviews!
- Stitch Fix Costs for Frugal People (Review #1)
- Stitch Fix Prices (Review #2)
- Stitch Fix Pros and Cons (Review #3)
- Stitch Fix Maternity Review (and my post about where to get cheap maternity clothes)
- Stitch Fix Nursing Tops (and my post about Best Affordable Nursing Clothes Under $40)
- Stitch Fix Alternatives for Women, Men, Plus, and Maternity
- Trunk Club vs Stitch Fix
- Le Tote Review of Nursing Tops
- Le Tote Review Maternity
- Le Tote Review of Nursing Tops
- Maternity Clothes Subscription Boxes
- 6 Best Men’s Clothing Subscription Boxes
- Kidbox Review
- Baby by Kidbox Review
- Stitch Fix Kids Girls
- Stitch Fix Kids Boys
- Stitch Fix Kids Toddlers
- 10 Best Subscription Boxes for Kid Clothes
- Best Modest Swimsuits for Moms