Dia & Co Review: A Clothing Subscription Box for Plus Size Women
If you’re like me, you’ve never even thought about hiring a personal stylist, mostly because they’re expensive – LinkedIn found a good stylist is around $100 per hour. Why pay that when you can subscribe to a stylist through a clothing subscription box? Dia & Co is a clothing subscription for plus-sized women. For just $20 per month, you get a personal styling of clothing and accessories that may change the way you dress or just compliment your already amazing style! This Dia & Co review may be just what you’re looking for to decide if it’s worth it.
I loved the idea of having my own personal stylist since I’ve recently looked through my closet and was disappointed with what I saw. Having recently graduated, I seriously needed up to upgrade my college wardrobe to something more professional. The Dia & Co Box gave me the opportunity to find clothing that works for me at a reasonable price.
Dia & Co works much like Stitch Fix in that you pay a $20 “styling fee” for each box you receive. The personal styling fee is then used toward any item you choose to keep, and if you purchase all five items from the clothing subscription service, you get 25% off the total for the whole box.
To ensure that Dia & Co sends you the right garments and style, you answer an extensive style profile prior to receiving your first box. It goes over everything from bra size to patterns you hate. The survey also allows you to indicate if you want to hide or flaunt certain parts of your body (arms, legs, stomach), which was absolutely essential to me since most of the places I currently shop show off what I want to hide.
The only downside is that you can’t see the items you’re going to get before you receive the box. Unlike some other clothing subscription boxes, you don’t get to pick and choose what you want, but you can rate items to get more or less of an item.
Once the box arrives, you’ll get an email that reminds you to return the items you don’t want to keep. You can keep the items for up to five days before you have to return the items you don’t want using the prepaid envelope. The Terms of Service states that items that are unworn and in their original condition are not charged, meaning you cannot rip off the tag and wear it for a full-day before returning it.
- Cambridge Clutch: $28.50
- Love & Legend Jax Lace Sleeve Bomber Jacket: $108
- Celebrity Pink Corey Stretch Skinny: $65
- Jessica Simpson Freda Ribbed V-Neck Top: $49.50
- Eloquii Leonie Dress: $79
I loved how quickly the box arrived and how well wrapped it was. Everything was in tissue paper with a nice little note, which made the whole thing feel like Christmas in April. At first, I wasn’t sure that the long profile was worth it, especially since I’d filled out profiles for Birchbox in the past and still got things I hated. Once I received the Dia & Co Box, I saw that the items fit the profile exactly. I was floored with how well the Dia & Co Box matched my style. A lot of the items seemed specialized for Dia & Co, which means it would be hard to purchase the garments without a subscription, but that isn’t all bad.
I love Eloquii dresses, but my favorite styles were sleeveless. I specifically requested Dia & Co avoid showing off my arms, and this long-sleeved dress did just that.
The Value: $310 Retail ($277.50 With Discount)
Overall, I can say that the price is great for what I received. This was a perfectly styled outfit in a box. The pricing isn’t too off for what I’d expect to pay for each item. The only item that I felt was too much was the Jessica Simpson Freda top since it was so sheer, but it was still within my $40 to $70 price range.
Two of the items were out of that price range: the dress and bomber jacket. The dress was $9 over, but worth every penny. The quality was fantastic and I could see myself wearing it often. The most expensive thing was the bomber jacket and it gave me slight sticker shock. $108 isn’t a small amount and accounted for a third of the box, but I learned earlier that month that a quality jacket costs money.
I’d purchased a bomber jacket from Forever 21 a week prior, and it was uncomfortably small in the arms, but too large everywhere else. I only paid $35 for it so I couldn’t be too mad. The Dia & Co bomber jacket fit great, so I had no qualms about the price.
The Verdict: Is Dia & Co Worth It?
This Dia & Co review proves that it’s personally worth it to me because I absolutely loathe shopping. This clothing subscription box took the pain out of finding great outfits, and the personal styling aspect of the Dia & Co is fantastic. Dia & Co seriously takes your style desires into account without needing three or four tries. Right now, I have a hard time imagining that I’d ever forgo purchasing a single item from this subscription.
One of my biggest worries was that it wasn’t going to be relevant for my age. A lot of plus size clothing websites carry apparel for middle-aged women, such as Lane Bryant. I wanted plus size clothing for young women in their 20s, and my Dia & Co provided exactly that.
The Dia & Co Box also forced me out of my comfort zone in a relaxed environment: my home. I have a bad habit of buying something in a store, going home, and realizing that the dressing room mirrors were a little too flattering. The Dia & Co Box allowed me to try on the clothing at home and make a rational decision without any mirror tricks.
Finally, Dia & Co is an excellent way to introduce yourself to new brands. As a plus-size woman, I find it hard to find brands marketed for women my size. I have stuck to Torrid religiously, but I’m getting bored with their style choices. The Dia & Co Box showed me four other brands that have plus size clothing websites that I could use to expand my wardrobe.
The only thing about Dia & Co’s clothing subscription is that it may not work well for everyone as a monthly charge. My box was $310 before the discount, and I can’t imagine spending that much on clothes every month. On my budget, one box every three months isn’t too unreasonable, but it’s different for everyone. To accommodate all budgets, Dia & Co will only send a box when you request it.