My latest Dia&Co. box arrived over the weekend, and I finally had a chance to try everything on. Some things that I thought would work, didn’t, but others that I really didn’t think would look good, did. Color me surprised! I like that I’m building my wardrobe with items that fit and pieces of clothing that reflect who I am, or at least who I think I want to be.
A little info about Dia&Co.:
Dia&Co. is a plus size styling service catering to women who wear a sizes 14-28. Basically, you fill out a style profile, pay a $20 styling fee, chat with your stylist to see what you’re interested in, and then your stylist sends you five items. You have five days to try everything on and get a feel for it, then you send what you don’t want back. Then, they’ll deduct that twenty bucks from the price of anything you decide to keep. Sweet deal, right?
They’re also in the middle of a style challenge on Instagram right now. There are different prompts every day for the rest of October. Do a quick search for #DiaStyleChallenge if you want to participate! I play along when I can, and it’s been pretty fun!
Since my photographer (the husband) was out of town for this reveal, I enlisted my sister-in-law for help, and thank goodness she was available, because she let me use some of her accessories, too. Funny thing about packing and going on a trip for two months with two little people: you kinda forget to pack for yourself. Yours truly forgot to pack more than one pair of shoes (so I’ve been sporting my Birks all day, everyday), and I didn’t pack anything with long sleeves (and it’s been in the 40s here in the mornings).
Anywho, that’s all a story for another day. Back to this month’s box…
Here’s my October Dia&Co. reveal:
Item 1: Lucky Brand – Embroidered Elephant Top – $59.50
I truly didn’t know what to think of this when I saw it. I mean, it’s a giant elephant embroidered on the front of my shirt. I’m all for loving on elephants, but sprawled across my belly? I don’t know. I was totally against this shirt before I even put it on, but then I wore it and saw myself in the mirror and I really liked it. This sounds weird to say, but the elephant hugged me in all the right places. I loved that the trunk wrapped around my middle, and that it was a funky design. I also liked the navy blue; I’m discovering colors I really like, and navy blue is one of them.
I actually liked it, and could see myself wearing it, but this one is unfortunately going back, only because there’s no way I can spend $60 on a tank top.
Item 2: Fashion to Figure – Cargo Jacket – $48.90
When I first tried this one, I said, “Bummer,” because it was tight in my upper arms. I wanted to like it, but I dismissed it right off the bat. But then I put it back on for the photos, and my sister-in-law’s eyes lit up when she saw it on me. The compliments just kept coming, and I forgot all about the tightness in the arms. I saw myself in it and really liked it. Plus, the color is lovely (apparently olive works for me, too), and the style just worked. I also liked that it’s lightweight, so I can wear it more often.
I want to say that this is a keeper? I’m still a tiny bit torn, only because of the arm situation (although, let’s hope the weight loss keeps coming). Totally undecided, but I need to decide ASAP!
Item 3: Style & Co – Skinny Jeggings – $56.50
I came out to New Mexico with one pair of jean capris, two pairs of maternity khakis, and a goal to find more jeans/pants that fit. I’ve been on the prowl, and have already tried on several pairs of jeans, only to leave discouraged. They’ll either fit in the leg, but not in the waist, or they’ll fit in the hips, but then be gigantic in the legs. (Thanks, 9-pound children, for making my hips even wider than they were before.) So when I tried these on, and they fit in all the right places*, I immediately took the tags off and didn’t think twice.
Item 4: Junarose – Center Detailed Short Sleeve Peplum Top
I immediately LOVED the color. It’s like a pretty coral that’s slightly on the pink side. Loved it. I’ve seen this style of shirt around, so I was curious how it’d work on me. Unfortunately, it made me look really boxy or square.
Sending back. Loved the color, but that wasn’t enough to make me keep it.
Item 5: C’est Ca – Tulle Skirt – $119.00
Honestly, this was my reaction: Waah-waah. I reallllllllly wanted this to work, but there were too many factors working against me for this skirt. First, It was probably a size too big, so it didn’t fit snug enough on my waist. Second, unless I was holding out the skirt (like in the first two pictures) the tulle poofed out at the top just enough to make me look like a blueberry muffin top (like in the sad last picture). Also, the length was too long for this to work. I have a ridiculously short torso, so if I hiked the skirt up any higher, it completely cut me off. The final straw was the price. Unless it fit me perfectly, I couldn’t spend that much on a skirt.
No way, jose. Sending back.