So, its been too long since my last post. Let’s start there. No excuses. I mean…I have lots of excuses. Just not any good ones.
In the ever constant battle of being a thick girl, and trying (and wanting) the same experience that everyone else gets I found a new answer. Subscription clothing services. We love subscription services, right?! We already established this. There are lots of great options for straight sized (read regular) women. Le Tote (which is a combo rental/purchase program) and Stitch Fix (which works exactly like the one we are using) just to name a few. But for thick girls there just isn’t a good answer…or there wasn’t. Enter Dia & Co. A great little option.
The rundown: You sign up, take a style quiz, tell them about yourself, etc. Pay $20 styling fee – which turns into a credit if you decide to buy anything. Get boxes as often as you like. When you rate your received items and tell them what you are keeping and what you are returning you get the option to sign up for your next box. I really like this feature because it means no accidentally being charged, or contracts you have to fulfill, or deadlines you have to make.
I was so excited about getting my box. I tracked it’s shipping info for days and when it came I wasted no time ripping it open to see what was inside. I was met first with a note from my stylist, Maria. She had taken the time to write me a note that told me exactly what to do with my items to get the most out of them. This was a really nice way to start my experience. I would have struggled to find what to pair the sweater with and I would not have thought to wear the tulle skirt with a denim shirt. I was already impressed.
The first item I tried on was a black and white striped fit and flare dress. I was afraid it was going to be too long, that it wouldn’t fit perfectly. After all, this was just my first box. It was perfect! Not a thing I would change about it. I am keeping it. Fashion 2 Figure dress $42.90 (with credit already paid $22.90), similar here.
The denim shirt they sent was the softest denim I have ever felt. The color was subtle and lovely. The delicate buttons were great. But the fit was a little trim and while I loved this Love Your Body shirt by SLINK, I had one similar enough to it in my closet that I didn’t think a second one was needed. But I would recommend this shirt to anyone. Not keeping it though. SLINK denim shirt $64.00.
This was a tunic length sweater in a lovely blue color. It was light weight and fit really well. I didn’t have any actual complaints – but I don’t like asymmetrical hems (which this had) and I always feel like long tunic length things make me look shorter and wider. That probably isn’t true. But it feels true. I got lots of compliments on it when I tried it on. But…not keeping it. Junarose is a Scandinavian fast-fashion brand that can be found in large retailers like Nordstroms, but can’t be purchased via a website. Junarose Sweater $69.00
They sent a “pink” tulle skirt which I probably requested…but the pink was more putty and I’m 35 and I have to accept that maybe a pink tulle skirt isn’t in my wheelhouse anymore. As sad as that is to say. Not keeping it. C’est Ca NY skirt list for less than Dia price online. However, the company hand makes their skirts and they have some really lovely pieces. Tulle Skirt $89.00
The scarf was a lovely color, but the pattern and texture of the fabric made it feel juvenile to me. And since I have 2 large tubs of scarves (I have them divided in to winter and summer styles). See Design is the retailer and they have a ton of color and pattern options. This scarf is listed online for $28. Not keeping it. Scarf $35.00
So, for the $20 styling fee (that then gets applied to the cost of anything you keep) its a dang good deal. The thing I like most is that I don’t have to take one every month. I can take breaks. And I can tell them about events coming up that I want something special for…so I signed up for next month and mentioned a possible trip to Nashville with the girls. Downside: I found two of the exact items they sent me online for less than they would have charged me. That doesn’t make me want to buy from them. Also, they are backed up and so I won’t be getting my next box until after my trip to Nashville. Bummer. But I think there are more ups than downs and I am excited to see what I get in my next box. If you think you want to look into it – let me know. I can get a $20 credit for referring you! 🙂