It’s always fun to get new clothes but what if you could have a stylist handpick items especially for you? Dia & Co is an online shopping portal for plus-size women who wear size 14 and larger and provide a personal styling service for their customers. I wear a size 14-16 and am an apple shape so I was curious to see what they’d come up with for me.
Dia & Co offers two different boxes – a style box and an activewear box. Just take a quiz online and one of their stylists will pick out 5 items based on your response. Then, their suggestions are sent to you in a box, which you can order anytime.
Once it arrives, try on your items, rate them, and then return what you don’t like. You only get charged for what you keep.
My box arrived within a few days. I love fast service because there are too many online clothing sites that import goods from overseas and they take forever to arrive.
How Apples compare to Pears
A woman who is an apple shape usually has long shapely legs, narrow hips, and a paunchy belly. She may have been slim when she was young but when middle age set in started gaining belly fat. That’s what happened to me. Pears are different. They have small waists, but their hips, bottom, and arms are where they carry their weight.
The worst thing about being an apple shape is that once your belly grows it’s hard to get rid of it no matter how healthy your habits are.
Styling Tips for an Apple Shape
Drive the attention away from your waist to your breasts or legs. Don’t be afraid to show a little cleavage. You can do this by wearing a “V” or Scoop neck. Avoid high necks or squared collars because they make you look boxy. Add a striking necklace or another eye-catching accessory in that area and no one will look at your belly.
Wear blouses and dresses with draping to hide your waist. Empire waistlines and sometimes a peplum work well with an apple shape.
Because apples tend to have nice legs, skinny stretch pants look great with a long-draped blouse, cardigan, kimono, or tunic.
As we get older, our arms may grow flaps. In that case, a ¾” sleeve will cover them and always looks attractive.
Boho and Lagenlook designs use layering and can hide a protruding belly.
Plus-size women need a place to shop too
In the video below, watch as I open up my Dia & Co box and try on the outfits I received.
Review of my Dia & Co Style Box
The nice thing about making a video is that I can see what I look like on camera. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. The pieces below may no longer be available on the Dia & Co site.
Poplar Boyfriend Short – I was amazed at how well my shorts fit and how comfortable they are. I didn’t have a nice pair of shorts so I’ll be wearing them often.
I paired the shorts with the Hailee Peasant Blouse – This BOHO Style blouse gently drapes over my belly (which is currently about 24 months pregnant – LOL) It shows a little cleavage, has long sleeves, and will easily fit a plus-size body. I like the print and its colors because they compliment my complexion. Best of all, they fit me perfectly and don’t feel tight.
Alyce Short Sleeve Mock Tee – I’m not going to lie, this shirt wasn’t my favorite. I can see that the stylist was going for a gamin look, but it’s too baggy looking for me. I love that it’s soft and comfortable and decided to keep it to wear around the house.
Adriatic Knee Length Skirt – This is a perfect black skirt that I can wear to meetings and even parties. I love the length and it’s super soft.
Myrtle Cap Sleeve Swing Dress – It’s just like it sounds. Swingy. I live in comfy dresses so I was happy that it fits and looks nice. I prefer more of an empire, though because my stomach still sticks out. The neckline is pretty, though.
Here’s some exciting news!
“Dia & Co is committed to bringing plus-size inclusivity into the fitness space, and we’re thrilled to partner with Venus Williams, who has been a leading voice for inclusivity in the athletic community,” said Nadia Boujarwah, CEO and Co-Founder of Dia & Co. “This collection provides quality, accessible athletic apparel for women who have been underserved in the activewear space — and just as importantly, it sends a bold message: All women are fit to thrive.”