Daring to Break the Rules with Diana Di Poce
A fashion icon, TikTok legend, and queen of the OOTD, Diana Di Poce (known online as @diana.dares) is breaking all the rules. With more issues in the works, she’s the creator of DARE— a magazine formed from the need of size representation in fashion. We love Diana for a simple reason: she dares us to simply wear what we love no matter what. We were so excited to lounge around with Diana to celebrate our new Summer Sleep drop and chat about everything from her work in the fashion space to how she likes to unwind after a long day. Meet Diana.
Diana ready for a sleepy summer in the Pima Cotton Tank Dress
Hi Diana! What was your inspiration for creating DARE Magazine? What can we look forward to?
I created the first issue of DARE in my final year of university. I was studying Fashion Communications and it was my thesis project. I always had a love for magazines— I had interned at several throughout the years and felt that I never saw myself represented in the pages of these publications. I wanted to see people that looked like me in beautiful clothing!
I decided that I wanted to be the one to make that change and so I created Canada’s first plus size fashion magazine. I never expected the impact it would have! It received so much positive feedback, and my inbox was full of inspiring notes from plus size people who were thrilled to finally see themselves represented in fashion. It was at that point that I decided to pursue DARE and take it beyond a project.
Over the years, we've had incredible icons like Chrissy Metz, Nabela Noor and Shannon Purser grace our covers. More issues are in the works— I have a long list of inspiring people that I’d love to shoot and feature. Can’t wait to get back to it!
Simply put: you are one of our fashion icons. What are some fashion rules you love breaking?
That means so much to me! I’m blushing! Thank you.
I love breaking pretty much all fashion rules! People in bigger bodies are often told to stay away from bright colors, horizontal stripes, certain silhouettes, oversized prints— the list goes on. I say wear ALL the colors, prints and shapes. The only rule we should follow is to wear what we love!
Diana is good to go in the Good to Go Shorts Romper
What’s your favorite way to wind down after a long day?
After a long day, I always love to sit in the backyard with my partner! It’s our little oasis. We turn on our string lights, make a drink (sometimes a tea, sometimes a fun cocktail), light a candle and listen to some nostalgic playlists (usually full of Death Cab and MGMT).
I’m also a huge reality TV fan— The Real Housewives, Big Brother, 90 Day Fiancé. They're always a great way to turn off my brain and have some laughs!
Do you have a night-time routine? Tell us about it!
It’s all about the skincare for me! My night is not the same without my skincare routine. I love winding down with a hydrating sleep mask, a few drops of lavender in my diffuser and super comfy PJs (I’ve actually got my Thigh Savers on right now—love wearing these to bed too, they’re so lightweight and I feel like I’m wearing nothing!).
Hit the snooze button with the Pima Cotton Sleep Set
Brag about yourself, what are you proudest of?
My husband and I purchased our first home and we’ve been putting so much time into renovating it over the last year. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished. We’ve learned so much along the way and have become quite the DIY couple, if I do say so myself!