Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to pack lighter with minimalist fashion
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Pack Lighter and Do More with Multiway Clothing from Encircled

If I’ve learned anything from the past 5 years of traveling the world, it’s that possessions do not equate to happiness. In fact, I think the opposite is usually true–the more we own, the more we stress.

As such, I’ve made it a goal of mine to find ways to live more minimally, whether I’m on the road or at home. I want to do more with less, and that starts with buying the right products–the ones that give me the most bang for my buck because they are made to last.Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi

  • I want to pack lighter when I travel and have less in my home.
  • I want to create less waste by investing in high-quality products and avoiding fast fashion.
  • I want to support the companies that are doing it sustainably and ethically.
  • I want to help others achieve the same goals while spreading the word about why it’s important.

Clothing is just one small part of the equation when it comes to minimalism, of course, but it’s a fantastic place to star–and it’s accessible to everyone.

Buying the right clothing can help us consume less, travel lighter, and stay more organized. It can help us look and feel great no matter the occasion, all while reducing our global impact.

If these things are important to you, too, I think you’re going to love multiway clothing from Encircled.Pack Lighter with Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi

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Who is Encircled?

Encircled is a Canadian clothing brand that believes fashion should be conscious, simple, and smart. They’re dedicated to helping travelers pack lighter so they can live lighter, and they help urban warriors simplify their wardrobes so they can be more with less.

They’re advocates of travel because they believe it enriches our lives by revealing the interconnectedness of humanity. They believe in capsule wardrobes and embracing quality over quantity. They believe fashion should be down to earth and approachable.

Encircled is committed to sustainable practices at every stage of production. They support small business owners and they consider their carbon footprint at every turn. It’s exactly the kind of company we should all be supporting because they put community and the environment first.

Why I Love Encircled’s Multiway Clothing

  • Their core fabrics (modal, tencel and bamboo) are biodegradable, sustainably sourced, and pesticide-free
  • The fabrics are resistant to wrinkling, fading, & shrinking
  • The dyes contain no harmful chemicals
  • Products are sewn in Canada, not in overseas sweat shops
  • Encircled multiway clothing can be dressed up or down
  • Every piece is versatile and durable
  • The fabric is softer than a baby’s bum
  • Unlike “fast fashion,” these clothes are designed to last

The Chrysalis Cardi

The Chrysalis Cardi is a central piece in Encircled’s multiway clothing collection. It’s a large circular piece of fabric outfitted with 6 snaps (4 on the top seam and 2 on the bottom) that are used to execute the various styles.

There are two sizes available–a standard size for women 5’4″ and above, and a petite version for those of us blessed with short stature or a particularly slender frame. I’m 5’0, so naturally, I’m wearing the petite.

The Encircled website showcases 8 ways to wear the Chrysalis Cardi, but with a little imagination, there are surely even more than that!

What I love the most about this piece is its versatility–I can seamlessly move from one occasion to the next without skipping a beat.Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling

I can throw it on as a scarf for a long travel day or snap together a beautiful dress to attend a wedding. I can pull it over my head on a bad hair day or wrap it around my waist and wear it as a maxi skirt.

The possibilities are endless!

The Chrysalis Cardi was one of my secret weapons when I wanted to pack light for a 10-day trip to Greece–and by light, I mean carry-on only, which is not my usual M.O.

The following are just a few of the ways I’d recommend wearing the Chrysalis Cardi for a long travel day. I’m also wearing a second versatile Encircled piece, the Flipside Legging, which I’ll explain more below!

Styles from top to bottom: Double Loop Scarf, Big Loop Scarf, Cocoon Cardi, The Wrap, modified WrapEncircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi for a long travel day Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi for a long travel day Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi for a long travel day Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi for a long travel day Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi for a long travel day

Once in Greece, I was able to experiment with a few of the dress styles, including the Grecian Tunic and the One-Shoulder Dress. I quickly discovered that the Grecian Tunic can also be worn off the shoulder, although that might not work as well for ladies with a narrow frame.Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling

I also improvised a maxi skirt, which is not one of the official looks, but it was so damn comfortable that I just couldn’t help but shake my booty.Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling

It also feels quite nice as a headscarf and looked particularly glam with my pink lipstick and movie star sunnies.Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi while traveling

The Chrysalis Cardi comes with an instruction book and you can also find tutorial videos on the Encircled website. You’ll notice that some styles require an additional piece, a belt which is included when you order. The styles range from Easy to Adventurous and it’s true that some styles are a lot more difficult to put together than others.

For the sake of transparency, I’ll admit that I never could quite figure out how to pull off the X-Back Halter. I attempted it valiantly on more than one occasion, but it always came out looking something like this:Encircled Multiway Clothing

On the bright side, this led me to create a cool new scarf style! The best thing you can do is keep an open mind and use your imagination when styling the Chrysalis Cardi. Find all the official looks and instructions here.Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi for a long travel day

The Flipside Legging

The second versatile Encircled piece I was thrilled to travel with was the Flipside Legging. Reversible, durable, soft and cozy–this piece is a wardrobe staple through and through.

I love neutrals and dark colors because they go with everything. My Flipside Legging is black on one side and navy on the other, making it the perfect thing to pair with just about any top I own.

For a travel day, I can wear them full-length or with the hem turned up, exposing the other color.Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Flipside Legging

The legging takes up the space of one pair of pants while acting as two, which means more room and less weight in my bag. This was the other trick to packing so light for my trip to Greece.

The Flipside Legging completes my travel wardrobe, but it also does so much more than that! It serves as workout gear…Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Flipside Legging Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Flipside Legging

…not to mention the Flipside Legging is ideal for simply lounging around your hotel or getting comfy at home. For a lady of short stature like myself, these pants sit high on the waistline, right at the smallest part of my waist. No muffin top here!and is ideal for lounging around the hotel or getting comfy at home.

Because of the double layer of fabric, you can rest assured that you won’t be revealing too much. They also feel remarkably durable–I put them to the test at the rock climbing gym recently and they passed with flying colors.

Together, the Chrysalis Cardi and the Flipside Legging form the perfect pairing for a day of working from home or at a cafe. Comfortable, versatile, and classic–the ideal fit for my lifestyle of travel and location independence.Encircled Multiway Clothing: How to style the Chrysalis Cardi

If you’re in search of clothing that can go everywhere and do just about anything, you’ve got to check out the selection at Encircled.

Designed with the eco-conscious wanderluster in mind, they’ll fit your jet setter lifestyle while keeping you stylish and comfortable–and you can feel good knowing they were created with minimal impact to our precious Earth.

What’s your favorite way to wear multiway clothing?


Thank you to Encircled for sponsoring this post! All opinions stated are my own.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Allison May 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve almost always traveled only with a carry-on (not by choice, though) and find that it is much better doing so! I definitely need to look for pieces like these. Having a scarf that doubles as a dress, skirt, or top would definitely make my life easier!

    • Reply Leah Davis May 22, 2017 at 8:59 am

      I’m new to packing light so this was a challenge for me. I can see the appeal for sure! I always tend to bring too many shoes, so if someone could invent multiway shoes that’d be great!! Haha.

  • Reply Jane Claridge May 30, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Hi Leah, how did you improvise the maxi skirt? It looks great!

    • Reply Leah Davis May 30, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Jane! To make the skirt the way I did, you just snap together two of the snaps on the top edge to create two openings of equal size. Step through one opening (or step through before snapping when the opening is larger). Then fold the extra fabric across the front of your body and tie it in place using the belt. 🙂 Voila!
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  • Reply Frederique from My Good Emporium May 30, 2017 at 2:33 am

    This would be so great for the six items challenge I did a few months ago!!!!

  • Reply Jean June 3, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Oh I love the idea of multifunctional clothing. Makes the travel lifestyle that much easier when your not lugging around ten tonne of clothing. Do they ship to Australia?

  • Reply Sara June 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Loved this post! I just came back from a four month trip around the world and I only packed a suitcase. There is something so freeing about not having to lug around extra pieces that are not needed.

  • Reply Tracy June 3, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    What a great concept. I love packing light so I will have to check them out.

  • Reply Rachel Drinkard June 3, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    How is the tencel and bamboo on the Encircled pieces holding up to pilling? I was looking at these fabrics for my own line of multiway clothing, but after traveling for a day in a dress made out of it (with my backpack) I discovered it’s horrifically pilled and worn out looking! First wear! I was very sad.

  • Reply leigh swansborough June 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    As a seasoned thru-hiker, we pack simple and make everything multi-purpose. I had never really thought about multi-purpose travel clothes. This has given me some ideas for sure.

  • Reply Sara White June 4, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Wait, I can’t believe this is all from one piece! The dress styles are so cute, and they don’t look at all like I would expect multi-purpose “travel” clothes to look – as in, this is the kind of thing I would wear around the city just because it looks pretty and comfy! How heavy/warm does the fabric feel – do you think it would feel too hot/heavy for a really hot and humid day?

  • Reply Sara June 4, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Ah thank you for this. I have been doing more research into companies that make and sell more eco-friendly/sustainable/fair trade clothing, and I remember hearing the name of Encircled but didn’t see much about it and moved on. That Cardi looks like something I need to add to my wardrobe! Will look into it!

  • Reply Melissa @ The Family Voyage June 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Oh my gosh I need these for our big trip coming up!

  • Reply Shirley Cheng June 22, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Hello Leah, I like your purple top design very much. I want same like yours. I also like your sky colour sunglasses. I prefer to wear this when i go outside. Thanks for updating information about fashion. Keep sharing!

    • Reply Leah Davis June 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Hey Shirley, thanks so much for reading! Glad you enjoyed!

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