8 Rules for Choosing Your Travel Wardrobe

July 11, 2016 0 Comments

Tips for Choosing your Travel Wardrobe, from a Full-Time Traveler
By Nora Dunn, The Professional Hobo
 

When I started traveling full-time in 2007, I had a wardrobe designed to sustain the rigours of my active lifestyle. And I had the right idea with my choices; everything was light, quick-drying, wrinkle-free, and multi-functional.

Problem was, I hated it.

I felt frumpy all the time. There was no style to my clothing; it was simply functional and little more. And my colour choices were off; too many mis-matched outfits meant I needed to carry more clothing (that I didn't like) to make it all work. So on top of everything else, my bag weighed a ton.

I've come a long way since then.

The contents of my bag have evolved a few times over, as I've developed my own travel style, eliminated the things I didn't need, and replaced the things I didn't like.

In fact, although I travel full-time with one checked bag, if I get a chance to leave it somewhere for a while, I can travel indefinitely with carry-on baggage only.

Recently, I had the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi along for one such carry-on journey, and it earned its place in my bag.

Tips for Choosing Your Travel Wardrobe

Here are the criteria I measure up against any potential travel wardrobe additions/replacements. Think of your travel wardrobe as a cookbook; it's a matter of choosing the right ingredients.

Multi-Functional

The Chrysalis Cardi is tops on the multi-function scale. You can wear it about eight different ways – more if you're creative. This versatility adds a lot to a wardrobe, enabling it to adapt to different situations and style requirements.

Comfortable

I learned – the hard way – that you don't have to sacrifice comfort for function. Choose something that you're going to love wearing; when you travel, you have limited options. Make 'em count. The Chrysalis Cardi excels here as well, with a material so comfortable you will consider sleeping in it at some point.

Fashionable

When you feel frumpy, it trickles into other areas of your life. Choose something that fits your style (but won't offend other cultures); again you gotta love your clothing.

Packs Light and Small

The weight and size of your bag is directly proportionate to your misery on the road. Save yourself the hassle of lugging around a massive bag and pack light and small. The Chrysalis Cardi is a little bulkier than most of my clothing, however it makes up for this transgression with its multi-functionality.

Quick-Drying

At some point you'll probably need to hand wash something and dry it overnight. The Chrysalis Cardi should always be hand-washed; the bad news is if you're drying it inside without much circulation, it can take up to a day to dry properly.

Wrinkle Free

If you need an iron to make it work, it doesn't belong in your travel bag. Your clothing should come off the line looking like it came off the showroom floor. (Incidentally, you can't iron the Chrysalis Cardi – nor would you ever need to).

Quality

Depending on where you are traveling to, finding suitable replacement clothing might be a challenge. Reduce the chances of that happening with quality choices. You may spend more initially, but the longer wear – and other benefits above – make it a wash. With tender care (and a reasonable amount of abuse), I suspect the Chrysalis Cardi will last me for ages.

Colour Palette

Choose three complementary colours as a theme and stick with them throughout your travel wardrobe. That way everything matches up and you have more options.

Now that the Chrysalis Cardi has worked its way into my travel wardrobe, it has accompanied me on my latest carry-on travel mission: I'm enjoying some free accommodation in Panama for two months! It is perfect for cooler nights – either on the town, or snuggled up at “home”.

My travel wardrobe selections continue to evolve with my style, destinations, and activities. But these core criteria above are always my guide

 

Guest Post by Nora Dunn, the Professional Hobo

About Nora

Nora Dunn is The Professional Hobo; a woman who sold everything in Canada (including a busy financial planning practice) to travel the world in 2007. She has been on the move ever since, having perfected the art of traveling full-time in a financially sustainable way. Testament is in her latest e-book: How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter @hobonora.





Also in Live Lightly, Love Loudly

Small Changes, Big Impact

July 19, 2017 0 Comments

Sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impact. This is a guest post from Kate Robichaud, Senior Manager at Beautycounter.

 

Continue Reading

Photo Journal of Kyoto, Japan

July 12, 2017 0 Comments

I took a high speed bullet train (also known as the Shinkansen) travelling across the country up to 320km/h to Kyoto. Formerly known as Japan’s capital from 794 up until 1868, it’s a historic city full of temples and shrines. I didn’t realize how much I’d fall in love with Kyoto until I was there.

Continue Reading

Why Made in Canada Matters

June 28, 2017 0 Comments

Made in Canada matters to us, and I think if you're reading this - it matters to you too. Not because Canada is the best country in the world (though biased - I do think it's pretty great)...

Continue Reading

Please scroll down to find the size chart for each design. If you have any questions on sizing, please try out our online size recommender or click here to contact us with questions prior to ordering. Size charts are in alphabetical order based on design name.
If you're on our product page viewing the size chart, click anywhere outside of the pop-up (or on the X in the top right corner) to close the size charts, or click here to surf back to our main collection page.

 

The Chrysalis Cardi

Size
Garment Length (Laid Flat) Garment Width (Laid Flat) Bust 
(inches)
Waist 
(inches)
Hip 
(inches)
Height 

Regular

(xs - xxl)

38" 39.5" 32"-41" 25"-34" 35"-44" 5'2"-6'0"

Petite

(xxs - m)

35" 34.5" 27"-35" 23"-28" 30"-38" <5'4"

Maxi

(xl - xxxl)

43" 41.5" 41"-52" 33"-45" 44"-56" <6'0"

Fit Advice: The Regular Chrysalis Cardi is a one size fits most garment ranging from sizes XS-XXL or 2-14. It can be easily belted in multiple ways, however the Regular is not recommended for petite or shorter woman due to the volume of fabric - See Petite Cardi. The Regular is also not recommended for curvier/taller women due to fabric pulling around the bust or bottom - See Maxi Cardi.

We recommend watching the how-to wear videos to see how much fabric drape and length you would like in your finished garment. If you are in between sizes, it is best to size up and the garment can always be tailored shorter to better suit your look - you cannot add more fabric unfortunately!

The Petite is best suited for women 5'4" and under with a smaller frame, although it will also work on women above this height (depending on preferred length when styled). 

The Maxi is best suited for all women under 6’0” with a curvier shape to eliminate any uncomfortable fabric pulling, although it will also work on women who are a bit less curvy (depending on preferred length when styled). 

Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in both the Petite and Regular Chrysalis Cardi product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S). Jessica shown in the Maxi Chrysalis Cardi product shots is approximately 5'3" tall and a size 12-14 (XXL). Anthea shown in the beach shot is 5'4" tall and a size 2-4 (S). Kristi shown in the Cardi "How-to-Wear" videos is approximately 5'9" and a size 4-6 (M).

*If you have any questions on sizing, please contact us - Remember it is best to provide us with your height and size range of garments that you already own! 

The Dressy Sweatpant

STYLED HIGH RISE - WORN AT YOUR NATURAL WAIST

Worn higher up with rise sitting at natural waist. Straight leg tapers from the hip to ankle opening.

Size XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16)
Waist (inches)
23" - 25"
25" - 28"
28" - 32"
32" - 34"
34" - 37"
Hip (inches)
32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
44" - 47"
Inseam (inches) 28.5"
STYLED LOW RISE - WORN AT YOUR HIP
Slight drop-crotch look with rise sitting just above natural hip. Straight leg tapers to ankle opening.
Size XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16)
Waist (inches)
25" - 28"
28" - 32"
32" - 34"
34" - 37"
36" - 39"
Hip (inches)
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
44" - 47"
46" - 49"
Inseam (inches) 28.5"

Fit Advice: We recommend staying with your usual size if you are in between sizes. The cut on The Dressy Sweatpants is more generous and the fit is meant to be drapey and slightly harem. Therefore, it's better if they don't fit snug. 

Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S) is wearing a size small in Black, Navy, and Smoke Dressy Sweatpant. Daria is 5'4" tall and a size 0-2 (XS) and is wearing an extra small in the Slate Grey Dressy Sweatpant.

 

The Essential Long Sleeve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14-16 (XXL)
Bust 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 33 - 36" 36 - 39" 39 - 42"
42 - 45"
Waist 23 - 25" 25 - 27" 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 34 - 36"
36 - 38"
Hips 30 - 32" 33 - 36" 36 - 38" 38 - 41" 41 - 44"
44 - 47"
Front Length / Back Length 24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"

 

Fit Advice: The Essential Long Sleeve Top fits a bit larger than our usual Tees. We suggest to order true to your normal size, however since the styling is more flowy and forgiving than our other Encircled Tees it is suggested to size down if you prefer a tighter look. If you want a tighter fit, size down. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

Models Measurements: Kristi shown in the product shots is approximately 5'9" tall and a size 6-8 (M) is wearing a size Medium in The Essential Long Sleeve Top. 

 

The Evolve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M)
10 - 12 (L)
14 - 16 (XL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
Waist 20-22" 23-25" 26-28" 32-34" 35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
Fit Advice: The fit of The Evolve top is drapey but tapers towards the hip. It tends to fit large. We recommend for you to size down from your normal size if you are unsure. The fabric on The Evolve top has a natural stretch that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 
Model's Measurements: 
Isabel shown in the product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S) wearing a size extra small in The Evolve Top.

 

 

The Flipside Legging 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam 28" 28"
28"
28"
28"

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing up if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The Modal fabric on The Flipside Leggings is not as 'taut' as synthetic fabrics like polyester, so if you prefer a snugger fit in the waist area of your leggings, size down. The Flipside Leggings are pre-shrunk.

Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S) wearing a size XS.

 

 The Minimalist Legging + The Minimalist Crop Legging

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The Bamboo fabric on The Minimalist Leggings is tighter than the Flipside Leggings. The Minimalist Leggings are pre-shrunk.

Model's Measurements: Kristi, shown in the product shots is approximately 5'9" and a size 6-8 (M), wearing size Medium in the Minimalist Leggings. 

 

The Nomadic V-Neck

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44.5
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
45-47"
Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
28"

Fit Advice: The Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

Model's Measurements: Anissa shown in the product shots is approximately 5'2" tall and a size 0 (XS) is wearing a size extra small in The Nomadic V-Neck.

 

The Retrograde Kimono Dress

Size
XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16) 
Bust (Inches)
28 - 32"
31" - 34"
34 - 37"
36 - 40"
40 - 49"
Waist (Inches)
23" - 25"
24" - 27"
27" - 30"
30" - 34"
35" - 40"
Hip (Inches)
30" - 34"
34" - 37"
36" - 39"
39" - 44"
44" - 49"
Length (Inches)
At longest, 30"
At longest, 31"
At longest, 32"
At longest, 33"
At longest, 34"

 

Fit Advice: The Retrograde Kimono Dress runs larger than our other Encircled designs and is our most "oversized" piece in the collection. We suggest to order true to your normal size to get the intended look. If you prefer a slimmer or tighter look, we suggest choosing a size down than your usual Encircled size.

Model's Measurements: Andrea shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'7" tall and a size 0-2 (XS) is wearing a size Extra Small. 

The Reversible Pencil Skirt

Size
XS (0-2)
S (2-4)
M (6-8)
L (10-12)
XL (14-16)

Waist (inches)

23" - 26"
26" - 29"
29" - 32"
32" - 34"
35" - 37"

Hip (inches)

32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
45" - 47"

Length Total (inches)

20"
21"
22"
23"
24"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Pencil Skirt fits true to size, but it's suggested to size up if you fall between sizes. The pencil skirt offers a smooth silhouette that slightly tapers from waist to hips and down through to the hem, hitting just at knee length. A pencil skirt should smoothly skim your curves, so to get a perfect fit, first identify your largest measurement then choose the size offering that range while still allowing for some stretch. The fabric on The Reversible Pencil skirt has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

Model's Measurements: Monica shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'6" tall and a size 2-4 (S) is wearing a size extra small. 

 

The Revolve Dress

 
Size
0-2 (XS)
2-4 (S)
6-8 (M) 10-12 (L) 14-16 (XL)
Bust (inches)
27.5 - 29.5 "
30.5 - 32.5 "
33.5 - 35.5 "
36.5 - 38.5 "
39.5 - 41.5 "
Waist (inches)
23-24 "
25-26 "
28-29 "
30-31 "
32-34 "
Hips (inches)
30-32 "
33-35 "
36-38 "
39-41 "
42-44 "
Length (inches)
At longest, 38.5" Adjustable
At longest, 39" Adjustable
At longest, 39.25" Adjustable
At longest, 39.5" Adjustable
At longest, 39.5" Adjustable

Fit Advice: The Revolve Dress is designed to fit drapey that tapers towards the hip. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. If your hip measurements are above the guide, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. The fabric on The Revolve Dress has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S) is wearing a size extra small. 

 

The Wanderer Sleeveless T 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44.5"
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
45-47"
Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
28"

Fit Advice: The Wanderer Sleeveless T fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

Model's Measurements: Jamie shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'4" tall and a size 2 (XS) is wearing a size extra small in The Wanderer Sleeveless T.