When I first decided to go on a three-month backpacking trip across Europe, I had also resolved to go carry-on only.
I mean, I didn’t want to be those people carrying giant backpacks around that they can barely lift. I didn’t want to feel like toppling over from exhaustion every day. And I certainly didn’t want to pay extra for checked luggage on budget flights within Europe.
I was determined to pack light but going carry-on only was easier said than done.
By far the most time-consuming part of preparing for my three-month backpacking trip across Europe was deciding which clothing items to pack. More experienced travellers have said, gather everything you want to pack, then throw half back. But I needed to pack for the warm sunny weather in Dubrovnik, grey rainy weather in London, perhaps cold snowy weather as winter approaches. This multi-weather trip was posing a real problem for my goal to go carry-on only.
How was I going to fit everything I needed and *attempt* to look stylish in the streets of Europe?
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m not the most stylish person in the world — that’s why I’m not a fashion blogger! However, I like to think that I’ve done a pretty good job of staying stylish in Europe with my limited wardrobe.
After much indecision, much debate, and much research into versatile travel garments, I was finally able to narrow down what I was packing to fit in my Osprey Farpoint 40 L carry-on backpack.
The Encircled Chrysalis Cardi
The Encircled Chrysalis Cardi has been the perfect versatile travel garment for my adventures in the streets of Europe!
The Chrysalis Cardi can be styled in over eight looks, transforming anywhere from a dress to a scarf to a top to a cape to its signature cardi style. And all at the snap of a button!
But how you ultimately choose to wear it is up to you — the possibilities are virtually limitless!
This one garment can fold down very small and is perfect for light packing. Since I was going carry-on only on a three-month backpacking trip, this is exactly what I needed.
The Chrysalis Cardi is made with a super soft blend of bamboo and spandex fabric which is sustainable and eco-friendly. It is 100% handmade in Canada (yay Canadians represent!).
How to Wear the Chrysalis Cardi
When I first got the Chrysalis Cardi, I’ll admit, I was flipping through the lookbook and I found it quite confusing. I tried playing around with the travel garment for maybe ten minutes and I couldn’t figure out any of the looks.
Then I decided to watch the how-to videos on the Encircled site and, in no time, everything made sense.
To see for yourself how the magic happens, you can check out the videos here on their how to wear page.
Even though the lookbook that the Chrysalis Cardi came with has diagrams, I couldn’t really figure out how to get from one step to the next, but with the videos, I could watch the entire process of how to put the looks together. Everything was straightforward and easy to learn.
Now, after wearing the Chrysalis Cardi dozens of times, trying each style on at least a couple of outings, it’s becoming second nature and super easy to get the desired look.
So how exactly does the Chrysalis Cardi work? This garment is a tube-shaped fabric that can transform into the different looks using the hidden stainless-steel snaps along the hemline.
How I’ve Worn the Chrysalis Cardi
Wandering the narrow streets of Venice, eating gelato, and feeling confident in the Grecian Tunic style.
The Grecian Tunic look was fancy enough for me sneak into a seven-star hotel in Venice, Italy with a friend. I felt like a stylish traveller.
I also attended a Bocelli opera on ice in the Wrap Dress look (unfortunately unpictured but, of course, Bocelli was the star of that night!).
I’ve been loving the Scarf look lately as it’s been getting chillier here in Europe in the fall.
I also wore this travel garment as an X-back Halter during my solo adventures in Dubrovnik (also unpictured).
And when I was hiking through Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia and admiring the surreal waterfalls around me, I covered up in the signature Cocoon Cardi style when it got cooler in the late afternoon (sadly, unpictured again).
I’ll be updating this post with more photos as I continue my backpacking adventures in Europe this fall and wear the Chrysalis Cardi more. For now, you can always follow along my escapades in real-time on Instagram and Instagram stories!
Final Thoughts on this Travel Garment
As you can see, the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi is a very versatile travel garment and can be worn virtually anywhere!
Like all multi-way garments, you’ll usually have a preference as to which way to wear it you like best. My personal favourites were the various Dress styles and the Scarf.
I chose to go with a neutral grey colour so that I could get more use out of this garment and mix and match it with different pieces. They also come in black, blue, green, purple, and more! The cardi also comes in regular and petite sizes. I chose the regular size since I’m 5’6″.
I’m so happy how the Chrysalis Cardi has worked out so far on my three-month backpacking trip across Europe. In fact, as I write this post, I’m sitting on a bus headed for Rome wearing the Chrysalis Cardi as a scarf!
If you’re looking for a versatile and stylish travel garment for your next trip, I would highly recommend the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi.
As an extra gift to you, if you purchase the cardi or any other product from Encircled from now until October 31, 2016, you can get an extra 10% off with the coupon code: FOOTSTEP!
Buy the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi now.
How would you like to wear the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi? Do you recommend any other versatile clothing that is specifically designed for travel? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Chrysalis Cardi from Encircled to try out and review. Please know that I will only ever recommend products and services that I use and love myself. Some links may be affiliate links. I do not receive any commission from purchases made through the Chrysalis Cardi links in this post.