Versatile Travel Clothing – The Chrysalis Cardi by Encircled

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When packing for any trip, I try to plan out my fashions carefully for each day and select versatile travel clothing that can be worn more than once. Especially when traveling with children, baggage fees can add up quickly so it’s important to pack wisely. The Chrysalis Cardi by Encircled is the most versatile travel garment I’ve ever seen.

Chrysalis Cardi by Encircled - Versatile Travel Clothing

Chrysalis Cardi by Encircled – Versatile Travel Clothing

Made from eco-conscious fabric, the Chrysalis Cardi can be worn an impressive eight different ways. From scarf, to shirt, to dress, to cape…this unique garment has got you covered. It comes with a Lookbook to help create all of the different fashions, with step-by-step instructions and explanatory photos.

The Chrysalis Cardi Look

The namesake style, the Chrysalis Cardi look is comfy and stylish. At first I was confused about how to create this style, but after I figured it out, it seemed like a no-brainer. To make things easier for you, I shot a video showing how to make this iconic, cocoon-style cardigan.

Chrysalis Cardi by Encircled - Look 2: The Double Loop Scarf

The Double Loop Scarf

The Double Loop Scarf Look

After I lived in France for one year during college, my sister asked me if I was going to be one of “those” people who wears scarves after living in Europe. The answer? Yes, I sure was! Europeans have long known what we Americans finally seem to have grasped: scarves are an easy way to transform an outfit from bland to bling! This timeless, classic infinity scarf is an easy way to complete your outfit. I love the idea of throwing on this look before boarding an airplane and then wrapping up in the garment to stay warm when temperature drop in the air, rather than using one of those germ-ridden airline-provided blankets.

Travel Scarf - The Triple Loop Scarf

The Triple Loop Scarf

The Triple Loop Scarf Look

Whether you live in a chilly locale or you’re headed somewhere with cool temperatures, the Triple Loop Scarf will keep you warm. What a stylish way to stay toasty on a fall walk in the woods!

Travel Tunic Dress by Encircled

The Grecian Tunic Look

The Grecian Tunic Look

The Grecian Tunic could be worn shorter over a pair of leggings or longer as a dress, as I did above.  Add a fun, jeweled necklace for a night out on the town. I suggest clasping the snaps around your bra straps to keep the tunic sleeves from dropping down. This look is created using a tie sash, which is included with your Chrysalis Cardi purchase.

Travel Cape by Encircled

The Cape Look

The Cape Look

I love this look, especially for traveling moms who are still nursing a baby. This cozy draped poncho would double nicely as a nursing cover on an airplane or while out exploring museums and other sites.

Encircled - Versatile travel clothingOther Looks

In addition to the five looks I’ve modeled here, you can also form your Chrysalis Cardi into a simple Big Loop Scarf, a One-shoulder Dress, and an X-Back Halter shirt. Watch this video by Encircled about how to create any of the eight looks.

More About Encircled

This innovative product was created by Kristi, a yoga-loving traveler who wanted a luxe, comfortable garment that could be worn many ways for travel as well as at home. Made in Canada, Encircled is a member of Fashion Takes Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability in the fashion industry.

Want to pack less, with the versatility of numerous fashionable looks? Order your Chrysalis Cardi by Encircled now!

Which Chrysalis Cardi look do you like best? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: Encircled is an advertiser with I received a sample Chrysalis Cardi for purposes of this review. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. First off- you make a good model! And secondly that’s pretty cool. The game changer for me was when it turned into a dress!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Hilarye – It really is pretty impressive all of the different looks that can be made from that simple garment!

    • H Hillarye!

      We often get people when we do shows/events…. who doubt that the scarf is ACTUALLY a dress. Definitely a fun moment when you walk out in it….:)


  2. What a great travel item!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Lisa – I know, right?! Thanks much for swinging by and commenting! I’m off to check out your progress on No Fakin Bacon!

    • Hi Lisa!

      That’s exactly what I designed it for… I love travel & travel a ton and wanted something versatile but chic enough to wear to a work meeting or evening event!

      Thanks for checking out our Cardi!

      With gratitude,

  3. Jessie Voigts says

    That is SO CUTE. It looks fantastic!

  4. Beth Blair says

    Colleen, you look fabulous in every look. Love it! What a brilliant idea.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Thank you, Beth. 🙂 I especially love this garment for new moms (like you will soon be!)—makes an easy and stylish nursing cover!

  5. Alanna Wargula says

    I love this idea ! Thank you! Which color are you wearing in the Grecian tunic pic?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Alanna – I believe my Chrysalis Cardi is Charcoal. All of the pictures (including the Grecian tunic) are of the same garment!

  6. I purchased the black Chrysalis Cardi for an upcoming backpacking trip to Europe with my husband. I thought I had found the perfect travel piece when I watched the videos about the 8 ways you could wear it. When I received the package in the mail I was excited to open it up and try it on. After trying the 8 ways to wear in the comfort of my home, I found it to be irritating, and annoying having to re-adjust the fabric loop for it to stay in place – and the snaps will come undone with any slight movement – not good for wearing as a dress! I determined that it wasn’t the answer to my search for a perfect convertible travel piece and promptly wrapped it back up in the tissue paper it came with and prepared the box for shipping. After spending $15 to ship it back to Canada, and it sitting in their facility for 5 business days before it was processed for return, I received an email saying that it was returned “covered in oil spots” and had “several small pulls in the fabric” and wouldn’t be returned. Now tell me how that would be possible after quickly trying it on at home and then packaging it back up. If you buy this, don’t expect to return it.

    • Regan,

      Thanks for your comment. As per our email sent a few days ago, despite receiving the garment back damaged and in unsellable condition, we refunded your money in full.

      Our Returns facility is a secure, temperature controlled environment in which packages sit unopened until they can be inspected by our team at our Headquarters. It is not our policy to pay shipping back for any returns, which is clearly stated on our website.

      I am truly sorry the experience did not meet your expectations and wish you all the best in your search for the perfect travel gear.


    • I too spent $15.50 to return items back to Canada and it was returned back to me!! USPS did their job but Canada did not deliver it so it was returned back to me. To re mail it by registered was about $40.00 and express was $41.00. They wanted to give me a store credit for the shipping of 15.50 and 40.00 = 55.50.
      Yes – I absolutely agree – don’t expect to return it.
      Poor customer service!!!!!

      • Hello Kerrie,

        Thanks for your feedback!

        As per our email conversation last week we too are disappointed and confused as to why your return was returned to sender. This is a highly irregular and rare occurrence for us. We highly recommend you contact USPS about this and speak with their customer service as they are the ones who provided you with the initial service. You may even be able to get your original postage refunded through USPS.

        Unfortunately we will require you to re-mail your return to us, in order to process a refund. Our returns policy doesn’t cover return shipping however we do offer a return shipping store credit in the amount paid. This information and our policies can always be found on our website. Tracked packet is fine, which only costs $15.50.

        Again, we apologize for the postal service mishap and look forward to resolving this issue for you as soon as possible.



  7. A Pin On the Map says

    I am glad I am not the only one who ponders fashion while packing for a trip! This piece looks pretty cool, I would be interested to try it out. It would be a great piece to take with you to countries in the Middle East. It could easily be draped over your head if need be.

  8. What a great accessory to have! I love that it can be turned into so many different things! That dress is too cute!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Isn’t it amazing that one garment can make all of these looks?! Thanks for your comment!

  9. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    You are so pretty! I love all the different looks you got out of that. I need one in my life. It’s so perfect for casual or formal!

  10. Chavonne Harvey says

    I love that the Chrysalis Cardi can be worn 8 different ways! Talk about getting more for your money. It looks so fashionable. The Grecian Tunic look is my favorite.

  11. Toni | says

    This is such a great item! I love fashionable pieces that can be worn in a lot of different ways. This is just a perfect find! Thanks for sharing!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      So glad you enjoyed learning about the Chrysalis Cardi – it really is an unusual find!

  12. Lisa Favre says

    I totally need this! I love how versatile it is and plus, I really love the color of the one that you’re sporting!

  13. These are some cute options. I am not sure if I could pull it off though.

  14. Oh that is the coolest. You could combine this with so many outfits. The tunic look rocks!

  15. Melissa @ Married my sugar daddy says

    I love clothing that does double duty! It is truly an essential item that you can pack in your suitcase when you are trying to maximize space! Definitely going to invest in one of these, I love how you styled it so many different ways!

  16. Wow! I love how versatile it is. You really get a lot of bang for your wardrobe buck here!

  17. Wow! That cardi really can do magic. What a great travel companion.

  18. Nicole Escat says

    Yay! It has a lot of purposes! Love that style I bet that one.

  19. Nikki Wayne says

    I love that scarf, I like it most because of its usefulness! I hope I can find a similar one here in our place.

  20. This is so great. I like how you can easily transition to fall with this.

  21. The triple loop is my favorite. This really is handy and versatile!

  22. Kita Bryant says

    Wow, now that would be nifty to have right there! Plus, it’s gorgeous and you pull it off well!

  23. Jocelyn Brown says

    I would definitely wear this and buy it. You sold me on it for sure! Love the dress look!

  24. I LOVE this. So versatile. PERFECT addition to my wardrobe

  25. Melisasource says

    I NEED a versatile addition to my wardrobe. I always find myself wearing the same things.

  26. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow) says

    I love this flexible look. Looks like it would be “forgiving” to those of use with curves too.

  27. Lisa Joy Thompson says

    I am absolutely in love with the Chrysalis Cardi and I need one! I just checked out their website and they have so many great colors to choose from!!!

  28. I went to an event and I think I got something similar to what this is. I love it I love the multiple usage – the double scarf look makes you look real cute!

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