I’m literally typing this from the airport, where I’m dressed head to toe in a new travel brand I’m obsessed with called Encircled.
I used to joke to my friends that there was a reason I wasn’t a fashion blogger and it started with swea- and ended with -tpants. I rarely discuss style on Alex in Wanderland, and this is in fact the first clothing company I’ve ever extensively featured. It was worth the wait.
Well, I’m still not a fashion blogger, but I am a girl that loves to wander, geeks out over sustainability, and has finally nailed the perfect outfits to wear for those long travel days when you’re headed to the airport, the train station, or the driver’s seat.
Encircled’s mission is creating clothes that allow you to travel light without sacrificing style — or sustainability. More on that in the second half of this post. For now, here’s what I’ve been wearing lately…
1. …for quick domestic travel days
Leggings and a long top has always kind of been my default travel outfit. I never wear jeans on a plane, train or bus, even for short hops. I just have to be comfortable — but I don’t want to sacrifice being cute!
Enter Encircled. Try the Minimalist Leggings on and I warn you — you’ll never go back. They’re soft, they’re slimming, and most importantly, they have a perfect wide waistband that won’t pinch or pull you anywhere. They’re so flattering! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
• I love the higher waistband, but you can also fold them over if you’re a low-rise kind of girl.
• These are also the rare leggings that can double as everyday wear or workout pants in a pinch, if you’re traveling super light (typically I prefer to keep them separate for laundry reasons).
• Long-legged ladies, these babies are perfect for you. If you’re a shortie like me, you might consider the Minimalist Crop Leggings, which on someone of my height are probably going to be full-length.
• I am not a size zero, and I love that I never have to worry about these leggings being see through.
On that last note, I prefer to pair leggings with a top that covers my bum — and that’s where the Wanderer Sleeveless T comes in. Bonus note on this top — it’s perfect for countries where you need to be a bit conservative. High neck, not too form fitting if you size up, and still super flattering. Toss a scarf over those shoulders and bam! Bottom line? I love this top so much I’ve already signed up to be alerted when the three pack is back in stock.
The best part of this travel outfit? I can really dress this top up upon landing. Toss those Tieks back in my bag and pull out a pair of wedges and a big statement necklace and I’m ready to rock. As I slowly attempt to recover from my overpacking addiction and travel a little lighter, outfits that can go from airport-casual to going-out-chic are essential!
Ideally, if I’m on a trip where I’m bringing boots or chunky wedges, I like to save space in my bag and wear those on the plane (wedges are a no-go if I have a tight connection and might end up running through the airport, though!)
2. …heading from baggage claim to a bar
Lately I’ve had a ton of flights where I’m getting off the plane and going directly to meet someone, make a dinner reservation, or some situation that involves dressing up. I used to kind of loathe this because I couldn’t find the balance of dressy and comfort, but these days I embrace it. Thanks in large part to The Reversible Pencil Skirt, which allows me to pack a navy blue and a black skirt in one.
I rarely wear shorts these days — they just no longer feel very flattering to my current body. So suffice it to say, I pack a lot of skirts. And I love that this is two in one! You can even flip down the top of the skirt for a color block look. With tights, you could really bring it into all seasons.
3. …for the super long haul flights
For transcontinental flights, I basically want to wear my pajamas in public but also look fly enough that I wouldn’t cry if I ran into an ex in an airport (which has basically happened to me — what is my life). Not an easy task, but The Dressy Sweatpant is up to the task. Of all my Encircled finds, these are my new obsession and I’m already considering a pair in black as well. I literally can’t stop wearing them.
So my funny story with these is that I actually bought this pair of cheap black harem pants (or as I call them, MC Hammer pants) off the street in Thailand — the fast fashion addiction is hard to break! They were super comfortable and I loved the look from the hips down but basically looked like a bulky diaper around the waist. They were definitely a source of amusement around my friends — I could not wear them in public, though putting them on was the first thing I did whenever I walked in the door home. Because they were so cheaply made, they were falling apart within months.
So can you even imagine my excitement when I realized someone had designed a (seriously) upgraded version that I could actually wear in public and love forever? I literally can’t imagine traveling without these ever again.
The dressy sweatpant is my go-to for travel days when I need maximum comfort but don’t want to be caught looking like a slob. You’re treated better at airports when you don’t look like you spent the night in the terminal – and while random upgrades are rarer and rarer these days, you’re probably not going to get one wearing pajama pants.
Once you’ve arrived, these babies are perfect for pairing with flats or tennis shoes and a t-shirt — this is how I wear them the most, and always receive a ton of compliments on. They’re also perfect for dressing down for yin yoga, or dressing up for a swanky dinner. You can also push up the bottoms to make into a cropped look, which I haven’t tried yet — but would love to for making this into a dressier look with wedges.
One final bonus that makes these babies perfect for travel? A hidden invisible zipper pocket in the back waistband, perfect for hiding a room key, your credit cards, or a stash of emergency cash.
I have truly struggled to adapt to the idea of investing in clothes. I’ve always been a frugal and simple girl and prided myself on sourcing my wardrobe from affordable retailers like H&M or Target. I was always proud of living in hand-me-downs from my friends and cousins! However, as the years go on and I become a more conscious consumer, I’ve started to slowly accept that when I buy something “cheap,” the cost of my $8.99 miniskirt is being passed on in some way to someone or something less fortunate than I — either our planet or the person who manufactured it. And when it goes out of style or pills and looks awful after a few months? Chances are, it’s ending up in a landfill.
As I’ve started thinking of my purchases overall as an investment in the future of the planet and the people on it, that made it easier to start shifting my mindset. I still won’t hand over my credit card if I think an item is marked up just because it’s got a certain logo on the label. But if I know it’s priced fairly because it was made using earth-friendly materials and created by people who were paid a fair wage for their labor? I feel excited to be a part of that. It’s a slow journey and I’m far from perfect, but I’m always working towards living ever more sustainably and shopping ever more consciously.
I want to focus on quality over quantity — and I’m trying to be accountable to all of you by writing about it here. It’s going to be a slow process (my biggest struggle will be curbing my tendency to go crazy on festival gear and costumes — I love dress up!) but I do want to work on breaking my addiction to fast fashion and focus on slowly upgrading to the classics, all while being mindful of where my old belongings end up when I downsize. These Encircled are pieces that I already know will be with me for years — I’ve been completely obsessed since they first landed in my suitcase!
Wear Good, Feel Good
Did you know the fashion industry is the world’s second largest industrial carbon emission producer, after oil? And that 25% of chemicals produced worldwide are used for textiles? Did you know the fashion industry is the second biggest polluter of freshwater resources on the planet?
Yikes! Encircled has managed to manufacture not only the softest clothing I have ever owned but also probably the most environmentally friendly. They use completely chemical-free dyes on biodegradable fabrics like Tencel, which is 50% more breathable than cotton — great for conservative countries where you need to cover up and keep cool, bamboo rayon, the most eco-friendly fabric on the planet, and modal, an absolute magical fabric derived from a renewable source that is the softest I’ve ever felt. (Read more about Encircled’s fabrics, if you’re into that kinda thing!) All these fabrics are created with no wastewater dumped into the environment in what is called a ‘closed loop process.’ Several of them are knit and dyed right in Toronto. And Encircled works overtime to reduce fabric waste, using the cuttings from production to create headbands, leg warmers, and hair ties.
Encircled is all about buying better, and traveling and living lighter. They design mindfully and produce ethically. When I nab a pair of these leggings, I’m not just adding a pair of the softest pants you’ve ever owned to your wardrobe. I’m supporting sustainably-made, sweatshop-free production and supporting a fellow female entrepreneur. No buyer’s remorse here.
Thinking of checking out a few Encircled pieces for yourself? If you’re in Toronto, you can actually make an in-person shopping appointment at their studio! If not, their online sizing guides are detailed, and the online reviews for each product are gushing and numerous — tons of happy customers have left their heights and weights along with the sizes they settled on, which can be super helpful if you’re waffling on which to buy.
But regardless of where you are in the world, you now have the chance to win a $300 shopping spree!
What do you wear on travel days? Tell me in the comments!
This post was brought to you by Encircled. As usual, I maintain full editorial control and as always all thoughts, opinions, and musings on flight upgrades are my own. I am proud to partner with brands that share Alex in Wanderland values.
Thanks for the giveaway, Alex! The clothes look great on you and they’re just my style.
You’re so welcome, Diane! That’s very kind of you to say 🙂
Well, it doesn’t hurt that you make looking cute so easy! I’m totally down with anything that is mega comfortable but also doesn’t look like I’m traveling in my pajamas. Love the outfits you’ve created with this!
Aw, you’re making me blush over here! Thanks Ashley!
I love this!
Travel is so much more enjoyable when you’re comfortable!
Could not agree more — I’ll never fly in jeans again!
I have some stretchy, black and tan print pull-on pants I wear with a black top and black ballerina flats. Seasonless and comfy. And the pants don’t show wrinkles or stains!
That does sound like the perfect travel outfit! I love flying in my Tieks — comfiest flats ever!
I usually just try to wear whatever I need to bring that would take up the most room in my suitcase to free up space when traveling!
Definitely — when I’m packing boots or trainers, I definitely try to wear them on the plane if only because I don’t want to lug them! It’s one thing that makes me grateful for having small feet, LOL!
Love the review and the philosophy behind it! Also, I’ve been looking for a stretchy pencil skirt for a while now since my old hand-me-down favorite one got lost. This might be perfect.
I love that it’s two-in-one — and super flattering! (And man, aren’t hand-me-downs the best?!)
Oh man, I haven’t bought new clothes in so long since all my money goes either to plane tickets or delicious food!
But I do have a pair of legging I love wearing on flights and a few comfy t-shirts that aren’t too tight. They’re definitely my go-to plane clothes.
Girl, I like your priorities 😉 Plane tickets and food for the win!
I love my black stretchy pants with a wide smooth waist and even a small sipper pocket in the back. I wear them almost exclusively when I travel. I have them in capri length too. They are sporty, but easily pass as dressy black slacks. They wash and dry quickly and don’t wrinkle. Having comfy functional clothes like these in my travel wardrobe have totally upped my traveling game! Thanks for the review.
You’re so welcome Emily! That wide smooth waist is what I’m always looking for — and it can be so tough to find! I don’t want anything that cuts me!
Those outfits look great and the pants look super comfy. I love how involved in earth-friendly products/companies you are. There isn’t enough of that going around in the world right now.
Thanks Marni! Love seeing the positive feedback on this post — it definitely inspires me to keep partnering with brands like this!
Thank you for the review! I, like you, have a tendency to purchase “fast fashion” despite being an environmental engineer and focusing my career around restoring some of the planets most precious ecosystems. Your review definitely made me think about where my clothes come from (and also how I could actually look comfy and cute on a plane!).
I feel ya Christy! I really didn’t start making the connection between the two until fairly recently and now that I have it’s like… duh, what took me so long to get this! I think it’s going to be a tough habit to break but I’m definitely more aware than ever of what I’m buying.
I used to always fly in jeans + tee + jacket. I’m working on switching to leggings instead.
It will change your life 😉 Seriously — It’s like wearing socially acceptable pajamas in public, haha!
Leggings really? I can not wear leggins in hot climates because they will itch.
Oh yes, I have to have them! Even if I was traveling to the surface of the sun I would still wear leggings on the plane, ha ha. I can’t STAND being cold in too much air conditioning!
I love the dressy leggings. I’d nab a black pair and wear them with everything! I also love that Encircled clothing is sustainable 🙂
I know! It really makes me happy to think that it is possible to work towards a stylish AND sustainable wardrobe — work in progress!
The purple top and legging combo looks awesome on you!
Thanks Holly! You’re too kind!
I’ve seen Encircled before, but your review really cinched my interest in doing a bit of shopping with them! I’ve been in the cut-down phase of making my closet more sustainable for about a year, but I definitely think it could be time for developing a few staple outfits. 🙂
Nice, Sarah! I’d love to hear more about the process you’ve been going through, since I’m kind of at the beginning of it myself!
I’m so glad you’re getting into sustainable fashion and sharing the message! My go-to travel pants are from American Giant (which is also an ethical fashion company)– their full-length pants are a cross between leggings and ponte pants and they’re super comfortable, yet thick enough to pass as pants.
Ah, thanks for the tip Kelly! This is very much a whole new world for me so I’m always happy to be learning more!
You rock in those outfits! I usually wear boyfriend jeans, t-shirt and a long sleeved men’s shirt when traveling. I will check out this brand. Thank you for posting these!
I have not been able to make boyfriend jeans work on me — booo. They look so cute on so many girls but I can’t figure out how to style them for my short little frame. So long story short, jealous 😛
Well, I have a confession, those weren’t boyfriend jeans, I found out they were Levi capris! I’m not quite 5′ 3″ so I know what you mean about finding comfortable and stylish clothes. Anyway, I thought you ‘d get a chuckle over my mistake!
Haha! I do appreciate a fellow fashion blunderer, since I make them often 😉
prob chinos or basket ball shorts. easy plain colored t-short helps keep it relaxed
I do think men have things a little easier in this department 🙂
This is great! Thanks Alex. They are right down the road from where I’m about to move to. I will definitely check them out! 🙂 Gena
Jealous! I will definitely be heading to the showroom if I’m ever in Toronto!
Great post! I’ve been obsessing over Encircled ever since I saw an ad for their Chrysalis cardi, which looks like it can be turned into a dress, skirt, top AND scarf. I also like the idea of their kimono dress/jacket. Basically I’m just obsessed with multi-way clothing…ha!
I am super tempted by the kimono dress/jacket too. I am kind of intimidated by the Chrysalis cardi since I’m not that savvy with fashion or coordination, ha ha. But I love the look on other girls!
Love the outfits! Looks so comfy and stylish at the same time, best of both worlds really :-)!
I have built up my travel-outfit over the years, and this is what it comes down to: stretchy jeans that look like jeans but sit as comfy as leggings, a regular tank top over which I wear a (opened) button down shirt and a hoodie over that. Then I also bring my softest scarf, which doubles as a blanket during the flight or as an eye mask, depending on whether or not the AC is put on arctic temperatures. The cherry on top: my nicest sneakers!
Love that you’ve got it down, girl! Scarf is a good call — I should get on that train. I do always bring a small “sleep kit” in my carry on for long flights, with a sleep mask, ear plugs, a chapstick and lotion, just everything I need to get cozy and nod off!
What a great giveaway! I travel a few weeks internationally a month for work, and this post made me realize I don’t pay enough attention to my clothes. I have tons of travel gear, but not outfits made for travel – will definitely be checking out their website!
That sounds like a fun job! And yes — basically everything Encircled sells could be styled to take from the plane to the office so I think it would be perfect for ya!
Loving the leggings and skirt! Gonna check them out for sure.
Let me know what you think if you decide to purchase! I’m still wildly in love with mine… wearing my leggings as I type this ha ha!
I recently moved to Ethiopia and have found myself travelling a lot, but I always get cold on flights so I usually make sure I have a light scarf and jumper on hand. The scarf works well for dressing up an outfit once I leave the airport too! Great post – I’m also trying to live more ethically and got a bit obsessed over your solid shampoo post recently – spent ages on the lush website after that! Please keep then coming =)
Aw, that makes me so happy to hear, Emma! Thank you so much for reading — I’ll keep the sustainable posts coming! <3
I have been so intrigued by Encircled! I typically wear black skinny jeans (jeggings, if I’m being honest) with a cute, loose tshirt. In the summer I wear dresses. Comfort is key, of course, but I also start to get cranky if I feel like a slob. I just cannot wear yoga pants on a plane, though I’m always jealous of the comfort of those who do!
I agree, if I feel slobby or really off my game I’m on edge — like I’m going to run into an ex or something LOL. I don’t think I could wear a dress on a plane unless it was a maxi — I get SO COLD on those things!
Thanks Alex! Always looking for comfy travel clothes.
You’re so welcome Jessica! Thank YOU for reading 🙂
They have some lovely things, thanks for the introduction! Like the other Emma who commented, I’ve been inspired by you to start using solid shampoo, a reusable coffee cup etc, so I’m looking forward to hearing more about your sustainable clothing journey 🙂
Gosh that just makes me smile from ear to ear to read! I actually just today got my hands on a fun new sustainable travel toiletry that I can’t WAIT to test out and write a review for. Working towards that ever-more sustainable travel bag, here!
I wear a lot of workout leggings in black because they feel so comfy and leave lots of room to eat LOL.
Girl, I like your priorities! Ha ha.
I love Encircled! Just placed my second order with them!
Nice! What’s your favorite piece so far? I think I need to order that three pack of the wanderer sleeveless t. I miss mine on laundry days, ha!
LOVE the skirt!
Two in one — what could be better for travel!
I have the Chrysalis Cardi from Encircled and I love it! Looking forward to adding more pieces to my travel wardrobe. Leggings and a long shirt are my go-to, also.
Nice! I do love the look of that cardi every time I see someone wearing one. Maybe I need to play around with one a bit — I’m intimidated by it for some reason but I’m guessing it’s not as hard as I think, ha ha.
I discovered Encircled this year as well. Got those fancy sweatpants in black, now I think I need another pair in charcoal or navy. They are so comfortable and can’t wait to wear them on extended travels. I’ve been eyeing their V-neck and essential Ts as well.
Yeah I literally want them in every color — the only thing holding me back being I’m trying to be more of a minimalist and cut DOWN on my closet ha. But I don’t think I’ll be able to resist much longer. The dressy sweatpant is just TOO good!
I love the outfits. I’ve been trying to find good quality pieces that are multifunctional. I will definitely check them out.
Thanks Paula! So far, these have held up beautifully to almost daily wear. I’m obsessed!
I love encircled!
Me too — I’m hooked!
Loooove Encircled! So glad they are teaming up with people like you! Great post, and your shoes are adorable 🙂
Aw, you’re so sweet Ann! I’m happy they partnered with me too 🙂
Great tips here, what I know about fashion you could write on a postage stamp, just saying……………
Ha ha, I feel the same — but I guess I did fill a blog post!
I usually wear stretchy skinny jeans and a loose-fitting shirt to fly. I added Encircled to my list of bookmarks as I’m currently in the process of overhauling my and my husband’s wardrobes to be ethical. I’ve been doing a lot of second-hand from Thredup and am loving Threads 4 Thought, Pact, and United by Blue.
Nice, Christine! Thank you so much for the recommendations — I’m totally at the beginning of this journey so all suggestions are super appreciated. Second hand seems like a great way to go. When I am getting rid of clothes I do try to sell them for super cheap (easy to do where I live in Thailand and expats are always looking for clothes) just to make sure they go to someone who will actually wear them and not into a landfill.
Travelling with two little ones in tow means I’m always wearing layers, my sweater can become a comforting blanket/lovey for my toddler!
Aw, I love that! Brings back memories of my own mom giving me her sweater 🙂 Thanks for the smile this morning.
I recently discovered Encircled as well!! Love what they do and love their clothes.
I’m hooked — they are exactly the kind of company I want to be working with here on Alex in Wanderland. Glad you love them too!
That’s awesome that you featured Encircled. I’ve had my eye on the reversible pencil skirt for awhile.
Love that one… I always have one gray skirt and one black skirt in my suitcase and I’m sure there are so many others who do the same. This is the perfect way to halve that!
Your outfits look great!
Thanks April, you’re too kind!
I definitely need comfy clothes for travel. When traveling for work, I hate wearing dress pants on the plane or on long car rides. I try to wear more pull on dress pant styles or leggings. All of Encircled clothing would be a great addition to my work and casual wardrobe! I have my eye on a couple of pieces
Go for it, Sasha! I think these would translate really nicely to an office environment with the right styling. And they’d be soooo comfy you’d feel like you were getting away with something 😛
I travel almost every week for work and I’m always looking for cute but comfortable travel outfits. Thanks for sharing!
You’re so welcome Lisa! I think Encircled would hit the spot just right.
I’m obsessed with those outfits. Especially the sweat pants perfect for long flights!
Those are exactly what I plan to wear on my flight back to Thailand this weekend 🙂
I love encircled such a great brand. Good job for partnering with them.
When I travel, even on long haul flights I like to wear jeans. They are heavy and take up a lot of room in the suit case. As long as they fit well I’m comfortable, even wore them to and from Australia this year. I also wear a loose tunic tank, sweater and blanket scarf. Layers and having a black on board are key!
Thanks for the great tips!
Girl I am impressed — I could barely wear jeans flying JFK to LAX let alone to Australia, ha ha. Maybe I need comfier jeans 😉 But you are right that it frees up suitcase weight!
In spite of regular long haul travel for work, I’ve yet to figure out a travel outfit that I really love (this past trip I made the mistake of wearing jeans for 22+ hours of transit – whyyyyyyy? I know better!). I’ve been debating trying Encircled for awhile but have been put off by the price and the concerns about sizing as a short person. Thank you for reminding me why it’s worth investing in clothing that matches my values – and for the hot tip on the crop leggings. I guess I have no excuses now not to try them!
Yay! Let me know what you think then you do — I’ll especially be curious about the crop leggings. If I order another pair that’s definitely the direction I’ll go.
Hey Alex, I have recently stumbled upon the wonders of Encircled as well and couldn’t be more in love with a clothing brand! My first purchase was a teal chryslis cardi and I can’t get enough of it. I’ve never been a “dressy girl” but this thing is too dam comfy and flattering not to wear all the time. I’ve gotten so many compliments while wearing it! You look absolutely amazing in your photos! I was a bit hesitant on the skirt but you look great in it and I think I’ll have to give it a try too (and some of those sweatpants!).
Oh, teal sounds beautiful! I haven’t seen that color — will have to check out their site and look for it. Thanks for the kudos — definitely try the skirt and sweatpants! I’m hooked!
I also struggle with a good airport outfit. I need to invest in leggings that won’t be completely stretched out after a long flight. Going to check out this company.
Ugh I know I end up wearing holes in all my cheap leggings. So excited to finally have a great high quality pair!
My go-to on travel days is a long cotton blend skirt with a wide elastic waist band… very similar to your hammer pants rationale! As a fellow shorty, I like to be able to sit crisscross or fold my legs up when they don’t quite reach the ground comfortably in a chair, and a long skirt keeps things PG. I usually pair it with a tshirt or tank topped with a light sweater and/or circle scarf, so I’ve definitely got my eye on the Chrysalis Cardi Maxi! Thanks for spotlighting another awesome ecofriendly company, Alex.
Nice! My frequent travel buddy Heather does a very similar travel day outfit to you (is that a weird thing to know about a person?) and she always looks super comfortable. So glad to hear you guys are loving these sustainability posts — I’ll keep ’em coming!
Love this post, encircled is such a great Canadian brand.
Love the Canadian pride in this brand 🙂 It is a nice and rare treat to be able to purchase things that you know were ethically produced right around the corner.
Love this company – I’ve also embraced the dressy sweatpant everywhere from office to plane and basically want everything they make at this point. Awesome choice.
I’m not sure if I’m supposed to pick favorites (haha) but it WOULD have to be the dressy sweatpant, just because it’s such an original piece that really doesn’t seem to be available elsewhere! I loooooove it.
I love Encircled! I got their Crysilis Cardi last year and its such a great travel piece. Plus its super soft 🙂
I can’t get over how soft their clothes are! Whenever I slip on the Wanderer Sleeveless tank I’m amazed!
What a lovely company, I will be sure to check out their site when I’m revamping my fall wardrobe!
Let me know what you think if you do! I love getting feedback from y’all on the brands I feature here.
I’m a huge Encircled fan. I have the flipside leggings, cardi, and two evolve tops. They are my go-to travel pieces.
Nice! Great to hear from another Encircled enthusiast 🙂 I can see how they have earned such enthusiastic fans!
I’m loving this post! I’m trying to be a lot more conscious about what type of clothing I get and move towards sustainable and ethical items. I absolutely love that these items are comfy AND stylish at the same time. Thanks for this share! Will have to check them out!
Hey Sophia, it’s so great to hear that this is something that’s interesting to so many of you — definitely encourages me to keep writing about sustainable fashion and other aspects of travel. Kudos!
Oooh, these are all so cute & comfy looking! And I’m in dire need of new travel clothes…
Sounds like it’s time to treat yourself, Jess 😛
These look incredibly chic and comfortable. I’m usually in my leggings at the airport but these would definitely help elevate my style without sacrificing comfort while traveling!
Absolutely! I’m no longer wearing anything on the plane that I have to immediately change out of upon landing, LOL.
This brand strikes the perfect balance between stylish and comfy. Love that you modeled multiple outfits for the different pieces — as a frequent traveler, mixing and matching is essential!
Absolutely! When I’m packing, I always try to ask myself… can I wear this more than one way? If I can only wear a top with ONE bottom that I’m bringing, for example, I try not to pack it.
I love everything about Encircled and they have changed the way I think about clothing in so many ways!
That’s awesome to hear Tanya — I’m kind of feeling the same way. I look at everything I buy with a much more critical eye now.
These look perfect for travel and oh-so comfortable! Checking out their website now!
Yay! Let me know if you end up with anything — always love getting more feedback on the brands I feature here!
I don’t travel super often so it’s nice to have some pieces that I can travel in and wear in my everyday life! (Also A+ for sustainability!!)
Yeah, I definitely don’t like buying “travel” clothes like zip off pants, ha — my one exception is a Scottevest, which is so perfect for long treks and adventure trips I can’t imagine life without it.
I’m always down for upgrading my comfy plane/car outfits!
I think Encircled is the ultimate basics upgrade! Let me know what you think if you decide to press purchase!
I’d love to try these clothes out, they look great!!
I’m obsessed 🙂 Thanks for reading, Noel!
All these clothes are beautiful and youre telling me theres a store in Toronto? Ive got to check it out. Thanks for telling us im going to check out the site now 🙂
Yay! I’ll be so jealous you went to the show room. Let me know what you think!
I usually layer my heaviest items when traveling by air! Lol! I am a serious overpacker! I’ll be heading to the UK in September and hoping to break my addiction with Encircled. I placed my first order today and can’t wait to experience what this unique company has to offer.
Oh that’s awesome Danielle! What did you buy? And good luck with the overpacking addiction — I’m still a hot mess in that department!
Great post! I have a Chrysalis cardi so far and can’t wait to add more encircled clothing to my travel wardrobe!!
Ah, everyone raves about that piece! I’m seriously tempted to give it a try!
I have been eyeing up the encircled maxi cardi for a while, considering investing In it before our trip to Austria next spring. I love to wear clothes that feel comfortable but don’t look slobby when I travel. These clothes are perfect for that.
Austria sounds like a good excuse to treat yourself to something new 😉 And with their focus on sustainability I feel like this is a splurge you can feel good about!
I just bought the dressy sweatpants for an upcoming trip. Excited to hear how well they worked for you!
Ahhhh I’m so excited for you! Report back what you think of them — they are still my every day go-to.
I have the pencil skirt and chrysalis cardi, both of which I would highly recommend! Not only is encircled sustainable, they also have stellar customer service!
That is awesome to hear Kim — I wasn’t able to experience that from the customer side so it’s really nice to know. That is SUCH an important factor in whether I become a loyal lifetime fan of a company or not!
I am the same as you! I always wear leggings. It would be nice to have some of these clothes for the quick switch from flight to going out. Thanks for the opportunity! Great post.
Thanks for reading Stephanie! I’ll try to keep the packing and fashion posts coming, even if they are out of my comfort zone 🙂
I loved your review on encircled clothing. I am planning my big around the world backpacking trip nwxt year and I have a question about how you heavy the material is and if it is quick drying? I’ve been eyeing off the cristal cardi for a while now so when i discovered your review i was very excited as you are a traveler.
Hey Emma! Hm, I would say the material feels very light when dry but heavy when wet, if that makes any sense. I don’t have any hesitation about packing any of it due to weight. I wouldn’t say it’s specifically very quick drying though — the leggings more than the other two pieces though, overall. I hope that helps, and I’m sure Encircled customer service would have more specific answers on drying times! Good luck and CONGRATS on your big backpacking trip! How exciting!
I love Encircled myself, I own so many of their pieces and live in them!
Nice! Awesome to hear from another Encircled enthusiast. What should I get next?!
I am obsessed with Encircled and love everything I’ve purchased (Chrysalis Cardi, dressy sweats, minimalist legggings, crop & regular, & Evolve tops). I’ve learned so much about ethical clothing from them.
I will definitely always be grateful to Encircled for kick-starting my education in sustainable fashion — I’m reading some books on it now that I started thanks to this post! I’ll perhaps have to do a follow up when I’m finished!
Great to see a Sustainable Canadian company!
Lots to be proud of here for my neighbors to the north 🙂 I’ll definitely be stopping by the showroom next time I’m in Toronto!
Awesome post! Thanks for sharing. Love the pieces I have and will be looking harder at your favs. Appreciate the tips.
You’re so welcome Tracy! Happy to help — and glad you enjoyed!
I love that encircled is a Canadian company and I love that they are ecoconscious in their manufacturing – it’s a win win. Definitely could use a pair of those dressy sweatpants ????
Once you put them on… you will not want to take them off. Already considering buying a pair in black, too. There is just nothing like them!
I love this post! I am also in love with all things Encircled! Their clothing is amazing quality and the styles are timeless!
So true — I love that these shapes won’t go out of fashion in a season or two. I plan to have these babies with me for a looong time.
I always try to wear my biggest or chunkiest shoes I’m bringing, leggings, tunic tee, jacket with pockets, and scarf. I get so cold on planes and hot rushing to the gate I have to have my layers !
That is very true — gotta dress like an onion for airports. I am always so dang cold on planes but tend to be traveling to hot destinations so the minute I step outside, I’m sweltering if I didn’t wear layers!
I’ve been wanting to try encircled for some time now. Their clothes are beautiful and look so comfy.
Make the leap 🙂 But, warning… once you do, you’re likely to be hooked!
I have been eyeing Encircled clothing for a while, but like you, have had a hard time justifying cost (also, that the return/exchange process is kind of daunting for an American, and they’re sold out of everything! haha). I love how you wear their clothing and look so beautiful, and appreciate seeing them on you because I think we’re probably about the same size and I wasn’t sure how they’d look on me (too tight, showing every bump, etc.)!! Thanks for the post, and the chance to win!!
Ha, yeah, being sold out is a mixed blessing — it means they are popular and must be doing something right but that’s small compensation when you… really need a size small, ha ha. Thank you so much for the kind words!
Hate to be that person but “completely chemical-free dyes” is not a thing. All dyes are chemicals, the Encircled website calls them low impact dyes instead which is a better description.
Hey Laura! Appreciate the correction! I read all those pages twice but I have to admit it’s all pretty over my head. I thought I understood it but looks like I still have some to learn 🙂
Those pants look sooooo comfortable.
They are the best — none of my other clothes feel comfortable any more in comparison, haha.
I have been following Encircled for a few months now dreaming of buying some of their pieces, I am trying to get over the sticker price shock. But I will get there eventually.
I know how you feel! If you are used to buying bargain clothes it can be hard to mentally transition to paying “the true cost.” I totally get that! I think you’re right, it’s a process. I’m watching some documentaries and reading some books that are definitely helping me with the transition — I’ll try to write a review of these soon!
I love my dressy sweatpants and want everything encircle makes!!
YES can we do a dressy sweatpant meetup!? Only requirement, everyone must wear a pair. Lol.
Thank you for the giveaway! I’ve been following encircled for awhile and dreaming about getting some things! great post 🙂
You are so welcome Daniella! Thank you for reading! I’ll try to do another giveaway like this soon 🙂
I have the dressy sweatpants, and enjoy wearing them to the office and to yoga without changing. You know that dream everyone has when you realize you left home without your pants on? I feel like that wearing them, they are so incredibly comfortable and lightweight on.
“The most eco-friendly fabric on the planet” is a bit of a stretch for bamboo rayon (although unlike some, Encircled uses best practices for a closed loop process). That honour goes to hemp.
Ha ha! I LOVE that feeling. I’m not too familiar with hemp but thank you for pointing me in that direction for the future!
This company sounds so cool.. i would love to try out their clothing!!
I hope you give them a chance some day 🙂 Thanks for reading, Gillian!
I am a classic over packer!! I order the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi to make my travel in the fall easier and I absolutely love it. I’ve already worn as a dress, a scarf and a wrap. You article is convincing me to get the leggings now too:)
Ah, and all these comments are convincing me that I need to try the Chrysalis Cardi! Let me know what you think of the leggings, and I’ll report back on the cardi!
Everything looks so comfortable!
Ha, as someone else said above… you can have one of those moments where you ask yourself, “did I forget to wear pants?!”
I love encircled, they are such a great Canadian brand! Thank you!
You’re so welcome Erin! Love to support an entrepreneur neighbor to the north 🙂
I often wonder about your clothes… Now I know! I need those leggings!
I should do more posts on outfits since people do ask for them but usually it’s like… um… this is a hand me down, this is a hand me down, ha ha. Now I have some better answers 😉
Looks like a great company!
They really are. Thanks for reading, Genna!
That skirt looks amazing! I always feel amazing when I look put together on a plane. Plus lately I seem to have something to do immediately when I land, so not having to change before heading out into the real world is a bonus
Same! I guess I am overbooking myself these days, ha. But I always seem to be heading directly to an event or activity!
I love Encircled! I want to get one of their Chrysalis cardis for my next trip.
Seems like SUCH a popular item — so many of y’all have brought it up in the comments! I guess it is the signature piece!
I love Encircled. I, too, struggle with a fast fashion addiction.
It’s a hard one to break Kate, I feel you! Definitely going to keep working on it — and writing about it — here!
I love the review! I normally like to wear comfy clothes including Encircled!
Thanks Katie! Appreciate you reading 🙂
I’ve been traveling with the Chrysilis cardi for a few years now and I love it! I’m going to check out some of these other pieces. Thanks for sharing!
Definitely sounds like their signature piece is a hit! Glad I could highlight a few others here!
I love encircled and I love how you have styled some of their beautiful pieces!!
Thanks Amy! You’ll be seeing a lot more of these around the blog — I wear them constantly now!
You know, I came for the pants contest but stayed for that black skirt! It looks so classy, but also super comfortable. Thank you for sharing these photos!
And I just can’t get over the travel perfection of it being REVERSIBLE! Two in one, hurray!
I am a big fan of encircled clothing too! I love being comfortable but still looking good when travelling. Your blog is making me want to get some more pieces for travelling!!
Awesome Heather! Which pieces do you have? I’m waffling on what to buy next…
These look so comfy. I’ve been eyeing up this company and their clothing for a while. I can’t wait to try them.
Let me know what you think when you do, Ally! Love hearing reader feedback on brands I partner with!
Okay…I think you’ve convinced me to buy a pair of their leggings! Their scarf-multi-way-dress thing caught my eye too! Have you tried that? Also, I really like the grey boat neck sleeveless tee you are wearing in the photos. Is that an encircled find too?
I have not tried the famous Encircled Chrysalis Cardi but my friend Rachel from Hippie in Heels has — check her blog for her review! That boatneck tee is not encircled, sadly — I think it may have been from Target or H&M? I’ve had it for a while but it definitely fits into the fast fashion category :-/
These look great and I’m so surprised that they sounds comfy. Usually you have to sacrifice one for the other.
Not with Encircled 🙂 Dressed head to toe in them right now on a layover after a 14 hour flight and I feel great!
Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been looking into Encircled for a while now and love the clothes and how ethical the company is. Heading to Europe for my first international trip next month and some of these pieces would be perfect!
Oh, congrats on the trip Amber! That sounds so exciting — and definitely something worth splurging for 😉
Thanks for reviewing Encircled. I’ve been tempted to splurge on a few pieces.
You’re so welcome Kathy! Let me know if you decide to go for it 😉
Love your outfits.
Thanks Gloria — and thanks for reading!
Great post! Reminds me of a recent overseas trip where I took 1 pair dress sweatpants & 1 sleeveless revolve dress and was quite impressed with their versatility. That trip led me to purchase some short sleeve t-shirts from Encircled. Now I’m thinking about adding a love sleeve shirt…..it seems that once you start….
I know how you feel! I’m addicted and am now thinking about what I can buy next…
Classic travel pieces are always a bonus.
Indeed they are! Thanks for reading, S!
I like to wear opaque leggings with a T-shirt dress or long tunic.
Sounds like we are on the same page, Telicia! I’ve yet to find a more comfortable travel outfit!
I am a recovering overpacker too! I married into a family who never overpack, which makes travelling so much better. Hoping the Encircled pieces I ordered today will get me closer to beating my husband in smallest suitcase!
Haha see I think I’d see that as… “well now he has more room to carry my stuff!” Lol. Glad you’ve gone the other way and taken the under packing challenge!
Oh, I love those pants! They look so soft and comfy, I really want to put my hands in the pockets, lol.
They are the BEST. Wearing them as I type this 😉
Thanks for the post! I’ve been loving my Encircled cardi on my current trip to Europe!
I don’t blame you — that thing is so cute and versatile! Very tempted to try one out myself!
Hi! I love your blog post! I traveled extensively for the last two months and one of my favorite things that I packed was my Chrysalis Cardi from Encircled. They are such a great company! I’m glad to hear another traveler reviewed the dressy sweatpants…now I am really convinced I need them! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Safe and happy travels! 🙂
Wearing them as I write this from the airport, LOL. Can’t recommend them more highly! Craving a black pair now too!
Thanks for the photos. Nice to have an idea of what the clothes really look like!
That’s what I’m here for 😉 Hope this post helped!
Encircled has so many items I want to try. How do they hold up in the wash? Living in an apartment, I don’t have my own so I need items that hold up well.
I feel ya — I spend half the year in Thailand where I have no choice but to send my laundry out. So far they have definitely held up great, and I alternate between air drying and popping in the dryer depending on my mood. I have noticed the dressy sweatpants seem to loosen up as I wear them, so I like to dry those to get them back to their original tightness and shape.
Encircled is such a great company! I love my Chrysalis Cardi and my Maxi Dress. I have had them both for a couple of years and they are still my absolute go to for travel and comfort.
I’m not sure I know the maxi dress… off to scour the Encircled website for it!
These look so comfy and cute! Thanks for sharing
You’re so welcome Julie! Thank you for reading!
I love encircled! Their Chrysalis Cardi is one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Thanks for the great review of their other products, and the giveaway!
You’re so welcome Valerie… and CONGRATS! 🙂 😛
The two in one skirt is FABULOUS!
Right?! I wish all my clothes could magically come in two colors, ha!
I usually wear skinny pants (not jeans) to travel, but they are a bit constricting, so these Encircled pants look great!
Give them a try for your next big journey — I have a hunch you’ll be hooked! Thanks for reading Elizabeth!
I also wear leggings, a longer top, and a cardigan when I travel! My boyfriend calls it my “travel uniform”, haha.
Gotta have one! It makes life SO much simpler, for sure!
I’ve been eyeing a few Encircled pieces forever! Love how you’ve styled them.
Thanks Kaela! I don’t think of myself as too stylish, so I appreciate that.
Nice post! I just bought two Chrysalis cardis and am looking forward to trying them out on my upcoming travels. Would love a pair of the dressy sweatpants too, and a few other things!
Ah, nice! The cardi has such a loyal fan base, hard to imagine you could go wrong with it!
Thanks for the review on the dressy sweatpant! i have been debating getting a pair
Ha, and now I am debating getting a second pair, in black 😉 They are addicting!
Got their scarf for Christmas and love it! I need another in black!
Sounds like something to ask Santa for 😉 Or treat yourself to if you just can’t wait!
I too am a champion of the leggings and long top too! I also make sure I have layers because I get cold! A wrap cardigan (SO excited that Encircled is working on one) and a scarf are go-tos 🙂
I have a go-to grey cardigan that I take everywhere right now, but it was cheaply made and the fabric isn’t the most comfortable. I would LOVE Encircled to make an upgraded version!
Great ideas for travel clothes… I always struggle with what to wear on travel days.
Once you get into a groove, it’s so nice to just reach for your staples rather than hem and haw! Hopefully some of the ideas in this post or in the comments inspire you!
You’ll never find me without a scarf when I travel! Perfect for chilly plane rides, when the temp changes from morning to night, and as a swim coverup at the beach. Sweet post!
I sometimes use my sarongs as scarfs on planes, ha. Might look a little silly but they get the job done and are great blankets in a pinch!
So cute!! I already have 2 Chrysalis Cardis and a pair of Flipside Leggings. I’m eyeing the Revolve Dress next!
Nice work Amy! They just have so many cool pieces to choose from… hard to make a final call!
I recently purchased a pair of the dressy sweatpants and will be wearing those on my trip next week. I have an 8 month old baby so comfort is key! Thanks for the review of the leggings…I need to order those asap ????
You’re so welcome Nikki! Between those two, I think you’ll be thrilled! Congrats on the new boo 🙂
Thank you so much for this opportunity to win this giveaway. Fingers crossed!!!
You’re so welcome Danielle… going to work on keeping the giveaways coming!
Love your looks Alex and love Encircled!
Thanks Amy! You’re too kind 🙂 Thanks for reading!
I love the encircled company and ideals! I’ve been eyeing the multi purpose dress forever!!
I know — love seeing ethical businesses thrive. Hopefully it is an example to others that you can do good and succeed simultaneously!
Yes! It’s important we all move to more sustainable clothing
My eyes are definitely opened to this! I’m at the start of my journey but I can’t wait to move forward!
I love how the clothes were styles and this is a great giveaway!
Thanks Katie! Working on getting another great giveaway for you guys together soon!
These are great tips! Comfort and packing really is important when considering clothing for travel. As you have shown, there are ways to keep it stylish too!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Thanks so much for reading Gina <3 More packing posts soon!
I am so happy you have found clothing made in Canada! Those sweatpants ❤️
Amazing how rare it is these days to find clothing manufactured in North America! Glad Encircled is reviving the garment industry in Toronto, even just a bit.
Been wanting to try the Chrysalis Cardi for a while now, but admittedly haven’t been able to spend that much money on one item. Thanks for the write-up and for the chance for us to win and try it out!
Thanks for reading, Alison! I definitely understand your hesitations. I’m working on another post for the future about how I’m transitioning to paying more for things with a small ecological footprint — stay tuned, it may help!
I’m a leggings and stretchy top girl definitely with sneakers and a sweater to stay warm!
I do try to wear my sneakers when I can! Not my favorite thing to travel in from a style perspective (I really only like to wear them when working out or hiking!) but I do it sometimes to save space 🙂
These sound perfect since I always look like I’m wearing my pj’s while travelling..
Ha, well this is the same comfort level with a MAJOR style upgrade 🙂 Love Encircled!
Your no jeans travel days speak to me – definitely going for comfort! I usually do leggings and a loose shirt, plus my heaviest shoes so I don’t have to pack them. Throw on a jacket or cardigan and I’m good to go! Super excited to go check out this brand now. 🙂
Sounds like we are very much on the same page! Hope you found something you love with Encircled — such a great brand I’m excited to be supporting!
Love these outfits!
Thanks Gabriella! Appreciate you reading!
What great ideas! Love this brand.
Me too! Thanks for reading Chani!
I LOVE comfy clothes.. major bonus that these are stylish too. Thanks for sharing!
You’re so welcome Carmela! These are literally the comfiest clothes I own… just put them to the test with a 24 hour flight and they were a dream!
Encircled is my favourite clothing brand! I love that you’re sharing about how your ethics and values line up with their. Awesome!
Nothing makes me happier than partnering with sustainable travel brands — that is always the direction I want to be moving in! Thanks Meghan!
Totally entering! Love their stuff 🙂
I’ll work on getting together more great giveaways like this, Tess!
I’ve been eyeing up the Dressy Sweatpants for weeks now…this may have been the final push I needed!! Thanks for the super generous giveaway, too!
Did you end up buying a pair, Erin? I’m still living in mine and considering a pair in black!
Love that your write up provides so much detail! Like you, I hesitate spending a lot on clothes; however, I’ve learned the quality over quantity lesson time and time again. These photos are great, loved that you shot them in Albany, my hometown! 🙂
Aw, Albany is my hometown too! How fun! I love going running in the Empire State Plaza!
I love the pencil skirt idea!
Right? Reversible is such a great idea for travel!
Hello Alexandra, I just love this post. These outfits are looking amazing. I am trying to be more conscious about my clothes. You have shared such a nice idea. Thanks for sharing your blog with us. Keep sharing!
Thank you Shirley! You’re too kind. Being conscious with my closet is a new concept for me but excited to share the journey here.
You look so cute in all these looks! Please come style me when I order everything on the Encircled site…
Duh! You mean my annual Honorary Orth trip, started in 2017? Of course!
Firstly, Encircled’s digital marketing is on point bc they are finding me EVERYWHERE! Secondly, I obviously approve of everything about this post and it’s super timely as I’m currently directing a documentary on sustainable fashion in which we follow an acclaimed London designer as she traces every step of her supply chain.
Luckily for the planet but unlucky for my wallet, I’ve always had expensive taste so never really went in for fast fashion. Even as a kid, I remember feeling sad about an item of clothing my parents would buy that I didn’t feel was well made. Now I know why! If people realised the amount of resources (ie 2700 gallons of water for a pair of jeans), chemicals and painstaking, criminally underpaid labor that goes into a single garment, they probably wouldn’t be bragging about their $10 t-shirt. The actual cost is astronomical.
Thing is, the fashion industry has been waaaay slower to evolve than some others because the issues are so deeply systemic – traceability and accountability are almost impossible. So when an Encircled comes along, it makes my heart soar. Sure, there is always room for improvement. As the folks at Reformation say, the #1 sustainable option is to go naked. But we’ve got to start somewhere & we’ve got to do it fashionably or sustainable clothing will never take off. Personally, I have my eye on those dressy sweatpants! And for those who have trouble with the price, just buy less! I buy a handful of quality items per year that I really love and the result is that I’m rocking things I bought 20 years ago, not to mention 2nd and 3rd generation items from my mother and grandmother who passed on this philosophy in the first place.
For further info, I recommend the doc “The True Cost” on Netflix. Also, some of my favourite sustainable brands include Reformation and Swedish Hasbeens (hello, grain leather clogs!).
When will this documentary be ready because I NEED to watch it! Also I am in the process of watching and reading everything I can on this topic and am thinking of writing a post about it in the future — so I’d love to add yours to that when it’s available! (Watched The True Cost… wow!)
Loooove that you are wearing hand-me-downs from your ma and grandma. I get so many hand-me-downs from my cousin and I love it… when I am ready to let go of clothes I try to give them so someone I know will love them rather than dump them in a donation bin where I’m afraid they will actually end up in a landfill. Donating clothes comes with such good intentions but the research I’ve been doing lately has really given me pause.
I love everything about this response Alex. You have obviously been doing your homework!! I hope the doc will be ready by next summer but as I’m sure you’re aware, documentary filmmaking is not a quick process! I will definitely keep you in the loop.
As for donations, I have been so paralysed by the numerous options for where to send your clothes – and their pitfalls – that I’ve had 2 full suitcases in my living room for a YEAR. Life has become so complicated!!
I’m a leggings girl – never, ever jeans. With respect to the sustainability aspects of things, I typically get brands like Lululemon on eBay or Poshmark secondhand – they’re not new, so there’s zero waste, and they’re often much cheaper than what you can get in a store, even at a discounted price.
That’s such a great point — secondhand is a super great way to be sustainable. I love shopping secondhand, and receiving hand-me-downs… I’m lucky lots of my friends send them my way 🙂
As someone who is always always ALWAYS uncomfortable in some shape or form on travel days, comfort is a must! Love this list!
Well I just flew Los Angeles to Bangkok in head to toe Encircled and I felt amazing! Literally no complaints, slept ten hours on the flight. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is!
I’m with you on the no jeans when travelling (I actually haven’t worn jeans in about a year, they are dead to me). Those pants look super comfortable, I could sleep in them. Thanks for the post!
I laughed out loud at the idea of jeans being dead to you. Haha! You go girl!
Alex, I just found your blog and I already love it!! You’re writing about so many experiences that are on my bucket list! Oh and I have finitely been eyeing the encircled products as well. I think I’m in the market for the 9 in 1 cardi 🙂
Keep up your amazing work!!
Aw, thanks Juliet! I feel like my own bucket list is never ending — excited to tick some big ones off in 2018!