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{Guest Post} Tips for Choosing your Travel Wardrobe (from a Full-time traveler) by Nora Dunn, TheprofessionalHobo.com

Posted on December 15, 2013 by Kristi ,Chief Fashionpreneur

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

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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.

Posted in 2013, blog, chrysalis cardi, encircled, fashion, guest post, how to wear, life, made in canada, thetravelingcardi, travel, versatile, wanderlust


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The Adiona Maxi Dress

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 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
Front Length 45" 45" 45" 45" 45"
Back Length 55" 55" 55" 55" 55"

Fit Advice: The Adiona Maxi Dress fits true to size, but we recommend to size up if you are in between sizes. The length can be hemmed by a tailor, or adjusted by  bringing the waist higher up the body to accommodate many different heights. The elasticized waist will flex to fit different waist sizes within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the basic product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S), is wearing a size Extra Small in The Adiona Maxi Dress. Our model Kristi, shown in the styling shots is approximately 5'9" and a size 6-8 (M), wearing size Medium in the Adiona Maxi Dress.

 

The Chameleon Maxi Skirt

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 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
Length 39.5" 39.75" 40" 40.25" 40.5"

Fit Advice: The Chameleon Maxi Skirt fits true to size. The wide waistband ensures no ‘muffin top’. However, if you are a bit smaller on the top and wish to wear it as a strapless dress, we recommend sizing down because the drawstring to adjust the length is in the hem. Hemming The Chameleon Maxi Skirt would be difficult. 

Models Measurements: Marah is shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'11", and a size 6-8 (M), is wearing a size Medium in The Chameleon Maxi Skirt. 

 

The Chrysalis Cardi Regular

One Size
Inches
Bust 32.5 - 41.5"
Waist 25 - 34 "
Hips 35 - 46"
Height 5'2" - 6'0"

Fit Advice: The Chrysalis Cardi Regular is a one size fits most garment, from sizes 4-14 (S-XXL). It can be belted easily, however it is not recommended for petite women due to the volume of fabric in the garment. Please see our Petite Chrysalis Cardi if that is the case. 

Model's Measurements: Isabel is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S).

 

The Chrysalis Cardi (Petite)

One Size
Inches
Bust 28 - 36"
Waist
23 - 28"
Hips
30 - 38"
Height 5'3" and Under

Fit Advice: The Chrysalis Cardi Petite is perfect for women 5'3" and under. The Chrysalis Cardi in Petite will also work on women above this height, but some looks may not fit the same as The Chrysalis Cardi in Regular

Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the Black Petite Chrysalis Cardi product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S). Mandy shown in the Slate Grey + Navy Petite Chrysalis Cardi product shots is approximately 5'2" tall and a size 0-2 (XS). Anthea shown in the beach shot is 5'4" tall and a size 2-4 (S).

 

The Dressy Sweatpant

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-22" 23-25" 26-28" 29-31" 32-34"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
Inseam 28.5" 28.5" 28.5" 28.5" 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. 

Models Measurements: Isabel shown in the product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S) is wearing a size small in The Dressy Sweatpant which fit perfectly. 

 

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. 
Models 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 20-22" 23-25" 26-28" 29-31" 32-34"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
Inseam 28" 28"
28"
28"
28"

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing down 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 with 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 extra small.

 

The Nomadic V-Neck

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 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
Length 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. 

Models 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 Revolve Dress

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 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
Length

At longest, 36"

Adjustable

 At longest, 36"

Adjustable

At longest, 36"

Adjustable

At longest, 36"

Adjustable

At longest, 36"

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 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. 

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