HOW TO WEAR THE CHRYSALIS CARDI

Endless possibilities in one design. Multi-function meets style. We'll show you 8 ways, step by step from an elegant one-shoulder gown, to a cozy cocoon cardi, to a classic infinity scarf and more.

 

Scroll down for video + written tutorials.

 

 

 

SNAPS

There are two types of snaps. A female snap (indented) and a male snap (pointed). When pressed together, they hold each of the looks together. The Chrysalis Cardi has a top edge with 4 snaps, and the bottom edge with 2 snaps. To open a snap, use your nail to split the snap versus pulling on the fabric. 

 

 


HOW TO WEAR TUTORIALS

Some looks are more challenging than others, so we've rated each one on a scale of easy, medium or adventurous. TIP: start with the Cocoon Cardi, Grecian Tunic, or the scarves. They are the top 3 easiest ways to wear The Chrysalis Cardi.

 

 

THE COCOON CARDI  |  EASY •
  1. Undo all snaps on the Chrysalis Cardi and hold from the top edge with 4 snaps facing up. Place onto a flat surface with seam in the centre as the top layer.

  2. Take female snap (F1) found a few inches above the tag and connect it to male snap (M3) found at the bottom underside of the loop. 

  3. Grab from the top edge and drape over your back and shoulders. 

  4. Reach back and pull your arms through. You may have to adjust fabric drape in the back.

 

 

    THE CAPE  |  EASY •
    1. Undo all snaps and place onto a flat surface. Flip cardi so that the bottom edge with 2 snaps is at the top.

    2. Connect female snap (F3) and male snap (M3), found on the bottom edge.

    3. Put your head through any of the two openings that was just made, and move snap and extra fabric draped on your back.

    4. Snap together remaining snaps around your waist. Female and male snaps (F1 + M1) and (F2 + M2).

    5. Put your arms through the 2 smaller side openings from the bottom. 

     

     

     

      THE ONE SHOULDER DRESS  |  MEDIUM ••
        1. Undo all snaps and open up like a big loop. Step into the centre of the loop. Make sure the top edge with the four snaps is facing up with the seam at the back.

        2. Connect female snap (F1) and male snap (M2) to create the one shoulder.

        3. Pull arm through the opening that was made, and onto shoulders leaving the remaining fabric draped like a toga.

        4. Reach back and snap together remaining snaps (F2 + M1) underneath the draping. Tuck fabric into bra as required.

        5. Secure with belt, wrap around low or high waist.

       

       

       

      THE WRAP DRESS  |  ADVENTUROUS •••
      1. Undo all snaps and open it up like a big loop. Make sure top edge with 4 snaps is facing up. Step into the loop.

      2. Start with one shoulder. Snap together (F1 + M2) and pull up onto your shoulder.

      3. Reach back and underneath the drape and snap together (F2 + M1). Pull up onto your shoulder. Cross should be on your back. Adjust to flatten fabric.

      4. Take fabric from the front, and fold across to form the wrap.

      5. Secure with belt, wrap around low or high waist.

       

       

       

      THE GRECIAN TUNIC  |  EASY •
      1. Undo all snaps and place onto a flat surface. Make sure the top edge with four snaps is facing up.

      2. Start with the shoulders. Snap together (F1 + M1) and (F2 + M2), the closest male and female snaps to each other.

      3. Pull your head through the centre largest opening. Put arms through smaller side openings and adjust by moving the snaps onto the top of your shoulder.

      4. Adjust the drape in the front for desired neckline. Secure with belt at low or high waist. Make sure snaps at shoulder are not pulled too tight by releasing the fabric over belt. Try high-low dress for an alternative!

       

       

       

      THE SCARVES  |  EASY •
      1. Undo all snaps and open up like a big loop.

      2. Drape loop over neck. Put tag/seam at back of neck.  Leave drapey for the Big Loop look.

      3. Or wrap twice for the Double Loop look.

      4. Wrap a third time for the Triple Loop look. When wearing as the triple loop scarf, pull up back excess fabric to wear as a snood.

       

       

       

       

      THE WRAP  |  EASY •
      1. Undo all snaps and open up like a big loop.

      2. Drape loop over neck with seam at back of neck.

      3. Grab one side of loop with hand and let fabric drape.

      4. Toss draped fabric over opposite shoulder. Adjust fabric accordingly. No snaps required!

       

       

       

       

      THE X-BACK HALTER  |  ADVENTUROUS •••
      1. Undo all snaps and open up like a big loop. Step into the centre of the loop. Make sure the top edge with four snaps is facing down with seam in front.

      2. Drape fabric over shoulders at neck, like a reversed infinity scarf worn at your back.

      3. Reach backwards and grab loop with both hands, and twist.

      4. Pull twisted loop up and over your head.

      5. Put arms through the opening made. Push fabric down onto waist. Connect (F1 + M2) to hold together the looped fabric from your chest and waist.

      6. Pull fabric from waist loop up to cover chest like a tube top. Pull fabric loop at your neck down over shoulders and arms.

       

       

      HOW TO STYLE THE CHRYSALIS CARDI

       

       

       

       

       

      Encircled Size Charts
      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.
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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. 

      Model's 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

      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 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).

      *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

      HIGH RISE FIT

      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"
      RELAXED FIT
      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 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 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 XS.

       

       The Minimalist 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 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 Crew 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 Crew 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: 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 Nomadic Crew Neck.

       

       

      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 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.