If you're looking to add a long-sleeved basic to your capsule wardrobe that is comfortable enough to wear on the daily, yet elevated enough for work or dressing up then Encircled's Fair Long Sleeve may be right for you.
The super soft plant-based Modal gives it a slight sheen that givesThe Fair Long Sleeve the upper hand over a basic cotton long sleeve tee. This is a great 3-4 season piece because the material is lightweight enough for spring and summer (depending where you live of course) and the bit of stretch it has makes it very easy to pull over a base layer or turtle neck for added warmth.
Being really used to wearing crew necks all the time, I was a bit hesitant to order The Fair Long Sleeve as it has a v-neckline. I hate having to constantly reposition a top because the neckline is too low. And if I alway have to wear a cami underneath, it feels like less of a convenient basic and more of a hassle some days. I am happy to report that The Fair Long Sleeve truly does have a "flattering, modest v-neckline" as encircled describes it. If it was about 3/4-1" higher I would be completely head-over-heels. To suit the masses, however, this is probably a happy medium.
The Fair Long Sleeve has a front seam down the center and nice detailing on the back. I ordered the XS and it was the right choice. To wear as-is it could probably be tapered in a little more to be most flattering on a very petite person, however it's definitely not overly billowy. I just like things a tad more fitted. Having that extra bit of fabric does give you some fun options, though. You can do a great French tuck, various knotting techniques, and it looks fantastic with a slim leather belt.
I haven't seen it recommended officially, but I would definitely be comfortable wearing The Fair Long Sleeve backwards. The slight v and center seam work great down the back and the design detail of the back yoke actually looks great in front in my opinion. Not every shirt can be work in both directions and look good. But I think it's definitely an option with The Fair Long Sleeve!
I initially picked this up in the lovely forest green color hoping it would be perfect with Bali Elf Emerald Flats. The forest green color isn't as saturated as the shoes, but both are still beautiful colors.
At the moment, The Fair Long Sleeve is available in 7 colors. You can't go wrong with black, but check your closet to see which fun color could coordinate with the majority of your wardrobe. Basic colors like black and gray tend to stick around, but the fun colors can be almost "limited edition" when it comes to small sustainable slow fashion brands like encircled. So if you see a color you love in a design you know you will wear a lot, then snag it while you can.
Since The Fair Long Sleeve is such a great design, encircled has created The Fair Collection. expanding the line to include The Fair Shortsleeved and the Fair Sleeveless as well. You can save $56 when you build the Fair Collection Kit for your Capsule Wardrobe by using code COOLTOBEFAIR at checkout here. Happy capsule wardrobe gap-filling!
Bear with me here...
I’m a little bit proud of myself. In the past year I have only made conscious clothing purchases. I know, I know. Whoopdy-do! (how do you spell that?) But seriously. This has been an accomplishment. I generally do not buy all that much, but still this has taken a mindset shift and a lot of self control, planning, and patience. Last year:
I like the small(er) brands.
You can like something and it still not be right for you
Sometimes you can see a product and it looks great in the product images. It looks great on the people wearing it. You think “that’s not normally my style, but everyone is raving about it. Maybe I should try it?” It can be exhilarating to reach outside of your comfort zone to try a new style and you may find out that you love it. But I’ve also learned that sometimes I know better. I know me. I know my lifestyle. I know what I feel comfortable and confident in. I have learned that you can like something on someone else while at the same time acknowledging that it's just not right for you. It’s not something you need in your curated closet. 2 examples:
2. The dressy sweatsuit - AKA the dressy sweatpants and the dressy sweatshirt.
(Update: I tried the dressy sweatpants version 2.0 - review coming soon)
I love the comfy look of it in the product pictures and tons of travel bloggers swear by Encircled's dressy sweatpants. Unfortunately, I ordered the pants too large on a Black Friday sale. I should have read reviews more carefully and sized down at least 1 if not 2 sizes. Currently, I wear them around the house only. :( But I keep meaning to take them to a tailor. Honestly, though, I just don’t usually wear pants like this out. Even with a better fit, I’m not sure if I’ll wear them as much as I convinced myself (Does anyone else do this?) I would when I bought them. Be real with yourself. I love running around in a comfy skirt or dress or stretchy skinny jeans. Call me weird. It’s fine.
The other half of the dressy sweatsuit is the dressy sweatshirt. I ordered the smallest size available and I’m clearly too petite. It looks crazy on me, way too loose at the top and if I pull the front higher to be warmer then the back billows open and lets in a draft. Not ideal for a sweater...I also didn’t realize that the fabric is different than the pants so the blues are not a perfect match anyways. My fault for not reading fabric details more carefully. Another great lesson learned! I do wear this sweatshirt around the house and I have taken it traveling so I am still getting use out of it, but mainly because I already have it and not as much because I love the fit on me. I wonder also if I had the neckline tailored if I would like it more?
What I’ve learned about color
I like facts
I’m keeping a shopping list
Is it the greatest pencil skirt ever? I don’t think so, but it does have some great features. Here’s the deal:
On paper it seems perfect. Here’s where it’s falling short for me:
What’s it like to wear Encircled's Dressy Sweatskirt?
These are my first impressions of the encircled Dressy Sweatskirt. You can check it out here. If you bought one, let me know what you think!
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I guess everyone has different styles and tastes, different needs and preferences, but it’s funny how some things seem to get overlooked while other things get over-popularized. I feel like Encircled’s All Day Work Dress is severely overlooked online and I have no idea why!
What Encircled Has To Say About The All Day Work Dress (My Thoughts Added In Bold):
So comfortable, you’ll forget you’re in workwear. 100% agree.
The All-Day Work Dress is made from machine-washable, soft and breathable 4-way stretch fabric. Haven’t washed yet, but the fabric has a nice stretch and is super comfy.
This tailored dress is zipper-less so you can just slip it on and go. Found it easy to put on and take off, personally.
Layer with the Everyday Twist Top for a work-perfect look. Love this look. See Below. Everyday Twist Top is a great piece from encircled!
Encircled's All Day Work Dress Fabric:
Encircled's All Day Work Dress Fit:
Who is Encircled’s All Day Work Dress For?
Anyone who loves to dress up and look polished while still being comfortable would love encircled’s All Day Work Dress. If you pretty much live in dressy sweat pants or encircled leggings (no judgement!) and only dress up occasionally, this may not be the best investment piece for you. But then again, it is a classic, timeless look so it would also make a reliable go-to dress for those special occasions that may be few and far between for you. You decide.
My Personal Review of Encircled’s All Day Work Dress
As seen on the encircled website:
I don’t understand why it seems like no one is talking about this dress?! I know the price point seems high, but this is a really, really, REALLY nice dress.
The tricky part about these softer materials is that they can be clingy in a way that not everyone wants (regardless of size/shape) or that isn’t always appropriate for all occasions. But a more structured dress is often made from materials that are not sustainable. That presents a difficult situation for a conscious shopper.
Somehow encircled has addressed this issue with this dress! It is nicely fitted at the top with a classy neckline and once you hit the waist there is a snug under layer and then the layer on top is more structured with those really flattering pleats (is that the right term?) and pockets!
The pockets are great! I had an iPhoneXS Max in my pocket and it fit so nicely that I actually forgot it was there. I ran around my house wondering where I sat my phone down and then I remembered it was in my pocket. Haha! No joke!
Anyways I think this dress is a great marriage of super comfortable, sustainable fabric together with a wonderfully classy and professional dress design. If your lifestyle involves dressing up often then this may be a good investment piece for you. If you’re more of a casual person all the time, then it maybe wouldn’t be your jam.
I went with the recommended size Small for my measurements and it fits great. I am short at 5’2” and the dress hits just perfectly at the bottom of my knee which is my preferred length. If you are taller just bear in mind that it will be a bit shorter on you. There is a helpful box with the dress measurements from shoulder to waist seam and then from waist seam to hem so do check that out.
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Dressy Leggings? Dressy SweatSkirt? Yes, These Are Real Things And They Are Here NOW thanks to encircled!
The Minimalist Sleeveless Mockneck Top is a great new staple piece by ethical fashion brand Encircled. Today I am sharing all the facts straight from encircled's website and you can scroll down to see my personal review of this top!
What Encircled Has To Say About The Minimalist Sleeveless Mockneck Top:
"Made for a day that doesn’t end at 5, this sleeveless mock-neck top will comfortably take you from morning to night. Made from our epically soft, breathable Modal fabric, this will be your new go-to sleeveless top 7 days a week.
Pair with the All-Day Wide-Leg Pant.
What Encircled Has To Say About About The Minimalist Sleeveless Mock Neck Top's Fabric:
"The fabric is a blend of Lenzing Modal® | Spandex
Modal is a naturally derived, plant-based fabric cultivated from beech-tree pulp which is sustainably sourced in Austria, and neighbouring countries. Modal is made through an environmentally-conscious process where 95% of water and materials used to make the fabric are recycled. The fabric is also OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified which means it is free of harmful chemicals. This soft and drapey fabric feels beautiful against your skin.
Learn about our fabrics"
What Encircled Has To Say About About The Minimalist Sleeveless Mock Neck Top's Fit & Care:
The Minimalist Sleeveless Mock Neck has a slim fit, similar to that of the Nomadic V-Neck and Wanderer Sleeveless T. The length is slightly shorter than the latter two designs and hits at the hip. If you want a relaxed fit, size up. As the fabric is 4-way stretch, it will fit within ~1-2" of the measurements. The length of the shirt varies from ~23 ¼" - 26 ⅜" depending on the size.
View the size chart
Model's Measurements: Jasmine, pictured in the Minimalist Sleeveless Mock Neck, is 5’9” / size 6 and wearing a size Medium.
Machine wash on gentle cycle, cold water. Lay flat to dry. A light iron can be used but keep on low and use a towel in between the fabric and the iron. We recommend removing jewellery when taking off your top and not putting it in the dryer. Do not dry clean."
My Review of Encircled's Minimalist Sleeveless Mock Neck Top:
Stunning Color & Chic Style!
I bought the Minimalist Sleeveless Mock Neck in Royal Blue because who can get over this amazing shade of blue? I love a modest neckline and feel that the mock neck style gives a really chic look! The material is super soft and feels wonderful on.
It’s true like someone else mentioned that the fabric is light and some items seem to pill more quickly than cheaply made alternatives, but I think that’s the trade off to having this really nice feeling soft fabric. So far I think it’s worth the extra TLC to have a sustainable and ethical closet.
I was really happy that despite the fabric being light, I couldn’t see any bra lines through the material (a pet peeve of mine)! This is one of my most loved encircled pieces so far and it is perfect for hot summer days or cooler seasons / cool nights by simply adding a cozy cardigan.
I have a petite build and ordered XS and it fits perfect. The size chart recommended a S for my measurements, but I am glad I sized down to XS as I really like the way it fits! :-)
And just one more time can I say... that royal blue..... ahh. Love it!
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