As you'll recall, I was pretty stoked that ethical and sustainable Canadian fashion brand encircled was having great discounts on Black Friday (here) & Cyber Monday (here). (Learn a little bit about why I have been so interested in the brand encircled in my post here).
I have now received all of my orders and I want to give you a quick review of each encircled item, including 2 items I bought earlier this year from encircled.
encircled The Wanderer Sleeveless Tee Review
I ordered the Wanderer Sleeveless T before a trip this summer which entailed about 6 weeks of travel over 3 continents in carry on only luggage. I wore this top *all the time* as it was super comfortable and looked great with casual looks (jeans, shorts) as well as dressy looks (a skirt & nice sandals). I am a fan of the length and the T styles well as is or cinched at the waste with a belt to add some more shape/variety when you're wearing this T again and again. I love it! One thing I would adjust: the arm holes being too big for my personal taste. I have to wear a cami under this t for my own comfort and preference. I ordered a medium, but next time I will order at least a size small for a bit of a better fit on me.
encircled The Everyday Twist Top Review
Okay so I was tossed up between getting the infamous Chrysalis Cardi that started it all or The Everyday Twist Top. I went back and forth and back and forth and finally I decided to first try the Everyday Twist Top. Why? Well.. I wear cardigans literally every day of my life. EVERY DAY! It's part of my wardrobe uniform whether layered over a tank or tee for summer evenings or daytime when the aircon is blasting or over base layers in winter. Cardigans are a staple for me. So it made sense for me to invest in a superhero cardigan that would do some wild multitasking in my closet. (The Everyday Twist Top functions as a normal cardigan when you're feeling lazy or straightforward, but also has many other options!) I went with the beautiful Plum Purple and was planning on ordering size Small but the only size available at the time was XS so I decided to take a chance. As it happens, this is the perfect size for me. I'm sooo glad only the XS was in stock or I may not have been so in love!
As soon as I took it out of the box I started playing with it. I know you're supposed to be able to wear this 5 ways, but if your creativity is flowing you can come up with waaaay more options. I spent way too long and got way too excited testing them out in front of the mirror before stopping to write this review. Well. no, I take that back. I didn't spend too long or get too excited. I think this is really how you should feel about an item you add to your wardrobe. If you're not that excited about a piece of clothing then maybe it's not the right purchase. *shrug* At any rate, I am beyond excited about this top (not to mention the ethics behind it) and all the fun we will have together. It will definitely come traveling with me, I will definitely be sharing some more ways to wear it, and I would definitely buy other colors that work in my wardrobe color palette!
encircled The Evolve Top Review
I waited for the Deep Indigo Modal Evolve Top and it was definitely worth the wait! The color is absolutely beautiful and I can tell this top is going to get a lot of wear as it suits my style and lifestyle. I am petite and I ordered XS and that was definitely the right choice for me. I love how this top looks on both frontwards and backwards. I love having a high neckline with a drapey back silhouette from time to time. I think that silhouette on your back can look so classy and elegant. I do this with shirts I already have sometimes, but it looks even better with the Evolve Top because it was designed with this in mind as a style option. I can tell I am going to love wearing this top for casual and dress and adjusting the sleeve length and styles or use it as a layering piece depending on my mood, the weather, or the event. I would definitely consider adding other colors of this design in the future.
encircled The Revolve Dress Review
I ordered The Revolve Dress in Bordeaux Red (really pretty color) and, ironically, I will probably never wear it as a dress. :) For me, the dress is a little too clingy at the back for me to be likely to wear it as a dress unless I had a long cardigan over it. That's just my personal preference and style. However, what I love about it is that I can get wear out of it as a top or a tunic! I love to wear long shirts and I found the fit of The Revolve Dress to look so flattering on my body type worn as a tunic over jeans. I can also see wearing it as a top with skirts or even wearing it in it's dress state with a pleated skirt over top, for example. I tried it on as a tunic and layered under the Everyday Twist Top and that would make a good combination for cold days where I live. I haven't yet tried the Essential Long Sleeve Top, but I like that the Revolve Dress can essentially be worn as a long sleeved basic with added options such as the versatility of varying lengths and of having the drape in the front or in the back! I would definitely pack this for travel!
encircled The Reversible Pencil Skirt Review
I am a girl who loves dressing up. Don't get me wrong, I love being casual and comfy too. But there are many times when I will choose to wear a dress or a skirt even if the occasion doesn't require it. Still, as I try to streamline my wardrobe to more evergreen basics, The Reversible Pencil Skirt really caught my eye. A Classic pencil skirt that is two sided. That means 2 skirts in one - hooray!
The skirt is incredibly comfortable to wear, just... sooo comfortable. It is definitely a form fitting skirt. For me, I like things to be fitted, but not too snug. I also like skirts to hit the knee. I ordered a medium in an effort to have a skirt that wasn't overly tight and would hit the knee. The skirt is almost perfect! It does hit the knee, but as I walk it tends to ride up above the knee a bit. As I said, this is definitely a form fitting skirt so some may prefer to size up. I am glad I went with a size medium. As I find it a bit snug in the back, I strategically wear longline tops with it like the wanderer sleeveless tee which I add a belt to and then it makes a great outfit for me!
Tip: You can also wear The Reversible Pencil Skirt as an infinity scarf (x 2 colors) or potentially as a strapless top (x 2 colors) so you can actually have 6 options in one with this piece which is awesome!
encircled The Transform Leg Warmers II
I grabbed a pair of The Transform Leg Warmers II last minute during the amazing Cyber Monday sale this year and I am so glad I did! I spend a lot of time at a desk and I tend to get really cold while I am working. These offer the perfect amount of additional warmth without making me feel too hot or too bundled when I'm inside. Something about them just makes me feel so cozy and chic. I love that they are reversible too! When I'm not in the home office I can spend a lot of time outside and these will be great for layering. I love that these leg warmers are a creative use of fabric leftovers from other designs, making the best use of the materials you have! The length of them is also great because they can pull up well past your knee so they don't fall down, or you can push them down to any length you like for really nice looking rouching!
more encircled mini reviews to come!
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