We’re always looking for ways to pack smarter. In fact, we love it when we impress our friends with all the fun items we pull out of our luggage, without looking like we packed much at all. And when it comes to doing both of those things, it all comes down to thinking in layers and packing multipurpose items.
Just like a sarong can also function as a towel or airplane blanket, or how leggings can work as pants (under longer tops of course!) and a warming layer under jeans, the new Evolve Top by Encircled can give you more bang for you precious packing list line item by offering various looks, for various personalities and activities, with one simple top.
Yes, you might remember Encircled from our review of their Chrysalis Cardi.
They sent us their most recent product, the Evolve Top, for a trial and review in regards to the traveling female. Here we go!
The Evolve Top
The premise for the Evolve Top is that it has transforming sleeves (thanks to a hidden snap) that take it from elbow length to capped sleep to tank top. In addition, the top is reversible, giving you the option to have a drape in the front or back.
And, if you’re feeling fun, you can even wear one side off the shoulder, or make your sleeves different lengths. The options for this one top are numerous.
The Evolve Top Fits Multiple Personalities
For me, I love that the Evolve Top can fit multiple personalities and styles. Made of a luxuriously soft modal/spandex blend (and also from a renewable source), it can easily be dressed up while also not being out of place when you just want to be comfy in your jeans and sneakers. You can layer it when it’s cool outside with a tank top given its loose nature, throw a belt or blazer around it to give it a more fitted feel, or even wear it to yoga.
>> Check out this video on the different ways to wear.
The Evolve Top for Travelers
This top is extremely light and packable, and oh so comfortable. Let’s also not forget that this one item can serve you countless outfit purposes making it a perfect addition to a traveler’s minimalist wardrobe. I really enjoy the top because it is so loose and flowy – it would be perfect on flights or long-distance train journeys, good for warmer weather since it is not too constrictive, and great as an option that can take you from day to night with a few simple tweaks.
The fabric itself is sleek and does absorb a bit of moisture. However, I don’t feel as though it dries as quickly as I’d like. It’s not an item you would wash at night and expect to be fully dried in the morning unless in a very well ventilated location.
The price point is also a concern to many travelers. Coming in at $92 CAD, it’s definitely not a cheap top. But, if you factor it in as part of a minimal wardrobe with multiple personalities, the cost per wear definitely subsides.
Further Thoughts on the Evolve Top
I adore the concept of the Evolve Top, and I will definitely be getting my wear out of it in my upcoming travels. A few extra things I’d like to point out:
- I’m wearing a size small in the photos above, and it is still very drapey. I am around 5’3″ with a smaller upper body/ narrow shoulders, so keep that in mind when ordering your top.
- It is a hand-wash only item by nature to begin with, so keep that in mind when packing.
If you like the look of the Evolve Top, you can purchase one on the Encircled website.
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