Travel Gear & Accessories

Review + Giveaway: Encircled Essential Tank

Traveling with less has always been a big priority of mine. I don’t even own a suitcase, and any chance I can to pack carry-on only, I jump at it. I hate lugging around too much luggage, or having to wait in check-in lines just to drop off my bag. On top of that, so many destinations make it challenging to travel with a ton of stuff – the tuk tuks in Asia, the cobblestones in Europe, the list goes on.

Since I have such an obsession with traveling light, this means I’m always looking for versatile clothing items that can go with anything I pack. Recently I discovered Encircled, a travel clothing brand based here in Toronto. The company creates basic, versatile clothing that’s cute, and allows you to pair it with several different items. With the mission that “stylish travel clothing is possible.” I mean, coming from the girl who usually lives in Lululemons and sports bras on vacation, I’m definitely down for versatile items where I can still look cute in that are just as comfy!

About Encircled

Encircled’s clothing is made in Canada, is 100% sweatshop free, and they use fabrics that are good for the earth. They don’t just make super cute clothes, but it’s travel-friendly, and you can feel good about purchasing and wearing it.

Encircled is a Certified B Corporation which means that they use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. In order to become certified, they had to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. There are only 2,200 companies that hold this certification, and it’s always nice as a consumer to have reassurance that the company you’re spending money with is doing good in this world.

The Essential Tank Top

Recently I tested out the Essential Tank Top, a basic tank that comes in a variety of colours and is perfect to add to any wardrobe. The top has a high-low hem that allows for you to easily tuck it in, or wear with leggings. The material is breathable, made with an eco-friendly bamboo blend material, and it’s incredibly soft and comfortable.

What I loved about this tank is that I could wear it in a variety of different ways. I paired it with denim shorts, and tucked it in. I wore it loose with a pair of leggings, feeling confident because the length was long, and wore it tucked into a high-waisted skirt, paired with heels to dress it up. Although not pictured, I also loved twisting the extra fabric into a knot at the front creating a crop top. Seriously, there are so many ways you can wear this simple tank!

I can’t wait to bring this tank on my next trip and to add more basic, but beautiful pieces of clothing from Encircled into my regular travel wardrobe. And SURPRISE! You can win one of these tanks in your favourite colour. I’m giving one away! Enter the contest below but note that this contest is only open to those that live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec). Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I received a free tank top from Encircled to conduct a review. I only recommend products that I enjoyed using, and think other travellers would love too! All opinions in this piece are my own and 110% honest. 

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43 Comments

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    Jessica Lim
    July 30, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Ooooh I love this top! Would be such a great travel piece! Great post!

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    Valerie
    July 30, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Great giveaway! I love all of the encircled products I have so far – this would be a great addition to my wardrobe!

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    Ashley Heideman
    July 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of these tanks for ages but they’re always sold out!!! Please help me!!! I can’t get enough of this brand!!!

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      Lauren
      July 30, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Well you’ll be happy to know they just restocked and just in time for my giveaway 🙂

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    Miranda
    July 30, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I love what encircled is doing for slow fashion

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    Alouise
    July 31, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about Encircled. Their clothes look versatile, and cute (not like some travel clothes can look). Also love that they’re a Canadian company and they’re clothes are made in an ethical way. Would definitely love to wear an Encircled tank top on my next trip (and let’s be honest probably around the house too).

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    Pauline
    July 31, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I’ve been trying to be more mindful about the clothing I purchase lately. Instead of buying from big corporations (like H&M, Zara, and the likes), I want to support local business where good quality clothing are made ethically. My problem is finding these local brands – I don’t even know where to start! Having a chance to try an Encircled tank would at least point me in the right direction 🙂 Plus, I have an upcoming trip to Paris at the end of the year. Me says this tank would look very cute under a blazer for a night out or under a cozy giant blanket scarf for a market day.

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    Angie MS
    July 31, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Encircled is a no brainer for travel! Cannot go wrong with such versatile pieces!

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    Elaine
    July 31, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I agree travelling light is the best way to go! Encircled is such a fab company too.

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    Kristi
    July 31, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve been a new follower to Encircled (and ethical fashion in general) but I love what they’re doing! This tank looks like a must have versatile piece!!

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    Jenn Swanson
    July 31, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    I recently discovered Encircled too and ordered their bandeau bra. I love the principles and practices they have and am hoping to add some other pieces to my (haha, future) minimalist travel wardrobe! I look forward to learning more about what you do too. Hmmm…ever discuss travel for work? I am always looking for career-related podcast guests! Jenn

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    Kimberly Fyke
    July 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I already love my other items from Encircled – I would love the chance to try out this tank as well!

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    Tanya
    July 31, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I love Encircled for many reasons, especially their multi-way clothing! As much as possible, I prefer carry-on when travelling and these pieces make it possible. I, however, do not own the tank though have almost purchased it three times!

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    Krista
    July 31, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I have several encircled pieces and love them – I am building my travel capsule!

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    Rita Kemen
    July 31, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    This tank is so cute! I’d like one because I’m really working on my overpacking problem. I’ve managed a carry-on for my last two short trips, but want to try for a longer upcoming trip!

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      Lauren
      July 31, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      That’s awesome! Baby steps!

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    Brittany
    July 31, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Looks cute I love good travel basics

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    Erin
    July 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    What a great opportunity to start my encircled wardrobe! Thank you for the chance!

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      Lauren
      July 31, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks for entering 🙂

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    Candace Paul
    July 31, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Just purchased my first piece from Encircled (I am literally wearing it now)… love it!!!! Excited to own more of their pieces… wish they had a store in Calgary, Alberta

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      Lauren
      July 31, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Ohhh what did you buy?? I’m obsessed with their rompers lately. Need to add those to my collection.

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    Paula
    July 31, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I love this brand! Now that my kids are getting a little better at traveling (2 and 4) I love having clothes that take me from home to work and then to the car/plane. They really do makes clothes for every part of my life.

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    Paula
    July 31, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    What size are you wearing?

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      Lauren
      July 31, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      I have a small 🙂

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    Heather
    July 31, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    I’ve heard great things about Encircled! Thanks for your review on their tank!

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    Hansi
    August 1, 2018 at 7:06 am

    A tank would be a great addition to my mostly encircled, minimalist wardrobe!

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    Kayla Matteotti
    August 1, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Great giveaway. This company does some really great pieces of clothing!

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      Lauren
      August 1, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Agreed! Have you seen their new 3-in-1 romper they have coming out? Brilliant!

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    Jacqueline
    August 1, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I really want to add an Encircled piece to my wardrobe!

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    Cathy
    August 1, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I love the sustainability aspect!! And travelling…

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    Carrie
    August 2, 2018 at 12:22 am

    I love Encircled and am saving up for one of their pieces as I begin building an ethical, functional, versatile wardrobe. Would LOVE to win this essential tank! Thanks for the chance

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    Gaiti
    August 2, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Encircled has been on my radar for awhile now thanks for alexinwanderland blog! When I found out its Canadian it made it all the better! Id love to try out a piece to see how much I’d love it! Love the work they do for the fashion industry.

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    Yvonne
    August 2, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Totally agree on packing light!

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    Pam
    August 2, 2018 at 9:42 am

    The shirt is beautiful! I try to make choices that are good for the environment and where workers are treated fairly. Encircled is a great company, I would love to try this tank!

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    Sarah
    August 2, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Have the dressy sweatpants… love them and would love to win the tank to pair it with!

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    Alison
    August 2, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! Have heard a ton of great things about Encircled but haven’t been able to try out any of their products yet. I’ve recently started ultralight packing and I think this tank could be perfect for my perpetual packing list haha. Thanks for modeling it for us!

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    Linda
    August 3, 2018 at 3:45 am

    I love discovering more sustainable and ethical companies in Canada. I’d love to try this tank.

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    Amy Heffernan
    August 3, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I love the tank! I would love to win to wear with a pair of jean capris!

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    Semide
    August 3, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I am currently obsessed with encircled. I love the chrysalis cardi, and it’s a great piece in my minimalist wardrobe. Thanks for reviewing them!

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    Pam
    August 8, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I would like to win because I like that the tank can be worn different ways and look good.

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    wendy hutton
    August 8, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I would love this as I could always use a new tank top, been on a weightloss plan and my clothes are getting way too big

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    Susan
    August 8, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Versitle clothing for travel is SO key!

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