If you’ve read any of my posts on reversible clothing, you know that I am always on the lookout for cute clothes that I can wear in multiple ways when I travel. Hands-down, it’s one of my favorite ways to save space in my suitcase.
But here’s the thing: they have to be cute.
Imagine my delight when Emily Keller, the cofounder and designer of Emily Keller reversible apparel, reached out to me recently to ask if I’d be willing to take one of her pieces for a test drive.
Um, YEAH. I’d be down with that. I don’t actually have a reversible sweater for travel.
A few days later, a gorgeous, cozy cardigan arrived on my doorstep. I brought it with me on a recent work trip, and then I PROMPTLY forgot that I had ever owned any other cardigans.
A few things I loved about the sweater:
Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? It’s reversible! I love, love, love reversible clothes. The fact that I can guarantee that a single piece in my suitcase will go with AT LEAST two outfits is HUGE. And it just makes sense! Why not make the most of a single garment by maximizing its utility?
When it comes to clothes, I’m a sucker for good fabric, and Emily totally nailed it with this piece. The cardigan is made of fabric that’s light but also cozy – meaning it’s the perfect weight for travel. I like to have a layer that can fend off a chilly plane or unexpected weather, but the last thing I want is a sweater or jacket that will weigh me down. Emily’s piece strikes the perfect balance, and you can tell from the fabric that it’s well-made.
My closet tends to be a black and white affair, so the fact that the sweater reverses from gray to black is the perfect complement – and it goes especially well with pieces from my business travel capsule wardrobe. I was able to wear the sweater with jeans on the plane, and then again over a dress – so I think it could really work for any sort of trip.
Boutique Fashion for the win
Finally, I loved wearing a unique piece from a boutique designer. In addition to supporting a female entrepreneur (always a WIN in my book), the sweater was actually a conversation-starter at the work event I wore it to! Another woman asked me where I’d gotten it and then we went on to discuss other work-related topics. Bonus points for helping this girl network.
What to be aware of:
Consistent with Emily’s modern, minimalist designs, the cardigan has no zipper, buttons, or pockets. Personally, I liked this feature, since it kept the piece lightweight and sleek – but I could appreciate that someone looking for a piece for travel might want to be able to zip or button up her sweater.
Make sure to pack clear deodorant! Don’t do what I did and wear a solid deodorant, because it’ll give you some problems when you turn the sweater inside out to wear it again!
If you’re looking to buy:
You can buy Emily’s designs on Etsy where she features her entire collection. As for sizing, I’m usually a size small or 4 in stores like J.Crew or Banana Republic, and the size small cardigan fit me perfectly.
The sweater was gifted to me by Emily Keller reversible apparel. As always, all opinions are my own.
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