I’m a hopeless packer. You’d think after all these years of hauling luggage across the globe I’d have it down to a fine art. But no. Each time we go on a trip the packing process takes hours, beginning with everything but the kitchen sink, and finally ending with just the essentials. Plus a few ‘just-in-cases’ and a couple of ‘well-you-never-knows’.
Then we went to Kenya.
At first I revelled in all the perks that our business class tickets would bring, not least of which was a heap of extra baggage allowance. I immediately began planning a list of all the souvenirs I wanted to get my hands on. Then Hubbie pointed out that our internal flights to the lodges and bush camps where we’d be staying would in fact be taken in tiny little planes, with a maximum luggage quota of just 15 kg per person. Including hand baggage. Our camera gear alone took care of most of that.
I sadly put back most of my kaftans, jumpers and sandals but was still left with a dilemma. It was either wear the same clothes for the entire trip, or pay a hefty amount for extra kgs. So I made do with a fleece, shirt, trousers and a sarong. Which you’ll notice in the photos if you’ve read any of our Kenya posts. It was a fabulous trip, but I felt under-dressed the whole time. It was difficult to dress stylishly and comfortably on the limited contents of my suitcase.
Introducing Kameleon Rose
Kameleon Rose is all about practical yet fashionable pieces, all of which are ethically produced in Madagascar and Mauritius. But that’s not all. Each item of clothing can be styled in several different ways, meaning that the comfy dress you wore whilst slouching in your plane seat can also be taken on a glamorous night out on the town. How cool is that?
Kameleon Rose has several different clothing items, including the Ultimate Travel Dress (which can be worn 20 different ways), the Ultimate Travel Pant (worn 10 different ways), and a 5 Way Cardigan (the clue’s in the name). They even have a 4 Way Bag which turns into a sun hat! Together the 6 pieces of Kameleon Rose clothing creates a brilliant capsule wardrobe of 100 outfits, perfect for travellers who want to cut down on their luggage without compromising on style.
The 5 Way Cardigan
Kameleon Rose kindly sent me a 5 Way Cardigan to try out, and I’ve been putting it through its paces this month. This convertible cardigan transforms in a sweater, a hoodie, a waterfall cardigan and a hooded top. It did take me a little while to get my head around how to put together the styles, working out which buttons fastened where, but a quick look at their online styling guide soon had me sorted.
The fabric of all the Kameleon Rose clothing is non-creasing and quick drying, which is great news for travellers. No more hanging up dresses in the bathroom in the deluded hope that the shower steam will get rid of those packing creases. The only slight negative is that it currently only comes in black or grey, which makes it easy to match with other items of clothing, but a dash of colour would be good too.
Despite all the fancy design, I think my favourite feature of the cardigan is the material. It’s super snuggly, and without doubt the most comfortable top I own! In fact I’ve been wearing it nearly every day this month…around the house, out to town and even when we’ve been out for dinner in the evenings.
The Kameleon Rose is definitely my new favourite wardrobe addition, and I can’t wait to try it out when we head back to Kenya in the new year.
Kameleon Rose Giveaway
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Kameleon Rose have kindly provided me with the 5 Way Cardigan, as well as the giveaway prize. All opinions remain our own, and we only feature products that we are happy to use ourselves.
I would love to wear it when we go away again, I’m saving to go to Spain hopefully next year.
Travelling to New Zealand soon – this looks good!
I’d wear this in the office to keep warm!
I would wear it to work.
On our honeymoon to Venice.
I would wear it when I go to the USA on holiday and to see my son and his family who live there.
On my hiking trips
My partner would wear if for dog walks or for casual days.
On holiday of course!
I’d wear it on an overseas city break to cut down on the amount I need to pack
probably on our camping trips abroad where i NEVER have the right clothes!
I’d wear it everywhere.
I’d wear this anywhere looks so comfy
I would wear it travelling to see family in Glasgow.
My holiday to Wales
I would wear it when traveling to the States to visit my family. I try to keep my luggage as empty as possible so that I can bring things of mine back.
While out up the park with my grandchildren
id wear this while travelling
I would wear it when we go away to the Lakes
This would be great for the travelling part of our holidays.
We go away in January, perfect.
I would wear it walking on Exmoor.
My Sister does a lot of backpacking holidays and she is so difficult to buy presents for. This would be perfect
I’d wear it shopping and out for lunch, it’s the perfect mix of comfy and stylish!
Looks great for travelling in and comfortable yet easy to pack!
While out walking as my asthma gave me a lot of trouble for months so need something nice to motivate me to get back out again
This would be great for any trip I reckon. With a little one in tow, you need as much spare room as possible in the bags!
My wife would wear this everywhere
I would love to wear my Kameleon Rose clothing on shopping trips to Cardiff and on holiday.
This would be perfect for going house hunting in
Anywhere. As soon as it can be used and wear as maxi skirt, I can use it 7 days in a week during summer and autumn time. On holiday, when visiting friends, shopping or going to gallery and museum 🙂
Can I say everywhere? So comfy. I’d be wearing it for my eventual trip to Canada, but until then, I’d wrap up in it when walking my little dog!
I would wear it when it go to visit family in Yorkshire as its a bit chilly up north compared to London.
I would wear it while traveling and visiting with my daughter in the northwest.
Out walking for my Fitbit challenges and at home
To my friend’s christmas party and my aunt’s birthday!
On my honeymoon in Portugal it might be a bit chilly cos we are going just before New Year.
I want to wear it to Paraguay and Uruguay. A girl can dream!
I would wear my Kameleon Rose clothing to work.
I would wear it going for walks in the park.
This is such a great piece of clothing and i would pack it for travelling and on holiday.
gf would wear on our next trip to the French Riviera
Love the idea of a capsule wardrobe and never managed to get it right, maybe I woukd with this outfit
On my next break in the spring
On our next holiday to Europe. But also on the school run and to work (wouldn’t keep it just for holidays)…
I would wear it out walking with friends
I’ve a penchant for comfortable clothing so I suspect I will end up wearing them all the time
i would wear this while out and about and walking our dog x
Would be perfect for Thailand next year
I must say that I am a little unsure about some of the styles suiting my body shape, but hey ho I am on holiday so anything goes. Wonderful that someone has had this idea. Thanks for the chance.
I would wear this on walks to the park with my little boy 🙂
A wonderful giveaway, we travel a lot and this would be brilliant.
Whilst waking in the mountains.
Wjen we go over to our holiday home on the Isle of Arran!
looks like a very handy item – would love to wear this on my next holiday
Going to Paris and Belguim next year 🙂
I would use and wear this on my camping trip round France
while out walking the dogs x
Great for slimming down my wardrobe
Maybe meeting my friend or my mum? I love the idea of how versatile it is.
I’d wear it everywhere on my Central America trip, coming up soon. I need to pack light and cover all temperatures while looking casual and smart. Tricky! But this is perfect!
my wife would wear this while out walking
At home as I get cold with no heating on.
Perfect when out with friends for drinks
My next holiday at easter!
I love the idea of a cardigan that is so versatile- brilliant for holidays.
I would gift it to my daughter who travels a lot!
On a trip to my daughter in France – that way I could save my suitcase space and pack it with treats for my gorgeous grandchildren on the way out and goodies from the local market on the way home!
When I visit my family in Australia
Ohh I love this! 🙂
I love a good cardigan! Always need one to keep me cosy when I’m working from home!
I would wear it on holiday.