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Published July 13th 2020
A lighter way to travel - A smarter way to dress
I was recently asked if I would help with a fashion photoshoot. Sure, I said "anything for a friend." I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I had met this person socially through a mutual friend and had very little understanding of her business.
As a golfer who has 'modelled' for the occasional "fundraiser" fashion parade, I figured this would be similar. "Wear the outfit, and smile for the camera". Four hours, five items of clothing and 20 or more different looks later, my mind was racing. I was wearing an Australian-designed collection of garments that transformed and morphed from breakfast to opera, from beach to business, from couch to concert, and from shopping to jet-setting. It's clever and comfortable and incredibly versatile, and you're not locked in to only these garments. They complement what you already have.
Called Cadarra, this multi-way wardrobe was created by Patsy Cadell, a petite woman who loved to travel but was finding large suitcases were becoming cumbersome. Sure, suitcases have wheels for easy movement around airport concourses, but they still need to be lifted onto trolleys and into cars, dragged off luggage carousels and lifted onto hotel luggage racks. Her designs enabled her to travel with much less luggage and still look great while dressing for all sorts of occasions; day or night / casual or formal. She boasts travelling for 20 days with only a 7 kg carry-on cabin bag.
Weekends away and road trips are also much easier. All you need to do is select your basics: jeans, white shirt, a t-shirt, sweater, a scarf or two, maybe some jewellery, and your Cadarra. You can actually go with just your Cadarra if you like. You'll wear some of this and pack the rest.
Longer holidays and overseas travel become a lot easier too. Packing skirts, cocktail & evening dresses, dinner outfits, smart casual gear, sundresses & beach cover-ups, and active wear can easily become a thing of the past. The concept allows you to pack your favourites and use Cadarra to complement them, but if you're on the move and don't want to be burdened, you can get away with much less. Others won't even know that you're wearing the same thing several different ways.
It's the versatility of Cadarra that impressed me. You can create your own look, and if you're uncertain, you can follow the little instruction booklet that comes with it, or you can copy looks already created by others, adding your own touches. The Cadarra website has a range of Styling Videos and photos to assist you. The Emergency Fashion Survival Kit gives you a few quick ideas too.
There are only two sizes and will fit (almost) everyone. The size chart guides buyers in Australia as well as several other countries In Australia Size 1 suits sizes 8 through to 14 whilst Size 2 works for sizes 14/16 to 20. The fabric is gorgeous. It feels good on, travels well, doesn't need ironing and it sits so well, and can be worn year-round.
Patsy is very passionate about her 'baby' and has been styling women across the world with her collection.
Cadarra could be one of fashion's best kept secrets. Women love buying new clothes, usually because they want a new and different look. With Cadarra, you don't need to spend a fortune adding pieces to your wardrobe. Cadarra's individual pieces can complement your current wardrobe, enhancing what you already have and creating new looks, or it can be the core of the wardrobe around which other pieces work.
Cadarra dress worn as a top (left), and as a skirt (right)