Sarongs are one of my all-time favorite summer accessories. While most people relegate them strictly to the swimwear cover up category, they are actually quite versatile and can be used as clothing during the summer months. I have been in love with them for well over a decade and have been known to use them for everything from clothing to picnics to home decorations.
My obsession actually first started when I saw my friend Tracy Herz wearing one as a skirt to a cocktail party along with a fitted blazer, strappy pumps, and lots of bling-y jewelry. I remember how unexpectedly chic and exotic the outfit looked, especially among all the little black dresses and pearls that seemed to overwhelm the sartorial scene.
Sarongs are a bit difficult to find here in Charleston, West Virginia, but Cornucopia and Macy’s occasionally sell them. My favorite online source is 1worldsarong.com. They have the best selection I have found thus far and very reasonable prices.
The following are my favorite ways to wear a sarong (and they also happen to be quite easy to do– yay!)
Simple Waist Tie
This is the most common way to wear your sarong as a cover up. Simply tie the sarong at the waist.
If you can find one, a sarong tie can be used to give the sarong a lovely and graceful draped effect. Simply slide the ends of the sarong through the two holes and tighten the sarong to fit your hips.
Maxi Wrap Skirt
This is my favorite way to wear a sarong. I think I rocked this look all last summer! Wrap the sarong around the front of your waist and grab hold of the end corner.
Then take the other side of the sarong, bring around the front waist/hip and tie the end corner to the other corner at your side hip.
Instant maxi skirt!
Note: if, like me, your waist is a little too big to do this, use a safety pin to secure at the hip and fold the extra sarong fabric over to hide.
Criss-Cross “Island” Dress
Start off with your sarong behind your back and pull the sides forward as if you were going to wrap yourself up in a big fluffy bath towel!
These are just a few ideas of how to wear and tie your sarong. Do you have any other sarong tying tips to share?