Do you typically cringe at the invitation to a pool or beach party? Well, don't worry, the sarong is here to save the day!
Historically a sarong is "a large tube or length of fabric often wrapped around the waist and worn as a kilt by men and as a skirt by women throughout much of South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, and on the Pacific Islands. The fabric most often has woven plaid or checkered patterns, or may be brightly colored by means of batik or ikat dyeing. Many modern sarongs also have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants" (Wikipedia).
In the Western World, the sarong is most commonly worn as a swimsuit cover-up. Unlike the traditional sarong, this variation is comprised of a lightweight fabric which is usually accompanied by fringe. The pattern is usually solid or has a fun summer print.
A sarong is a great solution to your bathing suit woes. It can be worn with a bikini or one-piece piece bathing suit. The most common way to wear a sarong is around your stomach/hip area. However there are many unique ways to wear a sarong, some of which may surprise you. Please view the video for a tutorial of several different ways to sport your sarong at the beach or poolside.
When you go shopping for a sarong please remember that a sarong will not always be labeled as, "Sarong." After looking in the bathing suit section, take a look at the scarves. Summer scarves are lightweight and have very pretty patterns. Since they are not marketed as sarongs, they are generally less expensive than fabrics labeled as, "sarong."
Buyer beware! Just as you would with any other item of clothing you own; try it on! Make sure the sarong is the proper length and will tie easily around you.
Marshalls and TJMaxx are great places to find sarongs. These stores offer a few of sarongs which are located near the bathing suits. They also have a large selection of scarves.
Second hand stores and consignment shops usually carry scarves. Try checking out some of these stores; Plato's Closet, Consignment Originals, Salvation Army, Goodwill, Savers, Uptown Consignment, Touch of Class Consignment, and Goddess Plus.
Now, when you attend that pool or beach party you are ready to go. Tie that sarong around yourself and have a confident and fabulous time!
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