December 01, 2021 6 min read

You should wear a sarong on a beach or even when you swim, but you should know how to wear it to become the best woman looking cool on a beach.

Besides makeup, hair, and many other things, women care about their swimsuits and fabric that can be used to protect their bodies in the sun.

This article presents several useful guides for wearing a sarong as well as how to tie it. So, in this style guide, we will cover everything you need to know about beach sarong. Check it out today if you don't know how to wear a sarong correctly and fashionably.

Types of a Beach Sarongs

Many different types of beach sarongs can be used to cover up beach or pool time. Sarong always makes the perfect cover-up.

One of the most popular types of sarong is the rectangular cotton sarong which is also one of the most versatile styles.

Rectangular sarongs are easy to tie in many different ways and take up very little space in your suitcase. It can be used as a picnic blanket, table cloth, light blanket, beach blanket, sarong, skirt, head cover, scarf, scarf, skirt wrap, baby swaddle, baby carrier, curtain making it the ultimate travel item.

So, they are available in plain solids or prints. Other popular sarong types are:

  • Lightweight Beach Sarong. These are nice and lightweight and can be made of cotton or linen fabrics. The weave of these sarongs is what makes them lightweight and breathable.
  • Plastic Beach Sarong: These are made of a waterproof nylon-spandex fabric which allows you to stay dry and they do not stretch out.
  • A flattering wrap sarong. The wrap sarong is perfect for those looking to have a little extra coverage. It is possible to wear the wrap sarong as a skirt, as a bathing suit cover-up, or as a dress.
  • The second is a scarf sarong. Though not as common as the other two, the scarf sarong is very comfortable laying on the beach and perfect for those seeking a little more coverage.
  • The last is a pareo.

Sarongs can come in many different shapes and sizes and depending on the region you're traveling in, there are different ways to tie a sarong.

Styles to Wear a Sarong on a Beach 

tips how to wear a sarong

A sarong is a traditional wrap dress worn by people all over the world as a skirt or as a bathing suit cover-up. A long sarong should be able to comfortably wrap around the hips and completely cover the front of the body. The left side of the sarong should be gathered at the waist, and the right side should be worn cascading down. The sarong can also be worn as a tube dress. In this look, a sarong can be passed around the hips to pull it tight. The right side should then be worn cascading down the front of the body. The sarong can also be wrapped around the waist and used as a belt. In this look, a sarong should be passed around the hips. 

Misconceptions About Wearing a Sarong

Many people commonly believe that sarongs are worn as a bathing suit cover-up or that they are a traditional dress for women. In reality, sarongs can be worn many different ways and are often used as a skirt, dress, or as a bathing suit cover-up. There are even sarongs that are designed specifically as a bathing suit cover-up. Women often think wearing a beach sarong will make them look ridiculous. But, the truth is, beach sarongs are elegant and feminine. They are perfect for women of any age or shape. Besides, the more you wear them, the more comfortable you will feel.

Things You Need to Know About Sarong Dress 

The seemingly innocent blanket on the beach can be a savior and a lifeguard. If you find yourself stranded in the water and the waves are not calm enough to get you back to the shore, use your beach sarong to drag you to safety. This cloth wrapped around you is the perfect drag along the sand and over the rocks, and it can even be used as a stretcher. If your infant needs help, wrap them in a sarong and drag them to safety. This sarong can also be used as a sling for infants and toddlers, securely wrapped around the chest and tied to make a loop at the bottom. This loop should be secured around the child’s waist and then around the mom or dad’s hands.

Four Mini Guides to Wrap, Tie and Wear Sarongs

One of the most versatile items in your wardrobe, the beach sarong is the perfect accessory for all of life’s adventures.  If you want you can use it as a cover-up, a beach towel, a scarf, and much more! Here is our mini-tutorial with three different ways to wear your beach sarong in summer :

  • Normal. The most traditional way to wear wrap sarong. Just wrap it around your waist for a chic and comfortable look. Some people call it towel style sarong wrap, a long skirt, or a side knot style.
  • Hippie. This is another way to wear a sarong. Add a pop of color and pattern to your look by wrapping it around your head or using it as a belt.
  • The summer picnic style is when you gather the sarong to your stomach so it hangs below the waist. This style goes well with a flowy shirt or dress.
  • Halter dress. These ways of sarong wrap help to create a beach dress. Simply, take your sarong, tie two top corners around the neck. To secure, tie a double knot, twist it in front, and make a keyhole. Gather edges at the waist and wrap them around the back. The last step, tie it again to secure it with a double knot. 

As you can see there are many different styles of wearing a sarong. Whatever is your preferences, halter neck style or an open halter style each of them can be used in a certain situation. 

To Sum Up

there are more ways to style a sarong than you think

The beach sarong is an essential item to pack. It's versatile, lightweight, super useful and perfect if you want to cover your legs. Be it the traditional flowing fashion scarves of Bali, or the single-length kulambu of the Maldives, these pieces of fabric are the perfect addition to any beachwear ensemble and as you can already see are very helpful for every fashionista. And what's the best about it, you don't need to buy it, you can make your own sarong - it's very easy. Hope you will be able to use our tips and useful information and get the best of them whenever you are going to wear your sarong or buy a new one. 

Most Commonly Asked Questions

1. How do you wrap a beach sarong?

Take the ends that are opposite of each other, and put them together. Then go to the opposite end of the sarong, and put that end together with the other two un-tucked ends.

2. How do you wear a beach wrap skirt?

A beach skirt is a skirt or a dress that is made from a long piece of fabric decorated with interesting patterns and tied around the waist. Take your skirt out of the wrapper.  Put the skirt around your waist. Use your hands to pull the top corner of the skirt around to your back. Tie the skirt wherever you like. Walk away.

3. How much material do I need to make a sarong?

It depends where you live. A typical guideline for handmade fabric is 5 x the length of the finished garment. If your fabric is less than 2.5 times the length, you will need to fold or pleat the fabric. If it’s more than 2.5x, you can wrap it around your waist. You can adjust this ratio a bit if your fabric is a different weight or a different shade.

4. What is a pareo wrap?

A Pareo is a wrap that comes from Hawaii. It is a length of fabric that is worn in a variety of ways. You wrap the Pareo around the hips and tie it behind in a knot or can also hold with a broach or safety pin.

5. How to tie a sarong skirt?

Sarongs are skirt-like wraps that are tied snugly around the waist. means you are supposed to hold the fabric at the top of your body forming a knot. Some people take the comfortable route by creating a tie around the neck.

Author - Olivia Poglianich
Olivia Poglianich          

Content Strategist

Olivia Poglianich is a nomadic brand strategist and copywriter in the surf, watersports and outdoor adventure space who has worked with brands such as Visa, Disney and Grey Goose. Her writing has taken her all over the world, from a Serbian music festival to a Malaysian art and culture event. Olivia is a graduate of Cornell University and is often writing or reading about travel, hospitality, the start-up ecosystem or career coaching. Her latest interests are at the intersection of web3 and communal living, both on and offline.

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