How to Tie a Sarong Dress/ Pareo

How to Tie a Sarong Dress/ Pareo

It’s summer party time, which means that it’s high time you picked a beach where you can go and have fun to the full, or if you already have one fave option, think of the most suitable, fresh and cool interpretations of garments and their combos! One essential and irreplaceable thing that we would like to note especially is the sarong dress or pareo, which is, in fact, one of the symbols of summer joy and fun, and, of course, beachy glam. Wearing, matching and especially tying it can be tricky at times, especially if you don’t know the most important and significant tips and nuances about it. Thus, that’s what we are going to speak about right now, introducing the main ways on how to tie a sarong or a pareo.

How to Tie a Sarong Dress/ Pareo

The History of Pareo

Basically, pareo is a wide and big kerchief, which is tied around the hips just like a kerchief or someway else, thus either turning into a dress, or becoming a skirt, or just acting as a cover-up for a certain part of your body. The motherland of this piece is Tahiti in French Polynesia. Even in the paintings of Paul Gauguin we can find images of native inhabitants of this island wearing pieces like pareo. It also has its “relatives’ in South-Western Asia and Scotland. In Asia it’s the piece with a picture and a cut, which is worn by men and women as skirts in Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, India, and Indonesia. In many other cultures there are some national ways of tying a pareo, but most of the times it’s worn around the hips and is tied in a knot on one side. The Scottish national costume including the kilt also has some similarities with the sarong dress, especially in terms of the forms of wearing both.

Tying a Pareo Like a Skirt

Talking about the basic ways of tying a pareo, we can start with the primary and most widespread option being the side knotted form, turning the pareo into a maxi skirt. All you need to do is put it on the hips and connect the two edges with a knot.

Tying a Sarong Like a Sundress

The following creative way of using this piece is tying it like a sundress. To make that it’s enough to make a halter around the neck wrapping the whole of the sarong around the back, placing the both ends in the center of the chest and fixing the section that remains there, twisting, crossing, or just sliding the head. This is both comfortable and just beautiful.

Tying a Sarong Like a Strapless Dress

This is neither a more nor a less difficult method of tying a sarong. If you have no problem tying a sarong into a dress, then you won’t have any difficulties connected with this option. Adding some creative details to the look is also recommended. You just need to tie the edges of the sarong behind the back or in the front after wrapping it.

How to Wear a Sarong As a One-Shoulder Piece

Your sarong will also look super effective, if you tie it on one shoulder (generally left) and delicately gather the rest of the other side into the whole design, keeping the section running under the arm. After totally wrapping it around the body just make the knots where the edges meet. This will combine the feel of creativity with the unexpected and cool solutions.

How to Tie a Sarong Dress/ Pareo

Wearing a Pareo Like a Top

Finally, you can also wear a pareo like a top, especially if it’s short for anything else. First of all you need to place a section of it over the neck and tie the two ends into a gentle knot, leaving the front part relaxed and cool and finishing up the image by tying the edges of the lower part on the back, too.

Wearing a Pareo Like a Swimsuit

In addition, for more unique and cooler ideas you can turn it into a swimsuit, tying the halter and the waist and making a sassy-one piece.

Wearing a Pareo Like Shorts

Creative and cool variants with pareo go on and the next on the list is wearing it like shorts. This is the case when you want to boast the cool tan of your legs. For that you need to tie both ends of the pareo behind the back and then finish up the wrapping passing the back part between the legs.

In addition, wearing a pareo has way more benefits and advantages, one of them being the concealment of the body imperfections. Girls with a plus-size figure, for instance, can effectively hide the absence of clearly distinguishable waist from other’s eyes, on the other hand also hiding the belly.

For girls who have a shorter than medium height we would recommend options like those reaching the buttocks, which will visually improve the effect. It should thus be tied on the chest, with the general aim of making you visually slimmer and taller. Thus you can try out any of these combos for getting the right one.

How to Tie a Sarong Dress/ Pareo

What to Wear a Sarong Dress With

The diversity of the pieces that can be matched with a sarong dress is quite rich in choice mainly including the swimwear pieces of any type and shape from bikinis and trikinis to monokinis, bandeaus and one-pieces. The stylish inclination can go towards modernism or retro glam. As for the shoes, apart from the flip-flops, you can also match the sarong dress with other flat and comfy options like sandals, espadrilles, etc. When it comes to the accessories, we can speak about the straw hat and the beach handbag meant to create the ideal beachy image. In addition, you can also match your look with ethnic inspired details, which can be put with the abundance of colors and prints.

Thus, here were the main secrets we would like to share with you regarding sarong dresses and pareos. We hope that you will thus be able to enjoy all of the benefits and cool nuances about wearing a sarong dress!

How to Tie a Sarong Dress/ Pareo

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Written by Rima Kh.
Rima is a great fan of arts, poetry, cultures and fashion. She's interested in everything that's extraordinary and different. Find her on Google+