Sarong dresses are versatile articles of clothing that have become increasingly popular in the United States. They can be worn as a skirt, swimsuit cover-up or a dress. Each of these options are possible with one sarong. All you have to do is change the way it’s tied. Sarongs make great additions to any fashionista’s closet. Read on to find out how to tie your sarong into three different dress styles.
Sarongs are rectangular swaths of fabric that are tied to make many different sorts of clothing. They’re often made of silk or cotton and usually dyed bright colors and ornate patterns. Usually, the short ends of the rectangle are fringed. Sarongs can be worn in a number of different ways. In Malaysia, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands, where the sarong originated, they’re worn by men and women of all ages. It’s only recently, after the sarong was co-opted by those in the United States, that sarong dresses became known as primarily beach wear.
Wearing your sarong as a strapless dress is one of the easiest things to do. Tying your sarong this way as a dress is simple. Hold the sarong behind you length-wise in your two arms so that you have the fringe ends in both hands. Wrap it like a towel around your body and bring the two ends together. Tie these two ends in a tight knot. The end result is a strapless dress with a draped front and more material peaking through the fringe.
Another great option for your sarong is to tie it over one shoulder. Hold your sarong like before, with the fringed ends in each hand and the fabric behind you. Wrap one side around your back and over your shoulder. The other end should be in front of you. All you have to do is bring the top corner up to meet the end over your shoulder. Tie in a tight knot and you’ll be good to go.
You can also wear your sarong as a halter dress. Begin in the same position as before. Hold each fringe end in your hands and put the fabric behind you. Grab each of the top corners and pull them evenly in front of you. Cross them and bring them up to your ears. Then, tie the two ends together behind your neck. The fringe will hang down gracefully in the front.
Wear your sarong dress with subtle sandals and a jean jacket for a casual outfit. If you’re going out for the evening, don’t hesitate to wear your sarong dress with high heels. These three dress styles are only a few of the possibilities for tying a sarong. You can also tie it in a variety of skirts and halter-tops. And, of course, if all else fails, you can always wear your sarong as the ubiquitous beach cover-up. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you choose a sarong with bright colors and beautiful patterns that speak to you.