BY: CORTNE BONILLA
PUBLISHED: JUN 9, 2023
"A breezy white maxi dress, vacation swimwear, linen button-ups, knee-length jean shorts, and lightweight matching sets—what season could these items so obviously illustrate other than summer? They are must-have pieces during the warmer months, but nothing pulls together a comprehensive summer closet quite like the best sarong wraps. Out of all the beach-ready items available, sarongs offer the most versatility—just take a look at the thoughtfully styled swim-to-city looks displayed on the runways at Tory Burch, Brandon Maxwell, and Johanna Ortiz, confirming that this piece can be worn long after a resort checkout.
“The sarong is the ultimate staple beachwear piece every girl needs in her closet this summer,” agrees Natasha Oakley, CEO and co-founder of Monday Swimwear. Styled swimsuit pairings—from raw-edge wrap skirts to crochet minis—make for a seamless transition from the water to a shoreside lunch date. “When styled to its full potential, the sarong can serve as a halter top, tube top, skirt, miniskirt, and head wrap,” Oakley adds. “It’s been a classic in the beachwear category for as long as we can remember for a reason, and that’s because it’s chic, timeless, and will elevate any swimsuit.”
With versatile styling in mind and upcoming summer travels ahead, I picked and prodded through my favorite swimwear brands for the 15 best sarongs on the market today. Shop the sarongs and wrap skirts worth packing for Montauk, bridal showers, and resort vacations below."
Lemlem Tigest Embroidered Cotton-Voile Pareo
"If you haven’t yet discovered Lemlem, feast your eyes on a brand that cares for the planet in the most elevated way possible. The Tigest sarong was hand-woven in Ethiopia from breezy cotton voile and embellished with stripes in a colorway the label calls Earth."