The Multifarious Ways to Wear a Sarong
Beach, shmeach. Take us to the concrete sidewalk.
Members of the non-Western world have had it right all along. Why waste your time — and money — on skirts or pants or shorts or bottoms, period, when you can locate your own favorite fabric, chop a large enough square off it from its roll, tie it around your waist thus concealing your legs and ba da bing, ba da boom, behold: you’re covered. You’re covered and you look cool and you’re leaving yourself more room to consider your top half.
Here we are, meandering through life, holding up skirts at department stores, tilting our heads in an attempt to convince ourselves that the size will totally work, fighting with our mothers over ass-coverage in relation to jeans and with ourselves over whether that second spoonful of Rocky Road is really — and I mean really — worth it, when we could be squashing all these qualms with a sarong and a simple tie at the waist.
For the record, the answer to the latter question is almost always a resounding of course ice cream is worth it but consider this: if you were to abandon your garments and their zippers or buttons or clasps that force your mind to go there, the circumstances of your life would probably see, like, a 40% uptick in pleasantness. And when you got sick of wearing your sarong as a sarong and that became your normal (thus making room for new quandaries to occupy your mind space), you could consider this: why don’t you stop wearing belts or shorts or head pieces all together and consider the multifarious uses of one of the best gifts ever bequeathed to us by the Arabian Peninsula and Southeast Asia.
Here are three styled looks to help illustrate this point. In approximation #1 you will see that I have hopped back aboard the denim train but only because skirts are looking fresh-to-death over pants and here’s the hidden victory: if you don’t want to button the underlying pants, you don’t have to! (Cedric Charlier blouse, Paige Denim jeans, Charlotte Olympia wedges and Oliver Peoples sunglasses.)
Look #2 begs the importance of a leather belt and considers the sash over an embroidered Dries Van Noten men’s blouse and Rosie Assoulin white pants. The point is further driven home with my motherlode lipstick combo and an Olympia Le Tan book bag (if you’re jonesing for one and have $700 to spare, you can get it on sale here).
Finally, luck be a tube top tonight, am I right? Who needs a blouse when you’ve got fabric? (Actually, there is some value in making like Rosie and tying said fabric around a top to create dimension.) Fake a ruche, tie a knot, let that shit cascade like it is a matrimonial center piece and when you’re done with that, turn the crazy O-N, on. Photographed here you’ll find a sequined mini skirt by All Saints, navy flat mules by Oscar de la Renta (holler at The Outnet here) and a choker by Paula Mendoza. The sunglasses are from Peter Pilotto’s collab-o-lab with Target.