Sarongs, Sarongs…

Beautiful sarongs

Sarongs are a very versatile piece of clothing, especially if you are travelling to a tropical destination.  They take up hardly any space in your suitcase or beach bag and can be used for a lot of different things.  It adds colour to your beach attire as well as the versatility of using it as a beach towel.  There are also different ways to wear a sarong, so let list the obvious ones first:

  1. the traditional way, tie at the top of your chest for a simple coverup over your swimmers
  2. tie around your waist for a beach skirt, allowing the top of your swimmers to be on display
  3. wrap around your waist for a long skirt
  4. Fold in half and wrap around your waist for a short skirt
  5. drap over one shoulder and around your waist as a toga style dress

How to Tie a Sarong

Wear as a Short Skirt

Fold the sarong diagonally. Fold the materially diagonally in half to get a triangle shape.
Wrap the sarong around your waist.  Gather the two ends of the sarong and tie a knot on the side.
Do a second knot to secure, then fluff out the ends of the material.This style is best used as a cover up for swimwear.

Wear as a Halter Dress

Hold the sarong horizontally. Wrap the material around your back, like a towel. Bring the top corners together in front of your body.
Twist the two corners around each other twice. Then knot them behind your neck to form a halter.

  • To create a bandeau style dress instead, tie the two corners of the sarong in front of the body instead of behind the neck.

Wear as a Long Skirt

Hold the sarong horizontally. Wrap the sarong around your waist, as you would a towel. If the material is too long, fold the sarong in half horizontally before you begin.
Take a corner of the sarong in each hand. Then pinch the corners until you have enough material to form a knot.
Make a knot. Gather the material in front of your body and make a simple knot. Then knot a second time to secure.
Twist the material to the side of the hip. If you like, you can twist the material to one side. This way, you will expose one leg as you walk.
Fluff out the corners of the knot, making sure that the patterned side of the material is facing outwards.

 Alternatively, tie the skirt so you are completely covered.
If you would prefer not to wear your sarong with a slit in front or to the side, you can tie it using an alternative method:
Hold the sarong horizontally and wrap around your waist (like a towel). Then keep pulling both corners all the way around your body until you can tie them at the small of your back.
If done correctly, there should be no slit in the material, and the sarong should almost look like a normal skirt from the front.

 Other Sarong Styles

  • Wear as a one shoulder dress.

    • Hold the sarong vertically, wrapping one of the shorter sides beneath one arm.
    • Take the two corners – one in front and one behind – and tie them over the shoulder of your opposite arm, using a double knot.
    • Gather two edges of the sarong (on the same side as the shoulder knot) at your waist and make a double knot to secure.
  • Wear as a side-slit dress.

    • Hold the sarong vertically and wrap around your back, like a towel. Gather the two top corners and tie in a double knot, above the bust.
    • At the front of the dress, gather two of the edges at waist level and tie in a double knot.
    • Pull the waist-level know to one side, until the slit opens at the side of your leg.
  • Wear as a draped dress.

    • Hold the sarong vertically and wrap around the front of your body. Gather the two top corners and tie loosely around the back of your neck, leaving the material draping at the front.
    • Pull one of the sarong’s edges around your back to cover yourself. Grab the other edge and tie several inches together at the waist, using a double knot.
  • Wear as a bandeau cascade dress.

    • Hold the sarong horizontally and wrap around your back, like a towel.
    • Hold the sarong at the corners, then move your hands along the edges of the material until they are about a foot closer to the chest on each side.
    • Gather the edges and tie above the bust using a double knot. The excess material should cascade along the front.
  •  Wear as a toga dress.
    • Hold the sarong horizontally and wrap it around your back, like a towel.
    • Take one side of the sarong and wrap it all the way across the front of your body, until you can tuck the end underneath the opposite arm.
    • Grab the top corner (of the material you just pulled across) and bring it over your shoulder, from behind.
    • Take the other top corner and tie the two of them together at your shoulder to form a toga.


  • Wear as a wrap dress
    • Hold the sarong horizontally and wrap around your back, like a towel.
    • Holding the top corner on one side of the sarong, pull the material across your body and throw over the opposite shoulder.
    • Take the top corner on the other side of the sarong and pull the material across the front of your body (underneath the bust) and around the back, to meet the material on the opposite shoulder.
    • Tie both corners at the shoulder to secure.
  • Wear as a jumpsuit
    • Hold the sarong vertically and wrap it around your body, going under the arms.
    • Tie the two top corners around your back, using a double knot (you may need someone else’s help with this).
    • Take the end of the scarf (which should be dangling near your feet) and pull it between your legs.
    • Take the two bottom corners of the sarong, wrap them around your waist and tie them at the front, using a double knot.
Other ways to use a sarong if you are travelling and have to pack light, as as follows:-
Sheets – Some accommodation don’t supply sheets so you can put down a couple of sarongs and the bed is made.

Towel / Beach Towel – Again, when you are travelling the last thing you want to pack is a proper beach towel.  Sarongs can do the job and dry a lot quicker.

Visit To Temples – Always carry a sarong with you for a quick cover up. If you happen to be in shorts and spaghetti straps or a dress with shoulders exposed, you can use a sarong as a shawl or wrap it around your waist to cover your bare legs.

Headscarf – if you are travelling to a country where ladies are required to have their heads covered use a sarong instead.  A neutral tone sarong would not look out of place.

Robe – If you are staying in a place with a shared shower, you don’t have to walk to the bathroom fully clothed, just wear your sarong.

Sunburn Protection – Have you every been so sunburnt that you can’t put material on? Sarongs are soft and comfortable and you can wear them until the sunburn has healed a little. Use some of the methods above.

Shawl – Nights can sometimes get a bit breezy in tropical climates and of course you won’t have a jumper. Wear your sarong around your shoulders as a shawl.

Beach – Put a couple of sarongs down on the sand and you can lay comfortably on the beach. Give it a shake after use, and it is instantly clean.  What you just used as a beach towel is now your wardrobe back to your bungalow.

Most noteworthy is at Citrus Sky Kaftans Australia we have a great range of sarongs, sarong dresses and silk sarongs for all your travel and beach going needs.