Buying Guide for Beach Sarongs
Why buy a beach sarong?
Sometimes you don’t want a whole wardrobe change before heading to the beachside bistro, and terry cloth robes are on the heavy side for beach days. Sarongs work as an elegant accessory and cover-up but are lightweight and effortlessly chic.
What should you consider when buying a beach sarong?
- Length: How much coverage do you want from your beach sarong? There are also mini, knee-length, maxi, and midi options. Consider when and where you plan to wear your sarong and pick its length accordingly. For instance, if you only intend to wear it while walking from your car to the beach, a shorter one may suit your needs. A longer model is better suited if you plan to use it as a cover-up to go into a beachside bar or protect your legs from sunburn when you’re in the water.
- Color: As is the case with most garments, your color options are almost endless for beach sarongs. You should have no trouble finding one that matches your swimsuit or bikini top. You can also buy one in a different but contrasting or complementary color. There are solid, multicolored, ombré, and plenty of patterned and printed options. Animal prints, florals, paisleys, polka dots, stripes, and more are all on the table. With so many options, keep your ultimate “aesthetic” in mind. Whether you’re going for a classic pin-up girl look or an ultra-chic minimalist look, there’s a sarong that’s right for you.
- Wearability and Packability: Beach sarongs can be used to make a fashion statement on the beach, thanks to the wide range of colors, patterns, and other design options available. One of our favorite ways to elevate a solid-colored bathing suit is to pair it with a new, eye-catching sarong every day.
How does the sizing work for sarongs?
Sarongs typically forgo traditional sizing ranges and opt for either One Size Fits All (OSFA) or a general small/medium-large/extra-large. Many of the options for beach sarongs found in this list go up to a size 18. When in doubt, order a size up on self-tying wraps and sarongs so you can adjust to your desired look. Remember, sarongs are beautiful on all bodies, so don’t shy away from one because of a fear of sizing.
Our Picks for the Best Beach Sarongs
Eicolorte Black Beach Sarong with Tassel Fringe
This sarong can do more than just tie at the waist, and black tassels add lovely movement.
Pros: The flirty length will look great tied around your waist or can be untied and used as a shoulder shawl. The tasseled fringe also adds lovely movement as you walk, and just a little something extra compared to a plain black wrap. While many sarongs are made from chiffon, this wrap from Eicolorte is polyester and specially designed to look and feel like linen, making this piece look much more high-end.
Cons: Similar to linen, this thin polyester material can be torn easily, so you may want to leave the bling out when wearing this sarong.
Bottom Line: This classic sarong style is made even more darling with the addition of tassels along the fringe. Add this black beach wrap as a staple to your beachwear attire.
LIENRIDY Chiffon Beach Wraps in Multiple Lengths
Breathable, lightweight beach wraps available in mini, knee-length, and maxi options.
Pros: This sarong comes in multiple colors, patterns, sizes, and lengths, which offers a lot of customization for your preferences and style. There are 43 total sarongs in 30 different solid colors or multicolored patterns. Each sarong is made of 100% breathable, quick-drying, cool-to-the-touch chiffon that is silky smooth and semi-sheer. Though the elastic waistband offers some support and adjustability, these sarongs can be tied to the side. A few of the shorter models feature a layered, ruffled look, though each sarong features a front or side slit depending on how you tie and arrange it. The variety in colors and actual construction is unmatched, making this an excellent one-stop shop for your sarong needs.
Cons: Unlike many sarongs, this is not a self-tying or wrapping option. The elastic band can make it easier to slide on in a pinch but more restrictive on the tummy.
Bottom Line: Not in the mood to cruise listing after listing? No worries. LIENRIDY offers enough colors, patterns, styles, and lengths of beach sarongs to suit your taste.
Shu-Shi Semi-Sheer Full-Length Sarong Wrap for Women
Soft to the touch and lightweight fabric and beautiful, vibrant color options.
Pros: We have another beautiful sarong option that deviates from chiffon material here—this full-length wrap is made from fast-drying, buttery soft rayon that is similar to the texture of cotton. We love this wrap for both day and night use when the bonfire is calling you. Because of its length, you can style this sarong as either a hip sarong or a dress with just a few careful knots. Thanks to its length, this is also a great option for plus-sized women. Plus, the color range of these semi-sheer fabrics is fantastic; each style is in an on-trend hue for any poolside fashionista.
Cons: Unfortunately, rayon can wrinkle very easily, so you’ll need to be careful when you lay this out to dry and how you pack it for vacations. The sarong’s colors may bleed out during washing, so be sure to test it out on its own during handwashing before mixing it in with any of your regular laundry.
Bottom Line: A truly versatile, elegant sarong suitable for most bodies and fashion sensibilities.
Ekouaer Short Chiffon Side-Tying Sarongs and Cover-Ups
Mini-length convertible sarongs available in a variety of colors, textures, and styles.
Pros: Show a little leg with this semi-sheer chiffon sarong. It dries quickly, is very breathable, and will feel nice and silky against your skin. It is also lightweight and will remain cool to the touch—a handy feature for a hot, sunny day at the beach. The ties are extra long, which makes it easier for you to tie as needed and gives you some room to adjust the length to your liking. You can also adjust the wrap to work as a halter or tube top. Between 38 solid colors and patterned design options, there’s no style this sarong can’t work with.
Cons: Because of its short length, some customers found that they didn’t have enough excess fabric to tie a good knot, and if they did, it was uncomfortably tight in the waist area. Additionally, this wrap is very sheer.
Bottom Line: We love this sarong for its flirty length and, shall we say, alluring sheerness. This short beach wrap brings the heat.
Ayliss Vibrant Patterned Chiffon Beach Wraps
Mid-length sarongs with animal, tropical, and floral prints to choose from.
Pros: Au revoir to minimalist beach fashion with these funky, vibrant sarongs from Ayliss. The variety of patterns helps you unleash your inner cheetah, mermaid, or tropical princess. We love going bold and dressing up even plain black and white swimsuits with these fun designs. Additionally, if you want to pack light and only bring along one swimsuit, these wraps are lightweight and compact, so you can have a new look every day without losing suitcase space.
Cons: This is a traditional wrap, so if you’re looking for a no-tie, pull-on coverup, this will not fit the bill. Unlike an elastic band option, you will have to shape the rectangle into a skirt or dress.
Bottom Line: If it’s color you crave, these poppy, groovy patterned sarongs are where it’s at.
Beach sarongs are a quick, easy, and stylish way to up your beachwear game and keep you comfortable when you’re catching the rays. With various prints and designs, you are bound to find a sarong that matches your taste.