Sarong worn at Chanel Cruise 2018 show; Image: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

We’re living in the age of advanced beach styling. The formerly blah one-piece has been entirely rebranded. Daywear as beachwear (and vice versa) is all the rage. Kimonos, maxi dresses and other non-cover-up cover-ups have unceremoniously ousted the oversized white T-shirt, caftan and sarong. But is the era of the sarong (pareo, whatever you want to call it) really over?

At Chanel’s Cruise 2018 presentation, Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to the eternal beauty of ancient Greece — and the sarong wrap. One model walked the runway in a ruched, high-rise bikini topped with an ultra glam transparent cloak (for an Old Hollywood effect), another in a cowl-neck one-piece accessorized with a tonal, laurel leaf-patterned sarong.


A sarong at Oscar de la Renta Spring 2019; Image: Imaxtree

Cut to Spring 2019 where the…

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