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25 October 2021

Knot Your Average Cover-Up: Sarong Season

Tennis skirts flirtier friend arrived just in time for summer.

Sarongs were the must-have piece of the early 2000s, with everyone from the fictional characters of Carrie Bradshaw and Amelia Thermopolis to Y2K queens, Hilary Duff and Gwen Stefani donning the tie-on number. And while sarongs have remained a common cover-up at the beach, it’s become less common to see a sarong in the wild. That was until the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer 2021, where we saw outfits featuring sarongs flood our Instagram feeds with the new wave of fashion girls embracing the versatile piece, and designers adding sarongs to their collections.

Words By Eliza Sears

Frankies Bikinis

By now, we all know and love Francesca Aiello’s label, Frankies Bikinis.

After having trouble finding the perfect bikini, Francesca started having her own and then her friend’s custom-made bikinis, eventually extending her offering to the world with Frankies in 2014.

With A-listers like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner coveting the LA-based label, it’s no wonder we’ve all added a few Frankies to our wishlist as we sit scrolling Instagram and dreaming of long, hot summer days.

Frankies Bikinis has an expansive collection of ready-to-wear designs beyond the bikini, including fashion-forward beach cover-ups like the gorgeous Pariso mini sarong.

Perfect for time spent poolside or a night out with the girls, the Pariso mini sarong is the statement piece your wardrobe has been missing.

With a distinctly Y2K Candyland pink swirl design and cheekily short length, the Pariso is THE statement piece of summer ’21.

Frankies Bikinis Pariso Mini Sarong, $190, Farfetch

Frankies Bikinis
Cotton On

Cotton On

Australia’s largest retail group, Cotton On, underwent a major rebrand over the last few years.

Embracing sustainability practices with the Better Cotton Initiative and the Doing Good initiative designed to positively impact the planet and the people that inhabit it has seen the retail giant change some of its practices to be more environmentally friendly and socially responsible.

CottonOn also took steps to extend its sizing range with the addition of a limited Curve collection.

The overhaul has seen the brand become more relevant than ever, with TikTokers and Youtubers regularly posting haul videos encouraging their followers to shop up on Cotton On basics.

Our pick for the summer is Cotton On’s sarong wrap skirt in parakeet lurex shimmer. This shiny little number is best worn with your favourite low back one-piece or vibrant bikini, an oversized open shirt and chunky sandals.

Once the weather warms to near unbearable temperatures, you’ll be grateful to have the perfect tie on and go piece to go from beach to drinks and beyond.

Sarong Wrap Skirt, $29.99, Cotton On


Well known for their zodiac necklaces and ethereal dresses, SPELL Byron boho lovers dream.

Founded by sisters Elizabeth and Isabella, Spell’s dreamy designs hark back to their childhood memories, nostalgia and champion the female spirit.

Their travel scarves are a jack of all trades, and can be used as a beach blanket, sarong or wrap around top; now that’s the kind of versatility we love to see!

Made from 100% LENZING modal, the travel scarves are super soft, making them a cosy, comfortable addition to your beach wardrobe.

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or taking a stroll along the beach, Spell’s travel scarf will have you covered. But for cooler nights, you might like to add a layer of warmth with their knitted Willow Oversized Jumper.

This spacious throw-on, made from a cotton-linen blend, is ideal for balmy nights, protecting you from the sea breeze while looking effortlessly cool.

The real beauty of Spell is their plethora of enchanting prints, perfect for matching or clashing; you really can’t go wrong with pairing your favourite wonderfully wild prints.

Wild Cat Travel Scarf, $129, Spell

Cult Gaia

Cult Gaia

Finding inspiration in nature and women, the name Cult Gaia comes from the association of great brands as having a cult-like following, united by a desired aesthetic.

And Gaia, the goddess of Mother Earth and Daughter of chaos, a creative force of nature.

Built on the belief that good design is not over-designed and that pieces should be beautifully crafted – walking art, Cult Gaia is an heirloom label, with collection after collection made up of pieces you want to pass down to the next generation.

Cult Gaia’s Sora Skirt in yellow brushed floral silk cotton voile is the elevated sarong you’ll want to wear straight from the pool to dinner and drinks with the girls, then out clubbing.

Pair the sora skirt with the breathtaking Aster one piece in white for an effortlessly cool look.

With beautifully alluring cutouts and halter silhouette, dubbed this season’s Objet d’Art of swimwear, the Aster one-piece encapsulates Cult Gaia’s ambition to create moving art above all else; it is truly breathtaking.

Sora Skirt, was $500 now $350, Cult Gaia

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