Do You Pareo?

It’s summer!  It’s swimsuit season!  However this news makes you feel, it is a cold, hard fact.  Some of us might not feel like baring ALL while cavorting at the beach or pool; this is when the pareo bravely comes to our rescue.

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The pareo comes from Tahitian roots.  Men and women alike have been wearing these gauzy, breezy coverings for centuries to combat the hot, humid Tahiti climes.

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Also known by its aliases “Sarong,” “Cover-Up,” and “Wrap,” Pareo has also been known to double as a beach blanket or even a towel in a pinch.  Most traditionally, however, it is worn as a long skirt, loosely knotted at the waist.

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It can be worn high over the chest, or slung low at the hips.

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Some more advanced tying skills can produce almost dress-like results.

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Here is a quick visual tutorial on various ways to style your pareo.  The beauty of the pareo is that is are no right or wrong way to wear it – just tie it on go with it.

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