This One Accessory Makes Your Swimwear Look 10 Times More Interesting

Woman at a beach wearing a sarong.

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I've developed a newfound appreciation for experimenting with swimsuit styling. It's surprising how much variety you can add to your beach wardrobe with the right accessories. Just one bikini in my collection feels brand-new a dozen times over with the right touch. One of the accessories that I've underestimated the most has to be sarongs.

Swimwear brands are calling this piece a wardrobe staple, offering sarongs that either match the bikini you're about to buy or come in as a statement piece that is fun to play around with. It's the most effortless outfit coordination you can imagine, and you'd be surprised by how good an unexpected clash of prints can look.

When packing your bags for this summer's vacations, just tie a sarong around your waist, add a touch of jewelry, and voilà—you have a chic summer ensemble in under two minutes. I'm officially done with styling my swimsuits with denim shorts and oversize tees. My bikini game instantly hits the next level when I add stylish sarongs.

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.