Pareo - What is a Pareo?

With summer holidays just around the corner, many people are thinking of heading off  for a break in the sunshine. This means it is time to start thinking about suitable beach clothing, footwear and accessories. One stylish fashion option that has been popular this summer is the Pareo.

The Pareo is a simple and flexible garment that can be worn by men, women and children and is often also referred to as a sarong, kikoy, wrap or lungi depending on where in the world you are and where the garment comes from. 

The beauty of a pareo is that how they are worn is limited only by the imagination. A Pareo can be tied around the waist or bust as a cover up or looped around the neck to use as a scarf, it can be used to quickly make a dress allowing an errand to be dealt with without the need to get changed, or tied around the head to protect from the sun... and these are just a few examples. A Pareo is the perfect item of clothing for many different situations and conditions.

A pareo is a single rectangular sheet of fabric (usually cotton but sometimes silk or a sheer polyester) which can then be folded or tied around the body in a multitude of ways. The colourful designs that adorn a Pareo are perhaps their strongest feature,  and they are almost always bright and attractive. Arguably their single most attractive feature is that they are cool and comfortable to wear. Available in a wide range of summery patterns the Pareo is the ideal addition to a summer wardrobe.

Stylish pareos (or kikoys as the Kenyans call them) are available in a range of colourful summer patterns from online ethical fashion retailer Kisiki. For more information on buying a Pareo and to browse the range of Kisiki's other ethical fashion products made in Kenya check out the online store.


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