There are those accessories we call to mind every day—shoes, handbags and sunglasses—and then there are those we overlook, like a pareo. Impossible to forget this summer season, Balmain’s printed interpretation of the beachwear wrap is a big step in the right direction for sultry, oceanside style.
After first appearing in the United States in the 1950s, the Polynesia-influenced pareo has resurfaced many times on the fashion scene, from runways to the pages of magazines and street style blogs. Made of 100% silk, we are mesmerized by the overlapping orange and blue hues in Balmain’s lava-lava (thank you for the alternative term, Fairchild’s Dictionary of Fashion!) and would be giddy at the chance to wear it this summer. Feeling inspired? Plot your own pareo-centered getup with a crochet bikini, dark sunglasses and gladiator sandals!
P.S. Do you sleep chic? Shop the newly launched intiMINT for stylish briefs, bralettes and bathrobes!