The Zoe Report

Pareo If You Please

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!

Availability: Balmain Beachwear Pareo ($325). For additional information, visit Balmain.com.

P.S. Do you sleep chic? Shop the newly launched intiMINT for stylish briefs, bralettes and bathrobes!

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