Sarongs are one of the most underrated pieces in a beach outfit—they’re often thought of as more difficult to style than a pair of denim shorts. But I am here to show you otherwise. Sarongs (or even just a beloved summer skirt) make for a very beach-friendly and stylish cover-up.

I’ve perfected the way to wear them: Pair a teeny bikini top with a sarong or skirt for that breezy boat-to-happy-hour look. Promise, it will immediately elevate your beach ensembles (#doitforthegram). I’ve taken inspiration from my favorite spring/summer runway shows (hint: Marni) to create cover-up looks using a sarong or skirt, worthy of a thousand likes. Check out the perfect pairings, ahead, and easily shop the full look if you fall in love with the outfit.