If you think you’ve seen it all, think again. There’s a bizarre new swimwear trend generating a lot of buzz online — the towelkini — the new beach accessory that combines a bikini and a towel in one.
Conceptual designer Aria McManus, based in New York, launched the two-in-one item last year to save people from carrying a towel with them.
According to the product’s description, the Towelkini “melds the two essentials for all things beach, no need to carry a cumbersome towel and an easy to lose swimsuit—here they come as one, materialised as ideal”.
The seemingly versatile accessory, which is made of 100 per cent cotton, is essentially a towel with holes to fit a person’s head and legs and can be worn on the front or back, but not everyone’s convinced.
Many have taken to social media to praise the one-of-a-kind invention, while others have been left scratching their heads over the product.
“Equally disappointed in myself that I didn’t invent the towelkini and enraged that it exists,” one commentator wrote.
Another added: “Surely you can’t swim in the towelkini it will weigh you down.” And a third wrote: “After further research, I’m not ok with this.”
“I’m shockingly ok with this,” another added.
The beach outfit, which comes in hot pink and gold, is sold exclusively online at specialspecial.com for US$199 (AU$288.78).