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.
— Mckenzie Royal Slaughter (@kenzietheroyal) May 19, 2019
The beach outfit, which comes in hot pink and gold, is sold exclusively online at specialspecial.com for US$199 (AU$288.78).