Don’t count on tanning your stomach (Picture: Aria McManus)One of the most annoying things about hitting the beach is forgetting your towel at home.
It means lying on hot sand (or worse), having to air-dry after a swim and not having anywhere to put your stuff.
You no longer have to worry about that – thanks to the Towelkini, a towel-cum-beach-outfit.
The unusual fashion piece looks like two towels sewn together, with holes for the legs, arms and neck.
Don’t count on tanning your stomach or back though, as the rectangular shape covers both.
It also has a whole for the bum (for toilet visits, we presume?) so you’ll need to wear some form of bottoms.
The product was created by conceptual designer, Aria McManus, who is based in New York and actually first released the Towelkini in July last year.
‘Towelkini by Aria McManus 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, materialized as ideal,’ the item description reads.
While it gets points for originality, there are some obvious concerns with the Towelkini.
There’s the aforementioned guaranteed odd tan lines.
Then there’s the issue of temperature.
As you chill out under the sun, the fabric – which is made from ‘the finest grade of terry cloth’ – will heat up, making the wearer sweaty (and probably a little uncomfortable).
It’s also pretty pricey at £156.45.
It’s a stylish colour (Picture: Aria McManus)
You’ll look like a golden crisp (Picture: Aria McManus)However, it does look super comfy – sort of like a summer version of a snuggie blanket.
Customers can choose from two colours: Hot Pink and Athletic Gold, and it’s one-size-fits-all.
If you’re feeling inspired and don’t want to splash the cash for what is essentially a stylish towel, invest in a small sewing kit and some cheap towels, and simply do it yourself.
Or just remember to bring a towel next time you go to the beach – and avoid staring from other beach goers.
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