For those of us who happened to find ourselves at a beach recently with the towel we've had since we were 12 (complete with camp-friendly name tags that our moms sewed on), let's make sure the rest of summer doesn't pass us by! There are still long weekends to be had, sand to get in your crotch, Speedos that shouldn't be worn, all the while lounging on the coolest towel on the strip.
A towel is no longer just a towel in the multimedia universe -- these babies from Paul Frank come complete with their own matching beach balls and carry bags. "What? This old thing? Does it match? I hadn't noticed..." (1, Skulls, Noisy Girls, 271 Queen West, 416-598-1183, $63; and 2, Julius Monkey, Sporting Life, 2665 Yonge, 416-485-1611, $65).
Not wanting to be left out of the loop, this saucy Kitty towel comes with a matching shirt, bag and plastic wallet. Beat that (3, Noisy Girls, $60).
If you get bored baking your bun- buns, play checkers right on your towel -- the board motif comes complete with big plastic playing pieces (4, F/X, 515 Queen West, 416-504-0888, $20). And no need to get your carry-on all wet by stuffing your towel in it after a day of moist frolicking -- this ladybug jobbie turns right into a bag with a drawstring (5, Chocky's, 327 Spadina, 416-977-1831, $15.75).
If you want to go more old-school, get a standard psychedelic floral number by Roxy (6, Sporting Life, $45) or go skate-style with a zigzag stripe from Volcom (7, Noisy Girls, $48). Also: Roxy logo towel (8, Sporting Life, $44.50) and an oh-so-preppy yellow stripe (9, Caban, 262-264 Queen West, 416-596-0386, and others, $29).
With files from Joy Kittredge