Loom bands: Now they're this summer's 'must-have' fashion accessory, apparently
The craze has risen to a new level: loom band clothes
Forget florals, bohemian chic and sheer skirts: loom bands are this summer’s must-have fashion item.
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Well, according to eBay that is. After a loom band dress reportedly sold for £170,100 on the site earlier this week, garments made from the coloured elastic are popping up for sale all over the virtual auctioneer.
From boob tubes and ties, to underwear and flip flops - if it’s an item of clothing, there’s likely to be a loom band version.
The brightly coloured bands, which cost less than one penny each, are often used to create bracelets and necklaces and have become a fad on the school playground.
But the hype surrounding them has been bolstered by the likes of celebrities including One Directioner Harry Styles and David Beckham, who have both been seen sporting loom band jewellery.
And the Duchess of Cambridge donned an elastic bracelet given to her by a well-wisher during the Royal tour of Australasia.
Perhaps hoping to cash in on the craze, loom band devotees are becoming increasingly creative in their use of the bands, which can be woven together to create a chain mail effect.
However, some social media users remain sceptical about the latest development in the hot trend.
People are actually buying loom band clothes? I think it's time to release my range of lego shoes and play-dough face masks.— Sam O'Connell (@ImSamOConnell) July 18, 2014
I hate this planet. pic.twitter.com/u83ea3acR1; Jamie DMJ (@JamieDMJ) July 18, 2014
Loom bands were invented by Cheong Choon Ng, a Malaysian-born former seatbelt developer from Michigan, who noticed his daughters weaving elastic bands into bracelets.
The girls were impressed with his first loom made from a wooden board and pins and he soon developed a plastic version that sold out of within hours of being stocked in a local toyshop.
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