- Kim Kardashian's new SKIMS collection includes a $48 pair of elbow-length gloves.
- The gloves are described as a "swim accessory" designed in a "stretchy swim fabric."
- Reactions have been mixed, but the gloves appear to be the only sold-out item in the line so far.
Kim Kardashian's new SKIMS Swim collection dropped on Thursday, but only one item so far appears to have completely sold out: gloves.
"The Kardashians" star first launched her swimwear line in March with a debut collection that included an array of one-pieces, two-pieces, and cover-ups. While elbow-length gloves didn't make an appearance in the original SKIMS Swim line, they appear to be a hot commodity in the second collection.
On the SKIMS website, the "swim gloves" cost $48, come in seven different colors, and appear to be the only item that customers have to apply to be on the wait list for.
According to the product description, the gloves are "trendsetting" and are intended to elevate a swimwear look. They are designed in a stretchy, swimwear fabric, the description adds.
Representatives for Kardashian and SKIMS did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. But, Kardashian did tell Vogue she wanted to blur the line between swimwear and regular clothes in an interview discussing the new collection.
"The concept of wearing swim in the water or at the beach is a given," she said, "but I would constantly think: What am I wearing beyond that while lounging by the pool, boating with kids, doing water sports, or going out to dinner on vacation?"
"My idea has always been to bridge that gap between in and out of water and create a complete wardrobe of options," Kardashian added.
Gloves aren't the only part of the collection that could double for a regular wardrobe item. Elsewhere, the new SKIMS Swim line includes a $54 "swim tube skirt" and $88 "swim tank dress," both of which also come in seven different colors.
The gloves have sparked some debate online as to their practicality
On Thursday, New York Times fashion writer Danya Issawi tweeted that some consumers were about to have "the gnarliest tan lines..."
—Danya Issawi (@danya_issawi) July 28, 2022
Meanwhile, lingerie fashion blogger Estelle Puleston tweeted that gloves may be having a "revival."
—Estelle Puleston (@estylingerie) July 26, 2022
Either way, it's not the first time Kardashian has made her belief that gloves can indeed be swimwear known. In January, she shared photographs of herself wearing a black long-sleeved swim shirt, bikini bottoms, and what looked like motorcycle gloves in an Instagram carousel that got over 7.5 million likes.
And in May she also shared images from her Sports Illustrated photo shoot, where she was pictured wearing latex gloves with a bikini, on Instagram; her post got over 5 million likes.