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  • Aug

    Top Tech Suits and Fashion Suits at 2013 Worlds

    While the world was checking out times and tallying scores at the recent 2013 Swimming Worlds, the fashionistas at noticed other aspects of the meet: the best and brightest swimsuits on display in Barcelona.

    Ah, a swimmer's suit. The uniform we wear when a meet is upon us. We get to watch the fastest swimmers in the world swim some of the fastest times in the world while wearing the fastest suits in the world. Combined with the most advanced technology and innovative colors, the suits this year made swimmers some of the most colorful and futuristic-looking athletes to hit the water. Countries from Australia to the United States sported the latest and greatest suits from top brands like Arena and Speedo.

    The Arena POWERSKIN Carbon Pro MK2 was easily spotted in the water and on deck. It's the first time the MK2 has made an appearance at a major event and was also part of the first world record in Barcelona with Ruta Meilutyte's swim. Arena not only added the element of carbon to the suit, but added stunning colors that certainly make an athlete’s presence known on the blocks. The suit was seen on a numerous swimmers like Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, the newest world record-holder in the 100m breaststroke. Several Americans wore a slightly different version of the MK2. A limited edition red, white, and blue suit was created for members of the U.S. Team. Don’t worry—you can buy your very own starting October 2013, where the patriotic suit will hit retail stores in the U.S.

    Speedo's LZR Racer Elite 2 made its debut among the top competitors as well, paired with striking colors like pink, blue and red straps with a bold, colored leg. The lightweight technical suit was seen on swimmers like Dana Vollmer (USA), Missy Franklin (USA) and Alicia Coutts (AUS). The Elite 2 breaks away from the traditional all-black racing suit with similar eye-catching colors that add a splash of personality.

    Swimming wasn't the only sport in the pool to catch our eye. Synchronized swimmers showed off their playful and whimsical side. In addition to graceful movements and stunning facial expressions, synchro suits made their mark in the aquatic world with some of the most theatrical and original suits out there today. How about this French duo who had a “mock” bow-tie look to their suit.

    Or the home favorites, Spain, whose colorful suits looked to be more at home as decoration or colorful pottery in a cupboard then a sports competition. The glitz and glamour was no doubt seen from synchro teams across the world competing in Spain.

    This year, Barcelona proved it's a colorful world out there. Why not swim in it?

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