Michael Phelps' Fashion Enemy Revealed: The Arena X-Glide Swimsuit
Last week's swim suit controversy was about sport and not fashion, but when the world record 200holder for swimming is making a stink about something that another competitor is wearing, it's definitely worthwhile commenting about.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the Arena X-Glide swimsuit, even if only indirectly. It's the sport bathing suit that caused Paul Biedermann to defeat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle competition in Rome last week and it's the bathing suit worn by his competitor and not the loss that caused Phelps to threaten to withdraw from future swimming competitions.
The X-Glide Swimsuit which is a full body sport design with zipper in the back has since been banned from swimming competitions as it is believed to give swimmers an unfair advantage. The swimsuit discretely provides buoyancy so that all swimmers need to do is focus their energy on going forward. From a sportswear perspective, it's an innovative design; and while it's making figurative waves poolside, it's not about to be popular swimwear for hitting the beach, or anywhere, apparently.