When body-covering, performance-enhancing swimsuits hit the water at the Sydney Olympics, the world was watching -- and it wasn't just for the sports. The 2000 Games kicked off a trend toward suits that cover more flesh but are still definitely sexy.
The biggest news in women's suits is the tankini, a two-piece look that covers most of the torso in a way that's totally flattering. It doesn't hurt that many tops are offering serious support from elasticized inserts and even underwire in response to consumer demand.
Christina's vibrant yellow tankini offers heavy-duty bosom support and a choice of boy-cut shorts -- great if you want to skip the bikini wax -- or more conventionally skimpy bottoms (1, $30-$40/piece, the Bay, 176 Yonge, 416-861-9111, and others).
Other great tank looks, for our money, include Ralph Lauren's sporty orange model (2, $84.99, Sporting Life, 2665 Yonge, 416-485-1611) and Roots's mesh-topped beauty, with an optional bandeau for the modest (3, $90, Roots, 270 Yonge, 416-593-9640, and others) .
Knee-length suits are great for serious swimmers, because the extra coverage helps keep you warm. Speedo's got the goods, in any colour you want -- as long as it's black or blue (4, $129, Speedo Authentic Fitness, 150 Bloor West, 416-944-2573).
We suspect many men like extra coverage less for style reasons than to avoid being the object of the public gaze. Speedo's thigh-covering trunks for serious racers come in at $44 (5), while Quicksilver's over-the-top flocked -- yes, like wallpaper! -- baggies leave everything to the imagination (6, $72, Sporting Life). Designer Stephen Sandler of Body Body Wear makes boy-cut shorts fun for boys with his Football Boxer (7, $65, BBW, 500 Church, 416-929-2639).