Dear USA olympians – I am so sorry about your uniforms. I know you’ve got a lot to worry about, and the US State Department has probably done us a little favor by warning Americans to not wear anything conspicuously patriotic outside the olympic village, but I still feel for you. I would not be happy if I had to wear a sweater made of bits of grandma’s old blankets over baggy sweats and hats that a toddler would reject.
If you haven’t seen these uniforms yet, here’s a photo of our olympians putting on their game face. It’s probably written into some contract that they have to smile while wearing these sad get ups.
Ralph Lauren, you need to step away from your sketch pad. Our athletes deserve better.
Thankfully, other countries have stepped up to cleanse our fashion paletes. Here’s a look at what Lacoste, the official designer has done for team France. A touch of understated elegance that looks practical and dare I say warm. Vive la France!
Sweden’s H&M gives us sleek, fresh designs. I really like these uniforms, although they hurt just a little bit. Team USA should be this sharp.
Oh Norway, I don’t look to you for fashion inspiration, but you stepped up to the plate and hit a solid double here. Classic with a basic contemporary feel.
Here is Estonia. Wow, Estonia I never paid attention to you, and you pleasantly surprise me. Your olympians look sharp and really cute at the same time. Good balance of sweet with a healthy dose of class. The sweaters are fresh and the tailored grey slacks divine.
But wait, there’s more! Lest you think we’re the only fashion misstep at the games, here is what the intrepid volunteers are decked out in. What can I say? Just NO. Come on, these people are volunteers, why oh why must they suffer this indignity.
Lastly, we have competition in the sad uniform slalom. Czech Republic, Dr. Seuss called, he wants his hats back.