Official Olympics Outfit of Team USA: Chic or Dud?


Photo: Ralph Lauren

Behold the official Olympics outfits for Team USA. Designed by Ralph Lauren, the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, the new duds have got some people screaming foul:

Before they slip into something more comfortable, like say, leotards or weightlifting belts, Team USA will greet the world at the opening ceremony for the London Olympics in classic Americana style by Ralph Lauren.

Too bad they’re made in China — and that there’s a beret.
Men will wear navy blazers with the Olympic team patch, along with red, white and blue neckties and white pants. Women will pair the blazers with a white dress or skirt and a scarf.

Both blazers are emblazoned with the in-your-face “Big Pony” logo — a mistake say some branding experts and celebrity stylists.

And how much do they cost?

The price of all this made-in-China preppiness — if you for some reason want to buy it — $598 for the women’s blazer and $498 for the silk skirt. The men’s blazer is a staggering $795, flat front trousers $295 and nubuck shoes are $165. And that damn beret? $55.

Brian Niemietz of the NY Daily News has the story: Link 


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Fing horrible. A beret?! What douce signed off on that? I'm an American rooting for anyone other tan a beret wearing douchebag.
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"Classic Americana" my left foot. If you want that put 'em in a campaign hat (smokey the bear hat), a sweater that says "college," cargo shorts, and some of those disco shoes with the fish in 'em. And it'd look less ridiculous to boot.
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