US Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniform Reactions

BY TARA BURKE

The U.S. Olympic team’s opening ceremony uniforms were revealed a few days ago and there are a lot of differing opinions about the look. If you haven’t come across them yet, here’s a few shots of them:

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***Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren

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***Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren

I love the illustration, but I am not quite sure if the style translates as well in real life. The patchwork is a little busy and the cardigans aren’t as tailored as in the sketches. But, they sure will stand out and there is no question to their level of patriotism! They also seem pretty comfortable and warm, which I’m sure the athletes will appreciate. I also really love the look displayed below. These styles were worn back in October as a preview of Ralph Lauren’s 2014 Sochi Olympic team uniforms. I definitely wouldn’t mind wearing that red, white and blue peacoat! I also love the fair isle sweater. For me, the fair isle pattern just symbolizes winter.

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***Photo courtesy of the Today Show

Overall, I’ve been a fan of Ralph Lauren’s Olympic wear, so I’ll give him a little leeway on the pattern bombed opening ceremony cardigan, but some people weren’t as forgiving:

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Despite some of the negative feedback, the twitter population were generally pleased with the uniforms. Most people are just too excited about the approaching start of the winter Olympics to spread negativity surrounding the uniforms, and I agree with this notion. Whatever your opinion is about the uniforms, there is no mistaking they are American in every way. This time they are also American in terms of their production. All of the uniforms were made in the U.S.A, bringing money and jobs to clothing manufacturers in the U.S. So regardless of design, we should be just as proud of their craftsmanship as we are of our Olympic athletes.

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