Photo via Ralph Lauren
People get pretty worked up over the U.S. Olympic team uniforms. In 2010, Ralph Lauren was criticized for the return of the beret. In 2012, there was a big to-do about the country’s uniforms being made in China. This year, it seems like Lauren has finally hit his stride. Not only will the new uniforms all bear the words “Made in the USA,” but the style has been amped up as well. They’ll be available for purchase Nov. 15 at teamusashop.com and ralphlauren.com, according to Elle.
The sneak peek of the Closing Ceremony uniforms (modeled by figure skater Evan Lysacek and skier Hannah Kearney) shows the outfits in a predictable but classic red, navy blue and white palette. But this year the styles are more dressed down. Instead of a prep-school-inspired blazer, our athletes will be sporting a thick, woolen navy pea coats with red color block detail and Lauren’s Polo emblem displayed prominently on the collar. Gone are the berets and here to stay are knit beanies with snowflake and deer detail above the nation’s flag. Along with white pants and a Nordic-print turtleneck, the uniforms simply look more like sportswear than designs of the past.