Team USA’s “uber-preppy” Uniforms & Spring Fever

Hello-Hello and welcome to a sunny, shiny new week!

AP Photo/Robert Bukaty

Did everyone watch last night’s Closing Ceremony in Vancouver?  We have received a number of inquiries about Team USA’s Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms for the event.

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The photo of our Bronze-Medal team from short track skating helps show the look. Below (L) Apolo Ohno and Lindsey Vonn wait backstage before entering the stadium, on the right, Shani Davis.

This image from a previous post on the uniforms better shows the Shawl Collar Cardigan.

Polo Ralph Lauren

That item is now sold out in adult sizes, but if looking to put Muffy or Porter in one of the Closing Ceremony Cardigans, they are still available in Children’s sizes, as are the Opening Ceremony Puffer jackets. .

But if seeking most of the popular styles, including the hats for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, prepare for disappointment. Still available? Items like the Men’s Tie and Opening Ceremony Knit Sweater.

The Team USA Shop has just four women’s items remaining and the same in the Men’s department.

The uniforms from PRL and Nike have mostly been met with praise by the athletes.  Gold Medalist Hannah Kearney wrote about her Olympic experience for MTV:

“The 104 pieces of Team USA clothing and swag that we received from Nike and Ralph Lauren upon our arrival in Vancouver, along with an Olympic ring (which I paid good money to upgrade to white gold and diamonds), make excellent mementos.”

Not everyone is happy about the uniforms. According to this story in the Post, the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is upset with Ralph Lauren:

“… is being criticized for putting his oversize Polo logo on the chests of the US Olympic athletes instead of the stars and stripes.

Some of the 165,000 members of the patriotic Daughters of the American Revolution — who control some of the most exclusive country clubs in the nation — have even talked about organizing a ban on Polo merchandise in the pro shops in those clubs.”

This turns out to have been (essentially) a tempest in a teapot; a DAR spokesperson says there is no such boycott.  In this story Team USA receives high marks for the uniforms:

“The iconic American designer succeeded in creating an uber-preppy look during the opening ceremony…He went more “casual” than those of the Beijing games, if one’s definition of casual is the East-coast old money look.”

An interesting side note: many of the Polo Ralph Lauren uniform pieces were made in Vancouver. This Seattle Times story has more on that angle.

We thought Team Canada looked outstanding.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

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All weekend we have been readings friends’ Tweets and blogs and Facebook mentions about spring fever; we appreciate knowing we are not alone in our strong desire for warmer climes. (TPP is here on FB and here on Twitter.)

Nor do we harbor any intention of calming the fever, rather we hope to inflame it via some springy styles.

Tory Burch

Above, looks by Tory Burch from her new Garden Prints collection. The Camille Dress and Megane Cropped Pant are now available for pre-ordering.

While the dress wouldn’t do a thing for us, the pants are darling.  Below left, the Roscoe Jacket and on the right, the new Slip On Sneaker, with a touch of nautical style.

The Kids’ Simone Cardigan at Tory Burch looks great but we’re not sure if we like the Tunic quite as much.

We are waffling on it for reasons we can’t quite figure out…hhhm.

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Next, a look at some spring styles from Manolo Blahnik; on the left is the Gloton in polkadot (the designer’s favorite shoe for spring, according to Vogue.com) and on the right is the Pulque.

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We close with this Pretty in Pink & Green shower curtain, discovered over at the Pink & Green Scene.

With that sunny image we say goodbye until next time!

PHOTO CREDITS:

Shani Davis: REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Apolo Anton Ohno & Lindsey Vonn: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

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10 Comments

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10 responses to “Team USA’s “uber-preppy” Uniforms & Spring Fever

  1. Why is it that I think that the length of the sweater is just wrong on so many levels.

  2. i missed the ceremonies last night. i think the uniforms are very stylish but the polo logo is a bit too big. i love the roscoe jacket and skirt. i need that team canada sweater for my brother-in-law. take care.

  3. Princess Freckles

    I get so sad to see the Olympics end! I think RL did a great job designing all of our team’s clothing items! Very classic stuff!

    I’m with you on Spring fever! Though, my husband has informed me it will be in the 40s by the end of the week! I can’t wait!

  4. LPC

    I think it is time for a redo of shawl collars.

  5. Ahh… springtime images! I can’t wait for the cold to end! I know you all are experiencing much colder temperatures than we are though, so I should not complain too much!

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

  6. Yes, for spring!! Yes!! I love the RLP fashions!! And yes, today I was a bit lost when I realized no more Olympics!! xoxo

  7. MCW

    I thought team USA looks fantastic! I am going to have to say I like the Tory dress a little more then the Tory pants, by honestly not a huge fan of either!

  8. mary anne

    Re: Tory Burch dress/pants. Very practical for sneaking up on varmints in the garden. I usually love Tory items, but this one reminds me of camo!

    Ralph is a brilliant man.

  9. Oh I loved the Olympic uniforms! And I will be trying to steal, I mean borrow my sisters Olympic shawl collar cardi when I see her in a couple of weeks for spring break!

  10. Yes, for spring!! Yes!! I love the RLP fashions!! And yes, today I was a bit lost when I realized no more Olympics!! xoxo

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