The Games get underway on Friday, July 27, these are the uniforms you will see our athletes wearing during the opening ceremonies. Above we see swimmer Ryan Lochte, decathlete Bryan Clay, rower Giuseppe Lanzone and soccer player Heather Mitts.
The uniforms were unveiled this morning on the Today show, fencer Tim Morehouse (already a silver medalist in the sport) and Miss Mitts (soccer) modeled the styles. David Lauren is seen between the two Olympians.
It’s not easy creating the styles, more from David Lauren:
You have to create something that will work for a wrestler or a basketball player, as well as a tiny gymnast. And so all of those body types, coming up with a silhouette that can a flexible and comfortable is quite a task.”
The uniforms showcase many of the Ralph Lauren elements seen in previous Olympic uniforms, remember the 2008 styles?
Creamy white pants and skirts the ladies are topped by a classic navy blue blazer, double-breasted with peak lapels.
Splashes of red complete the patriotic color scheme, seen on everything from belts to the berets. Competitors seem favorably impressed, more from USA Today:
Gymnast Aly Raisman, 18, calls the uniform “really preppy. It’s really cool. It’s really different.”
She’s just breaking in her Ralph Lauren gear, which includes “Village wear” for the athletes. “I was really superstitious about anything that said London on it,” she says. “I wouldn’t wear it until they announced the team.”
Here we see Mr. Lochte in the ensemble.
Although not everyone is gaga, this comes via the NY Daily News:
The navy, white and red ensembles, replete with Team USA Ceremony beret, manage to convey the look of an upscale flight attendant with that of a guerrilla fighter (by way of Greenwich, Connecticut).
The beret has returned this year, and the repp tie stripes add an attractive flair.
To see our post on the styles Team USA will wear in the Athletes Village, click here.
As we may have previously mentioned, even our
scorn distaste for the polo-pony-on-steroids can’t take away from the cute factor in this photo:
The opening ceremonies take place Friday, July 27. Until next time, may your Olympic flame be burning bright!