[Photos: Ralph Lauren]
Wow. Those are horrendous.
And how tacky is it to have POLO slapped on them, like the team represents the United States of Lauren.
I like the hat though. I’d wear that.
Actually, it’s the perfect comment for how we do things here in the USA. The corporate sponsor goes first and foremost. The whole look is obnoxious, self-congratulatory, and serves as a promotional vehicle for a very large, profitable, business.
Not to get too political, but this kind of stuff is exactly why I no longer watch the Olympics. It stopped being about athletes and turned into a giant corporate promotional event – I mean Coke and McDonalds as top tier sponsors?
Right? Because nothing says Fine Tuned Athleticism at its Finest than knocking back some Coke and Mickey D’s!!!!!!
Why do they keep hiring him?!
The pea coat is cute, I’d wear it. The rest is a mess. Way to make us looks like the tacky Americans the rest of the world already thinks we are.
The rea coat would reside in my closet, if not for the polo logo – ugh
yeah, that logo placement is as obnoxious as hell. does your govt owe RL money? His own collections are rarely if ever as bad as what he gives the US Olympic teams lately.
I also love the coat. And the hat. The sweater is an interesting idea gone horribly holiday sweater awry.
I agree, the pea coat is cute….but that sweater……YIKES.
Teacher sweater… (I am a teacher and thus allowed to gently mock my contemporaries.)
YES! That’s what first came to mind when I saw the sweaters. Yikes. Next thing you know they are going to end up at Goodwill and then at an ugly sweater party.
I was going to say an ugly 4th of July sweater party, but you beat me to it!
These are awful.
Ha! This was my very first thought and came to post but see someone beat me to it!
How does he continue to be chosen to design these? I mean, they have been awful each and every time. Surely someone as American as Donna Karen or Calvin Klein could take a much better crack at it.
I loved the London uniforms and their jaunty little berets! But these are just hids.
On one hand, the berets were kind of cute. On the other hand, why in the world was the US team wearing berets? The athletes were neither French nor Special Forces so it made no sense.
On the other, other hand they made more sense than this year’s sweater. Damned with faint praise.
That chullo (woolly hat) is hideous, and this is coming from a peruvian! The coat is fine. I’d love to see Calvin Klein giving it a chance, though.
*Karan. Stupid autocorrect
Calvin Klein – it would be so simple and well fitting compared to these!
I know those aren’t for Christmas but those sweaters could win the top prize at your local Ugly Christmas Sweater party!
Yep, that’s the first thing I thought too–Ugly Christmas Sweaters WHAT. RALPH LAUREN YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FANCY. Oh my. I do like the hats and peacoats though.
That’s what I said this morning…it’s like Ralph Lauren is trying to make Ugly Olympic Sweater parties a thing.
Yes! My first thought was “winner of 2014 Ugly Sweater Contest.” I thought Ralph Lauren was supposed to be about American Classic fashion. It’s a sad commentary that this is American Classic–ugly cardigans with logos and badly fitted pants. Yeesh.
Are the pants supposed to look like long johns?
I thought they were sweatpants until the pick that shows the top!
Ralph proves again that there is no such thing as The Dressy Sweatpant.
My father in law actually has a pair of dressy sweatpants (he calls them his fancy pants). They are a pair of black sweatpants that probably bought for under 10 dollars and he had them hemmed, and he wears them everywhere. The good thing is, his fancy sweatpants are waaaayyyy less ugly than these Ralph Lauren pants. Seriously, what were they thinking? They’re Ralph Lauren, their pants should always be nicer than my father-in-law’s fancy pants
Hahaha….I love your father-in-law. Fancypants !
That is the greatest! Your father in law sounds awesome!
If the athletes look so bad in them, I can only imagine how hideous they would look on mere mortals.
I admit, I didn’t hate the sweater when I first saw it. But upon closer inspection I definitely like it less and less.
BUT I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t buy it on super clearance because it looks like it’d be a very comfortable (and very patriotic) wine-drinking cardigan.
The logos are particularly unconscionable if the US Olympic Committee paid for those garish, tacky uniforms. I would only (sorta) give them a pass if they were donated by RL, which I hugely doubt, since he had to be shamed into not having them manufactured in China, like the last time.
Wow, do I agree with you; I assumed they were donated and the logoinyourface business was compensation, along with the honor, for dressing Olympians.
What amazes me is the poor fit of the pants. These are Olympic athletes — who have some of the best bodies in the world — and the pants are unflattering!
Do you think some of the problem is they are designing for ‘models’ as opposed to ‘athletes’? Both body types are great, they’re just very different.
You’re right. Just look at the sketches — the models look GREAT in those b/c they have skinny legs that are 4 feet long and twiggy arms. Most Olympic athletes have CRAZY amounts of muscle to make them the best at what they do. This look’s just not going to translate well on most awesome athletic bodies.
Yeah, it looks pretty cool in the sketches. It’s almost like an expectation reality meme.
Totally. There should be a Nailed It somewhere in this slideshow (perhaps next to Olympic Evan Peters on the last slide. Heyooooo)
I have to wonder if RL realizes the Olympians are real people and not cartoon action heroes. The pen-and-ink model looks like if Iggy Pop and Posh Spice had a daughter…that daughter would grow up and wonder why the woman in the drawing was so thin.
YIKES. What about the rest of us, who are neither models NOR athletes?
I can only imagine what the speed skaters will look in those pants with their really big, muscular thighs. Yikes!
I’d be ok with that Lizzy.
i’m a knitter (no i’m not someone’s grandma) and as a knitter i am horrified by the crazy assness of that cardigan jacket mess. really? the back looks nice with just USA and the stars but the front just perpetuates the stereotype that anything handmade looks like crap. i’ve seen pictures of the turtleneck and except for the giant POLO across the front it’s actually not bad. not quite as embarrassing. the peacoat is ok. but i think the red stripe is over kill. no need to mess with a classic.
ok, so we buy them all on super clearance, take off the fronts, use the back from a second sweater to make a new front, and then burn the rest of it. Done.
And I’m not thrilled about the red stripe on the peacoat either. Whither your normal restraint and classic taste, Ralph?
I think we knitters should print out the prices of this stuff to remind recipients of our handmade, non-heinous creations how much we’re really worth. Or when we get the inevitable requests to make something we really don’t want to make and the requestor says “Oh, I’ll pay you for it”, this is where we get our price list.
Geez, $98 for a hat?
I’m a knitter too, and at this point I think they should just take to Ravelry and let the community fix these awful sweaters. The yarn they sourced them from (Shepherd’s Wool, a small Michigan business) also has a lovely fingering weight yarn, which would have been SO MUCH BETTER than the worsted weight these are done in.
I am a knitter, too, and you are all so right! These are horrible.
Oh, Ralph Lauren. What hast thou wrought? I don’t get it. You’d think Ralph Lauren — of anyone — would be good at this. As a Canadian, I will take pride in knowing our red coats trump this stuff, even while the USA is winning all the damn medals. #goCanada?
I also take Canadian pride in our athletes and our uniforms. Yay, Canada! Stay safe out there!
You just can’t beat a classic red, Hudson’s Bay -inspired coat. Pretty much everyone can wear that shade of red.
As for Ralph’s design…. white pants are rarely flattering on anyone; and white just isn’t practical. The logo is too much. Ralph Lauren does NOT need that exposure. He’s already conquered the fashion/branding universe.
The Canadian ones aren’t bad this year, but I still prefer when Roots was in charge. The Bay dropped the ball – so to speak – a couple of times on our uniforms.
I loved the Vancouver 2010 collection and still have items from it that I wear regularly. I used to work at The Bay (retail position) part time and we could never keep that collection in stock in my store. I still see people with the red mittens.
Let’s forget about the Beijing 2008 collection shall we?
Isn’t it against the flag code to use it as clothing? Does this count? There are stars, stripes, even little flags.
I was always confused by that. I guess if it isn’t made of an actual flag…
That’s it–it can’t be made out of the flag. It’s ok to have a flag motif. Although this, it goes without saying, is actually NOT OK. But IN THEORY it’s ok to have a flag or stars and stripes.
You can totally have stars and stripes on your clothes, hence my very patriotic 4th of July stars and stripes Old Navy bathing suit.
Also, I at first thought these said YOLO rather than POLO. I guess….it’s….better?
If they had said YOLO I would have died… Im not sure from embarrassment or delight but I would have died.
ya know, knitters (or almost anyone) could easily turn that big POLO into a big YOLO. I’m almost ready to buy one of these now. (at super clearance prices)
I would have hunted down Ralph Lauren personally if those said YOLO. I am soooo sick of that stupid acronym. It’s everywhere right now.
Yeah, that apparently was our bad too: http://fansided.com/2014/01/19/satur day-night-live-drake-bar-mitzvah-rap/#!s6MMe.
At least this Canadian artist hasn’t been arrest for a sizzurp-related DUI. :/
Apparently I can’t internet today…
Jessica, you complete me. From your lips to RL’s ears for 2016. (#TeamJamaica here ;).)
I think it’s ok as long as you treat it like a flag (never let it touch the ground, dipose of it respectfully, etc.).
As an aside, did you know that those flag stamps violate flag code! You aren’t supposed to put an American flag on anything that is made to be disposable.
I have four RL dresses and I love them. Why on earth does he design such garbage for your teams? (I’m Canadian, thank god.)
Wait a minute…does RL design better for a short fat woman in her 40s than he does for the bodies of Olympic athletes?!?
I think every aspect of these is grounds for a charge of treason.
Hello, Charlie White. How YOU doin’?
I laughed at loud at your post! I bet everyone who gave it a thumbs up heard it in Joey’s voice.
I laughed OUT loud…
Lol. So glad someone else commented on that.
Honestly. I used to watch Charlie White skate as a little boy. The fit of those pants is disturbing. And Meryl Davis. What fresh hell is in those clothes that makes her look squat?
I’m pretty sure Charlie would die if he read this.
Not your comment, I mean, but the original post about his, er, package.
Not sure Canada will take uniform gold this year, though the toggle coats are pretty fab.
Still, go Team Canada!
I could go for a beaver scarf.
I already have the mittens!….SEE, Ralph Lauren? HERE’S how you do Handmade That’s Not Actually Handmade.
Re: those mittens, I know it’s a pipe dream, but I’m going to continue hoping that it says CAN on one and ADA on the other.
The toggle coats are fab. I’d wear that.
On the subject of Ralph Lauren’s shameless pimping of himself on the USA uniforms, I see there are Hudson’s Bay patches on those red coats. Not too garish but still plugs their brand. Although, Hudson’s Bay is both a brand and a national symbol which might make it seem less whorish than the “POLO”.
I see the Hudson’s Bay brand as a historical/heritage symbol, it being such an important part of our country’s development. But I think I’d have a problem with a logo that read, say, JOE FRESH!
I totally understand the companies wanting to plug themselves, but I think there are less shameless/hideous ways to do it than writing POLO all over everything in large letters, making it front-and-center.
Oh, I agree. In the past, some sponsors have made pretty cool commercials (VISA). This seems a little less in-your-face.
Hee! Joe Fresh. Looks fabulous for the opening ceremonies. Falling apart at the seams by the closing.
or LULULEMON…though those might prove to be too sheer…
To misquote Star Wars, “we don’t have the high ground” when it comes to outfits (Albertville 1992 , anyone?), but I cling to the idea that at least there is some connection between HBC and the evolution of Canada. http://www2.hbc.com/hbc/history/ So really, we did kinda-sorta belong to HBC at one point. I did like the Roots uniforms better though!
I think Michael K on dlisted said it best with “Ralph Lauren hates the US Olympic Team”. If athletes don’t look good in it, why bother? I mean, isn’t that the POINT…to make your country look awesome at this event?
Fashion pronouncement: sweatpants are rubbish, hate is cute, and the peacoat would be nice without the obnoxiously placed polo pony.
*hat. The HAT is cute.
The Hudson Bay coat is going to be in my closet if it is THE LAST THING I DO!
Ironically, Hudson’s Bay is now owned by an American company. And of course Roots was founded by two uprooted (ha!) Americans. So alas our uniforms are not as all-Canadian as one could hope. Still, that beaver scarf has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about it.
Ah, so that’s why HB now carries American lines (i.e.: Lord & Taylor cashmere). Too bad. Oh well, I’ll console myself with the fact that the Olympic coat design remains true to the old HBC original.
Yeah, it was bought by Lord and Taylor’s. I’m very pleased that The Bay carries some of L&T stuff (& some of it in petite, no less!) I’m always grateful for collections that dress my short self.
Huh, at first I thought those Hudson’s Bay logos were pro-LGBT patches, because they looked a bit like rainbows to me.
We’d better hope the Russian authorities recognize them for what they are, then, or all our athletes could wind up in the gulag.
I don’t know — there are some pretty ugly sweaters in that Canadian collection, too!
Speaking of Canada: way to rip off the Hudsons Bay coat, Mr. Lauren.
RL collects heritage blankets so he no doubt owns some HB material.
In that second picture, the model/athlete is wearing a really bad high school sweater from the ’70s (look at that collar!) made for jocks who lettered in varsity sports. I know. I had one. They are warm though.
No, I think we all know who is winning Uniform Gold this Olympics.
We rarely have good looking uniforms for the Olympics. With all the crap thrown on, clearly there’s a design-by-committee thing going on. RL can obviously do better, he probably just ‘let the customer be right’ to get the contract.
somehow I don’t think the customer said please Ralph stick big logos on everything so that people will know we chose you and he said ok if thats what you really want
Hannah is smiling because she got to model the pea coat instead of the hideous sweater that epitomizes all that WAS BAD ABOUT THE 80′S DEAR GOD WHY
That sweater looks like Uncle Sam partied a little too hard and then threw up on the entire Olympic Team. Ticky, tacky!!
My eyes. They bleed.
Maybe…maybe if we all say they’re ugly, they’ll be swapped out with off-the-rack, normal looking stuff in a red/white/blue color scheme. Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease….
The only thing that makes me happy about these uniforms is remembering the parade of nations from previous Olympics and knowing that there will be many nations with much worse uniforms.
I’m Australian. Our national colours are green and gold. Only once – fortunately at the 2000 games in Sydney – has this worked out well for us.
Yeah, we Finns had our share of bad uniforms. Mind you, our all-time worst came not at the Olympics, but I think at the world cup. Skiing outfits that seemed to be made of shiny black pvc, with little skirts (on both the men and women)! Sheesh, that was an eyesore.
Tragic tacky travesty.
Yes, I do know that they’re definitely So Teacher Sweater, but part of me kind of likes them in a hipster-ironic-kind of way
I feel like the original sketch has a look of a sharply-fit blazer, which might have worked better. THESE, however, should have been stopped at the prototype stage, when someone (SOMEONE!) must have been like, “eh…maybe this wasn’t such a great idea.”
Won’t it be super cold during the Opening Ceremony? The cardigan does not look like it would keep anyone very warm. Why not give them an actual jacket or coat? I predict a huge run on thermal underwear and lots of layers, which will look even worse.
That’s what I was thinking, it’s going to be super cold and the wind is going to blow right through those hideous cardigans. I wonder if a lot of athletes got bigger sizes so they can layer a lot of things underneath to stay warm?
Why, Ralph? Why would you do this? Especially to pretty, pretty Zach Parise. Just stop.
Word. I adore Zach Parise, since he’s a fellow Minnesotan and has turned my beloved MN Wild into a somewhat legit hockey team. Based on his expression in this picture, Zach and I have the same opinion of this look.
The pea coats and hats are cute, but ugh… those sweaters. And I’m really sick of RL throwing POLO (lol @ YOLO) or the damn horse on everything. It’s not about you, Ralph! I love the look on Evan Lysacek’s face in the last slide– he’s thinking it’s a relief he’s not going to Sochi so he doesn’t have to wear the uniform.
Ummm….the pea coats are good, I like the boots….and…I like the mittens that say “GO USA” on the palms….and….uh…ANYTHING is better than the USA Ice Hockey jerseys (UGH! 4:30 AM PST start times?!)
This concludes all of the positive things I have to say about the uniforms.
I do love GO USA mittens. I kind of want some?
I saw them at Target. Get some!
Some other site used the phrase “knit patriotic barf.” I can come up with no better description. WHY is this happening to our awesome athletes?
They’re probably a bit cold – although there’s no snow in Sochi at the moment – but I do like my country’s inspired by orange opening ceremony uniforms: http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/5624/sportwereld/photoalbum/detail/3536040/474870/14/Olympiers-mooi-oranje-en-Nederlands-naar-Sotsji.dhtml
Are we taking a lead?
Daaammmmn! I want that dress.
Wow! Love those.
Yes. They look fabulous, though I hope they don’t make the women tromp into the stadium in those heels.
Those outfits are so cool!
I’m officially Dutch for these Olympics.
Wow, those look great! And also like whoever designed them had a clue about “Winter Olympics weather”. Thumbs up, Holland!
(Love the snow outfit on the lady on the right of the photo).
I will take all of it so I can look bitchin’ every day. I think the awesomeness of these uniforms just knocked me back in time and made me bring back ’90s slang.
Ooh, we lived in the Netherlands for a while. I think I’ll use that as a handy excuse to identify with their stylish team.
These uniforms might not be perfekt but it could be so much worse…just ask the germans:
Was there an explosion in the Rainbow Brite factory?
Ohhh dear. I’m sorry, Deutschland, but I just LOLed at that pic. At least those uniforms look warm?
I…oh…my. I have nothing to say to those.
They look like a 70s rec room wall. Hoooray, racing stripes!
Bless their hearts?
I love that Germany has rainbow uniforms! It might be unintentional, but at least it is a small kick in Putin’s homophobic groin.
Did they get their Olympic design team mixed up with their Eurovision design team?
You save money if you use the same designer for both!
Well, at least they won’t get lost on the ski slopes.
Wow, you need sunglasses AND earplugs to gaze upon those uniforms.
I… actually really like those. I don’t know how patriotic they are (I would not identify them as Team Germany without the flag), but so bright! Nobody will miss them during the march of nations.
Patriotism is a bit difficult in germany…because history.
It may be, but I’d still prefer it, if people from other countries could tell where our team came from by looking at them.
The way it is, we’re Team Clown School…
(There have been previous Games, where the German team wore relatively neutral clothes with an eagle emblem (our heraldic animal, “Bundesadler”) on the chest. It was neither “fashion forward” nor memorable, but it served its purpose, and it was WAY better than this paint-box explosion the poor athletes are forced to wear now.
Can we PULEEZE go back to using ROOTS as our designer? At least they got the whole “Athlete” thing! This garb reminds me of the scene in National Lampoon Christmas Vacation when Clark gets stuck in the attic and has to put on everthing he finds in the trunk to stay warm….Hard Pass, go directly to Goodwill…
I think those trousers are meant to evoke the ones worn by actual polo players. In Charlie’s defense, most guys look a lot like that in those things. For example, Hot Harry and his pals in this picture.
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This word has now been added to my vocabulary and shall be used extensively! Thanks
So the rules about athletes wearing logos are different for the Winter games?
Nope. RL is the official supplier. If somebody turned up in another brand’s gear, frowny faces would commence.
I just don’t remember Stella McCartney logos all over the TeamGB summer games uniforms. So it’s allowed but doing it is a bit tacky?
Well, at least we’re guaranteed Heather’s medal in winter clothes, LOL!!! Go, Team Canada
God Stella is going to win this round of uniform designing too. I would get behind the peacoat if the horse logo wasn’t quite so large. but those sweaters are just grandma knitted this holiday sweater for you and you are going to wear it for the christmas card got it buster.
a drunk grandma.
Years ago when RL first got the US (tennis) Open’s ball kid/line judge/ump uniform contract they had the normal-sized horse on the clothes but I guess you couldn’t really see it on TV. The following year the horse became that obnoxiously-huge size we see everywhere now. My guess was that they tried to think of some way to make it obvious it was RL but couldn’t think of anything so they just made the logo enormous. So there is a (minuscule) chance that it is tennis’s fault that the oversized horse logo exists.
Bounce the incumbent, USOC. We have other designers in this country.
Oh lord, I think I had that patriotic nightmare of a sweater in 1992. And wore it in public. In my defense, sweaters that hideous were in fashion in my small Texas high school.
I can’t figure out why Ralph Lauren can’t make a uniform that is tastefully patriotic, instead of something that looks like America threw up all over the athletes.
Do the athletes automatically get all of these outfits for free since they’re on the Olympic team or do they have to pay for them on their own?
Athletes don’t pay for the gear and it gets fitted and altered for them as well up to a point. I got a massive amount of clothing and shoes after London (and I was just staff) that I then had to figure out what to do with afterward. I’m not American so that caveat is there but I’m imagining the US would be the same with regards to supplying uniform.
The thing is, I could get behind the IDEA of this – a flag blazer cardigan. But the execution is horrendous.
Canada says, thanks!
Yeah, those are terrible. But did you SEE the Norwegian Men’s Curling Team??
OMG. This is turning into the Hunger Games…
I, too, would like to represent my country on the world’s stage in my jammies.
I unabashedly ADORE their unis. If you are going – go big! Intentionally over the top – not “I thought this would be patriotic and also have my LOGO all over them”
Totally agree! They are in on the joke, unlike the US athletes who just look pained.
Alright, to be fair, as a curler, there is something insanely endearing about the Norwegian men’s curling pants. Curling is still very much a sport that involves etiquette, which gets extended to the clothing in competition; therefore, I love the hell out of those guys for bringing it every four years. Amazing!
That cardigan thing looks like something an over-enthusiatic Olympic tourist with bad taste would buy as a souvenir.
The pants are awful but I…kind of like the sweater fro being so magnificently silly? That’s what Ralph was going for, right?
On a slightly different note, discuss figure skating costumes please! I’ve been looking forward to it ever since Nationals started.
That’s going up tomorrow!
JOY. Fantastic figure skating fuggery and fabbering!..I can make that a word, right?
UGH! Looks like those seasonal theme sweaters and vests worn by teachers and stepford wives back in the late ’80′s/early ’90′s.
Evan Lysacek’s face in that last picture is saying what we are all thinking.
PS: THE CARDIGANS CAN BE YOURS FOR $595.
That would seem astronomically expensive until you think of all the grannies across America hand-knitting these patches with love. That’s what made in America means, right? When you factor in the cost of employing these grannies and take into account their limited work hours, what with the naps and all the canasta and bridge playing and whatnot, $595 is a steal of a deal! That’s real Americana right there! Enveloping you in a constant patriotic embrace!
Wow. These make me wax nostalgic for the Century 21 agent polyester blazers that were the typical uniform back in the 1970′s.
Carte Blanchett the secret Cajun could rock this.
But it would make La Swinton cry.
Ralph is the anti-Cinna. He’s going to get them all killed!
I bought my Canadian mittens for $10 at the Bay in Toronto in September and I’m not even Canadian. Always try to help out the Canadian Olympic teams.
The sketch is so revealing – Olympic athletes don’t have those outrageously unrealistically thin legs. They have actual MUSCLES. It’s one thing that he doesn’t design for most women but to assume that Olympic athletes at their peak condition look as skinny as runway models is downright unintelligent.
I jumped on the bandwagon yesterday against the design, which I still don’t like, but the story of the wool is kind of neat.
After watching the opening ceremony, I think our outfit was top 5. So many went with boring tame ski outerwear I could buy at any mall. A lot of them weren’t even bright team colors! It’s the Olympics. Where else can you be a little tacky and bold to show your team spirit?!
I was on the fence about our design until seeing them in context, and now I think ours were some of the best, honestly. Most were a giant snooooooze.
My 9 year old and I debated: she thinks they look like 4th of July versions of the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest winner, and I say they look like every patriotic cliche puked on a Polo cardigan. Sadly, we’re both right. In a word, ghastly!
I think Ralph’s gone off the edge.