The U.S. Olympic Uniforms Stir Up Serious Controversy

07/12/2012 at 03:00 PM ET

Olympics 2012
Courtesy Ralph Lauren

It’s going to be a fashionable 2012 Olympics! Ralph Lauren designed the U.S.A. Opening Ceremony Parade Uniforms, as well as a collection of village wear apparel, and debuted the looks this week.

The classic Opening Ceremony designs (left) — topped off with berets — are reminiscent of Lauren’s signature aesthetic, described by the brand as “classic silhouettes in a timeless palette of navy and white with pops of red.”

However, not everyone is pleased with the navy blazers, white bottoms and hats: Steve Doocy, host of of Fox & Friends, felt that the berets are too French — not American enough — even posing the question, “Why not a baseball cap?” Other news outlets, like the New York Post, found the outfits “too preppy.”

Adding more fuel to the fire, ABC News reported the uniforms were made in China. That prompted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to go as far as to say the clothing should be burned. “If they have to wear nothing but a singlet saying USA on it painted by hand, that’s what they should do,” he said at a press conference.

So far Ralph Lauren’s reps have declined to comment on the situation, but the U.S. Olympic Committee did release a statement to the Wall Street Journal: “Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America’s finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London.”

Tell us: Do you think it’s a big deal that the Olympic uniforms are made in China? Are the uniforms are too European? Or are they just embodying the classic style of Ralph Lauren? Vote below!

–Jennifer Cress


FILED UNDER: Athletes , Designers , Fashion
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murray on

They are Ralph Lauren it is clearly his stile. He is American he is promoting his brand. It is privately funded. Get over it.

Mimi on

The worst part is they are MADE IN CHINA.

Ari on

“Why not a baseball cap?” How about because they aren’t running to the grocery store on a Saturday morning? This is the Olympics, they look classy, tailored and together. Not American enough? Has Fox News taken over this website?

JAK on

The uniforms are preppy, classic Ralph Lauren, a celebrated American brand. Big deal if they are made in China, most things are! I do find the berets unnecessary to the uniform though, especially since they are typically associated with the French.

KatR on

Oh God. I’m sure if it was up to Fox News, our athletes would be marching into the stadium wearing ripped jeans showing plenty of butt crack.

christa on

American, would be saggy pants and T shirts. This is classy American.

runnergal on

why are we putting such great emphasis on the clothes when all that matters are the gold medals that the Americans will be taking home. :)

Sheri on

Countries usually wear attire to represent their country – not too many people able to afford $1000 to purchase this outfit. At a time when so many Americans are hurting, modesty may have been a better choice. Secondly, having the uniforms made by an American Company is only common sense considering it is the Olympics Before we go beating up on FOX again – Senator Harry Reid (D) is calling for the uniforms to be burned, but People didn’t add that to the article.Hoping that their writers just didn’t adequately research the story.

Cassie on

@jak u said it all! Totally agree

mepdp on

It is summer time and the athletes will be wearing blazers and berets…when was the last time you saw Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant,and Lebron James dressed like this…

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