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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Kim on

I think they’re fine. Classic and stylish.

Guest on

The uniforms are very BLAH and stuffy, need something young, trendy and cool. AND THEY ARE MADE IN CHINA!!! What gives, America??

Tracey on

I hate the uniforms. Way to go Olympic committee. We are marching in the opening ceremony wearing outfits made in China. BY the way why are there 3 men and one woman in the picture? Shame on you olympic committee and Ralph Lauren.

Melissa on

Forget how they look, why are they made in China?!?

shannon on

I think the picture w the models are somewhat deceiving. Athletes are going to be wearing them and they are going to be moving and walking and talking, not standing there “at attention” w such stoic faces. It’ll look plenty American.

Tabitha on

For those voters who think this classic, in-good-taste outfit is too European (btw, where fine clothing design began and still reigns), just what do you suggest as true American style? Obese people in tacky t-shirts, white tennis shoes and leggings?

jwdaz on

Oh for pete’s sake….how about our ‘Green Berets’ the elite of the elitist! The uniforms are classy, something that is foreign to Fox News. Actually Fox has lots of class…unfortunatly it’s all low!!!

Roy Platt on

They should definitely not have been made in China. They should not have a logo to promote Ralph Lauren or anyone else except the USA, and they should not have berets…too European! Other than that, they are fabulous!!

Mazda on

Heard the uniforms are being made in CHINA – why is that? Shouldn’t the Olympic Uniforms be MADE IN AMERICA, the athletes are, why not the clothing.

Lily on

The uniforms are MADE IN CHINA
They should burn them

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