Team USA's Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniform: Star-Spangled and Striped for Sochi

01/23/2014 at 11:54 AM ET

Team USA uniformsCourtesy Ralph Lauren

It will be hard to miss Team USA at the winter Olympics opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7. Not only because they tend to be one of the bigger (and pretty boisterous) teams — but also because they’ve got one of the most eye-catching uniforms you’re bound to see walk into the stadium.

Designed by Ralph Lauren (as has been every Olympic team uniform since 2008), the brightly patterned sweaters are meant to represent “classic Americana patchwork quilts and sweaters,” David Lauren, the company’s EVP of marketing, said on the Today show during the official reveal. The back of the sweater continues the pattern of white stars on a blue background, with “USA” emblazoned in large red letters.

Also part of the uniform: boots with red laces, white fleece pants, a belt “accented with jacquard tape featuring patriotic graphics” and mittens that open to say “GO 4” on one hand and “GOLD” on the other. And, following the controversy over the 2012 uniforms, which were made in China, everything is made in the USA. “We’re so proud, working with vendors from across America, across every state,” Lauren said.

Team USA uniformsCourtesy Ralph Lauren

Added curler Jared Zezel (not pictured; above are hockey players Zach Parise and Julie Chu), who helped unveil the uniform on the Today show: “It’s awesome that it’s one hundred percent American. It’s very patriotic looking. It looks great.” And if you want to feel like you’re part of the excitement, you can pick up any of the pieces on All proceeds from the sweater’s sales will be donated to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which funds Team USA.

What do you think of the uniforms? Will you add this sweater to your wardrobe?

–Alex Apatoff

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katy on

At least they’re not wearing berets like they were in the last summer games.

aquarius64 on

Wonder Woman’s winter outfit

Sheila on

Could you get any tackier?

Liza on

They look like your typical tacky Christmas sweaters! Ralph Lauren is like 75 years old and is obviously designing for his 75 year-old peers. My grandmother would love that sweater! Time for a new designer, for gosh sake.

charlotte on

just a little too busy. not impressed at all. better luck next time

Wendy on

The sweater’s too busy… but I love the overall outfit style.

Sara on

I love it! Wayyyyy better than those weird Ralph Lauren logo outfits they had a couple of years ago. I want the world to know it’s the USA. I also think the stars are cool.

Erika on

And once the sweater opens up, fireworks start shooting out in all their red, white, and blue glory!!!!!

Meg on

Definitely too casual. Do not care for it looks like a bad grandma’s sweater.

angela on

these outfits are very patriotic, typical american. but you should see the german one. so many colors it’s blinding you. at least you have white pants. we do have white pants too (i think that’s meant as a sweat suit) but the pants for the ceremonies are of a very bright orange pattern plus jackets made with yellow, white and blue stripes. looks like the costume of a clown.

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