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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dpedro on

What about the fact they are manufactured in China?!

Toc on

Very neat, classy and a great representation of the USA!

egni knov on

What is wrong with looking like a European?
American people always want to buy something European.very understandable because the Europeans are so much more stylish and so much ahead in fashion.

Rob on

I think the Ring Wingers at Fox News are Un-American.

Kathie Behm on

The US Olympic team’s uniforms should be “Made in America”. I’m sure some American manufacturer would have loved the work considering our economic state and unemployment status.

Danielle on

The problem is ….that they are made in China….it’s not the style that we are discussing here…….China owed U.S. and that’s unacceptable…and shameful…..that every peace of clothing now is made in China…..our forefathers are turning in their graves……wee sold our souls to China a communist country.

m on

I like the color scheme but they look like flight attendants. Welcome aboard Olympic airlines, please take your seat.

lorelei51h on

They look tacky.I know Ralph Lauren has made and makes better designs than this. I’m already rolling on the floor picturing the Basketball team and the heavyweight wrestlers in those tailored little jackets.

Jon on

Eh, they’re ok!

Eugene Webber on

American! You cannot afford to stick your heads in the sand, China sure does not. NO OTHER COUNTRY, out-sourced their Uniforms. To RALPH LAUREN: REALLY? YOU SHIPPED OUR JOBS TO CHINA, AND NOW YOU WANT PROPS? GO THE F&$^K TO CHINA YOU FREACKIN TRAITOR. This hould have never happened. Ralph decided to have them made in China, not the USOC..

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