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PHOTO: American Athletes Try on the Controversial Olympic Uniforms

07/26/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Olympic Uniforms
Courtesy Kevin Durant

So … are they really that bad? Members of the U.S. Olympic team had some final opening ceremony uniform fittings with Ralph Lauren on Thursday, and a few athletes Tweeted photos from the proceedings.

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant shared a shot of himself and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, both in uniform (berets and all). The guys definitely wear their suits well, and Durant’s followers had nothing but compliments for the Team U.S.A.-ers. The outfits feature navy blazers, crisp white shirts and ties, plus those “too-European” berets, all emblazoned with the American flag.

The Lauren-designed uniforms came under fire earlier this month, first for the berets, and again after it was revealed that they were made in China. Following the uproar, the American design house released a statement, saying, “Ralph Lauren promises to lead the conversation within our industry and our government addressing the issue of increasing manufacturing in the United States and has committed to producing the Opening and Closing ceremony Team USA uniforms in the United States that will be worn for the 2014 Olympic Games.”

So now that you’ve seen the uniforms, how do you feel? Tell us in the comments below!

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jellybeans on

They look like military uniforms.

Rebecca on

They don’t look AMERICAN to me :/

Sara on

@ Rebecca What does an American look like?

Jay on

They look chic and sophisticated…so yes, probably not so American. Would you have preferred a t-shirt and sweat pants?

Jenn on

They look to uptight. Loosen up and have some damn fun

Lady on

I think they look very handsome, let the games begin!

marcfash on

Classic, preppy , tailored and uniform which is classic Ralph Lauren, one of America’s greatest designers. I love them!

Jen DC on

While not generally a fan of the double-vest, overall they look quite good, even sexy. I like the beret.

lolo on

I agree with Jay, apparently class is lost on Americans and thus, this out fit is deemed unfit. It is, however, very American to speak one’s mind, especially if it is a complaint. Let’s be glad that we can do that at all here and get over this. The guys looks good and people have made this point: has no one heard of the GREEN BERETS?!

Marie on

Who cares about the uniform!!?? They’re at the Olympics! That alone is a great accomplishment!

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