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 TeamUSAShop.com. 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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Cathy Holland on

They look way too busy So much on them They are to see USA Really don’t likr them An embarrassment for our athletes

Cathy Holland on

OMG! You have to be kidding How embarrassing for our athletes Looks like old rags sewn together

Heather on

The sweaters are mostly acceptable, but the sweatpants are not worthy of the opening ceremony. We’ll look like the sterotype- just rolled out of bed, sloppy Americans with no sense of style. The pants should have been for Olympic village lounging in their rooms.

Rebecca on

I love them. Go USA!!

Ayisha on

I love it

donnatex on

@ Ella…. Jealous much?

Kate on

They might be wearing this UNDER the red, white and blue pea coats at the opening ceremonies but this is not all they are wearing. They would freeze.

Broadwayfan on

I just wish Evan was going to be able to compete!
Hope he gets to keep the outfit.
Although it’s a little too “busy” for my taste.

bkable on

Well that’s embarrassing… glad I’m Canadian lol

JenC on

@Ella. I bleed red, white and blue. There is no such thing as obnoxiously patriotic in my mind. Hopefully you are not American. Go Team USA!

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