I am a major sports fanatic, and starting July 27th I will be glued to my TV to watch the Olympic games. Because of my athletic background, I have many friends competing for Team USA and with other teams around the world. Every four years, I look forward to the world coming together to root on our athletes toward one common goal: performing to the best of their abilities and honoring their country.
So when I saw Ralph Lauren was the official outfitter of Team USA, I thought it was a great fit. Now that we’ve seen the uniforms, though, let’s just be honest: RL botched an amazing opportunity to dress Team USA’s 2012 Olympians in America’s finest apparel. The official team uniforms are beyond boring and almost militant in appearance (especially the women’s uniform). A lame beret is to be atop each athletes head, and things don’t get much better as you move down. A long skirt that will be unflattering on most women’s figures will be paired with a boxy jacket. At least the men’s uniforms work a bit better, as a pair of slacks and a jacket is par for the course.
With everything Ralph has up his sleeve and his years of design under his belt, the final product is more than a let down. Oh and the worst part, the uniforms are not even made in the USA, they are being made in China. This is a major travesty, and yes I used the word travesty. A bit of outrage is brewing over the uniforms’ origins, and I’m hardly surprised. Team USA’s uniforms should certainly be made in the USA, shouldn’t they? The anger has gone so far that some are saying the uniforms should be burned and new ones should be made in the USA. So I’m turning to you, what do you think about this whole debacle?