Olympic Uniforms: The Best, the Worst, and the Just Plain Weird

Forget the uproar over the fact that the American opening ceremonies outfits were made in China, the real scandal might just be how unfashionable some of the official outfits are. Here's our take on this year's crop from around the world.

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Jihobbyist
Jihobbyist

New Zealand's uniform is the best, all others look like they the athletes work in airline or fast food.

Jihobbyist
Jihobbyist

One word to describe French uniform, GHETTO!

Jihobbyist
Jihobbyist

Russian guys are cute but the uniform is gay.

Jihobbyist
Jihobbyist

RL uniform for the US team is truly awful. So out of place and blazenly commercial.

fmondana
fmondana

The picture above looks like a still from "Starship Troopers".

John Luma
John Luma

Sorry, there is "no accounting for taste." The first two Best choices here are a joke. New Zealand (#1 Best) looks like it's part of living room decor from an IKEA catalogue. Okay for pillows and table cloths but sure as hell I wouldn't wear it. And Italy (#2 Best) looks like it belongs strictly with the 60-plus crowd -- Gramma and Gramps would feel right at home outside in these duds, lawn bowling.

crys123
crys123

It seems like the Time's just let anybody write a fashion article. Because this person has no since of style at all...

mshotty21
mshotty21

I like their uniforms its unique, but HATERS like "leoBr" need not worry about their uniforms what you should worry about is that the Jamaicans are going to come first in 99.9999999999% of all the sports they will be playing in. #RogerThat

bzelbub
bzelbub

I liked the guy in the grass skirt and  bulging biceps.

William Lee Barnes
William Lee Barnes

I thought that ALL the commentary about this article AND the author's was really funny. So, what did we get? Hotel doormen, Athletes 

prepared to meet the bulls, Gay athletes, Athletes waiting to be laughed at, Athletes going to business interviews and business meeting, etc. But, I'd have to agree with f_galton. (But then it couldn't be televised anymore, right?)

Lydia Cooper
Lydia Cooper

Some of the African and Polynesian nations' uniforms were amazingly colorful and beautiful,  Such a shame that none of these made the list. Perhaps it should have been called "The Best, Worst and Just Plain First World Uniforms".

Femo Jandonskie De Jandon
Femo Jandonskie De Jandon

Seems Time looks from the industrialized nations point of view only. That is where their targetted audience is. The rest of the world does not matter, rather it is their subscription source that dictates their choices

Kumara3
Kumara3

Germany (colourful and not overboard) and South Korea ('fashionista')

Kumara3
Kumara3

I like South Korea's (although it  looks a little metro, but they are metro anyways) and Germany's. 

iNinjaHeEco
iNinjaHeEco

Why do all the Olympic uniforms look like they're for flight attendants?! These are Olympians, not hotel staff!

Bob Negi
Bob Negi

Hmm, when I first saw the USA uniforms, I did not read the caption, and assumed it was just the Ralph's fall com=llection or something, you can see his logo from a mile away, the US flag? Not so much

Oh well, I am sure Ralph paid Team USA enough to justify his logo being front and center

Obzervur
Obzervur

Italy has the best for the Olympics venue.

The rest of those shown are all abominable.

Simon Cumming
Simon Cumming

Why do like 10 of these say best and 10 of them say worst? I think you've failed to grip the concept of those words.

Also, what the [insert expletive here] are 'geometric colours'?

Adrian Charles
Adrian Charles

I see that the Spanish athlete on the right has taken matters into his own hands regarding trousers and kit bags too I guess!

Adrian Charles
Adrian Charles

I see that the spanish athlete on the right has taken matters into his own hands regarding trousers and kit bags too I guess!

FreddyTamle
FreddyTamle

if we want to be notoriously critical, we can find fault with any style, color, make, origin etc. so just let it be

FreddyTamle
FreddyTamle

not sure what's the concern here... no one should politicize sports anyways. just ask yourselves how much can we trust politicians nowadays? 

donks0923
donks0923

I guess Germany isn't stressing the "We have to dress in our flag's colours" and opted for the hospital room colour assignment. Now we can tell whether the athletes are male or female easier. 

Jamaica's (my country) own looks like they're heading to a club but I like it anyway.

The comment under UK's designs sums it up perfectly. They can keep the uniform for a job interview after they're done being athletes.

I like South Korea's the best. It's stylish and screams professional sporting competition.

bellaluna30
bellaluna30

And it's Jamaica and Italy for the win!  Jamaica, for not taking itself to seriously and bringing some colour to the games; and Italy for style and function.

WHAT is with all the atrocious white pants?

Starshiprarity
Starshiprarity

This is the first time I've looked at olympic uniforms. Have they always been wearing suits like that? I understand its not a fashion show, but lets be a little sporty?

Do something like the parade of Tributes in the Hunger Games.

Petr Faitl
Petr Faitl

Well, at least the French know something about London's weather. The macs will come handy!

Sadly the Brits have missed the main point. It is a "sporting event" not a job interview.

KarmaPolice
KarmaPolice

Oh my god. I'm not Spanish anymore xD

jermaineyoung
jermaineyoung

I think the US team has a decent uniform while I tend to disagree with my home country's choice of uniform (Jamaica). However the assessment aided my understanding of the best and worst choices.  

leoBr
leoBr

Uggglyyyy...

leoBr
leoBr

New Zealanders look like a bunch of hotel doormen.

Germans definitely want to reuse their uniforms for Eurovision.

Jamaicans apparently believe they just have to be laughed at.

French do realize that summer in London sucks just like any other season.

Spanish are prepared to meet the bulls.

Russia... I'm sure the designer will be murdered soon.

Australians know they got screwed.

USA... Oh well they know that Gay Olympics is only a matter of time.

Only Italians look cool.

David Barnwell
David Barnwell

 Jamaicans look the best, the Italians are just plain and you are an ass.

Arlene Antoinette
Arlene Antoinette

Id really like for you to explain that third line :

"Jamaicans apparently believe they just have to be laughed at. "

leoBr
leoBr

 It means that their uniforms are explicitly laughable.

leoBr
leoBr

 @David Barnwell: Well that's what YOU think, but I think they're explicitly laughable. Evidently from some 'likes', other people share this opinion as well. So in your mind, Gavin Seeriram and other people that agree that they're laughable, are all 'jerks'. Well I guess we'll have to live with that :(

Gavin Seeriram
Gavin Seeriram

Im Jamaican and i sooo agree lol. These designs r jus individually bad but together theyre a nice hodge podge of colour n diversity. Watch the opening parade, you'll c :)

TommyQueen
TommyQueen

I think Koreans are the best. Koreans are just fxxking hot nowadays.. songs, dance, movie, drama..

KSoo
KSoo

plastic surgery and cliched drama plots? kpop dances however are amazing

KSoo
KSoo

plastic surgery and cliched drama plots? kpop dances however are amazing

KSoo
KSoo

ugh disqus.. kept hiding my comments.. I thought they werent posted..

KSoo
KSoo

plastic surgeries and cliched drama plots? kpop on the other hand is amazing though.

KSoo
KSoo

plastic surgeries and cliched drama plots?

간결
간결

I cannot agree more!


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