Days after Ralph Lauren unveiled his opening ceremony uniforms for the U.S. Olympics team, politicians from both parties broke into a furor over the revelation that the outfits were made in China. “You’d think they’d know better,” decried House Speaker John Boehner (alas, he didn’t shed any tears); “They should be wearing uniforms made in America,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Putting aside their hypocrisy—namely, that Congress has done little to save America’s garment industry over the last 50 years, and also, the fact that Ralph Lauren’s 2008 uniforms were also made in China—how nice for our lawmakers to get vocal about such a serious sartorial issue. We’re just upset that Boehner, et al. have seemed to miss the more obvious flaw: that the outfits are downright ugly and an embarrassment to U.S. Olympians even without their made-in-China status. Luckily, the U.S. isn’t alone. Herewith, TIME looks at some other questionable opening ceremony outfits to be unveiled this summer—and the ones that wowed us in a great way.
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