Designer Ralph Lauren once again outfitted the Americans, prompting accusations of sartorial crimes perpetrated on the viewing public ― such as it was. The Olympic Stadium stands were mostly empty because of the pandemic, but fashion critics watching on TV did their gold-medal best to rip the ensembles to shreds.
The U.S. closing ceremony outfits were previewed in April to less-than-sensational acclaim. And now the opening garb is earning its share of barbs, too.
Here are a few opening ceremony images of the outfits, including a blue jacket with Lauren’s famous polo logo and striped shirt accessorized with a flag-like scarf:
And here are the fashionable insults:
My favorite Olympics tradition is when twitter gets a load of the hideous Ralph Lauren ensembles foisted on the U.S. athletes
— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) July 23, 2021
Nothing says “America only cares about rich white people” like having Ralph Lauren design bougie Long Island yacht wear for our athletes.
— Kevin Harber (@kevharb) July 23, 2021
Every Summer Olympics they let Ralph Lauren dress our team like they’re on vacation in Newport
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) July 23, 2021
Ralph Lauren misses way more often than he hits with the Olympic clothing – how long must we suffer with this white person on Nantucket clothing line for our Olympics brand. Like, can we choose something that more closely represents the diversity of America & our athletes?
— Katie (@KK0618) July 23, 2021
They’re all dressed like Damien from “the omen“ -OG version
— GrrArggh (@DejectedKat) July 23, 2021