Olympic Fashion Faux Pas?

January 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Several recent stories have highlighted the bold / interesting / controversial sartorial choices of several teams at the fast-approaching 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games.

You’ve probably seen the Opening Ceremony uniforms for the US Olympic Team.

Designed by Ralph Lauren, some have praised the loud sweaters (“confident,” “bold”) for their patriotic theme, evocative of a homemade quilt, and for being both designed and manufactured in the United States.

But others have compared them to “hideous Christmas sweaters,” called them “eye-poppingly awful,” and said “my grandma could probably knit something cooler.”

Then there’s the Norwegian curling team.

I think USA Today said it best: “Cancel the Olympics because Norway’s curling team has already won.”

And, last but certainly not least, there’s Mexico’s Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe (yes, he’s a real prince. Of a place in Germany that no longer exists. But, still, technically a prince. And he’s barely ever lived in Mexico: He was raised, lives and trains in Austria.) As the only winter olympian representing Mexico, and, at 55, the oldest athlete competing in these games, he already stands out. But wait until you get a hold of his mariachi themed racing suit:

What do you think? Are these outfits fun, creative, bold and representative of the Olympic spirit. Or are they definitely not contenders for the fashion gold medal?

(If you’re looking for something a little less flashy, or even if you like to stand out in a crowd, the Butternut Ski and Board Shop has got you covered.)

-rj

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