When American fashion icons are making a serious effort to properly dress our Olympians. And yes, I’ve checked the intarwebs, and most people hate the uniform. I don’t, I’d tone the white trouser down with a stone or khaki, and ditch the beret and fucking wear and love it. Seems like everyone hates the beret, I don’t love it either (clicky for 2012 Olympic uniform slideshow), but I’m not reflexively anti-beret, either. I’m already getting annoyed by the derptarded ZOMG WE’RE NOT FRANCE comments.
The reason I don’t love Lauren’s choice in the beret is that it doesn’t work well with a well-cut navy blazer, berets have their place, this ain’t it. I understand what Lauren was going for here, but it didn’t work that well. The beret is far too casual for that blazer, and they just don’t suit blazers in general. I do actually think a slightly revised beret would work for the ladies of the US Olympic team, but not on the men’s uniform. I much preferred Lauren’s 2008 uniform, with the white cap,
Though the cap is not really traditional summer wear. What would I do instead of the beret? I’d actually consider the boater,
It’s a classic, bold look, and a traditional summer hat that is formal enough to work with the blazer, white trouser and white bucks that Lauren chose for 2012. Blazers and boaters are a natural match for one another. I can understand why Lauren didn’t go with the boater, it IS a challenging look in the modern age and Lauren sure as fuck wouldn’t sell many. However, I do believe they’d work and look excellent, better than the beret.
But, back to Harry Reid…Harry Reid can shut right the fuck up, and Chuck Schumer too. I can assure you Chuckie’s little push to write a law requiring that the privately funded Olympic Committee use US made garments is a pander to the burnt-out husk that remains of the New York garment and textile industry. Trust me, I know more than enough about the garment industry of the northeast and Chuckie Schumer’s close relationship to it to know what that’s all about. I really hope that Ralph Lauren and the USOC stick to their guns and tell Reid, Schumer, and anyone else that wants to be a right cunt about it all to get bent. BTW, Lauren is providing the clothes to the US Olympic team gratis, so double fuck the haters.
And seriously, are you really ready to argue that Lauren’s uniforms are even close to as bad as the heaping bowlful of AIDS and FAIL that Roots put together in 2004?
Seriously? What the fuck is this shit? I thought these were awful when I saw them in ’04, and I think they’re even worse now. Jesus Tapdancing Christ what the fuck were they thinking?
I’d love to know where Roots had their stuff produced, was it in the US? And if I had to wager, no one said a fucking thing about Lauren’s uniform in 2008, and I’d wager it was all foreign-made then too.
And beyond that, what the fuck are they supposed to wear? Fucking tracksuits? Ill fitting jeans or shorts and t-shirts with Nikes like I usually see walking about? Tapout and Affiction shirts three sizes too small and brah hats?
No, you cannot go into the Olympics looking like a fucking schlub shitpile, this is the fucking Olympics. You need to look nice, at least for the opening ceremony, and unfortunately, modern American dress and nice are not friends for the most part…full disclosure, I currently own not one pair of jeans, and dress in a fairly preppy manner (as a Certified Yankee Snob and having never attended a day of public school, I maintain that right). I’m working rather hard to improve my wardrobe. So yes, I generally like Lauren as a designer, and have some Lauren clothes.
The Olympics are tough in that you have to balance formality and casual and formality and athleticism. For America, that pretty much narrows it down to two styles, the Ivy/Prep style or semi-formal Western.
There have been years where we’ve done a more western style, and I’ve generally liked those, I think the last was in 2000. A nice Stetson, conservative sport coat, trousers and conservative boot (keep those ostrich and snakeskins home there, pard) or shoe would be a nice option. However, let’s be blunt about this…Lauren and Western wear…yeah NO. Leave that shit to people who aren’t Ralph Lauren. And if Lauren is footing the bill, and he is, it’s full prep ahead motherfuckers!