Fashion

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Opening Ceremony Fashion

The Olympics are the perfect time to pull out one's patriotic fashion, and what better way to celebrate your country than with a quirky, idiosyncratic ensemble? The Olympic teams uniforms this year ranged from sportive and elegant to overdone and bewildering. Nevertheless, the Olympic athletes looked nothing less than ecstatic to be representing their countries, even if they were wearing rainbow tie dye to do so. From streamlined athletic costumes to fashion fails, we have you covered for Olympics Opening Ceremony fashion.

Greece

The Greek Olympic team rocked a vivid blue tracksuit-type ensemble with retro white sneakers.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Australia

Australia went sleek and bundled up in white puffer jackets and black pants with yellow accents.

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Austria

Austria’s Olympic team stood out with a sea of red jackets, complete with bright blue hats.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Great Britain

Great Britain looked sharp in navy Moncler-esque puffer jackets with burgundy lining.

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Brazil

Brazil kept it bright in yellow jackets with blue scarves and black pants.

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Germany

All other team uniforms (literally) paled in comparison Germany’s hypnotic, rainbow-patterned ensembles. Adidas, Bogner and Sioux are responsible for designing the eyesore ensemble.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The team stood out in cobalt blue costumes with yellow accents.

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s team looked very much in the holiday spirit with red and green outfits accented with white sleeves.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Ireland

The shade of Ireland’s team uniform looked like a cross between shamrock and moss, but the neon green sneakers stole the show.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

China

China’s simple uniforms consisted of red ski pants and white or red ski jackets.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Poland

Poland’s Olympic team went fashion-toward with a winter white ensemble with silvery grey and red components.

Clive Mason/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

South Korea

South Korea decided to go penguin-chic (or black tie-inspired, if you will) with a black and white ski suit.

Clive Mason/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Norway

Norway’s Olympic team went for straightforward color blocking with white ski jackets and powder blue pants.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Denmark

The male members of Denmark’s team suited up in stripes with a trim ski jacket and matching pants; female athletes wore a red version of the jacket.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Slovenia

Neon was the motto for Slovenia’s lime green, bright blue and white team costume.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

France

The French Olympic team looked extra-preppy in quilted grey blazers and khakis.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

United States

We could try to justify the United States’ ultra-patriotic, Christmas-sweater style uniforms, but some outfits simply have no excuse. At least they look spirited. We’re not surprised that Ralph Lauren was behind these preppy sweaters.

Clive Mason/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Portugal

Though Portugal’s team was small, they looked mighty in their red, green, and black ensembles.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Argentina

Argentina’s Olympic team went for a pop of color in an unexpected place with dark ski suits and bright azure gloves.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Ukraine

Ukraine’s team uniform created an optical illusion for observers of the ceremony: from afar, the uniform appeared to be camouflage, when up close a mesmerizing pattern looked less than chic.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Russia

Russia’s team uniforms confused some viewers with its mix of long, red, fur-trimmed jackets, red pants and navy shearling coats, but whether or not they were channeling Kris Kringle, they certainly looked warm.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Georgia

Georgia went extra-patriotic with their uniforms, wearing multiples of their flag in strategic places on their red and white ensembles.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Jamaica

Jamaica’s team went subtle with its uniforms, with thin green stripes accenting black ensembles.

Clive Mason/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Dominica

Dominica’s uniforms looked incredibly sporty in black, red, and white ensembles.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Spain

Spain’s Olympic team stood out in prep school-style red blazers and matching ties with black pants.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Bermuda

We have to love Bermuda’s Olympic team for rocking their namesake shorts in bright red despite the cold weather, complete with navy blazers and knee socks.

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Iran

It was hard to miss Iran’s Olympic athletes in their lime green parkas and blue ski pants.

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Italy

The white accent stripes on Italy’s team uniforms gave the navy ensembles a modern, Tron-like effect which was punctuated by red and white hoods.

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Canada

Canada’s team looked predictably adorable in Hudson’s Bay-designed red toggle jackets and black pants that reminded us of a grown-up Paddington Bear.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Belarus

The Belarus team rocked vibrant flame red jackets with matching patterned scarves.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands team looked more than a little chilly in red board shorts and electric blue ski jackets with…sandals. Brrr.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Virgin Islands

The tiny Virgin Islands team pulled off a streamlined look in black and white.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Australia

Australia’s Olympic team took a fashion risk with forest green pants and white puffer jackets with yellow hats. Did it pay off? The judges are still conferring.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Israel

Israel’s team went nearly monochrome in shades of blue ranging from cobalt to robin’s egg.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Iceland

Did Iceland commit a fashion faux pas? The team’s deep blue puffers with red accents looked remarkably similar to Great Britain’s navy and burgundy uniforms.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Latvia

Latvia’s team uniforms were questionable thanks to a color-clashing combination of orange and brown.

Paul Gilham/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Olympians looked toasty and vibrant in vivid red fur-lined jackets.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Kyrgyzstan

Patterned red and white scarves accented the team’s red, yellow, and white ensembles, which were finished with petite pointed hats.

Paul Gilham/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Slovakia

Slovakia channeled sporty ski fashion at its best with black and white ski parkas. The crowning glory of the ensemble? Knit sweaters, hats, and scarves embroidered with what appeared to be a heart pattern.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Serbia

Serbia’s team let its accessories do the talking. Each red and white scarf was embroidered with the Olympic rings and a team crest, and patterned pom pom hats added extra warmth.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Venezuela

Venezuela’s team uniforms were especially eye-catching, thanks to color blocked red, yellow, and blue uniforms.

Paul Gilham/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

San Marino

San Marino’s team fashion followed the Olympic trend of red and black with crimson ski jackets and dark pants.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s bright uniforms made us long for Spring with its sunny pairing of turquoise and yellow.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Romania

The Romanian team used the country’s flag as the ultimate accessory, keeping the rest of the ensemble subdued in black and white.

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Sweden

Sweden’s uniform had an avant-garde edge thanks to vibrant blue, asymmetric zippered jackets and patterned pants. H&M designed the ensemble.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images
145