Sochi brought us many wondrous and idiosyncratic moments, not the least of which was the plethora of flamboyant fashions both in and out of the Olympic arena. Athletic couture may differ from other forms of fashion, but designers took the 2014 Winter Olympics as a chance to push the boundaries of sporting style. Ensembles that could be confused with bikinis skated onto the ice rink, plastic, body-encircling orbs became an acceptable accessory, and several figure skaters actually chose to wear clothing. Altogether, Sochi proved to be quite a fashion free-for-all. We looked back at the Olympic games and picked out the 13 most beautiful, outrageous, daring, and eccentric fashion moments of Sochi.
Team USA at the Opening Ceremony
Ralph Lauren has never looked this preppy or patriotic. This star-spangled costume will go down in fashion history as the costume that didn’t let anyone forget which team was USA.
The Snow Girls at the Opening Ceremony
Those orb-wearing women who led each team on their walk during the opening ceremony were absolutely unforgettable. Russia decided to include them in the ceremony as a representation of their “snow girl”, who according to folk tale was the progeny of the Snow Queen and Father Frost. Whatever the case, their elaborate headpieces and spacey ensembles rendered us dumbstruck.
Bermuda at the Opening Ceremony
Remember when Bermuda tried to bring back shorts and knee socks for winter? As adorably preppy as the look is, we’ll stick to our full-length puffer coats and ski masks.
Yuna Kim at the Figure Skating Ladies Short Program
Normally lime green is a color we’d save for highlighters, candy, or Emergen-C, but Yuna Kim’s skating ensemble somehow makes it absolutely glamorous.
Adelina Sotnikova at Figure Skating Ladies Free Skating
This rebellious skating ensemble worn by gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova could easily be mistaken for a daring Rodarte gown. We give Adelina the gold medal for best skating ensemble.
Ashley Wagner at the Women's Free Skating
It may be little more than a glorified, embellished bikini, but the girl that launched a thousand GIFs unapologetically loved the ensemble.
Florent Amodio at the Figure Skating Men's Free Skating
We don’t typically love men’s uniforms for figure skating, but this preppy hipster ensemble is just too good. From the red suspenders to the twee bow tie, Florent Amodio is on our best dressed list.
Anna Holmlund at the Medals Ceremony
We may be copying Anna Holmlund’s athletic-chic ensemble until the weather starts cooperating. If only we could replicate her enviable skier’s physique.
Anke Karstens at the Medals Ceremony
Germany may have had the oddest rainbow explosion of a uniform we’ve ever seen, but we’ll be darned if the country’s plucky athletes weren’t spirited enough to pull it off. But seriously, the uniform should be retired immediately.
Xintong Huang at the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance
We’re not sure if it’s the fact that Xintong Huang wore an honest to goodness dress, or the fact that it’s made of ethereal chiffon and studded with glitzy accents, but this skating ensemble is one for the books.
Elizavetta Chesnokova at the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Qualification
It takes guts to rock a lion head and neon goggles anywhere, but with the world watching, it’s just plain courageous.
Ksenia Stolbova at the Figure Skating Pairs Short Program
Ksenia Stolbova’s figure skating ensemble is a rare blend of graceful and daring, and we totally fell for it (no pun intended).
Dancers at the Olympic Closing Ceremony
In perhaps the most captivating and confusing Olympic fashion moment of all, countless dancers decked out in glitter and red boots formed a giant, sparkling amoeba at the closing ceremony, throwing the audience into a semi-hypnotized state.