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10 Stylish US Olympics Uniforms, From 1936 Until Now

It’s all about the red, white, and blue

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Though Ralph Lauren has been the official outfitter of the US Olympic team since 2008, the looks throughout history run the gamut. From skirt suits to athletic shorts and everything in between, here are the best through the years.

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1936

In 1936, the women of the Olympic team returned from Berlin in white midi skirts and blue blazers with varsity sweaters underneath that one can only assume were knit in red, white, and blue.
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1948

In 1948, the women’s ski team was outfitted in shearling coats to keep warm in Switzerland when they weren’t competing (pictured here right before departing from New York City), which is a far cry from the spandex jumpsuits and lightweight down jackets worn today.
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1960

In Rome in 1960, the team was dressed in matching white bottoms (skirts for the women, pants for the men) and navy blazers, all with white berets and top hats.
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1968

In Mexico City, the uniforms took on a mod vibe with all women dressed in white mini dresses with a navy and red chevron graphic on the chest, and the men in bright red blazers that topped navy turtlenecks and white pants.
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1984

It seemed to be a western theme at the Winter Olympics in 1984, held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, as the team was all dressed in a red, white, and blue knit and jeans, topped with a shearling jacket and finished off with a cowboy hat.
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1996

The iconic “Magnificent Seven” — the womens gymnastics team in 1996 — stood on the podium in Atlanta wearing navy silk joggers topped with a red, white, and blue flame-printed zip-up to match.
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2004

Sporty was the name of the game in 2004 in Athens, Greece, where the US Olympic team walked out at the opening ceremony wearing athletic shorts, bright red T-shirts, and short-sleeved navy baseball jackets.
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2008

2008 was the first year that Ralph Lauren was given the honor of dressing the United States Olympics team, designing white bottoms and navy blazers for the Opening Ceremony in Beijing, China. The American designer has held the job for every Olympic season since.
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2014

The US Olympic Team bundled up in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, wearing a white turtleneck and jeans layered under a stars and stripes knit cardigan and finished off with snow boots laced in red.
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2021

For the postponed Summer 2020 Olympics, currently being held in 2021 in Tokyo, Japan, Ralph Lauren went for a more casual aesthetic, dressing the team in a navy and white striped T-shirt, navy blazer, dark wash blue jeans, and white sneakers.