The best 2016 Olympic kitsFashion & LifestyleNews & Features
So far, we have witnessed some pretty spectacular performances from the world’s top athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. From breaking world records to pushing physical boundaries, one can’t help but admire the athletes’ dedication and passion they are demonstrating at each sporting discipline.
Participants of the games take pride in not only their athletic abilities, but also in the gear they wear. The colour and design of each team’s kit symbolises the immense pride they have in representing their nation.
Professional Olympic kits have evolved tremendously in both fabrication and style over the years. The teamwork between high profile fashion designers and top sporting manufacturers has paved the way for athletes to wear some seriously stylish gear that can easily be worn outside the stadium as on-trend causalwear.
Here are the teams that deserve a medal for being the most fashion-forward and having the best 2016 Olympic kits.
United States of America
The athletes from the land of the free and the home of the brave had their uniforms exclusively designed by Ralph Lauren. Team USA get to be dressed in the designer’s signature leisure clean-cut polo look.
Teaming up with Adidas, Stella McCartney was responsible for designing Team GB’s Olympic gear. Rather than basing her garment designs around the obvious Union Jack flag, McCartney made a reference to the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. As an added bonus, the kit is about 10% lighter than those worn at the London 2012 Olympics.
Who better to design Team Sweden’s kit other than the mega high street retailer H&M? The Scandinavian athletes have the pleasure of wearing some cool and fashionable sports clothing that was produced with eco-friendly materials.
Featuring a crisp and sporty-chic style, France’s veteran sports brand Lacoste was a logical match to help produce the team’s Olympic kit. Its famous little crocodile logo makes a subtle appearance on the clothing.
Is this the Olympics or Canadian Fashion Week? Seriously, Team Canada’s kit designed by brothers Dan and Dean Caten from DSquared2 is scoring some ultimate style points. Featuring the nation’s signature maple leaf and a high-end aesthetic, their performance wear could be mistaken for a commercial fashion range.