When they’re not competing for gold at the biggest sporting event on the planet, the world’s top athletes will contend for the style stakes as they represent their respective countries at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
With top global labels, including Ralph Lauren, Ben Sherman and Les Benjamins, designing outfits, Olympic uniforms have become an essential element of the games as sporting heroes represent the best of what their country has to offer.
Here are some of the uniforms teams will be wearing at the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as while competing at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Ralph Lauren, the brand that made American fashion cool, has been designing Olympic uniforms since 2008. Team USA’s new looks were unveiled in April, and its 600 members will don outfits that are as chic as they are environmentally friendly.
Predominantly white, the uniforms consists of jeans, a polo shirt – with a collar tipped in red and navy – as well as a white and navy windbreaker. A red, white and blue ribbon belt completes the look.
The uniforms are made of ethically sourced materials. A leather alternative using plant-based materials and agriculture byproducts free of synthetic plastics was used for a patch on the jeans, which were made of US-grown cotton. The drawstring jacket, as well as the American flag-themed belt, were partially derived…