Sneak a peek at Team USA's official Olympic outfits

Classic tailoring and traditional red, white and blue have come together in Ralph Lauren’s collection for Team USA, which was unveiled exclusively on TODAY Tuesday.

Ralph Lauren

Swimmer Ryan Lochte, modeling an official Olympic look.

As the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, Ralph Lauren designed both the opening and closing ceremony parade outfits as well as a collection of village wear apparel and accessories. This is the third consecutive time the company has designed the official outfits for Team USA. 

Modeling the official gear — berets and all — on TODAY were Team USA soccer player Heather Mitts and fencer Tim Morehouse.

They were joined by David Lauren, Ralph Lauren's Executive Vice President. In designing the outfits, the company was "very inspired by the 1948 Games, which is the last time that American competed in England," he said of the "updated take on old-world elegance."

Ralph Lauren

Olympians Ryan Lochte, Bryan Clay, Giuseppe Lanzone and Heather Mitts model the official Olympic gear.

Mitts, the first to model the look, is a two-time gold medalist, winning both in Beijing in 2008 and Athens in 2004. She wore a white blouse and navy blazer, pairing the ensemble with a knee-length cream skirt and a scarf with red, white and navy stripes. 

The athletes gave the gear a thumbs-up.

"It's really exciting to be in this outfit right now and know we'll be wearing it in the opening ceremonies," said Morehouse, who won silver in Beijing. "It's really cool." He wore a white cotton sport shirt with a red and navy necktie under a tailored double-breasted blazer with peak lapels. The men's blazers are paired with simple cream-colored flat-front trousers. 

Didn't make the cut to compete at the Games? Men, women and children can buy the Team USA Olympic Collection to celebrate the Games in style. Other options and accessories include hoodies and tank tops as well as beach towels, duffel bags and sunglasses. 

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VERY NICE! Now if they all learn the words to the National Anthem so they can sing along when it plays, it will be perfect. Go Team USA*!*!*!*!

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#1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:30 AM EDT

Has anyone seen "Hunger Games"....? This whole charade reminds me of that movie (without the killing each other)

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#1.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:53 AM EDT

London = rain

Rain + dirt = mud

Mud + white shoes = messy

Mud + white pants/skirts = messy

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#1.2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:41 AM EDT

Will look good with the matching M4A1s.

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#1.3 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:42 AM EDT

Mike277, I could be wrong, but I'm betting the Olympic stadium where the athletes all parade out does not have a dirt track. Just sayin'

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#1.4 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:55 AM EDT

If I were on the team, I'd color in the POLO logo..... Unless they paid me!

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#1.5 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:37 PM EDT

Looks like Yuppie chic. I think they could have done better.

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#1.6 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:38 PM EDT

Uh...because berets are very big in this country? Are you kidding me?

  • 7 votes
#1.7 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:40 PM EDT

Well, it looks very.....umm.......militaristic, really.

At least the berets are French style and not American corps. But this still looks reminiscient of our penchant for war.

  • 6 votes
#1.8 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:46 PM EDT

I'm not seeing it. Looks like a prep school uniform and the berets just make it look silly. Good thing I stopped watching the Olympics when they started spending more time on the stupid little ditties about the athletes versus showing the actual events. And never mind the sometimes downright idiotic commentary. I'll pass.

  • 12 votes
#1.9 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:53 PM EDT

Militaristic? Sorry, but the guy looks like he just stepped right out of the yacht club. Maybe it's the flag, or the way they are standing that make you think military, but the white pants and Polo emblem make me think rich, country club attire.

  • 8 votes
#1.10 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:53 PM EDT

I thought our National Hat was a baseball cap...sometimes worn backwards.



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#1.11 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:16 PM EDT

Olympics is now a marketing machine lol...forget people getting to watch games....all about showing crap they try to sell u...instead of the games...very limited showing of the actual games...

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#1.12 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:23 PM EDT

I'm cool with everything EXCEPT the stupid Barets.

Seriously, they look like the Griswold Family Olympic Team...

  • 7 votes
#1.13 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT

I am waiting for the day that we look truly American at the olympic games. Plaid flannel shirts and jeans!!!!!!!!!!

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#1.14 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:52 PM EDT

Enjoy this look at FRANK TURNER in this montage of the 1948 OLYMPICS in LONDON

As the article said, THAT was the inspiration for the 2012 outfits.

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#1.15 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:03 PM EDT

Don't these look a lot like the uniforms the Nazis wore in the 1936 Olympics? I guess history does repeat itself.

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#1.16 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:39 PM EDT

bloggit: huh? I don't see any pictures of Germans wearing blue blazers and berets in the 1936 Olympics photos. Where did you get that from?

    #1.17 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:59 PM EDT

    It's really pretty simple. If you see these as a militaristic thing, you have a brain. If you see anything else, you're clueless.

      #1.18 - Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:45 AM EDT

      Video of the opening ceremonies from Atlanta, Sydney, Athens & Beijing.

      • 1 vote
      Reply#2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:33 AM EDT

      Love them!!! yay!!

        Reply#3 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:34 AM EDT

        Not to bad... could have been worse... could have been Fezzes. And as everyone but the doctor knows, they are not cool.

        • 4 votes
        #3.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:50 AM EDT

        And Matt Smith is the ONLY man I ever saw wearing one that could actually pull it off.

        • 2 votes
        #3.2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:25 AM EDT

        Yay rhymes with gay...

        • 1 vote
        #3.3 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:26 PM EDT

        I think they should have gone for an 80's retro look with the guys in parachute pants and the girls in leg warmers. (I'm kidding of course.. EPA doesn't allow that much hairspray to be used anymore)

        • 1 vote
        #3.4 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:56 PM EDT


        Don't forget bow ties are cool!

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        #3.5 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:24 PM EDT

        Savvy -- I suggest you take a look at some of our soldiers, especially the special forces.

          #3.6 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:34 PM EDT

          No, didn't see the reveal on Today. Still boycotting the Today show since Ann Curry was let go. No, I haven't found a morning news show I like better, but I can always buy a paper.

          • 4 votes
          Reply#4 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:38 AM EDT

          You do realize that reading their articles and complaining on their posts still helps them, just from a different ratings perspective. It brings them online advertising dollars. That being said, people really need to move on already. I love Ann Curry, but I don't think she was a good fit for a morning show.

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          #4.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:49 AM EDT

          Neither is that Guthrie chick either. She is annoying.

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          #4.2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:58 AM EDT

          The Today show is just an entertainment show with a sprinkling of the day's top news. Guthrie is much more in the mold of Couric then Viera, Curry. She is willing to do almost anything and can laugh at herself as well as be the butt of the joke without getting upset. I prefer her to Curry - Ann appeared to have to force the chemistry (what little there was).

            #4.3 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:09 PM EDT

            Unfortunately, all morning shows seem to be more about entertainment sprinkled with news.

            Is there an all news morning show anywhere on TV?

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            #4.4 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:28 PM EDT

            I love Ann Curry, but I don't think she was a good fit for a morning show.

            I agree. She was much more hard news and credible. CBS made a big mistake, should have taken her and left Couric.

            Guthrie is much more in the mold of Couric than Viera, Curry.

            Agreed. But that's not a compliment to Guthrie!

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            #4.5 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:37 PM EDT

            Team Fascism. Nice.

            • 8 votes
            Reply#5 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:47 AM EDT

            How does this look fascist? They are wearing jackets and are clean cut.

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            #5.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:10 AM EDT

            Fascism exactly--Military obsession again creeps into our national identity --in case no one noticed our imperial pose. More Il Duce siiliness than der Fuhrer death attire. Hope they do'not give the SS Kick and the Roman salute in the opening parade.

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            #5.2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:26 AM EDT

            This is a hoax! These actually are the new designer outfits for l'équipe de France . . .

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            #5.3 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:33 AM EDT

            Really? Posting nonsense #5

            As the article said, THAT was the inspiration for the 2012 outfits.


            Take a look at the photo of Mike Turner...

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            #5.4 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:08 PM EDT

            Disappointing... There is no panache, no style, and no substance. Uninspired, drab, and dull.

            Whomever it was who keeps selecting Ralph Lauren needs to be fired. Immediately, if not sooner.

            We should have uniforms that inspire, that uplift, and that look AMERICAN. Once again, we'll be the laughingstock of the Olympics.

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            #5.5 - Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:01 AM EDT

            First of all, why do they need hats? What's up with hats? Secondly, why the beret? It looks like a bad hair net. Even the garbage they stick on our soldiers heads look like they have a sick duck sitting on their head, or they are Mommar Kadaffys cousins. (I don't care about spelling Mommars name correctly or not. He was garbage, so are the uniforms, and especially the HATS!)

              #5.6 - Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:27 AM EDT

              seems like something the french team would wear.

              • 13 votes
              Reply#6 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:47 AM EDT

              Read the articles before commenting please. This is an update of the uniform that was worn in 1948, the last time the games were held in England. It is a nod to both that Olympic and the end of WWII. Totally appropriate.

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              #6.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:59 AM EDT

              Aside from the historical significance as pointed out by differnet, my first thought too was that it looked more French than American although I must say that on my last trip to France, I only saw one beret and that was on some old guy shuffling along the streets of Paris. Apparently, "the team" likes the uniforms, and they look spiffy, so let it be. Good luck to all those guys and gals who have trained their hearts out to bring home those Olympic medals.

              • 3 votes
              #6.2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:15 PM EDT

              how does what it was designed based on change my OPINION that it looks more like something the french would wear differnet? i read the article before stating my opinion by the way.

              • 8 votes
              #6.3 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:32 PM EDT

              Give me a break Susi-Oh. What do you think the team is going to say? 'These outfits are hideous'? Of course they are going to say they love them. Are you really that naive? I'm sure all the women athletes absolutely love that hideous skirt they are going to be wearing. LOL.

              • 1 vote
              #6.4 - Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:04 AM EDT

              Ooh-la-la, my arse. Looks militaristic to me.

              • 7 votes
              Reply#7 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:48 AM EDT

              I was thinking the same thing -- where are the shields, spears and swords?

              • 2 votes
              #7.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:00 AM EDT

              Right you are--very Il Duce-- In opening parade,eyes right,arm out stiff and strut/kick--Watch out Untermenschen!

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              #7.2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:30 AM EDT

              Why Berets? The games are not in Paris. We are not French.

              • 6 votes
              Reply#8 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:49 AM EDT

              The Green Berets wear them -- want to tell them they look frankish ?

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              #8.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:56 AM EDT

              News flash for you : we French don't wear berets, and haven't done for quite a while. Are there some old people in the countryside who wear them ? Sure. I did wear one in the army for national service, but otherwise you won't see french men wearing them. Some women wear them as a fashion accessory, but that's fashion.

              The beret is part of an outdated, if amusing, stereotype of the French. Just remember, there are stereotypes for most nations. Have a great day, and enjoy the games !

              • 4 votes
              #8.2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:04 AM EDT

              No. Noone in the US military wears berets that look like Pierre the French Painter.

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              #8.3 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:07 AM EDT

              Did someone mention stereotypes? 'Champagne in Afghanistan'

              KABUL - "While the American soldiers cannot drink alcohol, and the French rarely do, French soldiers at Camp Phoenix do know how to celebrate their national day, July 14, Bastille Day.

              First, assemble the troops, an impressive array that includes the red berets of airborne soldiers, black berets of the regular army, the green beret of the Foreign Legion and the giant floppy black berets of the montagnard mountain troops."

              • 4 votes
              #8.4 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:14 AM EDT

              chirs-we French don't wear berets

              except old people..........oh and women as a fashion statement.....and some guys.

              • 1 vote
              #8.5 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:38 PM EDT

              Nothing says America to me like berets.

              • 2 votes
              #8.6 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:56 PM EDT

              This outfits are not what I would want to wear.. with a POLO guy on my chest! Other countries laugh at this.. and the skirts being white "Good luck" girls becareful wear ya sit... wear white ..guys haha! FRENCH look... sucks!!
              Not American look! OH I heard they are made in China too!???
              USA>>>cant sew? They should have had to show USA first... then make!
              THIS STINKS all around...Who side are you on? Ralph! oops to late now..:(

                #8.7 - Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:35 PM EDT

                They couldn't look more French unless they drew on twirly mustaches and shoved a baguette in their mouths. They don't look American at all.

                • 8 votes
                Reply#9 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:49 AM EDT

                "impatient girl", see comment above on stereotypes.

                  #9.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:06 AM EDT

                  That is not a stereotype. Berets are most associated with France. That is a historical fact not just my opinion.

                  • 5 votes
                  #9.2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:22 AM EDT

                  I don't like mustaches, but baguette ? Yummy !!

                    #9.3 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:41 AM EDT

                    You don't like moustaches? Why? Does it tickle the taint?

                      #9.4 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:18 PM EDT

                      they look like they belong in Chariots of Fire or I should be asking for peanuts and a drink and about the in flight movie on American Airlines. Not good; AGAIN!

                      • 3 votes
                      Reply#10 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:51 AM EDT

                      super tacky with the giant polo logo on them. Why not, it isnt about pride in our country, but pride in our brands right? Do the athletes also each get a bagpipe to play on the way in???

                      • 8 votes
                      Reply#11 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:53 AM EDT

                      At least thier not Fezzes... As everyone but the Doctor knows, Fezzes are not cool.

                      • 2 votes
                      Reply#12 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:53 AM EDT

                      "scarf with red, white and navy stripes." When did it our colors become red, white and navy? I've heard of navy blue but not just navy.

                      • 2 votes
                      Reply#13 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:54 AM EDT

                      These uniforms are embarrassingly bad. That beret is *puke*

                      • 9 votes
                      Reply#14 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:55 AM EDT

                      Who could possibly care about this sh1t?

                      • 1 vote
                      Reply#15 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:56 AM EDT

                      Hats are kind of tough. Ball caps would be too informal and other types wouldn't work. My question is why hats are needed anyway but they are always worn at the opening and closing. One thing I don't like is that skirt..there is something about it..maybe it's the shoes and short socks, that just make it look strange.

                      Confussed, when talking about colors, the word "navy" is going to be assumed to be navy blue; navy is just a shortened term. What is perhaps funny about that is when you see a true US Navy uniform, the uniform jacket referred to as "navy" is actually black.

                        Reply#16 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:57 AM EDT

                        Yea, I agree with some of the other posts. Why Berets? It looks like something a Catholic school kid would have worn in 1950. We are gonna get laughed at. Nice job Ralph Lauren. Epic fail. Btw, of course the people wearing them are gonna say they love them. They are not gonna stand there and say "These are really dumb!"

                        • 5 votes
                        Reply#17 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:59 AM EDT

                        Why don't people actually READ the articles before commenting? If you read the article you would know that the beret and the entire "uniform" are a nod to the last time that the Olympics were held in England n 1948. The design, including the beret, is a nod to that Olympics held after WWII (the Olympics were suspended for the war). This is also a nod to our service personnel who died in WWII. This couldn't possibly be more patriotic.

                        • 3 votes
                        Reply#18 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:02 AM EDT

                        and how does that change someone's opinion of which nationality is most closely associated with the beret?

                        • 4 votes
                        #18.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:36 PM EDT

                        Who cares about the last Olympics held in England in 1948? The outfits are hideous. Out athletes are going to look like a bunch of Air France flight attendants. The women's skirt is absolutely ridiculous looking. If these outfits are 'patriotic', then consider me a non patriot.

                        • 1 vote
                        #18.2 - Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:57 AM EDT

                        Do your nodding in the bathroom! 1948! That was then, this is now. Look forward, not backward. Learn from the past so you don't repeat it. The uniforms are garbage, the hair nets are really stupid looking, and Ralphy boy must be a pedophile based on that skirt, sock, shoe ensamble.

                          #18.3 - Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:37 AM EDT

                          I HATE THEM!!!!

                          • 9 votes
                          Reply#19 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:06 AM EDT

                          A beret is simply a brimless hat. Most folks hate them. They are not that fashionable or functional. Fortunately, most of the athletes can ditch them later. I don't know that any other "hat" or headwear would have been useful or attractive, but I would certainly hope it was optional. As for the historical reference, I can understand that, but it doesn't make the beret any more attractive.

                          • 2 votes
                          Reply#20 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:08 AM EDT

                          I don't mind the guys outfits, but the ladies outfits don't do much for me. The guys look like a classic style, but the ladies look as though the 1950s are now in fashion again.

                          • 1 vote
                          Reply#21 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:09 AM EDT

                          How about booty shorts for the women with "Juicy" written in big letters arcoss the butt?

                          Or better still both the men and women could wear red, white & blue flannel pajama bottoms.

                          Both of those more appropriately reflect the current lack of style and class here in the USA.

                          • 1 vote
                          #21.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:06 PM EDT

                          K Man, there's a wide gap between skirt/bobby sox/flat shoes and "booty shorts" - including some very classic, classy looks.

                          I agree with DBU; the men's outfits have a classic, timeless style (except for the stupid Polo logo), but the women's are very dated thanks to the socks and shoes. Granted, no knee-length skirt is going to look good with flats, and wearing heels for the ceremonies would be a bad idea. They should have put the women in a modified blazer-and-pants style, in my opinion.

                          • 2 votes
                          #21.2 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:51 PM EDT

                          Nothing says "pretentious c**ksucker" quite like Ralph Lauren. Bonus: Nice, big logo.

                          • 7 votes
                          Reply#22 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:12 AM EDT

                          The huge Polo logo on the jacket is gross. It's bigger than even our own country's insignia on the hat! A total commercial sell-out by our team. I wonder how much Ralph Lauren paid for the deal? More proof the Olympics is a commercial charade.

                          • 3 votes
                          Reply#23 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:14 AM EDT

                          Jim you hit it on the head,perhaps ralph lauren should be paying for the team and refund all monies to the public who thought that this was a national team.

                          This makes only wonder just how Leon Spinks would look in this outfit.

                          • 1 vote
                          #23.1 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:37 AM EDT

                          We should change our name to the "United States of Polo."

                          • 5 votes
                          Reply#24 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT


                          Looks like RuPaul had a lot of input!!!!!!

                          Are we saluting the French? I thought we were the U.S. and the games were in the U.K.? Who came up with this sick design?

                          • 4 votes
                          Reply#25 - Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT
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