The Opening Ceremonies kicked off two of the best weeks in sports last night. While the next couple weeks are all about the athletics, the main focus last night was on the pageantry of the games and the outfits of the athletes. In the spirit of the games, let’s have a rundown of the best and worst dressed countries during the Opening Ceremonies. One rule here – no comment on ethnic garb. I won’t disparage what may be traditional formal dress in other countries. We’ll start with the worst dressed so you can finish by cleansing your palate with the best dressed.
10. Any country wearing track suits
Look I know the Olympics are a big athletic event but save the track suits for the actual competition and dress it up for the ceremonies. Of particular note was the Lesotho contingent that strangely combined traditional hats with modern track suits.
Are those jeans? I can’t quite tell. It’s not an awful look but it’s way too casual for the stage.
I’m confused here. First when did Germany’s colors become powder blue and bubblegum pink? Secondly, those jackets make them look like they should be hitting the slopes rather than the pool.
7. United Kingdom
Sorry to rip on the hosts but the gold highlights on those outfits are just gaudy and obnoxious. Seriously, a gold panel under the armpits? And shorts instead of pants?
Those jackets look like some sort of winter camo.
Yet another top that looks more appropriate for the winter games. Estonia shouldn’t save them for 2014 though because they are awful.
There is one country that can pull off shorts in a formal setting and it’s neither of these. Not to mention those are bordering on capri length.
Not a fan of vests in general, especially when they aren’t paired with a jacket. The pattern is not appealing either.
Call this one the ketchup and mustard look.
1. Czech Republic
Hands down the worst. Shorts? Wellies? And while the focus on this list is on the men, tights on the women for the Opening Ceremonies? For the Czech Republic’s sake, hopefully they’re athletic performance won’t be as ugly as their outfits.
The Target Contingent (Canada & Georgia), Cuba (not a fan of that jacket/pants combo), Egypt (If you’re wearing a tie make sure it doesn’t blend in with your shirt), Monaco (would be on the best if not for the soles making their dress shoes look like tennis shoes), North Korea (You think the Polo logo was bad? Check out the gigantic “361” logo on their jackets)
Classic navy suit. Love that they went with brown shoes.
This is more or less what the US outfits should have looked like – no beret, no giant Pony. The tie could use some stripes though.
8. South Korea
The horizontal striped tie is a great touch, as is the punch provided by the red pocket square. Nice to see some brass buttons as well.
One of the better examples of a colored blazer. Unlike the other countries with red blazers, these were toned down and didn’t hurt the eyes.
6. Bosnia & Herzegovina
It’s classic, yes, but what really caught my eye were the pocket squares that incorporated both colors of the flag. A subtle but nice touch.
The contrasting piping on the blazer sets this jacket off. The tie, the jacket, the pants and the shoes are all a great combination. I could do without the hat.
The one nation allowed to wear shorts for formal occasions. I can’t say enough good things about this look.
3. San Marino
San Marino is all business. Honestly they look like they should be in London for a business deal. Nothing flashy, just perfectly tailored suits (and dresses, wow).
The green just goes so well with the white. The subtle contrast from the piping and the understated patch make this look.
Knit horizontal stripes ties, navy blazers with white contrast piping. It doesn’t get better than this.
Cayman Islands (love the piping, loses points for tennis shoes), Greece (classic), Hong Kong (loving the contrasting piping on the pockets), Norway (if you’re going to do track jackets keep it clean and simple like the Norwegians), Poland (bonus points for the red shoes), Turkey (classic and understated), USA (lose the gigantic logo and the beret and this leaps into the top 5)
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