American fashion designer Ralph Lauren has designed Team USA’s Olympic gear since 2008, though this year, fans aren’t particularly fond of the country club aesthetic. In fact, they’ve taken to Twitter to share their disappointment, so much so that “Ralph Lauren” is now trending. (But not in a good way.)
While the brand believes the 2020 Olympic’s collection “celebrates America’s pioneering spirit and tradition, while embracing modernity and innovation, even having created a “cooling jacket” to combat Tokyo’s summer heat, Olympics viewers simply can’t keep from roasting them for looking like they fell straight out of a New England prep school whose student body is best known for its bullying.
Let’s hope those “cooling” jackets provide protection from these burns.
Are we ever going to have someone not Ralph Lauren design Team USA's stuff? It's just so...ugh. https://t.co/2DIwE9EXtr— Nikthulhu (@Nikthulhu) 1627046801
First, Twitter users called for Ralph Lauren to be barred from designing Team USA’s outfits.
Then, they addressed the strong “Karen” vibes. (It is timely…)
Why do the Team USA outfits look like they'd report you to HR for cursing https://t.co/ZjsBKcFAGb— Molly Mulshine (@Molly Mulshine) 1627046063
These outfits picked me last in gym class every time— Molly Mulshine (@Molly Mulshine) 1627046409
Why have Ralph Lauren dress Olympic team to all look like Karens? https://t.co/ALNj5VhjGT— Melania On The Run 🌊🌊 (@Melania On The Run 🌊🌊) 1627051973
“The Team USA Ralph Lauren outfits look like they’re meeting at the Yacht Club for brandy after a hard day of watching their trust fund grow,” one user wrote.
The Team USA Ralph Lauren outfits look like they’re meeting at the Yacht Club for brandy after a hard day of watchi… https://t.co/wpCqwQhP8m— JSWilliams1962 (@JSWilliams1962) 1627049052
It’s true. Lawyers do look as though they’re about to be summoned.
I love the Olympics but I can’t tell if Team USA’s outfits look more like “I’m going to call my dad, he’s a lawyer”… https://t.co/ITRDLJJZVA— Meghan Lawrence (@Meghan Lawrence) 1627047202
One user noted that every year, the designer makes “America’s athlete’s look like a clique of preppy pricks from a raunchy 1980s teen boarding school comedy,” while another felt the ensembles resembled vacation-wear meant for high-end Connecticut.
Every 4 years somebody lets Ralph Lauren make America's athlete's look like a clique of preppy pricks from a raunch… https://t.co/IdiIYkKptp— Ryan Adams 🎞️🏳️🌈 (@Ryan Adams 🎞️🏳️🌈) 1627049002
Every Summer Olympics they let Ralph Lauren dress our team like they're on vacation in Newport— Drew Magary (@Drew Magary) 1627047478
“It’s as if a militia stormed an upscale outlet mall and demanded to purchase blazers,” one said.
I love Ralph Lauren's Olympic outfits - it's as if a militia stormed an upscale outlet mall and demanded to purchas… https://t.co/UFQSN24gsG— Paul Rudnick (@Paul Rudnick) 1627051150
every olympics ralph lauren dresses up a diverse cross section of america's finest athletes as a vampire weekend cover band— Astead (@Astead) 1627058639
society if America stop letting Ralph Lauren embarrass us every Olympics https://t.co/eOk9FjHF1u— Astead (@Astead) 1627058234
“We need to stop allowing Ralph Lauren to dress our Olympic athletes as MAGA porn stars,” another demanded.
We need to stop allowing Ralph Lauren to dress our Olympic athletes as MAGA porn stars. https://t.co/Ff1I6PRV0d— Carlos Rosado (@Carlos Rosado) 1627050318
Me when the USA came out wearing their traditionally ugly Ralph Lauren ensembles: https://t.co/S73Uj80NLr— disgrasian (@disgrasian) 1627062026
Ralph Lauren’s Team USA Olympic outfits are giving off major Thurston Howell vibes. https://t.co/SQVC3qr5pk— Christine Pelosi (@Christine Pelosi) 1627058612
Ralph Lauren has Team #USA looking like the bad guys in a Disney Channel Original Movie. These guys would have def… https://t.co/XauUmOKLuI— Tyler Lawrence (@Tyler Lawrence) 1627047466
The Ralph Lauren Olympic uniforms always make our athletes look like bullies from a John Hughes movie and that is w… https://t.co/4LE1dQGh6E— Julia Claire (@Julia Claire) 1627061791
But at the end of the day, we are all grateful for the Twitter tradition. (Or are we?)
My favorite Olympics tradition is when twitter gets a load of the hideous Ralph Lauren ensembles foisted on the U.S. athletes— Tom and Lorenzo (@Tom and Lorenzo) 1627041453
Behind the scenes of Ralph Lauren designers approving the Team USA outfits for the #OpeningCeremony https://t.co/608wA4adLl— alex (@alex) 1627047376
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