A Definitive Review – The Vanderbilt Hustler
From the United States to Lithuania, the Parade of Nations at the 2022 Olympics featured a wide variety of fashion choices.
The 2022 Winter Olympics began on February 4 and will run until February 20 in Beijing, China. Ninety-one countries marched in the Parade of Nations on the first day, with Team Greece leading and Team China trailing.
My favorite part of the Olympics is seeing (and critiquing) the outfits worn by countries throughout the games. This year’s Parade of Nations did not disappoint. Here are the biggest hits and misses from the opening ceremony.
A word: lululemon. Need I say more? The Canadian team wore red puffer jackets with matching puffy scarves. I didn’t know puffer scarves existed until now, and let’s just say I need them. Team Canada takes first place because you can wear their kits even when games are over. Cropped hoodies and leggings stay timeless in style for years, and the classic red color is gorgeous. Team Canada abandoned Hudson’s Bay for Lululemon of Vancouver in a contract covering the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Since there are only two colors in the Canadian flag, red and white, the style is limited when it comes to colors. But the Lululemon team didn’t let that stop them. For the opening ceremony, the team was dressed in several shades of red, while the closing ceremony will see an all cream and white outfit. I’ve never been to Canada, but I’d happily wear these Team Canada mitts (for a low price of $68).
2: Great Britain
by Ben Sherman, the Great Britain team wore a blue peacoat, a Union Jack jumper and a blue and red beanie. Not to mention they ditched the traditional snow boots or sneaker look in favor of a fashionable Chelsea boot. These outfits offer hints of tradition and country culture without being too flashy. Similar to Team Canada, I can imagine athletes wearing this jersey even when games are over.
Lithuania team knocked it out of the park in their navy blue snowsuits. Their athletes used their face masks as a key accessory and were printed with the Lithuanian flag, a perfect way to show their national pride. Paired with their navy cuts was a mustard yellow hat. I’m a big fan of the navy and mustard color combination, and the Lithuania team used it perfectly.
Jamaica team danced through the Parade of Nations with a two-tone green ensemble. Their look included a long green puffer jacket and neon green pants. Along with this, black mittens, a hat and sneakers accessorized the outfit. While I would normally rack up points for lack of creativity and custom touches, green has been pretty on-trend lately and I’m a fan of the two-tone side.
Similar to the Italy team, French team sported poncho coats inspired by their national flag. Although I like the French outfits a little better than the Italian outfits, they look too similar. Even though Great Britain had a flag printed on their sweaters, I’m not a fan of the flag-themed France. These athletes represent the fashion empire in France and I expected more. My advice: stick to the colors of the flag, rather than trying to wear it all.
Simply, I hate the color orange. So naturally, The Netherlands team A bold bright orange puffer jacket with navy pants just didn’t suit me. While the national flag of the Netherlands is red, white and blue, the country’s national color is actually orange. Orange refers to the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. Orange remained in the flag until 1937 when it was replaced by the current colors due to visibility at sea. I digress. Team Canada had multiple layers to the outfit allowing athletes to add their own unique touches. Anyway, I’m not a fan of the orange color and the Dutch team lacked creativity and couldn’t convince me.
The Italy team participated in the opening ceremony parade with ponchos designed by Giorgio Armani, obviously. The ponchos were designed to honor the red, green and white as seen in the Italian flag. They paired the ponchos with royal blue athletic pants and tennis shoes. For a team wearing a luxury brand like Armani, I expected a lot more than blue pants and ponchos.
With strong NASCAR racer vibes, Team Haiti’s only athlete, Richardson Viano, sported a busy winter coat with equally busy thick pants and a baseball cap. The pants feature a dragon and a bold “Haiti” print while the coat features multiple scenes including a mountain range, beach and a map of Haiti. I’m all for displaying national pride through the parade outfits, but it seems Haiti struggled to pick a central theme that made their outfit less cohesive than the others. A bonus point added because it is the first time Haiti will participate in the Winter Olympics.
Honorable Mention: American Samoa
Only athlete from American Samoa, Nathan Crumpton, made headlines for her lack of attire. Rather than the typical Olympics snowsuit, the skeleton athlete opted for traditional Samoan attire. Highlights of the set include a tapa cloth made from mulberry barka fusilo headdress decorated with shells and a feathered fulumoa kiki around his waist. The honorable mention comes from the fact that the Parade of Nations took place on a 20 degree night in Beijing. He pretended that the only thing that was cold were his hands. I’m just amazed, because I start complaining once the temperatures in Nashville drop below 40.
Honorable Mention: United States of America
To be honest, I only included the United States because I feel I have to. Team USA participated in the Opening Ceremony parade wearing red, white and blue puffer jackets and bulky boots of the same colors. Polo Ralph Lauren has been wearing Team USA style since 2008. Since then, the team has donned a variety of classic and patriotic outfits. However, this year the outfits seemed too clunky and almost spacey. In addition, the American team official loungewear is Skimswhich belongs to Kim Kardashian. Across various TikToks of athletes showing off their runs, I saw cozy fuzzy dresses and leggings with the iconic Team USA logo. Simply put, I’m jealous.