Last week, Ralph Lauren unveiled the Sochi opening ceremony uniforms for Team USA, and the response has not been kind. But while the all-American ugly sweaters deserve the insults, it's worth remembering that Olympic history is littered with goofy, gauche, and unattractive fashion (including this year's German entry). Here are a few of our favorites.
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At the 1908 games in London, the Danish women's gymnastics team undertook incredible feats of flexibility, considering their team uniforms are straitjackets.
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Olympic teams were strictly business in oversized blazers, ankle-length skirts, and sunhats at the 1924 Opening Ceremonies in Paris.
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For the British women's team, noose-like scarves complemented these skirt suits at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
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We get it, Team USA. You're cowboys. At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
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The Australian men's team had the opportunity to do a little touristing in white socks and loafers at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Team South Korea warmed themselves from the bitter cold by the heat of their radioactively neon parkas at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
Team Russia opted for ankle-length seafoam peacoats at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
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Team USA emulated your uncle at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta with a loud polo and a pair of highwaisted khakis.
Not to be outdone by the USA, Team Russia celebrated the 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony louder, brighter, and with more wicker sunhats.
Team Japan was ready to compete, rain or shine, at the Opening Ceremonies in Athens in 2004.
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Team Netherlands seemed as shocked as we were that they were wearing these orange and grey get-ups at the Olympics in 2008, not 1988.
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Team Germany forgot to buck the gender binary at the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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Team Mexico paid homage to traditional garb with this blinding update at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Last but certainly not least, the Togolese Republic went for the gold in breezy white pants and patchwork tops at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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