'Karen' Style: US Team's 'Pretentious' Olympic Outfits, Designed by Ralph Lauren, Obliterated Online
© REUTERS / Brendan McDermidCliff Meidl, two-time U.S. Olympic athlete, models the official Team USA Opening Ceremony flag bearer outfit which will include special electroluminescent panels, at the Polo Ralph Lauren store in New York City, U.S., July 29, 2016
© REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
A navy blue blazer, striped shirt, and a stylish neck scarf with stars and stripes - seems like a fine way to dress, right? Turns out, it is perfect - if you want to be ridiculed by thousands online.
The Olympic Games in Tokyo have just kicked off, but many Americans have already been disappointed by their team - not because of poor performance by the athletes themselves, but due to their "dull" and "pretentious" outfits.
This year, the design created by Ralph Lauren (also the official designer for the US Olympic team back in 2008) faced a wave of criticism and derision from users online, as they compared it to stereotypic "elite school" uniforms, "yacht club" outfits, "Karen" dresses, and many other things.
Team USA outfits are so boring compared to some of the other countries tbh— indecisive yyks (@yyksyyks) July 24, 2021