SO WE NEED to talk about the hat. Tuesday morning, Ralph Lauren unveiled the look that the U.S. Olympic team will wear at the London games' opening ceremonies later this month. The men will wear navy double-breasted blazers, with a red-and-navy tie and cream-colored flat-front pants. Ladies get a knee-length cream skirt, paired with a single-breasted blazer and a red, white and blue scarf.
But here's the problem: Both genders are saddled with a beret, complete with red-and-white stripe.
What is it about the Olympic Games that make designers think: berets? Will the London air be so chilly when our Olympians arrive later this month that they need proper headgear? This is now the second time in recent history when athletes have had to wear berets: During the 2002 Winter Olympics, they wore powder-blue ones.