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The Australian Olympic team uniform, 2016
The Australian Olympic team uniform, 2016

The Best Fashion Moments Of The Olympics 2016

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Updated: 22 August 2016
Showcasing the best athletes from around the world, the Olympics unite global audiences in championing outstanding sporting talent. The games in Rio brought with them their fair share of drama, on and off the field – from robberies and detentions to nail biting finishes and record breaking feats. Amongst the sporting theatrics were athletes that demonstrated show-stopping sartorial flair. We celebrate the best fashion moments of the Olympics.

 Culture match

An iconic moment from the games, Egypt‘s Doaa Elghobashy and Germany‘s Kira Walkenhorst’s disparate cultural dress was shown as they went head to head at the volleyball net.  Their different uniforms provided a great example of the unifying power of the Olympics.



Making a splash

Ona Carbonell and Gemma Mengual, the duo behind the Spanish synchronised swimming team, nailed 1920’s glamour with high leg, embellished swimming costumes.


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Lighting up the closing ceremony

Not content with grabbing headlines for their table topping wins this year, Team GB finished the Olympics with flair thanks to  Simon Jersey, who created custom, light up shoes for the competitors.


#TeamGB wants you to know EXACTLY where they are in the Stadium! 📸 #RioOlympics #rio2016 #ClosingCeremony

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Animal instinct 

Malaysia‘s Dato Lee Chong Wei won a silver medal for badminton, showcasing a killer instinct with his off-duty, tiger print jacket.



Game changing trainers

The USA basketball team topped the sartorial charts in the games, as well as taking home a gold medal for their performance. Paired with slim fit tracksuit bottoms, the 90’s inspired neon green Nike trainers ensured next level footwear game.



Arsenal’s best performance of 2016?

Co-ords may have ruled at the Olympics this year, but one man bucked the trend to channel instead his very own, Vetements-esque take on logo appropriation. Kuwait sportsman Abdullah Al-Rashidi preferred an understated, off-duty approach to the games, wearing an Arsenal football shirt underneath his shooting jacket. Pair with oversized, semi-transparent glasses for a flawless look.


Team bucket hats

The South Korean archery team – Chang Hyejin, Choi Misun, Ki Bobae – showed champion style with embroidered bucket hats even before they were crowned winners and took home the gold medal. 



Carlos Coloma on a bicycle 

It’s hard to articulate exactly what made Spanish cyclist Carlos Coloma such a style star at the Olympics this year. Perhaps it was the bright yellow spandex, with subtle red markings around the crotch area; perhaps the statement blue and green sunglasses; or maybe the front zip that ran up the cyclist’s torso. Maybe it was all three? Or, maybe, it was the perfectly groomed handlebar moustache worn with the kind of aplomb that only a bronze medal winning, Olympic champion can pull off… Whatever it is, his sartorial performance certainly stood out this year.



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