We are two countries with a lot in common.
We share the same language, a similar culture, and the world’s longest undefended international border.
But when it comes to Olympic fashion, Canada and the United States couldn’t be more different.
Case in point, Team USA unveiled its Olympic uniforms that they’ll wear during the Closing Ceremony in Tokyo this summer.
Polo Ralph Lauren unveils the official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Closing Ceremony uniforms, proudly made in America
— Ralph Lauren (@RalphLauren) April 14, 2021
While the US went Ralph Lauren preppy, Team Canada is going Hudson’s Bay badass.
Choosing an entirely different path, our athletes will be rocking Canadian tuxedos during the Closing Ceremony, with a touch of Japanese street art mixed in.
We’re supporting all our athletes’ hard work by wearing our Tokyo 2020 @teamcanada Collection with pride.
— Hudson's Bay (@hudsonsbay) August 10, 2020
Canada stole the Americans’ thunder, it seems, as the Canadian tuxedo was seemingly all anyone could talk about on both sides of the border. Even the official Team Canada Twitter account noticed.
Eh, we hear people have been curious about our Canadian tuxedos after the release of @TeamUSA's uniforms 🤔
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) April 15, 2021
The Team Canada Collection by Hudson’s Bay was unveiled last summer and features many traditional stylings, including a red jacket with a big maple leaf on the back for the Opening Ceremony.
“The clothing included in the Team Canada Collection is not only stylish, but functional, featuring sweat-wicking, light fabrics to keep athletes cool and comfortable, no matter the weather,” Team Canada says on its website.
But the Closing Ceremony jean jacket is the showstopper.
“We aimed to achieve a balance of respect for the host country and celebration of our Canadian athletes,” according to the design team at Hudson’s Bay. “We designed a harmonious graphic that pays tribute to both countries’ national flags and it is used across all elements of the athlete kit.
“Tokyo is also known for its street art and fashion. We paid tribute to this in the must-have piece of the Collection – the forever cool jean jacket. The graffiti graphic and unexpected patch placements capture a youthful and celebratory feel.”
But enough about that.
You came here for the internet reviews, didn’t you?
Take it away, Twitter:
Olympics closing ceremony fits. USA vs Canada.
Now I ask you – who you gonna party with? pic.twitter.com/gqJR5s6m2h
— Ryan Popowich (@DownWithPopo) April 15, 2021
— Aaron Moats (@AaronMoats2) April 15, 2021
The U.S. vs Canada Olympic outfits look like the plot of a bad 80s camp film where the freaks/geeks have to overcome the preppies. pic.twitter.com/90eNBhkj3R
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) April 14, 2021
I am screaming. This is Canada's closing ceremony fit.
— Downtown Brandi Frown 😾 (@ItsTheBrandi) April 14, 2021
….okay yeah nevermind, the Canada uniforms are actually sick as hell compared to this bland generated by an algorithm that watched 500 gap commercials and yacht races horse shit https://t.co/Ky1owFrdxF
— Zoe! That's Me! (@Blankzilla) April 15, 2021
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) April 14, 2021
I don't hate Team Canada's closing ceremony outfits… pic.twitter.com/oPLPNq6af9
— Giant Blüe Ring (@GiantBlueRing) April 14, 2021
Canada's closing ceremony uniforms look great, idk what everyone's talking about pic.twitter.com/8PhQBVwYMb
— Shadowban Over Innsmouth (@Jess_D_Ripper) April 14, 2021
Pro tip for our young athletes: if you cut a slit in the liner, you can carry 12 Molson drys. pic.twitter.com/weU11oWHZe
— Andrew JW (@dellboca) April 15, 2021
brb making canada’s weird olympic closing ceremony outfit my entire personality pic.twitter.com/sr5zzAIlo5
— 𝕼𝖚𝖎𝖓𝖓 (@QuinnKeaney) April 14, 2021
— 🦦 (@311fanficdotcom) April 15, 2021
Tokyo Olympics uniforms
Canada > USA
The jean jacket alone 🔥 pic.twitter.com/4ajpjyWuEV
— Diana Taurasi’s Bun (@DT3sBun) April 15, 2021