Best Dressed For the Podium

THR's intrepid fashion critic rates the highs and lows of Olympic sportswear: lycra, striped socks and hoodies.

Olympic athletes wear the gamut, from sparkly leotrds (gymnastics) and bikinis (beach volleyball) to hardly anything at all (men's water polo). Loud, clashing colors, color blocking ... some of it good, some not. In the Olympics style race, who takes home the medals for best-dressed?

GOLD: Team Great Britain

Yes, they have home-court advantage, but they also have the Stella McCartney-for-Adidas advantage. The designer based her blue-and-white with red-trim theme (very fall 2012) on the Union Jack. Even though the British press cried out, "There’s not enough red!" we’re with Stella -- the use of patterns and colors here is totally modern.

SILVER: Team Egypt

The women turned up in skintight red, black and white athletic wear and traditional head wraps. They can't show their hair, but can show off their bodies? That's not the only conundrum here: They were wearing Nike and Adidas knockoffs until Nike sent them the real deal. But hey, they got the color-blocking and color trends right.

BRONZE: Team Honduras

The soccer team wore blue and white vertical-striped soccer shirts, blue shorts and blue and white horizontal-striped socks, then threw in whimsical rainbow-colored sneakers. Eye catching, playful, but still masculine. Paul Smith could have designed this -- maybe he'll borrow the idea for his next menswear collection.

NO MEDAL: Russia and China

Team Russia was outfitted in screaming red from head to toe; there was no mistaking them. Team China paired loud red blazers with white pants for the Opening Ceremony. Do they think we don't remember their red roots? But solid red is so spring 2012 -- obvious and, for the moment, unfortunately over.

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