If you’ve got gold, silver and bronze on the brain, you’re likely gearing up for the Sochi Winter Olympics. And, with preliminary games Thursday and the opening ceremony on Friday, it’s also time to score actual gear for the international games – as in snag some sweaters, jackets, shoes and even jewelry in honor of the event.
From Ralph Lauren’s official made-in-America designs for Team USA to Alex and Ani’s sporty bracelet charms to Nike’s latest shoes, we’ve rounded up some items that show patriotism and appreciation for winter sports.
• Look like a champion: The Ralph Lauren-designed opening ceremony cardigan has been met with – well, let’s just call it mixed results, but it seems plenty of Olympic fans are into the Ugly Christmas Sweater/patchwork/possibly handed down from Grandma vibe; both the men’s and women’s styles are currently sold out at the Ralph Lauren website. Still available, however, are the opening ceremony wool turtleneck sweaters, and, with reindeer, hearts and even X’s and O’s, should keep athletes – and you – nice and toasty for $395 a pop, at ralphlauren.com.
• Dress for the cold: Whether you’re braving the cold temps of Sochi, Russia, this February, or just trying to make it through yet another polar vortex stateside, we recommend the women’s and men’s Team USA pea coat. Yes, it is pricy at $795, but the color-blocked red bands give the navy classic a great new twist. At ralphlauren.com.
• Welcome a bad hair day: Ralph Lauren’s Team USA earflap hat is so cute, with its braided tassels and reindeer motif, that you'll want to wear it for many Olympics to come. Find it at ralphlauren.com for $95.
• Lend a hand: Looking for an adorable – and affordable – way to get your mitts on some Olympic gear? Navy Go USA mittens should be right up your alley. At just $14, one mitten says “Go” and the other says “USA.” Two thumbs, way up. Find them at teamusashop.com.
• Don’t forget the smallest fans: Not that you needed an excuse to buy another cute outfit for your baby, but a pack of three red, white and blue onesies (red with the American flag and Olympic rings; white with the flag and “Go USA!”; and blue with the rings and “Team USA”), are too great to pass up. Find the three-piece set for $29.95 at teamusashop.com.
• Take the gold … and the silver: Alex and Ani have launched a Team USA Winter Collection, with bangles featuring skier, ice skate, ice hockey, snowflake and Team USA charms. Best of all, a portion of the sale of the bracelets, made from recycled materials, go to support the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Visit AlexandAni.com to purchase, $32.
• Freestyle into fashion: An official sponsor of U.S. Freeskiing, The North Face’s 2014 International Collection features great red, white and blue apparel and accessories. We’re keen on the women’s striped full-zip hoodie, $99; the striped fleece scarf with a flag patch, $40; and the kids’ flat-brimmed quilted cap, $25. Check them – and other styles – out at thenorthface.com.
• Stand proud: When they collect their medals in Sochi, U.S. athletes will be clad in Nike’s silver Aeroloft 800 Summit jacket and Nike Flyknit Chukka sneakers. Re-create the podium at home in the same styles – the jacket is $450 for both men and women, and is available now at nike.com; the shoes hit stores in early February.
• Rock a hoodie: When they’re hanging out in the village and training, Team USA will be in Nike hoodies, jackets and other gear. We like the women’s Nike Tech Fleece Cape, $110, which has a longer hem in back. Three words: Big. Fashion. Win. Get it at nike.com.