Dressing like an Olympian: fashion for the fan

Published On July 31, 2012 | By Arielle Aronson

How much would you pay to dress like an Olympian? Luckily there are options for everyone, from the fan willing to drop thousands on shoes to the fan wary of spending over $15 on an Olympic T-shirt.

photo from gap.com

photo from gap.com











Gap will bring you your vintage fix. Act like you’ve been there before with a London 1948 tank top or go over-sized with a blue Los Angeles Games tee. The tank sells for $24.95 while the T-shirt goes for $29.95.

photo from oldnavy.com

photo from oldnavy.com










Looking to stay within a $20 budget? Look no further than Old Navy, where you can find a grey Team USA v-neck with a print of the Olympic torch on the back. The shirt is on sale for $20. Pair it with Old Navy’s $22 red mesh Team USA shorts, and you have the perfect outfit for an Olympic-style workout.

photo from alexandani.com

Budget-friendly accessories are available as well. Go for gold with an Alex and Ani Team USA Olympic bracelet. The bracelet is expandable and cheap enough at $31.95 to wear casually, but also elegant enough to wear to a more formal summer outing.

photo from ralphlauren.com

There are also plenty of options for the fan willing and able to splurge a bit more on Olympic fashion. Should you want to wear the exact outfit the American Olympians wore at the Opening Ceremonies, head over to RalphLauren.com where you can find the skirt ($498), blazer ($598), blouse ($198), beret ($55), belt ($85) and scarf ($58) the Olympians wore. Total cost of the outfit? $1,492 without tax or shipping.

photo from Manolo Blahnik

Now that you have the Opening Ceremonies outfit in the bag, you’ll need some Olympic-worthy shoes. Manolo Blahnik designed a special heel just for this purpose. Its bands of gold, silver and bronze make all athletes feel included and add a stylish punch to the shoe. Visit ManoloBlahnik.com to find out where to buy a pair and inquire into pricing information.

photo from openingceremony.us

For a pair of more casual shoes, try Repetto’s $295 ballet flats that symbolize the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States. The right shoe features a Union Jack print while the left shoe boasts the stars and stripes.

photo from selfridges.com

Finish the outfit with a stylish but attention-grabbing clutch. Alexander McQueen, a favorite designer of Kate Middleton, created a skull box clutch just for the Olympics. Available exclusively from Selfridges, the $1,717.51 accessory features a Union Jack covered in pearls and Swarovski crystals.

Now that you have plenty of Olympic options available, what are you going to buy?

For more fashion suggestions, visit our Pinterest boards, Sporty – yet Sassy! and Olympics 2012.

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About The Author

Arielle Aronson is a sports writer and recent graduate from Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Print Journalism Magna Cum Laude. Arielle has a passion for sports cultivated from growing up with two older brothers. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading and traveling.