Bold patterns, vivid colours and takes on tradition made for a stylish and upbeat procession at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony.
A squiggled multi-coloured print ran down the side of the Aruban athletes’ blazers and across the crowns of their fedoras. Contrasted with crisp white skirts and trousers, the effect was simple but exuberant.
From the west coast of Africa, this team set the bar for use of colour, print and accessorizing. Yellow polka-dot tunics were paired with green bottoms – a take on the boubou, a regional type of outfit. The look was complimented with green hats and intricately folded turbans.
Cameroon’s athletes wore a traditional ensemble of embroidered patterned tops and bottoms along with matching headwear. The bright palette reflected the upbeat mood of the crowd at Maracana stadium.
In homage to their country’s iconic style of Oceanian tattooing, the team wore green printed dresses and shirts. Their bright floral tiaras were in keeping with the celebratory theme.
Athletes from the Ivory Coast wore a variation of the bright graphic patterning of their traditional dress; the look was also unisex – still fairly unique in the realm of opening ceremony ensembles.
Only a hint of flash was needed on these uniforms – bright red blazers were decorated with boldly striped lapels.
Though there were several examples of patterned skirts at this year’s ceremony, the Polish team and their chic tie-dye maxi skirts, paired with silver sandals, were a tasteful hit.