Team USA's Sochi Closing Ceremony Uniforms Swap Patchwork For Peacoats

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Courtesy of Ralph Lauren

And just like that, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have drawn to a close, leaving Team USA with nine gold medals, seven silver and 12 bronze to bring back to the States. While a whole slew of athletes have already returned home, whether bearing medals or not, a majority of the Olympians stuck around in Sochi following their events to participate in the notoriously rowdy Closing Ceremony Parade.

This time around, there were no "ugly Christmas sweaters" of which to speak, but instead a slew of chic, navy peacoats provided by—who else?—Ralph Lauren. These jackets, all of which were impressively produced in the U.S., feature red banner stripes and patriotic patches, and were worn with a chunky cream turtleneck and a festive reindeer-print ski hat. Basically, the exact same outfit as worn in the Opening Ceremony, but with a peacoat instead.

The peacoats, as opposed to the patchwork cardigans, represented something slightly more sophisticated—especially in light of the criticism surrounding said sweaters. It was a classy, patriotic way to celebrate the ending of the Sochi Olympics—and a way that already has us counting down the days to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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