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How to get the London 2012 athlete look for less

There’s no denying that some of the athletes’ outfits at the opening ceremony were more unfortunate than desirable. But plenty of them were unique, fun and stylish — definitely worth trying to pull off for yourself. We share some tips on how you can get their looks for less.

A bright blazer

There really seemed to be no end to the number of bright blazers sported by athletes during the opening ceremony. Whether it was Belgium’s scarlet reds or Jamaica’s neon yellows, countries from all over the world were rocking the bold jacket look. Get the look with H&M’s short figure-fit blazer in eye-catching red or blue. Red or blue not your thing? Check out their figure-flattering stretch blazer in green, pink or burgundy (, $49.95)


H&M Blazer (, $24.95)

Tennis shoes

From Brazil to the U.S.A., plenty of countries chose to dress their athletes in tennis shoes this year. Although tennis shoes don’t work for every type of event, they can be a comfortable and simple way to get from one place to another — and look like an athlete in the process! Check out Keds’ Champion Originals for a great place to start. If you like them, think about getting one of the line’s more colourful and exciting options.

Keds sneakers

Keds Champion Originals (, $40.00)

Classy skirts

China, Brazil, Australia and many others all looked their best in skirts that fell in a straight cut to just above the knee or below mid-thigh. Whether you have an important meeting or a dressy dinner to attend, this style of skirt will be just what you need. Achieve a casual look with the Attitude Jay Manuel laced-back skirt. Or go a hint dressier with something along the lines of the Jessica sateen skirt (, $17.49)

Lace Back Skirt

Laced-back Skirt (, $59.99)

Strong stripes

Sweden and Belgium, among others, used bold stripes to great effect. Truth be told, we can’t all rock pale blue and yellow like the Swedes, but we certainly can sport their styling look! Check out Urban Outfitters’ striped dolman sleeve cardigan in black and grey, red and blue or white and navy for a great addition on a cool night.

Striped cardigan

Striped Dolman Sleeve Cardigan (, $49.00)

Classic cuts

There were a whole lot of retro throwbacks at the opening ceremony — some more effective than others. The ladies of the Netherlands shone in royal blue, high-neck dresses, and the women of Poland looked downright stunning in their white-and-red dresses. Get your own classic cut look with something along the lines of Zara’s crossover back dress.

Crossover back dress

Crossover Back Dress (, $29.99)

Fun headwear

There was lots of cute and quirky headwear worn by the athletes this year. And although you can’t necessarily get away with wearing a wreath of flowers or bright scarf on your head all the time, you certainly can sport some of the nifty hats adorning the heads of stylish Olympic contenders. Interested in achieving the Germans’ chic look? Grab Sears’ Jessica braided hat with brim.

Braided hat

Jessica Braided Hat with Brim (, $16.99)

More on the summer games

Host cities of the Summer Games
Olympics opening ceremonies — top notch!
Canada’s Olympic heroes

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