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All the Stylish Moments From the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

See the boldest looks from the parade of nations!
All the Stylish Moments From the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony
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See the boldest looks from the parade of nations!

The 32nd Olympics finally kicked off yesterday, July 23! Given the unfathomable preparation that goes behind each Olympics run, it was poignant to see it come into fruition once and for all, after the pandemic crushingly forced its postponement last year. True, this year's athletes weren't greeted with a live audience of thousands, but each participating team made sure to turn up in striking outfits that represented their homelands. 

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Singer-songwriter Misia performed the Japanese national anthem in an explosive snowcone gown by designer Tomo Koizumi.
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Departing from the usual suit-and-tie getup, several teams made entrances in zany prints and costumes emblematic of their nations. The Liberian team notably turned the Parade of Nations stage into a runway– Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens, the hands behind mononymous brand Telfar, dressed the entire team in innovative jerseys from a never-before seen collection. 

All the Stylish Moments From the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

We watched the Parade of Nations from top to bottom, and have rounded up the most unforgettable uniforms to grace the stage. Take a look: 

1. Angola

One of our favorite uniforms has to be that of Angola. The flagbearer's golden skirt is an instant scene-stealer, yes, but the rest of the team don't just fade into the background. The designs swirl together seamlessly and cohesively. The coquettish sleeves on the minidresses are feminine and powerful, while the colorways of the mens' shirts are fun and unexpected. 

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2. Liberia 

Ralph Lauren has been utilizing the Parade of Nations stage as a runway for some time now (the U.S. team regularly wears the brand), and it was high time for other designers to follow suit. Telfar dressed the Liberia team in elevated maxi jerseys that were an interpretation of the Liberian flag. One athlete bore the flag's star on his shirt, while the forerunning athlete wore bright red. 

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3. Bermuda 

Apparently, the Bermuda team has been making it a point to don bermuda shorts each time they hit the Parade of Nations stage. Pun totally intended. This time, they wore baby pink shorts, and wore matching masks. This is quite a subversion of the conventional entrance suit. 

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4. New Zealand 

New Zealand kept it spare by donning grey shirts and black suits, leaving the statement-making to their flagbearers. The flagbearers wore the traditional Te Māhutonga, a prized kākahu (cloak) that reportedly takes thousands of hours to complete. 

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5. Benin

The Benin team channeled the jubilant, childlike energy of the brand Marimekko with their quirky outfits. They wore purple pajama sets, which we're not likely to forget anytime soon. 

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6. Uganda 

Uganda kept it traditional with outfits that were directly derived from their national flag. The women wore square neck maxi dresses in a vibrant red and yellow colorway, while the men wore color block shirts with traditional woven scarves. 

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7. Malaysia

Kaleidoscopic prints graced the Olympic stage, courtesy of the Malaysian team. The athletes donned printed maxi skirts paired with red blazers. The men wore matching headscarves. All in all, this unorthodox uniform was a welcome disruption. 

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8. South Africa

Zebra print is in, and the South Africa team is proof! Their uniform of choice: A safari romper with a matching mask.

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9. Bhutan 

It's always a breath of fresh air to see traditional costumes take center stage. The Bhutan flagbearer donned the kira, a traditional woven ankle-length dress. The earthy colorway was also lovely. 

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10. Aruba

Aruba brought a different take on the conventional entrance suit. Their take? A cool-toned gradient. Given that Aruba is an island in the Caribbean, it was fitting that their uniform's colorway was reminiscent of clear waters on a sunny day. 

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11. Philippines

For the Philippine team's grand entrance, they wore none other than Rajo Laurel! The classic barong took center stage, plus traditional woven sashes. 

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