Since Ralph Lauren debuted its official Team U.S.A. Opening Ceremony uniforms last month, a myriad of criticisms began swirling in regards to the collection’s pièce de résistance, a $595 cardigan. Following the patchwork sweater’s somewhat rocky introduction, enthusiasts and adversaries alike took to social media to sound off on the knit piece. But, it seems as if the kitchsy cardigan’s devotees have far outweighed its critics: the sweater has already sold out on Ralph Lauren’s website.
If you’re of the former pro-sweater camp and had an extra $595 to spend, there’s still options for the more desperate buyers out there—albeit incredibly expensive ones. The made-in-the-U.S.A. cardigans have been cropping up on eBay for as much as $3,000, but even those have been selling quite quickly and further, at a nearly 20 percent increase.
Well, we get it. Despite its criticisms, the piece—having been compared to as an "ugly Christmas sweater" by some—is a fun, classic representation of Americana. In comparison to some of the US’s competitors’ uniforms, it seems far better to go a little overboard than to stick to appropriately colored parkas, no? If there’s ever a time to be culturally ostentatious, it’s the Olympics.