2020 Tokyo Olympics: The Best and Worst Opening Ceremony Outfits

by Amy Myers
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For athletes representing their countries, the opening ceremony is the first impression they make to the world for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And, to be frank, some impressions are better than others. Outsider recognizes that all of the athletes and countries are equally respectable and impressive. However, we found that not all outfits were equally dazzling.

Below are our top three favorites and least-favorites of the opening ceremony outfits. Take a look to see if your ranking is the same as ours.

Top Three Best Opening Ceremony Outfits in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Our third favorite opening ceremony outfit comes from an island many Americans frequent during the summer. Dressed in tropical blazers that mimic the gradient of its waters, Aruba’s athletes also flaunted white slacks and brimmed hats.

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Flag bearers Allyson Ponson and Mikel Schreuders of Team Aruba lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Coming in second is “Africa’s Friendliest Country.” Uganda’s athletes sauntered into the stadium at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics looking like royalty. The women wore long red skirts with yellow accents and a matching yellow top. Meanwhile, the men sported yellow scarves and a tri-color shirt that beautifully matched their classic flag.

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Flag bearers Kirabo Namutebi and Shadiri Bwogi of Team Uganda during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The gold medal for outfits in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics goes to Tonga. The country’s athletes wore beautiful traditional garments and complementary modern elements. Tonga is located off the coast of Australia and is the only remaining kingdom in the South Pacific. Ironically, Tonga, like Uganda, is known as the “Friendly Islands.”

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Flag bearers Malia Paseka and Pita Taufatofua of Team Tonga lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Worst Three Opening Ceremony Outfits

We’re not saying that pink shorts are a bad look, but Bermuda’s outfit is giving us major Angus Young vibes. Although a nice tribute to their namesake shorts, it didn’t translate all that well. The blazer, tie and socks are all famous components of the AC/DC singer’s stage costume. As a result, the outfit makes it look like the country’s athletes are more ready to sing a rendition of “Thunderstruck” than play a soccer game.

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Flag bearer Dara Alizadeh of Team Bermuda walks out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Oh, Canada, couldn’t you have been a little more creative? White pants and a red track jacket are not the most memorable ensemble the world has ever seen. And while the giant maple leaves are certainly iconic, there’s not much else that grabs the eye with this outfit.

Team Canada walk in the parade during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Coming in last place is the crew of flight attendants carrying El Salvador’s flag—just kidding. But truthfully, the blazers that El Salvador’s athletes wore do resemble the ensemble of those friendly stewards and stewardesses. All that’s missing is the ascot, cap and demonstrative oxygen mask to complete the look.

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Flag bearers Celina Marquez and Enrique Jose Arathoon Pacas of Team El Salvador during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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