Australian uniform for Glasgow Commonwealth Games unveiled

There won't be any doubt who the Aussie athletes are when they march into the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in July.

The team's formal uniform was unveiled on Wednesday and includes a "rainforest green" jacket, "grey gum" chino pants and a skirt with a "wattle hem".

With the Australian bushland as its colour palette, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association says the uniform is "modern, youthful and chic casual" in line with the "young and emerging" team.

Compared to previous years where athletes had an official, rather formal team suit, the outfits channel a more smart-casual dress code.

The athletes will don hooded green jackets, grey pants and volley shoes, with female team members having the added option of a green pleat skirt. They'll also have white dress shirts and green-and-gold polo shirts.

To cope with chilly Glasgow evenings, athletes will have the choice of adding a woollen scarf and a pullover (with thumb loops in the sleeve) to their outfit.

The uniform was designed and manufactured by Australian Defence Apparel, which also supplies frontline combat, hard and soft armour and corporate suiting.

The chief executive of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, Perry Crosswhite, said while the clothing manufacturing industry in Australia has contracted, the association was committed to find Australian companies to make the outfits.

In the past, Sportscraft, the Woolmark Company, Fletcher Jones and the Australian Cotton Foundation have been behind team outfits.

Lead designer Adele Walters said the team had created a fashionable design that "moves away from the conservative".

“The brief was to retain the traditional green-and-gold sports colours, but we were given the liberty to introduce fashionable design elements which moves away from the conservative," Walters said.

She said the biggest challenge she faced was producing fashionable outfits which were comfortable for men and women of "varying athletic sizes".

It's not the first time Australia has awkwardly pushed the fashion envelope: the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics team donned a courageous combination of Hawaiian shirts, khaki shorts, fedoras and loafers - complete with white socks.
In 1998, athletes didn't just wear yellow Driza-Bone coats at the Seoul Olympic Games, they wore them topped by Akubra hats.
Flight attendants also appeared to influence the choice for the 1972 Munich games, when female athletes wore belted orange dresses replete with neckerchiefs and bowler hats. 
And of course, it's hard to forget the terracotta long-sleeved blazers, lined with images of houses, trees, animals and cars, that the athletes paraded in front of a home crowd at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The uniform was unveiled at the appropriately-named Glasgow Street in Collingwood, Melbourne, with Australian athletes including swimmers Belinda Hocking and Mack Horton and diver Grant Nel modelling them.

They'll show them off to a much bigger audience when the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is held in July.

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