Onto the Parade of Nations, or more accurately, Parade of Winter Coats. I must admit that it gets a little boring after a while to see pants and a puffy coat over and over again. With that in mind, I am going to do a selection of some noteworthy national coats instead of dragging you through every single red puffy coat ever to be worn.
Best Color-Themed Continuity In Traditional Dress: Flag Bearers!
First, the South Korean flag bearers appear in white traditional dress with multicolored hats. ... THEN!
THEN! The Olympic flag bearers appear in multicolored traditional dress with white hats! I was DELIGHTED by this cohesive design.
Best Overall Parade Of Nations Look: Nigeria!
Nigeria is the hands-down winner. I mean, we are all rooting for the Nigerian bobsled team, I know, but on top of that look at these fabulous outfits! Many countries show up in the colors of their flag but this is done with panache AND with statement necklaces.
Most Surprisingly Not Hideous: USA!
This is actually kind of adorable, even with the large muppet hands for gloves. I kind of love that sweater, to be honest.
That's some green pants.
Best Scarves: Eritrea!
Really digging these scarves. I am guessing there was no mandate or consensus about pant color, though. The blue would have been my choice.
Best Shiny Jacket: The Flag Bearer For Sweden!
I'm not a huge fan of when PoN sees different costumes for men and women, especially when we're sticking the women in some trash-bag-looking-puffers and the men get a nice looking ski jacket. But that gold situation at the front is sweet.
This is so extra. Bermuda is doing the most.
Best Coats: Iran!
Busiest Coats: Finland!
Is it a coat or a magic eye poster? WHY NOT BOTH!?
Warmest Looking Coats: IT'S A TIE! Korea and China!
These are basically the same coat, just accessorized with blue for Korea and red and black for China but OH MAN don't these delegations look warm!? Nice.
Most Basic: Greece!
The OG Olympians also have the most basic of the outfits I saw. That said, if I was going somewhere that a snowsuit was appropriate, this is the one I would choose.
Headscratch-ing-est Use Of English: Japan!
I guess I expected "Japan" to be written in Japanese. I am confused. This delegation is a close runner up to the next category...
Best "If Found Please Return To" Branding: Canada!
Hats AND gloves AND coats all say Canada. Really hoping that it says CANADA across the ass of the pants, too, a la Juicy or Pink.
Best Case Of Not Being Sure If These Greens Go Together But Not Caring: Jamaica!
Listen, some of us will wear the olive and some of us will wear the chartreuse. Cool? Cool.
Wait, That's Not Sweden's Costume??? : Brazil!
Was very confused for a moment. I think these are pretty cute, though.
Trying The Hardest Not To Bring Attention To Themselves: Olympic Athletes From Russia!
Second Best Flag Bearer: Mexico!
An amazing outfit, only narrowly squeaked out of the #1 slot by... you guessed it...
Best Flag Bearer AND Best Recurring Participant: Tonga!
You're seriously telling me this dude qualified for both the Summer AND Winter Olympics?! And then he did this again? Amazing. Almost makes me appreciate cross country skiing. Almost.