Written by Scottie Andrew, CNN
There are very few occasions where we can truly dress up in our lives — the Met Gala if we’re famous, or Halloween for the rest of us.
Add to this the icy stage of the Winter Olympics.
Figure skaters, ice dancers, and ice skaters know that it takes more to impress the judges than a quad jump. However, a move that involves four turns certainly helps. They sport some of most outrageous outfits that you will see at the Olympic Games, but bolder does not always mean better.
These are some of the most memorable looks, for better or worse, from the outrageous to the elegant, the over-the top to just enough.
Marjorie Lajoie & Zachary Lagha Canada
Marjorie Lajoie wore outfits that were not very cohesive. Zachary Lagha wore the same outfit. Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images
These outfits are quite middling when taken separately, but Lajoie was the only woman to include pants in her outfit. They are downright confusing when combined. What is the story? Their outfits might have been charming if they had more cohesion, with his pink cheetah print jacket and her sparkly black jumpsuit and blue sash.
Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier Canada
Canada’s Piper Gilles turned a look in Beijing. Canada’s Paul Poirier also turned a glance. Credit: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images
Gilles & Poirier’s routine was memorable, with their bedazzling, traffic cone orange jumpsuits, and feathery rainbow shoulder appliques, which they danced in the breeze. The Canadian pair is famous for their extravagant outfits that Elton John would have worn during his golden years. They did not adopt John’s spectacles.
These jumpsuits, both bold and garish, are difficult to look away from. Although they didn’t win any medals, they brought some much-needed lightness and fun to the proceedings.
Nathan Chen, USA
Nathan Chen kept things simple for his gold medal-winning performance. It was anything but. Credit: Antonin Thuillier/AFP/Getty Images
Sometimes less is better. Chen’s gold medal performance was simple and effective. After a heartbreaking fall at the 2018 Games Chen was looking for redemption. He danced to Elton John’s medley. “Rocket Man,” Chen gave an interstellar performance. The nebulous design on Chen’s long-sleeve tee with pops of oranges, reds and other colors told his story. This was a once in a lifetime skater who was back to claim what was his. It was a routine that would rock the world.
Chen’s appearance was admittedly reminiscent of a. “Star Trek”The soccer goalie of inspiration, with the long sleeves and gloves, but he cleverly let his talent take precedence over his clothes.
Katharina Müller and Tim Dieck, Germany
Katharina Müller and Tim Dieck brought Halloween to the Olympics with their takes on Harley Quinn and the Joker. Credit: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images
A haunting routine that featured line readings by Jared Leto “Suicide Squad”Joker, this German couple dressed — and danced – as two villains of Gotham, the clownish psychopath Harley Quinn, and his muse. Dieck’s homage to the Joker included a shiny purple blazer, a green button-down and chest tattoos, while Müller wore a mesh shirt with “Harley Quinn”It was printed all over and the tips of the pigtails were dyed pink.
Perhaps they could have dressed up like another anti-hero pair, Catwoman and Batman? They might have looked a little more stylish and sleeker (plus, think about the tension in that hypothetical routine). The costumes didn’t evoke the bad guys, even without any extra embellishments. Thanks to the props for bringing humor and playfulness to a tension-filled competition.
Misato Komatsubara & Tim Koleto, Japan
Misato Komatsubara wore a costume that honored Komatsubara’s native Japan, while Tim Koleto wore a costume that honored Koleto. Credit: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Komatsubara wore a reddish-purple, thin dress that was styled as a kimono. It was embellished with flowers and sparkles to pay homage to her homeland. Koleto, her husband followed her lead and wore an aubergine jumpsuit. It was a beautiful variation on the fluttery dresses that skaters usually wear.
Eva-Lotta Kiibus, Estonia
Eva-Lotta Kiibus brought swingin’ ’60s to Olympics. Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
The Estonian skater stood out in a sequin shift dress inspired by the 1960s that was both stylish and costumey. This was a remarkable and fashionable choice for a performer who didn’t medal this year.
Anastasiia Shabotova, Ukraine
Shabotova’s outfit, seen at the top of this story, evokes traditional Ukranian clothing. This includes a blouse and skirt made from embroidered fabric. Her take involved many more sequins, rose appliques and a shorter-than-standard hemline, but still, she shone.
Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan
Japan’s Hanyu missed out on a medal, but she stunned with this dreamy outfit. Credit: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images
This wispy top made Hanyu feel like a cotton candy princess. Hanyu looked like a Disney princess in this delectable sky blue with sunset-pink stripes all over. Although he didn’t make the podium this year due to his storybook style, he was still worthy of a medal.
Lindsay van Zundert, Netherlands
Dutch skater van Zundert delivered superhero chic. Credit: Laurie Dieffembacq/Belga Mag/AFP/Getty Images
This is a comic-book costume done right. “Spider-Man”That was the goal van Zundert had in mind. The Netherlands’ flag is also red, white and blue, so this was likely a patriotic homage, but the ombré bodysuit whose sleeves turn into gloves was something out of a superhero’s closet (though it might have had some more gems than is typical for Spidey’s suit).
Ekaterina Kurakova, Poland
Ekaterina Kurakova from Poland wore a unique collared gown on the ice. Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images
A dress that is reminiscent of Vi in’s was worn by the beleaguered waitress “Grease,”Kurakova did not medal for her routine to Meghan Trainor. It was still a sweet look and a departure of the usual bedazzled fare.
Charlène Guignard and Marco Fabbri, Italy
The styles of Charlene Guignard & Marco Fabbri were vintage inspired. Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Suspenders on Ice! In their vintage-inspired costumes, these two look like they are straight out of the 1930s. Guignard is wearing a unique silhouette, in an icy babyblue, while Fabbri looks like a newsboy. If only he could match his cap.