The Olympics opening ceremony kicks off weeks of sporting triumphs, but if you’re more interested in fashion and pageantry, the Parade of Nations is the highlight of your Games. The walkabout for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night gave us teams from 205 countries, all filing into Maracanã Stadium following their flag bearer (for the United States, the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps in Polo Ralph Lauren, did the honors). According to tradition, Greece walked in first, in classic navy blazers with gold buttons and white pants, while Brazil, the host nation, went last, in designs by Lenny Niemeyer. Whether the girls or the boys were from Ipanema, the U.S. or the United Kingdom, it wasn’t their sporting ability on display, but how the world judged their country’s looks.
Below, Yahoo Style reports on our own (non-athletic) judging, rounding up the best and the worst of the world’s warmup outfits. Let the (style) Games begin!