Worst Commonwealth Games uniforms ever

Last updated 12:45 21/07/2014
Team Scotland

REJECTED: Team Scotland has faced backlash over its bold parade uniforms for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

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THE INSPIRATION? The similarities to this Mad Men get-up are undeniable.
Team Aussie
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DOWN UNDER: Team Australia's black and green swimsuits have been slammed for drawing attention to the crotch area.
Team Aussie
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KNITTED UP: Team Australia's parade attire hasn't gone down too well either.

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The Commonwealth Games may not officially begin until Wednesday but one country has already nabbed a first place title, although they won't be bragging about this one.

Stepping out in their athlete parade uniforms, Team Scotland probably expected a run-of-the-mill positive response - my oh my were their hopes dashed.

The gaudy 60s-esque bright blue, fuschia and mustard outfits have inspired a change.org petition, with more than 27,000 people supporting a proposal to the Scottish government to "prevent the use" of the uniforms because they are "truly horrendous."

Team Life & Style couldn't agree more - as if the awful colour palette and artful picnic blanket draping weren't enough, is that a manny-pack reinterpretation of a sporran we spy front and centre? That poor, poor Scotsman.

Comments on social media have compared the designs to "a pair of curtains" or "something a 70s dance troupe would wear".

Lorna Gillies, a particularly passionate protestor who has backed the online petition "to stop the host nation being a laughing stock" told the BBC: "I'm a Scot living in Australia and this monstrosity of an outfit is an embarrassment to our nation. My Australian friends have had a good laugh at it, asking if it's actually a joke.

"They won't be the only other nation laughing. Change it and let our athletes wear an outfit they can feel pride in, not embarrassment."

Another hater said he "would not do that to my couch". Well said, buddy.

Jilli Blackwood, the textile artist who designed the much talked about garments, has defended her work to the BBC saying: "If everyone liked it, I wouldn't be doing my job."

Meanwhile, closer to home the Aussie team has also copped a fair bit of criticism for both its swimsuits and formal-wear.

The green and black Speedo-designed pool creations apparently draw unnecessary attention to the crotch, while the bobbly knits and spaceman pants making up their parade attire have been labelled 'frumpy' and 'ugly'.

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