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Olympic Style Circa 1992

  • Najib Benouar

A lot of ink has been spilled over the recent unveiling of Team USA’s 2012 Olympic garb, specifically about the berets. But when this photo of the Dream Team popped up on Deadspin, it made us reconsider how good we’ve got it nowadays. (We’ve come a long way since the ’90s.)

But the most striking feature in the off-court uniforms, again, is the headgear. Thanks to Clyde Drexler giving us a look at the crown, we can identify the Panama hats as the classic yet relatively unknown style traditionally called “the gambler” that has been off the radar since Clark Gable wore one in Gone with the Wind. Sure, they’re not called “USA hats,” but America has quite the rich history with the hat. You'll want to brush up with our Gentlemen’s Guide to the Panama Hat.