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As the Winter Olympics start, take note.
In figure skating, as opposed to most sports, the uniforms are fascinating studies namely because, well, they’re not uniform. Skaters choose their own outfits, and what they select can speak volumes about their performances and how they’re positioning themselves.
Take Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, for example. Back in the ’90s, Kerrigan wore elegant outfits custom-made by Vera Wang, while Harding — seen as the scrappy outsider — wore flashy homemade ensembles. The fashion reinforced their reputations, for better or for worse.
And there are even more clues, from color to cut, to better understand the skaters you’re about to see.