Is Team Scotland's uniform the worst Commonwealth kit ever?

Team Scotland's kit for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

'Somewhere in Auchterarder, a tea room is missing its curtains.' Jilli Blackwood's outfits fail to please

LAST UPDATED AT 15:20 ON Tue 8 Jul 2014

Team Scotland's "eye-catching" new uniform for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has been dubbed the worst Games kit ever.

More than 400 athletes turned up for an official meeting in Stirling to receive their new outfits, designed by Glasgow School of Art graduate Jilli Blackwood and produced by House of Edgar at the Isle Mill in Keith, Aberdeenshire. But no sooner had the pictures been posted on social media than the criticism started rolling in. 

"Somewhere in Auchterarder, a tea room is missing its curtains," wrote Stephen Daisley at STV. "The shirts and dresses are not blue, not quite lapis lazuli, but the psycho-cerulean hue of a particularly vivid Smurfs doll. The kilts and shawls carry an amber, fuchsia, and aquamarine tartan, a curious mixture of the psychedelic and the twee. This is what the Sixties must have looked like in Ecclefechan."

The Team Scotland's Facebook page received a barrage of criticism from people describing the kit as "humiliating", "embarrassing" and "truly horrific". Others took to Twitter to denounce it as "wrong on so many levels" and "the worst kit ever".

Blackwood insisted the athletes had reacted positively and said that was "the only thing that counts". She told The Courier: "Does it hurt? I don't think I would be human if it didn't but I'm very brave and moving on all the time. Of course there's going to be reaction. If I had got no reaction, I think that would have been far more upsetting."

Rugby Sevens player Scott Lee tactfully described it as "very comfortable and eye-catching".

At least Australia's Commonwealth team will be breathing a sigh of relief. Their uniforms were mocked for featuring three different shades of clashing green, but today Australian newspapers are celebrating the fact that their athletes won't be the worst dressed.

"If you thought Australia's Commonwealth Games uniform was bad," writes the Herald Sun, "it isn't a stitch on the host country's horror design."  · 

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