Noted: A Winning Look (Outside the Pool) for Michael Phelps


Michael Phelps in his warm-up parka before a race Tuesday at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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By now, half the planet knows the meme #PhelpsFace, the viral image of the Olympian Michael Phelps furiously glowering as he prepped in the team room on Monday for his semifinal in the 200-meter butterfly. While his rival, Chad le Clos of South Africa, attempted to Jedi mind-trick the decorated swimmer by shuffling and shadowboxing feet away from him, Mr. Phelps hunkered down beneath the hood of his swim parka emanating death rays.

For many, Mr. Phelps’s sourpuss was only half the appeal of that priceless moment. A lot of viewers found themselves wondering who made his hooded armor, a cool knee-length parka in flag blue and with red chevrons on the chest and in stripes on the hood. The parka, made by Arena, an outfitter of the American swim team, may be the early fashion breakout at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, right up there with the fleece Roots beret from the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City and the dizzyingly patriotic cardigan…

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