As the WNBA is scheduled to begin its 25th season later this spring, its players will do so in new team uniforms. On Thursday, the league released three new jersey designs for each team, debuting the Heroine Edition, Explorer Edition, and Rebel Edition.
In the wake of the latest t-shirt drop, Illustrated Sports He ranked each new Scout and Rebel uniform from worst to best.
Classification of each 2021 WNBA uniform
12. Minnesota Lynx
To be clear, there are no weak uniforms in this collection. But the Lynx’s Explorer Edition uniform reminds me too much of the Wolves versions (which I’m not a big fan of).
12. Minnesota Lynx (continued)
The Rebel Edition, according to Nike, is inspired by one of the oldest independently owned and operated music venues in the country, located near Lynx’s home arena.
11. Dallas Wings
I wish the Wings’ Explore Edition uniforms had something on the side: Maybe some wings? (Sorry.)
11. Dallas Wings (continued)
From Nike: Inspired by the stealth and ferocity of the World War II P-40 Warhawk, an aircraft made in Texas and tested by Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the uniform sits on a military-grade green field.
These are very daring and creative. But I’m not a fan of army green on t-shirts.
10. Connecticut Sun
These are awesome! I love the reference to the traditions and history of the indigenous peoples of the state. The pattern has amazing detail.
10. Connecticut Sun (continued)
From Nike: The uniform’s graphic side tapes offer a reverent nod to the Path of Life, connecting generations past and future. Featured front and center, “Keesusk” is the Mohegan word for “Sun.”
9. Phoenix Mercury
I really like these! I’m a little freaked out by the new Miami Heat City Edition uniforms, which are very similar. But these are MUCH better.
9. Phoenix Mercury (continued)
From Nike: Crisp lettering and sizzling details sparkle across the front and back of the kit in homage to the “X Factor,” the team’s passionate fan base.
These are not bad. I just wish they were one more element. Maybe it should have had an orange lining around it instead of the white one.
8. Los Angeles Sparks
These are clean with the updated team palm inspired logo.
8. Los Angeles Sparks (continued)
From Nike: A black field bordered by yellow stripes and dozens of glittering stars embodies the limitless brilliance of the City of Angels.
I wish the sparks on the side of the uniform were splattered a bit on the front.
7. Seattle Storm
I love aesthetics. Mix a little of the new and the old.
7. Seattle Storm (continued)
From Nike: In celebration of the city’s lineage of political commitment, Storm’s uniform centers a band-like cut across the chest and back that symbolizes female empowerment along with bold, graphic typography in heavily worn relief.
I couldn’t help but think how amazing Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd, and Ty Young’s sneakers would look in this jersey.
6. Washington Mystics
The Mystics didn’t change much, but that’s perfectly fine in terms of overall design.
6. Washington Mystics (continued)
From Nike: The uniform includes the words and script of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gives women the right to vote, in the gold that wraps and runs across the jersey and pants.
This Rebel Edition uniform is remarkable. My only problem is that it doesn’t go well with the Explorer edition uniform like other teams, which is a small thing because they’re not going to be wearing them at the same time, obviously.
5. Dream of Atlanta
I love these. Inspired by the posters made during the civil rights marches.
5. Atlanta Dream (continued)
From Nike: The subtle silver accents on the uniform, such as the silver star and logo details, are symbolic of the gold and platinum records produced in the city.
Another shirt that I think would go well with the right pair of sneakers.
4. Indiana fever
Simple and clean. But it’s the next ones that will get people talking.
4. Indiana Fever (continued)
From Nike: Uniform color, jersey wordmark, and number font are all drawn from the hit series that takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana.
I have to give the Fever credit for being creative and based on pop culture. The Strange things The theme will be a fan favorite all season long.
3. New York Liberty
These are simple but very clean at the same time. The gold coating takes them to another level.
3. New York Liberty (continued)
From Nike: Inspired by the bold colors of the city’s iconic landmark and all that it stands for, the uniform features “Equality” across the chest, framed by copper and black ribbons.
2. Las Vegas Aces
I always liked the aesthetics of the Aces. This uniform looks very luxurious but gives off a retro feel.
2. Las Vegas Aces (continued)
From Nike: Inspired by the Ace card and in reference to those who have mastered their craft, the uniform conveys excellence and quality.
I need this shirt in my collection !!!!! These are beautiful.
1. Chicago Sky
This could be the best basketball jersey. The striped 10×10 grid represents the city of Chicago squares and the five versus five for the number of players on the court.
1. Chicago Sky (continued)
From Nike: With broken lines and a fresh tone, the uniform is a reminder to everyone that nothing can stop a team born in the heart of Windy City.
I’m not that much of a fan compared to striped uniforms, but they do get extra credit for creativity.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.