Coolest kits: 2015/16
By Matt Glazebrook, 3 August 2015
The latest batch of Premier League shirts have pretty much all dropped in advance of Saturday’s big kick off. While they might not boast the ripped-from-the-catwalk experimentation of last season’s batch, there’s plenty of stylish and, um, interesting options (hello, Norwich City third kit) to choose from. Here’s our top five.
Quite a few of the new adidas shirts have an odd layering effect on the sleeves and hem. With champs Chelsea’s change strip, these superfluous bits of fabric form a part of a smart, red-white-and-blue hoops effect that evokes the Spartan stylishness of an old GB athletics kit from the early 80s. Complete the look with washed light blue jeans and a pair of adidas Gazelles.
The Toffeemen have an in-built advantage with their simple blue and white colour scheme and the classy looking retro emblem of beer company sponsor Chang. But their latest change shirt from Umbro brings an AW15 freshness to proceedings without compromising the simple styling. Light grey hoops on the sleeves complement an icy-white body for street-ready monochrome steez. Style with ripped white jeans and grey plimsolls.
West Bromwich Albion away
The big news with West Brom’s new away shirt is the return of the team’s simple, calligraphic W.B.A. logo from the 70s/80s but the whole thing has a pleasingly vintage and minimal vibe, with a deep red colour scheme and subtle pin-stripe pattern courtesy of adidas. Style with tan, flat-fronted chinos and brown desert boots.
Tottenham Hotspur home
Spurs fans may be quietly girding themselves for the inevitable battle for sixth place, but when it comes to home shirts, The Lilywhites are comfortably top of the pile. Manufacturers Under Armour have kept the basics, well, basic, but then splashed a big, strong diagonal sash across the chest. It’s futuristic yet retro and very cool – reminiscent of a 60s airline’s corporate branding. Pair with a loose-fit navy suit, brown loafers and no socks.
Manchester City away
Officially, the lunar print on the sleeves of Man City’s smart Nike away kit is a reference to fans’ anthem Blue Moon. But we basically see it as the designers having fun and injecting a bit of high-fash experimentation into an otherwise fairly serious sporting uniform. Rock with cuffed navy joggers and a pair of crisp white Stan Smiths for a cool, smart/casj take on futuristic streetwear.