There has been a lot of strong opinions about the recently unveiled USA Women's National Team Kits made by Nike.
The response have been somewhat negative from the understandably passionate US National fans with thoughts including 'Possibly the worst kit ever......that's a bad kit....appalling......'
This is the new kit via ussoccer.com:
Germany have also had a new design for their WNT kit. Designed by Adidas, the kit has more of a feminine feel compared to the Men's National team's kit, View here.
I just want to point you to a previous discussion on WSU.
Is the designs better for the female body to be able to perform at the best ability, or is it purely cosmetic?
Another issue that has been raised is that there is no male equivalent shirts for male fans of the women's national team. At this moment, there hasn't been a comment from the players as to whether they like the look/feel of the design but we will be able to watch the USWNT perform in their new kits tonight against England, more details here.
What is your take on these dedicated kits, and the style in which they are being made?
I'm a male, and while I like how these kits look on the WNT, I could never wear one and look decent. So, if they're looking at merch sales, I'd hope for a unisex look, so you don't leave out your male supporters. But Holly's concern is a good one. I just think there's more subtle ways to tailor a jersey to a woman.
Yves Saint Laurent revolutionized haute couture when he introduced the trouser suit about 50 years ago. He introduced a whole bunch of designs in ladies´ clothing that we take for granted today.
Some nations never encouraged women playing beach volleyball to wear the skimpy bikini outfits they generally wear, but one doubts if anyone would watch beach volley ball were it not for those women wearing those outfit. Many lady track and field athletes have for years competed in bare midriffs, something the me do not! Sepp Blatter got into hot water early on when he suggested that ladies´ football might be watched more if the ladies played in different attire, yet FIFA under Blatter has promoted ladies football like there was no tomorrow. The German sports superstar Gold-Lena declined to be folded out in Playboy but did a series of adverts for a luxury lingerie.
Football is part of the entertainment industry. Japan winning the Ladies World Cup last year could have been scripted by Hollywood. The Wonder of Berne in 1954 was a seminal event in the aspirations of a nation. Can you name the scorer of the winning goal? But you know who lost. Life goes on.