Chelsea’s new away kit is pretty cool except…
Chelsea recently released their new away kit for the 2012/13 season. The Adidas duds are primarily white and classy overall – until you get to that baby blue sash. The sash… arrrrgh! It’s so overrated and overused in world soccer at the moment. Nike used it pretty effectively for the U.S. national team at the 2010 World Cup in a nice nod to the 1950 U.S. World Cup squad who pulled off that famous upset of England. But the last couple years have seen an outbreak of frequently hideous sashes (exhibit A in the hideous department is Sweden’s current away jersey, which resembles a road sign). And now the sash has infected Chelsea.
The new Chelsea away kit is almost an instant classic with its uncluttered, clean look, and tasteful Adidas shoulder stripes. Many soccer fans hate all white uniforms, but I’ve always liked them. The plainer white the kit, the better as far as I’m concerned. But then they have to go and add that diagonal sash. To be fair, the Chelsea sash isn’t a disaster as sashes go. It’s simply unnecessary to the uniform. Sorry to be such a sash basher, but they always remind me of beauty pageant contestants and dictators.
I also think if you’re going with a mostly white uniform, you need to complete the ensemble with white socks. But this getup’s socks are black. Oh well. It could be worse. I do like that they went with different shades of blue rather than off-the-wall colors that are totally unrelated to the club’s core colors. Overall, it’s a mixed review. Certainly not bad, but I’m not going to rush out and get this one. Blame the sash.
What do you think of Chelsea’s new away kit?