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Incremental change has been par for the course when it comes to jersey design. However, every once in a while, a team comes out with an absolute banger of a kit that you just need to have. There have been seasons in the past where none of the kits have impressed. Thankfully, that has not been the case in the 2022/2023 season. To be considered in this category, the kit should have changed significantly, and for the better. Every kit has been rated out of 10 based on design, harmony, and colour combination.
Adidas hit it out of the park this time, and Manchester United have a kit to be proud of after many years of drab and repetitive designs. Right off the bat, the collar with the detailing grabs the eye, and the colour contrast between the white and red is quite pleasing to the eye. The understated black Adidas stripes, add body to the design, without making it look too cluttered. The crest gets a design update, and adds neatness to the kit. United fans will be happy to see a new kit like this, especially since it evokes a 1990s feel, a period of extraordinary success for the club. This is arguably the best United jersey in the last few years.
Arsenal have always been at the top of the kit game, and they have released some impressive kits in the past few years. It's not different this year too, as the Adidas collar makes waves in their kit as well. Combined with the other elements, the familiar feeling of design harmony is evident in the kit, and is pleasing to the eye. The white Adidas stripes add a nice two-tone effect to the kit, which makes the jersey stand out.
Nike and some other brands took the minimalism route this season, opting for muted design elements and low experimentation. This approach paid off in some cases, with some teams getting an updated look to their already strong jersey design. While not quite collector's editions, these jerseys would definitely make a worthy addition to the passionate fan's closet.
The new Chelsea home kit is restrained, letting its characteristic blue do the talking. The new collar style, complements the sponsor logo well, lending a neat two-tone look which feels understated rather than drab.
Liverpool has had a couple of memorable kits in the last few years. However, they have opted for a more muted approach this year. There isn't much to say about the new kit with its complete emphasis on red.
The new Tottenham kit follows the Nike ethos of minimalism. However, small touches like the fluorescent strip on the collar, and the colour combination of white red and blue give the kit a classy look.
New sponsors Hummel have added a nice touch to their kits with their trademark horizontal chevrons added on the shoulders. The two-tone blue-and-white look is on par with Chelsea's look. It can be described as a decent effort.
The reduction in the proportion of claret blue distinguishes West Ham's from Aston Villa's, and it adds a more stylish touch to the kit. The white on the shoulders bring a much-needed contrast to the rest of the kit, creating design harmony. This is definitely one of the better West Ham kits to be released in recent times.
Kings of the Stripes
Don't fix what's broken has largely been the maxim followed by the major teams when it comes to kits. Over the years, teams have reverted to the tried-and-tested classic approach, after ill-advised adventures in the design area. Stripes have been a common design choice seen across many clubs, and used to create iconic designs like the two Milan clubs in the 1990s. Here, we applaud the best of the striped kits this season. While, none of them manage to make you swoon, neither do they make you wince, with all of them opting for a clean look, helping them stand out.
The yellow detailing elevates the Brighton jersey to the top of the stripes, with the blue-yellow contrast working very well. One of the best colour combinations in the league, the white-blue-yellow combination is stylish and eye-catching. One of the surprises of the season.
Can you ever go wrong with this Barcelona-esque colour combination? It's a trusted combination executed without too much fuss. Palace fans should be pleased.
A subtle collar design element along with the two-toned white and red look makes this Brentford kit one of the neatest this season. The crest stands out, and the entire design looks harmonious.
The Drab Clones
As the name suggests, the new season did not herald new beginnings for these teams, when it comes to jersey design. It almost feels like they've gone out of their way to not make any effort for these. While some may not look that bad at all, the lack of changes, make these an unnecessary purchase, as you may struggle to spot any appreciable differences.
It is getting harder and harder to distinguish Wolves' kits from one season to the next. Maybe they don't really need the merchandising revenue.
The smudged effect does little to add to the Bournemouth kit design, making the kit look like it has bled colour. It's not the neatest kit, and their club badge always sticks out like a sore thumb.
Exactly as you imagined it, nothing more, nothing less.
Fulham and Leeds
Spot the difference between these two home kits by Adidas. Looks like they used up all their creativity designing the red kits.
The chevron detailing just adds to the clutter. This could have done much more.
This looks like a Chelsea kit from a few years' ago. It's a dated design, and it feels like Adidas couldn't be arsed to give this one a good go.
The little said the better about these kits. Chuck 'em in the bin!
The crest in the centre is a big turn-off. The City kit design team would do well to borrow some of the flair exhibited by the players.
Nothing to critique. It would have been nice to make some effort, especially on the return to the Premier League.
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