WNBA unveils player-inspired Nike uniforms for 2021 season to celebrate 25th anniversary

Lorenzo Reyes and Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
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To honor the WNBA's 25th anniversary season, all 12 teams will wear three redesigned game uniform editions that emphasize city culture and individual messages, as part of the league's ongoing collaboration with Nike.

The three versions, which include bold fonts and unique patterns such as pinstripes, will be defined as: the WNBA Nike Heroine Edition, the WNBA Nike Explorer Edition and the WNBA Nike Rebel Edition, each of which bring "stories from their cities and communities to life through the muse of female archetypes in storytelling and film."

The uniform collection was designed with player feedback. All of the jerseys will have a "1/144" notation, which represents the number of players in the WNBA, while front numbers have returned (they were previously only on the back) and white jerseys will be used for the first time since 2015.

"We have uniforms that are uniquely ours," Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird said in a statement. "Every single jersey shares a story that represents our city, and the distinction allows us to express our own creativity and individual style. Nike’s attention to each design detail makes me proud to put the uniform on."

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Using feedback from players, Nike also reshaped the uniforms to better fit the players' bodies, as players range in height from 5-foot-6 to 6-foot-9. The uniforms have a re-engineered structure and have altered proportions to improve fit and mobility.

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WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said the partnership with Nike for the jerseys is a "dynamic way to build on the foundation of the league's first 25 years." Nike has been the WNBA's partner for uniforms since the 2018 season.

"When our team met with our athletes, their feedback was very clear," Nike vice president of women’s apparel design Tania Flynn said in a statement. "They wanted a uniform that fits them, not one they have to fit into. They wanted a connection to their team and fans, but also wanted to express their personal style. And they wanted us to tell their story. The new uniforms obsess all of those details for the world’s best players, technically and creatively."

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