On the Chicago Sky Nike Heroine and Explorer Edition uniforms, audacious vertical stripes reminiscent of both a women’s power suit and the Windy City’s skyline ascend from the hem in powerful strokes—a reminder of the ambitious, fearless and gravity-defying nature of the team, fans and women who call Chi-Town home. | provided photo/Chicago Sky

The WNBA’s three uniform editions feature numbers on the front of the jersey, smaller ads and fresh new designs.

The WNBA unveiled new uniforms for the upcoming 25th season, and fans on social media immediately began discussing how they would style the eye grabbing jerseys.

The WNBA’s three uniform editions, Heroine Edition, Explorer Edition and Rebel Edition, for each of the 12 teams in the league feature numbers on the front of the jersey, smaller ads and fresh new designs, of course.

The league released a video of Sky guard Diamond DeShields unveiling Chicago’s new threads.

“These are going to look crazy on the court,” DeShields said.

Each edition of the jersey has its own unique story behind the design and style. The Sky’s Rebel Edition, which plays into the team’s signature sky blue color, signifies women of Chicago breaking through glass ceilings and pushing beyond boundaries. It’s meant to send a message to Chicagoans, specifically women, that nothing can stop a team of women from this city.

Nike has partnered with the WNBA on uniforms since 2018, but there was a need for more to be done, the company said in a statement.

“The basketball uniform is an important representation of the brand of WNBA players and teams and a point of pride for fans,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “In partnership with Nike, unveiling new and exciting adaptations of the WNBA uniforms is a dynamic way to build on the foundation of the league’s first 25 years.”

Each game jersey is numbered 1/144 to honor the 144 athletes in the league. There were also changes made to the shorts, providing more room in the thighs and glutes. The game jerseys were also adjusted slightly to add more room across the chest and three necklines: a round-neck, a V-neck and the wishbone neckline exclusive to the WNBA.

Magellan and the University of Chicago Medicine are still the Sky’s jersey sponsors. Their logos can be seen on the jersey’s top right shoulder and beneath the player’s number.

On April 14, all fans can purchase all 12 teams’ Rebel Edition and Explorer Edition jerseys on Nike.com and at select team stores, Fanatics and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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