Here we open our kit review account, ranking the new season offerings of the FAWSL based on initial impressions. Will they grow on us over the next 22 rounds and become FAWsome, or will they remain FAWful?
New kit sponsors, new neckline, and new principal partner. Congratulations to the Royals on a complete package this year and a spectacular kit effort that looks crisp, classy and nuanced.
2. Brighton & Hove
An improvement on last year, the darker blue with full-length stripe is a simple but classic combo. The gold Nike tick is finishes the ensemble off perfectly.
A classic offering, clean lines, classy v neck and quality red/black piping trim. Somehow it makes an old combo look fresh.
4. Manchester United
Somehow makes all red look brilliant, complete with satin red Adidas stripes. The complementary black piping on the neckline and inverse sock combo looks the goods. Other teams take note on how to do a round neckline with style.
5. Manchester City
Allegedly inspired by the industrial history of Manchester, this sky blue outfit somehow works with the purple shoulder caps and finer detail. Not sure if it looks industrial, but it looks good anyway. Another classy v neck, too.
6. Bristol City
We’ve lost the white horizontal stripe across the shoulder and it looks better for it. A bold, simple and full red for the rockin’ Robins this year. Also check out the keeper’s kit for a dazzling outfit.
A stunning combo of many blues, a double-helix pattern or some party streamers? Definitely dresses up an otherwise plain palette, and the white cuffs add a nice finish.
Quite an edgy look, but it works. Birmingham City could take a few notes here on how to make royal blue and navy actually work….
9. West Ham
Another shoulder panel effort, which seems to be this year’s trend. There isn’t much going on here with the claret, but the saving grace on this one is the stripes on the blue adding some dynamism on an otherwise simple outfit.
A bit plain. Admittedly, there’s only so much you can do with an all white kit, but somehow this falls short. The trim could have made this pop, but not to be this year.
A throwback to the 80s, this dark red number has some white pinstripes that try to salvage something from an otherwise drab effort. Perhaps it is the round neck that makes it fall short, or the strange shoulder panel where the pinstripes end?
12. Birmingham City
What were they thinking with this one? Whoever thought royal blue and navy went together had obviously never seen a colour wheel before, bring back the blue with white shoulders from last year. The maple logo also looks like an afterthough just whacked on the front with some iron-on transfers.