NEW TEAM ON THE BLOCK
The Washington Mystics entered the WNBA in 1998 as one of the league’s first expansion franchises. The team’s debut uniforms were outfitted by Reebok, and featured a white home set with blue and gold trimming, and a blue road set with black and gold trimming. The Mystics wordmark was used on the front of both home and road uniforms. The WNBA logo was also featured on the jersey and shorts. Mystics players wore these uniforms from 1998-2002.
SLIM CUT & UNTUCKED
The 2003 season marked the beginning of noticeable changes to the Mystics uniforms. The biggest change was in the material, no longer shiny but more breathable and absorbent for player comfort. The team continued to wear white uniforms at home and a blue set on the road. However, the jersey top was now designed to be worn untucked with a slimmer cut to the body. This new untucked jersey top improved player comfort, but also distinguished WNBA uniforms from other basketball leagues. The Mystics DC secondary logo also made its debut on the uniform shorts which remains a key component to the team’s uniform identity
STARS & STRIPES
Adidas becomes the official outfitter of WNBA uniforms which meant another evolution in the Mystics uniform. The most noticeable changes were a return to a tucked in jersey top and the use of the Washington wordmark on the road uniforms. The uniform trim now featured small striping and three stars along the sides of the shorts. This was a nod to the flag of Washington, DC which contains two bars and three stripes. The jersey top also continued to get slimmer and now featured a racerback cut to better fit the body of the players.
In 2011, the Mystics announced new team colors (red, blue, & silver) which continues to be a part of the uniform identity today. The home uniform remained white with red trimming, but a new red road uniform with blue trimming was added. The jersey tops still have a racerback cut and are made of a sweat resistant fabric for player comfort. The Mystics primary logo moved to the left shoulder, and the DC logo moved from the left side of the shorts to the right. The 2011 season also marked the start of a number font change to match other team uniforms across the league. Other changes included the player’s last name appearing underneath her number, and the WNBA logo appearing on the shorts instead of the jersey top.
The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is celebrating its landmark 20th season by unveiling new team uniform colors and commemorative items. To create an updated oncourt look for the historic season, the WNBA and adidas, the league’s official oncourt apparel provider, will introduce a new palette of colors. The uniforms, designed in primary and secondary team colors, will replace the traditional white home and color road uniforms worn by most WNBA teams. All 12 WNBA teams will pay tribute to the 20th season with a special logo on the back neckline of their jerseys. The WNBA announced earlier this month that branding for marquee partner Verizon will appear on the front of 10 team jerseys.