Like it or not, football shirts have become chic.
You’re as likely to see one in a Shoreditch coffee shop as you are in the upper echelons of a stadium.
As the price of wearing your team’s favourite colours has gone up, so too has the quality and attention put into their design by some of the world’s largest sporting conglomerates.
Some teams have fared better than others in this endeavour.
Arsenal’s Sprite-esque European away shirt deserves particular ridicule, matching the saccharine and unsatisfying tone of their season.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, could open a (highly unsuccessful) boutique with the number of gaudy disasters they’ve hawked to their underserving fanbase over the years.
The Premier League hasn’t been different, with over-zealous designs often worsened by attention-hogging sponsors (I’m looking at you, Everton and Angry Birds).
Five shirts rose above the morass, striking the right balance between sport and fashion.
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5 Chelsea (Away)
Both of Chelsea’s kits were tremendous this season but the away shirt just managed to pip the home variety onto this list.
An all-white strip with clean blue socks, it is stunningly beautiful, looking crunchy and modern all at the same time.
A stripped-down, blue-striped collar provides just the right amount of flair, before giving away to a sizzling shock of white.
Antonio Conte mightn’t have liked the players who were wearing it but that’s another story entirely.
4 Manchester City (Away)
Nike have received a barrage of criticism for the World Cup shirts and rightly so.
This season, however, they got Manchester City’s away shirt totally spot on.
This maroon number juxtaposed gorgeously with the light blue detailing on the collar and shorts.
It’s just a shame we didn’t see it more often in comparison to the drab and uninspiring home shirt.
3 West Ham (Home)
Modern and uncomplicated, West Ham’s jersey was everything the club wasn’t in this campaign.
It’s a shame that supporters will associate their annus horribilis with what has arguably been their teams’ most impressive kit in recent years.
Unfussy detailing makes it such a winner: the blue sleeves flow attractively all the way up to the neck, whilst the claret body is warm and solid.
A decent effort from the oft-maligned Umbro.
2 Brighton (Home)
Brightons’ football might have been turgid but viewings at the Amex Stadium were improved by the side’s elegant home shirt.
Featuring clean blue and white lines and a crisp golden swoosh, the Seagulls’ nautical heritage shone through in a jersey that always felt clean and airy.
The lighter blue sleeves added further layering in a top that proved a refreshing tonic throughout the campaign.
1 Liverpool (Home)
Deep red with a plunging white collar, even Jordan Henderson looked suave in the Liverpool home-kit this season.
Minimalist and classy, the ‘Standard Chartered’ logo in the middle refuses to distract from the beautiful design, which extends all the way to the socks.
A jersey that was worthy of the football played in it this season.
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