Nike has unveiled a brand new uniform system for the WNBA and introduces the most comprehensive player, team, and fan apparel collection in the league’s history.
“The basketball uniform is an important representation of the brand of WNBA players and teams and a point of pride for fans,” says 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.”
Nike is debuting a sharper creative expression within their WNBA uniform system and apparel offering as the league heads into its 25th year. Featuring three game uniform editions for each of the 12 teams in the league, stories from the women’s communities come to life in the Nike Explorer, Rebel, and Heroine edition jerseys. As the Explorer Edition tackles bold combinations of secondary team colors, the Rebel Edition takes on various themes, ranging from Texas’ World War II P-40 Warhawks to a tribute to the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Nike’s Heroine Edition also returns as the white uniform for the first time since 2015.
The Swoosh dove in headfirst into re-engineering chassis and new proportions in the game jersey and short in efforts to prevent WNBA players from “hacking” their way to a better-fitting uniform (tucking jersey straps into bras, rolling shorts). The release also debuts Nike DRI-FIT ADV technology, an engineered knit material that helps enable more freedom and movement in the competitive court.
“We have uniforms that are uniquely ours,” says Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird. “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.”
The WNBA Nike Rebel Edition Uniforms are available exclusively to Nike Members on April 8th via nike.com and the Nike App. The WNBA Nike Explorer Edition and the WNBA Team 13 collection will be available beginning April 14th.
Atlanta Dream Explorer Edition
Designed in collaboration with Nike, the “Dream” and “Atlanta” wordmarks are front and center in bold typography and draw inspiration from the signs made during Civil Rights marches.
Atlanta Dream Rebel Edition
The subtle hints of silver in the uniform — such as the silver star and logo detailing — are symbolic of the platinum and gold records produced in the city.
Chicago Sky Explorer Edition
The 10×10 pinstripe grid represents Chicago’s city blocks and the 5-on-5 for the number of players on the court.
Chicago Sky Rebel Edition
With shattered lines and a cool hue, the uniform is a reminder to all that nothing can stop a team born from the heart of the Windy City.
Connecticut Sun Explorer Edition
In reverence to the traditions and history of the state’s Indigenous people, the uniform features a repeating pattern of symbolic circles on taping details across an unforgettable orange that casts a sunlit-glow in an homage to the Mohegan Tribe’s heritage.
Connecticut Sun Rebel Edition
The uniform’s graphic side-taping offers a reverent nod to the Trail of Life, connecting past and future generations. Featured front and center, “Keesusk” is the Mohegan word for “Sun.”
Dallas Wings Explorer Edition
The uniform features flight-ready side details and a sky-high palette of light blues, neon greens and white that inspires daring speed.
Dallas Wings Rebel Edition
Inspired by the stealth and ferocity of the World War II P-40 Warhawk — a plane manufactured in Texas and test-flown by Women Airforce Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.) — the uniform is set over a military-grade green field.
Indiana Fever Explorer Edition
Inspired by Lady Victory, the uniform integrates sash-like details down the sides. Each feature 19 stars — an allusion to the state flag and Indiana’s place as the 19th member of the Union.
Indiana Fever Rebel Edition
The uniform’s color, jersey wordmark and number font are drawn from Stranger Things, the hit series that takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana.
Las Vegas Aces Explorer Edition
Diamond details emblazoned across the uniform’s front and back coupled with opulent gold trim and oversized type feel classic and fresh.
Las Vegas Aces Rebel Edition
Inspired by the Ace card and in reference to those who have mastered their craft, the uniform conveys excellence and quality.
Los Angeles Sparks Explorer Edition
Front and center on the uniform is the team’s updated palm-inspired logo, an iconic symbol of Los Angeles’ desert weather and wide tree-lined boulevards.
Los Angeles Sparks Rebel Edition
A black field bordered by yellow stripes and dozens of shining stars embodies the boundless brightness of the City of Angels.
Minnesota Lynx Explorer Edition
An icy blue background stands strong for the Midwest’s frigid winters, while the side tapes have a precise use of action green that nod to the hairs that tip the feline’s ears.
Minnesota Lynx Rebel Edition
The uniform is inspired by First Avenue, one of the longest running, independently owned and operated music venues in the country, located near the Lynx’s home arena.
New York Liberty Explorer Edition
The uniform’s speckled details represent the urban pavement while jagged, graphic details embody the toughness and eccentricity that defines true New Yorkers.
New York Liberty Rebel Edition
Inspired by the striking colors of the city’s iconic monument and all that it represents, the uniform features “Equality” across the chest, framed by copper and black taping.
Phoenix Mercury Explorer Edition
The uniform is cast in the vivid orange and purple gradient of an Arizona desert sunrise.
Phoenix Mercury Rebel Edition
Sharp lettering and white-hot details blaze across the uniform’s front and back in an homage to the “X-Factor” — the team’s passionate fan base.
Seattle Storm Explorer Edition
A symbol of the city’s optimistic outlook and go-getter nature, the Storm’s uniform features a sweeping yellow frame coupled with a spruce-green field.
Seattle Storm Rebel Edition
In celebration of the city’s lineage of political engagement, the Storm’s uniform centers a sash-like swoop across the chest and back symbolizing female empowerment coupled with bold, graphic type in well-worn relief.
Washington Mystics Explorer Edition
Akin to the city’s marble monuments, malls and statues, the uniform stands as a powerful pillar and symbol of D.C’s history of leadership and action.
Washington Mystics Rebel Edition
The uniform includes the words and script of the Nineteenth Amendment — giving women the right to vote — in the gold wrapping around and running down the jersey and short.