Thursday: Vintage White

Vintage white. Something that's seemingly just a gimmick by the NHL (or whoever originated the trend) in order to make jerseys look more, well, vintage. While it can have that effect, a misuse of it can just make the jersey look more muddy and ugly, with less pop on the design than there would be with regular white. Basically, it's either a hit or miss - and of course you probably know where this is going by now. So, let's get to it.

Photo from modells.com, edits by myself
The Flyers have a solid design here (aside from the bottom black stripe missing on the hem, that really bugs me). The vintage white doesn't work too well with the orange though, the regular white pops much more, and the vintage white just has a muddy look to it.
Photo from icejerseys.com, edits by myself
The main problem with the vintage white on this one is that it doesn't stand out enough from the blue. While the change doesn't do as much as I had expected it would, it still does help, and I don't think there's any doubt that it looks better on the logo and numbers too.
Photo from hfboards.hockeysfuture.com, edits by myself
Now this one is probably the worst of the bunch, especially when you look at them side by side. The white pops out much more than the vintage white does. Not much more to it here.

Now, I honestly think that most, if not all, jerseys would look better with regular white than vintage white but that doesn't mean there haven't been some good uses. Let's take a look at a few of those ones.

Photo from icejerseys.com
 The main reason that vintage white works so well on this one is that it still stands out enough, and adds to the vintage effect the jersey is going for. Works well.
As will come up a lot, the vintage white/cream color on this jersey works mainly because of the fact that it does not conflict with another color on the jersey. Considering that there's only one other color on this one, it stands out pretty well too.
I repeat, the color works well here because..you guessed it, no conflicts with another color. I think regular white would work better still, but again, this works just fine.


Some interesting news now, the NHL has teased some of the jerseys for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. I believe the only ones that are left to be teased are Russia and the U.S. I'll be sure to update the post if they're teased in time, for now, here are the rest! 
Update: After writing that last night Russia has now been teased. All that's left is the U.S.
Update again: And now the USA jerseys have been teased, so that's all of them.


This week we of course have the COTW vote, and we also have the Chicago Express redesign competition, if you didn't notice the banner on the top of the page. So vote and get your entries in ASAP.

COTW Feb 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Chicago Express entries (due Friday @ 10:59pm Eastern)
There's also a vote going on to see what you guys think is the best Stadium Series jersey. It'll definitely be interesting to see, as there isn't one clear cut winner.

Competition entries:
Danny R.

Mitch B.

Jimmy T. - St. Louis Blues
+I like the use of red, gives it a unique color scheme for sure.
+The yellow hem/cuffs look great
+With a busier design like this, it's a good move keeping the pants almost plain.
~I'm not sure if I like the absence of white, or if I'd like to see some...
-The outline on the number doesn't stand out much at all. Better to go with no outline than to have it blend like this.
Overall: 8.5/10

Lucas D. - Dallas Stars
+The colors look nice and vibrant.
+Good choice going with one color name/numbers. Using a yellow/gold outline would have most likely blended itself with the white.
+The design is a modern take on them - with the side panels on the hem - while also being a callback to their past - with the full arm yoke and the striping. Nice touch.
~Not a huge fan of bringing back the old logo on this one, but it still looks pretty good.
-While I do like the colors, they may almost be too bright. Wouldn't really be able to tell until I saw it on the ice though.
Overall: 9/10

Roman S. - Dinamo Riga
+I like the color scheme, dark blue contrasting with white could look pretty good
-The design is very plain..there's only one area of any pattern outside of the piping, it's barely more than a practice jersey. Not a great template to choose either.
-The name is much too small
Overall: Way too plain (5/10)

Ryan G. - Black Sun
It's time for another Star Wars concept from Ryan...which means more missed references. I have watched some Star Wars between the last time I reviewed one of these and now...but I don't think that really helped. I apologize in advance for all of the references I miss on here.
+I like the colors, the red and black looks great together with enough contrast to not need an additional color.
+As always, the font is a nice touch.
+I like the logo, and the "stripes" coming out of the sides...but
-I think those would be cool to work into a chest stripe
-Unless there's a reason for it I'm missing, lose the piping, it almost never looks good, and I'm not sure I've ever seen a good usage of it honestly.
Overall: 8/10

Ryan G. - Thrawn's Empire
Again, all the preliminary comments from last time also apply here.
+I really like the color scheme, this would be a good usage of a gold esque color (bad example, the Penguins)
+ I think the design fits well together. Definitely a unique combo of chest and hem stripes too.
+Again, font.
-Not sure how well the gold pants would work. Black might work better to balance the colors too.
-Same with the gold helmet and gloves.
Overall: 8.5/10

Taylor R. - Russia (WJC)
+Really like the addition of gold to the jersey design, especially with it being used so minimally.
+Simple design, but interesting execution of it. The stripes being more towards the upper arms is different, and the numbers inside of them are a nice touch.
+Really like the font used, it fits great.
-The gold blends into the white a bit on the white jersey. Not a huge issue though.
Overall: 9.5/10 and my COTW nomination!

Tyler F. - Stockton Heat
+Their current Flames copies are pretty bad, for a few reasons. Almost anything can be an improvement at this point, so this is no exception.
+I think I prefer the S alone as opposed to the roundel, but they're both pretty good here.
+For concepts of Calgary or Stockton I usually like minimal black, but I think the use of black here, especially on the red jersey, works really well.
-The stitching should stop at the hem striping
-The front logo on the white jersey, and shoulder logos on the red jersey, are too big.
-Unrelated to the concept itself, but I'd condense your presentation down a bit. There's no need to have about a third or fourth of the right side blank aside from a small bit of text at the bottom.
Overall: 8/10


And that's a wrap. I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, an I'll see you all again next week.

Thursday: Vintage White Reviewed by Bpoe on February 25, 2016 Rating: 5


Unknown said...

COTW to Taylor Roy. Fantastic work.

Unknown said...

COTW nom to Lucas D.

Steven Grant said...

I'll third Taylor's Russia concept for COTW. I love the position and thickness of the arm stripes.

winnipegjets96 said...

Ryan G's Thrawn's Empire concept for COTW

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