If you're completely immersed in fashion (as many of us are) you might not be aware that the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup is going on right now and the U.S. National team just advanced to the finals, following a ridiculous nail-biting victory over Brazil and then a decisive win against France.
Up until now, when a U.S. victory is in site, controversy over the new team uniforms has overshadowed the athleticism on the field. Nike rolled out the new uniforms (or "kits" as their called in the "football" world) in May, which come in black (away games) and white (home) and according to the press release, were "inspired by the beautiful but deadly Black Widow spider."
But a lot of folks thought the uniforms, which Nike said were designed "specifically for the female athlete, to enhance the range of motion and create a uniquely feminine silhouette" looked more like some incarnation of a sexy nurse outfit. "U.S. play Women’s World Cup in kit resembling nurse’s uniform" reads the Yahoo! headline about the uniforms, while commenter Ned_Ved on SoccerBible.com wrote, "The home jersey looks like a naughty nurse's outfit while the away jersey reminds me of a diner waitress uniform."
Samantha Rubin, fashion editor for ESPN The Magazine, is not so keen on the kits either. “Design-wise, it’s maybe not my favorite. I’m distracted by the line down the middle. It’s like a zipper opening,” she told the Boston Herald, adding “Cap sleeves are tough...they make women look bigger than they are.”
So fashionista athletes, what's your take? Are they black widow spider-sexy in a way that doesn't distract from the game or do you think they're fugs?