Far be it for me to comment on fashion. I couldn’t tell you the difference between something “boot cut” or “box pleated”. To even more discount my fashion sense I’m color blind, I couldn’t tell you if something was orange or red because it looks the same to me.
However I can tell you the difference in between quality and cheap clothing. Case in point:
In the words of @hockeymomva
hey #nhl – what’s with the tacky rhinestone female jerseys? We going to a hockey game or a Dolly Parton concert?
Making these jersey are not my problem. Part of the problems is the marketing; I don’t want to “glamorize” my hockey gear or be “flirty” at hockey games. Surprisingly some ladies go their entire day without trying to hook themselves a husband. SHOCKING, I know. I mean next thing we know women will be holding jobs of their own and living by themselves! So thanks NHL for being Mrs. Bennet for me, but I’ve got a mother to nag me about finding a man-friend, so I don’t need you trying to set me up while I watch hockey.
I’m not going to hate on any women who finds this attractive or I see wearing this jersey. It’s not my taste but a lot of popular stuff isn’t my taste. And, we female fans have got to stick together no matter what “kind” of fan we are.
My biggest problem is you continue pump out this wear and ignore improving the “regular” merchandise. I know most women would greatly enjoy you improving the fit and quality of women’s style “normal” jerseys. Would it kill anyone to offer home, away, AND third jerseys in women’s cut?
However my favorite example of this crappy “regular” gear are the “shirseys”; the shirt with the teams logo on front and a player’s name and number on the back. People of both sexes love these because they can show support for as many players as they like and not have to buy jerseys. However the women’s “shirseys” have the logo and name/number extremely small on them. And, I’m not talking in comparison to men’s shirts, I’m talking in comparison to the size of the actual shirt.
The size of the logo makes me uncomfortable like the small size is some sort of device to get people to stare extra closely at my chest. Due to this and the lack of variety (I’ve only ever seen the Caps women’s cut in Green, Ovechkin and Laich) I’ve only bought the men’s cut then went home and tailored it from tent size to casual fit. Is it fair that because I’m a female fan (admittedly a tall and thin one who rarely fits in women’s cut either) I should have to tailor the shirts I’m paying at least twenty dollars for?
NHL please by all means make these sparkle-y, pink or white or black jerseys. Some people like them. Little girls tend to look adorable in them. However I am not only a grown women but a women who is a “jersey addict” and loves to own the beautiful jerseys the players wear on the ice IN MY SIZE so I can wear them in public and not look like a sack of potatoes. I don’t want to look “flirty” or “glamorous” but I DO NOT want to look like a slob who buys ill-fitting clothing.
I’ve been refusing to buy products from NHL shop for about a year now already. I’ve been purchasing from my team’s Pro Shop or online on places like Amazon or small sports retailers which is cheaper (well not in the Pro Shop.) So I will continue to do so, NOT because you make these in my opinion abominations of a jerseys (this is my opinion they could be ‘couture’ for all I know) but because you continually ignore every other women’s product you make.