Brooklyn’s Sweethearts: Brooklynettes premiere new uniforms

25 Sep

New York’s newest sports team, the Brooklyn Nets recently unveiled the uniforms their dance team will be wearing.

Needless to say, these designs are inspired by the edgy reputation that the city of New York, more specifically the borough of Brooklyn, has always had. The ladies are wearing deep cut V-necks with shorts in, of course, black and white. On they’re feet they don high tops and heeled biker girl boots, and for accessories, sweatbands and fingerless leather gloves.  While most athletic dance teams favor girls with long flowing hair, the Brooklynette’s even dare to feature a dancer  with a Rihanna-esque pixie cut.  EVERYTHING about their look screams, “We’re not like the rest of America”.
Traditionally, most professional cheerleaders look more like this:

Affectionately known as “America’s Sweethearts” these Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders wear bosom/midriff  revealing tops and underwear barely there bottoms. The tiny clothing leaves no room for words, just a few simple stars in a blue hue that let you know who’s team they’re on. As for accessories just white flat cowboy boots will do. Their beauty routine?  Long flowing feathered hair, pink lips and rosy cheeks with Texas-sized smiles. This is a stark contrast to what seems to be the Brooklynette signature smoky eye and tough girl scowl.

Celebrity Costume Designer David Dalrymple  designed the Brooklynette’s outfits, and perhaps that’s why they look like, well, cheap Halloween costumes.
Of the seven different looks in the collection Dalrymple says, “This isn’t palm trees and sunshine. It’s New York City, and it’s Brooklyn. It’s a different sensibility. We go hard.” He also adds that they “needed to find that bridge of street fashion that can actually work on the court.”

We get it, Brooklyn girls are known  for being a little rough around the edges but Dalrymple could’ve done more to combine street with sweet. Perhaps a little less black, losing the tomboy accessories, showing some midriff or just a more feminine shoe would soften their look. Right now their tough appearance is far from what most other professional dance teams resemble.

But then again, ain’t nothing like a Brooklyn girl. 🙂


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