The Rundown

Six of the season’s best kits (and nine of the worst)

The Rundown

The new season is drawing nearer and while we wait for the football to begin, we are treated to a slew of kit releases. We've just about recovered from the maverick Liverpool away kit release of a month ago, and it's time to take a fresh look at the efforts of the Premier League teams.

Who has got it right, and who has made a fashion faux-pas this summer? We round up our favourites so far.

THE BEST (in no particular order)

Manchester United's home kit

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Photo - official

Why it works: It's a twist on a classic. Back to a straight red, with a nod to a former great with the 'Cantona' collar.

Arsenal's home kit

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PA

Why it works: Because it's the same last year's! That's good because (1) we're already used to it, and more importantly (2) fans aren't being asked to go out and buy a new one.

Norwich's home kit

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Norwich official

Why it works: Yes, there's a change with the addition of the green, but it fits with former versions of the kit.

Chelsea's away kit

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Chelsea official (home kit left, away kit right)

Why it works: Simple, and yet different enough from previous Blues away kits to stand out.

Crystal Palace's away kit

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Crystal Palace official (home kit left, away kit right)

Why it works: The diagonal stripe. That is all.

Hull City's home kit

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Hull City official

Why it works: Not deviating too far from the classic design, but still bright and bold.

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AND THE WORST (again, in no particular order)

Liverpool's away kit

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Liverpool official

Why it doesn't work: Can you look at it without thinking 'Space Invaders?'

Liverpool's third kit

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Liverpool official

Why it doesn't work: Purple.

Cardiff City's home kit

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Cardiff City official

Why it doesn't work: Because it's still not blue.

Aston Villa's away kit

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Aston Villa official

Why it doesn't work: The team photo runs the risk of resembling a chessboard.

Southampton's home kit

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Southampton official

Why it doesn't work: The all-red shirt wasn't popular with fans - despite a new supplier and the chance to get back to the stripes, they have not.

Sunderland's away kit

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Sunderland official

Why it doesn't work: It looks like a goalkeeper's jersey.

Manchester United's away kit

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Manchester United official

Why it doesn't work: Various shades of black. Part shirt, part table-cloth.

Swansea's away kit

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Swansea City official

Why it doesn't work: Does this require explanation?

Stoke City's away kit

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Stoke City official

Why it doesn't work: Part of this kit is luminous, which is useful only in the event of a powercut.

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