Welcome my fellow fashionistas…it looks like we are once again in the same position that we were last week: all dressed up with no game to play.
However, as I told you last week, fashion never takes a week off so here we go, let’s look at the threads of the team that wishes they were the New Orleans Saints.
As a reminder, we will be rating the opposing threads on a scale of oh honey, no, to YAASS QUEEN.
Oh honey, no: Obviously, this is the worst rating. If I must explain this to you, you’re probably wearing socks with sandals right now, or a brown belt with black pants, either way, oh honey, no.
Ewww: Nice try, but no.
Werk it: You brought it.
YAASS QUEEN: Best of the best. Your proverbial milkshake brings all the proverbial boys to the yard.
School: Purdue University
Color Scheme: Black and Old Gold
Official Brand Sponsor: Nike
Purdue’s primary helmet is a gold helmet, with a black line down the middle, a black Purdue “P” and a black facemask. Basically, if you like the Saints helmets, you’re going to love the Boilermakers’ as well.
However, Purdue has worn a similar helmet to its primary, but with a more metallic finish.
Purdue also has a black helmet, with a black face mask, a old Purdue “P” and what I think brings the helmet all together, is train tracks down the middle of the helmet. I am a big fan of this one and I don’t understand why they have yet to wear it this season.
To add more to the awesomeness of this helmet, it has a matte finish, which is ALWAYS a good touch.
In 2016, Purdue released a white helmet with black and gold stripes down the middle, the Purdue logo on the left side of the helmet and the players number on the other side. It looked like Purdue was just trying too hard with these lids. The helmets were short-lived, for good reason.
The last of the Boilermakers’ helmets that we will be looking at, is the special NASA inspired look that Purdue debuted last season, as a nod to the school’s rich history with space. The helmets also honored the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission.
The helmet is white, with a chrome gold facemask, which really pops, the Purdue “P” with crater marks and the sickest part of the helmet, the stripe down the middle that has astronaut footprints in it, signifying Purdue alumni Neil Armstrong’s steps upon the moon’s surface.
The back of the helmet also featured the phrase, “One giant leap.”
Purdue really hit this one out of this world.
Gold helmets (shiny or not): Ewww.
White helmet: Oh honey, no.
Black helmets with train tracks: YAASS QUEEN
NASA helmet: YAASS QUEEN.
Again, if you like the Saints uniforms, you are going to love Purdue.
The Boilermakers usual home uniforms are black, with gold accents, including numbers, name and cowcatcher design on the shoulders.
A cowcatcher is the thing that sticks out on the front of trains, that pushes aside cattle and other obstacles that appear on the track. Just clarifying for those of you without 3-year-old sons that are obsessed with trains...
Here is video of a cowcatcher in action.
Purdue’s road uniforms are white, with black accents and they also feature the cowcatcher.
As far as pants go, Purdue mixes and matches, wearing black or gold pants.
I am not a huge fan of their uniforms, as they just seem sort of blah and I would like to see something more from them. However, I do have to say that the addition of the cowcatcher design on the shoulders is a creative way to tie in their logo into the design of the uniforms.
To further along the blah-ness of the uniforms, their numbers are block, which is so last season.
Purdue did introduce a short-lived alternate anthracite uniform, but I can find no record it being worn in games. This uniform did feature some italicized numbers, but they never really became a thing.
Purdue also used to feature a two-toned uniform, with black across the shoulders and a grey on the rest of the uniform. It was also paired with grey or black pants. This uniform was used starting in 2016, through last season.
I cannot find any official word on whether they are still in the rotation, but if they aren’t, I think it’s a mistake. These were a good look, especially when paired with black pants.
Lastly, Purdue’s NASA-inspired threads…wow. The uniforms were white, paired with white pants, with black block lettering, outlined in gold and a patch on the left shoulder, that says “Cradle of Astronauts” and “150 years of giant leaps.”
The uniform also features the cowcatcher design, in gold. I love when a school goes outside of its norm for a uniform, especially with one that has such detail.
Standard Home & Away: Ewww.
Anthracite uniform: Ewww.
Two Tone Uniform: Werk it.
NASA Uniform: YAASS QUEEN.