Chicago Bears Uniform History

The Chicago Bears uniform history has mainly remained even-keel over the latter portion of the NFL’s modern era. However, the uniform, much like its rival the Green Bay Packers, has seen more than a few noticeable changes throughout the years. Beginning in 1960, this timeline will document each change the uniform has seen.

1960

The uniforms for the 1960 Bears originated in 1957 – they displayed navy blue helmet shells, white facemasks, blue home jerseys, orange striping, white numbering with orange trim, white pants, navy-orange-navy pants trim, navy socks, orange striping, and black shoes.

The road look contained a white jersey with navy numbers, orange outlines, and three horizontal stripes, two navy and one orange.

Another version of the socks showed white trim outlining the orange striping.

1961

Orange striping containing white outlines became permanent on the socks while a similar pattern matched the sleeves.

1962

The white wishbone ‘C’ was added to the sides of the helmet. Here’s a look at the home set.

1964

Black sleeve bands worn for Willie Gallimore and Bo Farrington.

1970

NOB plates added. White facemasks switch to gray.

1973

Wishbone ‘C’ switches from white to orange with white trim.

1974

White shoes appear.

1979

Black memorial sleeve bands for George Halas Jr.

1982

Facemasks switch to navy.

1983

George Halas Memorial chest patch.

1984

GSH Memorial permanently added to the sleeve striping in blue for the road jerseys and in white for the home jerseys. Blue pants appear for the road look, bearing orange-white-orange trim. White socks featuring navy-orange-navy striping accompanied the blue pants.

1990

Fred Washington Memorial chest patch. Black shoes return. Sleeve striping starts to migrate toward bottom of the jersey.

1992

Mike Singletary tribute chest patch.

1993

White shoes return.

1994

Throwbacks to commemorate the NFL’s 75th Anniversary worn on select weekends.

1995

White pants return to the road look for select games, featuring the white socks with navy and orange striping.

1999

Walter Payton Memorial chest patch.

2000

Black shoes return again.

2001

Final Year at the Original Soldier Field chest patch worn prior to the stadium’s renovation.

2002

Team pairs navy on navy for the first time, along with the white road socks.

2003

First Game in Remodeled Soldier Field chest patch.

2004

Throwback uniforms worn on Thanksgiving Day versus the Cowboys.

2005

New orange alternate jerseys featuring white numbering and blue sleeve striping outlined in white.

2008

White on navy uniform worn in preseason only.

2010

Orange alternate jersey discontinued in favor of throwbacks.

2011

Orange alternate jersey revived.

2012

Throwbacks reappear as third uniform, orange alternates again discarded. TV numbers migrate to the shoulders.

2014

White shoes return.

2016

Color Rush uniform introduced, featuring the primary blue jerseys, blue pants, home socks, and blue shoes.

2018

Orange jerseys return.

2019

100th-anniversary chest patch. Throwbacks from 1937 worn against the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. Another game featured the white wishbone ‘C.’

My Take

You can’t go wrong with the Bears’ look. You honestly can’t. Not in any single generation. However, and this sounds ironic since I am a uniform purist who embraces tradition for the most part – I love the orange alternates. The navy/burnt orange is a perfect color contrast and the burnt orange jerseys promote that – very akin to the improved look for the Denver Broncos when they ditched navy primaries for orange. It works for the Bears, too.

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