The Los Angeles Chargers uniform history starts in 1960 when the team was first based in LA. They then moved to San Diego from 1961 until 2016 before returning to the City of Angels prior to the 2017 NFL Season.
This article depicts a long, and winding history for what might just be the greatest uniforms in the NFL today and of all time.
The team debuted with white helmet shells, a blue lightning bolt, gold outlines, and blue numbers outlined in gold under the bolt.
The home jerseys were blue with white numbers and gold outlines, white shoulder striping with a blue lightning bolt embedded within the stripe. The pants were white and detailed with a blue lightning bolt outlined in gold. The socks were a solid blue along with black shoes.
The road jerseys were white with blue numbering, gold outlines, a blue stripe at the shoulder, and a white lightning bolt with yellow outlines.
The lightning bolt on the helmet was now gold and the helmet numbers black.
Also, the lightning bolt within the shoulder stripes was now gold. Gold lightning bolts also graced the pants.
The Chargers wore the San Diego City Seal at the front of their helmet.
The team reverted back to blue lightning bolts on the helmet shell. The home jerseys were now lightened to the now-famous powder blue. The pants for both uniforms was now gold, consisting of blue and white trim running up the sides.
The blue jersey was now darker. The gold lightning bolt in the shoulder stripe now lacked outlines. The pants piping was once again a lighting bolt (blue with white outlines) on both home and road uniforms. The road jerseys now consisted of navy striping at the shoulders, and gold lightning bolts.
The powder blues returned, now featuring powder blue numbering and shoulder striping on the road uniform. TV numbers now appeared on the sleeves, and the lightning bolts on the pants also became powder blue.
Traditional trim returned to the pants.
The numbers on the home jersey were now gold. The team also adopted blue shoes.
The helmets were now navy blue with a gold logo along with a navy and white outline and gold facemasks.
The home jersey was now a hybrid between royal and navy blue with gold numbers, white outlines, and TV numbers at the sleeves. The white shoulder stripe housed a gold lightning bolt with navy outlines. Gold pants with navy and white trim graced the sides along with blue socks and blue shoes.
The road jerseys bore blue numbers with gold outlines, blue shoulder striping, a gold lightning bolt, along with navy and white outlines.
These uniforms were known as the Air Coryell uniforms.
White shoes for the road uniform.
Blue shoes for the road uniform plus white socks with blue striping for both uniform sets.
White shoes for both uniforms. The blue jerseys only appeared in preseason that year.
White lightning bolt with a blue outlining for the pants.
The white roadies were the only uniforms to make an appearance.
A blue pants stripe with a white lightning bolt embedded was unveiled. 25th-anniversary chest patch.
The pants color changed to white, housing blue striping and a gold lightning bolt with navy and white outlines.
The second major redesign.
The navy helmets now housed a white lightning bolt outlined in navy and gold.
The jerseys were now navy with white numbering and navy and gold outlines. A white lightning bolt outlined in navy and gold graced the shoulders along with TV numbers at the sleeves. The white pants now held a white-navy-white-trim, along with navy socks.
The white jersey held navy numbers, white and gold outlines, a navy shoulder stripe, along with a white bolt outlined in navy and gold.
Navy pants with a gold-navy-white-navy-gold piping were introduced to the road look. The socks on the road uniform were now white with two navy stripes.
The Chargers wore white uniforms for each game in the regular season.
The team brought back throwbacks for the 1994 season.
The blue pants were dropped from the look.
Blue pants returned to the road uniform.
40th-anniversary chest patch plus the return of the powder blues as an alternate.
Navy on navy appears for the first time. Chest patch to commemorate Gm John Butler.
Blue socks were paired with the blue pants for the first time.
Another major overhaul.
White helmet shells appear for the first time since 1973 featuring a gold lightning bolt with powder and navy outlines along with navy facemasks. Jerseys were navy blue with a unique numbering font. Numbers were white with blue and gold outlines and TV numbers appeared at the shoulder. White shoulder striping housing a gold lightning bolt graced both shoulders.
A powder blue alternate also appeared.
The white road jersey featured navy numbers with powder blue and gold outlines. The shoulder striping was also navy blue.
The pants were white with a navy stripe and a gold lighting bolt outlined in powder blue. The alternate pants featured a powder blue stripe. The navy road pants bore a white stripe with the gold lightning bolt embedded within it.
Socks were navy except for the alternates, which featured powder blue socks.
50th-anniversary patch plus throwbacks to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original AFL.
The team paired white on white for the first time. Thin gold line added to the base of the socks.
Chargers unveil Color Rush uniform; a lighter shade of navy featuring gold numbers along with blue or white outlines. White shoulder striping housed the gold lightning bolt, as did the white striping on the blue pants. The socks and shoes were also blue.
The team also paired navy on navy for the first time.
The Chargers now bore gold facemasks and switched their primary home jersey to powder blue.
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