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Why does no team use earth tone colors? 


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10 minutes ago, Gothamite said:

 

And yet there are hockey fans clamoring for a return to white at home. 

 

As if hockey wasn't white enough already.

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40 minutes ago, GFB said:

Because no one wants to be drab.

 

Oh, plenty of teams want to be drab: Eagles, A's, Jets, Brewers, Rams, Bucs, Diamondbacks.  All of these teams switched away from vibrant shades to very drab earthy colours.  (All significant downgrades.)

 

 

25 minutes ago, Gothamite said:

Because the Padres’ owners are idiots

 

Right -- the one team for which brown is an indelible part of its identity refuses to embrace it.


Another team that looked great in an earthy tone was the Pirates from 1971 through 1976, a uniform that was used as a throwback a few years ago.


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(It's funny that the colour that looks so bad on the Brewers looks so good on the Pirates.)

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The soccer team I work for uses brown, tan, and maroon. Our maroon has lightened up quite significantly since the first year of play, but I’ve always thought that was a relatively unique palette.  

 

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51 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

Oh, plenty of teams want to be drab: Eagles, A's, Jets, Brewers, Rams, Bucs, Diamondbacks.  All of these teams switched away from vibrant shades to very drab earthy colours.  (All significant downgrades.)

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I understand the point that you're trying to make, but darker shades of colors (like navy, maroon, and forest green) are not "earth tones." They still have the saturation of the vibrant shades, just with less lightness. 

 

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Go look at the colors posted in the original post... the majority have a <50% saturation. The only truly saturated colors are in the orange/brown spectrum. 

 

Even in most of the examples being thrown out (Coyotes, Browns, Padres), they pair one earth tone with a vibrant color, which is a great base for a unique color scheme.  However, the original question was "Why does no team use ONLY earth tone colors?" and the answer is that earth tones are drab by nature. While that does have its benefits (earth tones work great if you're painting interior walls in your home because they aren't richly saturated), a palette of ONLY earth colors just doesn't work for pro teams:

 

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