June is a very special time for the LGBTQ+ community. What started out as a major event for the gay community—the 1969 Stonewall Riots—has become a whole month of reflection, education, and the celebration of being able to live openly. Pride Month means something different to everyone; for some, it’s a time to feel completely validated for being your authentic self while for others it’s a time to be thankful for people who have sacrificed tremendously for the LGBTQ+ community. Despite the difference of opinions, most can agree Pride Month is a time to look forward to the future and acknowledge the fight we still have ahead of us.
Let’s face it—around this time during the average year you’d be busy envisioning ideas for your glamorous Pride Parade outfit. With the worldwide pandemic this year many Pride Parades and events have gone virtual, unfortunately, instead of the amazing experience it normally is. But who needs the Parade to express yourself when you can dress up for Pride everyday of the month? Even if you are just going to the corner convenience store that sells those really good slushies, why not throw that rainbow colored jacket on that you adore or apply some empowering makeup to your face? When it comes to dressing up for Pride there are two ways you can go about it; you can go all out or you can go for a more subtle look.
Feel the Rainbow; Taste the Rainbow
The iconic rainbow flag is the perfect way to express pride and is commonly used as a symbol of social equality and individuality.
Be A Unicorn
Be your unique self while wearing stylish rainbow bottoms. That’s right! Just like a unicorn. Try out a pair of rainbow pants or a pencil skirt and pair the bottoms of your choice with a tight-fitting, solid colored top. For a more effortless look, coordinate a matching top and bottom. Both of these looks are simple and easy.
Classic Yet Fantastic
Try the classic rainbow-striped tank, tee or crop top. There is tons of variety when it comes to finding a rainbow-striped top, from striped lettuce edged tees to vintage striped ringer tees. Wearing a laid back top with jeans is a hard combo to beat and a top this cute is incredibly easy to come by.
Love a good shoe moment? Make yours the center of your outfit with a bright, fun pair and a few smaller pops of color splashed throughout the rest of your look.
Comfort Comes First
Dress up in a jumpsuit or romper while feeling comfortable!
A Message That Matters
Go the more subtle way of getting your message across! If you’d rather make a smaller statement, opt for a graphic tee with a prismatic statement. Complete your look with a pair of ripped jeans or shorts.
Don't Have Anything That Screams Pride? Don't Fret
There’s no need to go shopping. You can grab your old tie-dye tee back from your high school days. Make your tie-dye tee the focal point of your outfit by pairing it with black leggings, or old jeans. If you want to add even more complexity to your look, layer up by adding a jean jacket or neutral cardigan.
This isn’t necessary, but can TOTALLY brighten up your outfit. Complete your look with pride-themed makeup, a pin with a message, or other rainbow accessories! Try rainbow colored earrings, sunglasses, scarves, or bags.