Think of the most amazing New Year’s Eve party, the best Christmas party, your friend’s wedding – well, none of those events come even close to Pride. It is the ultimate party of the year, and the best part – everyone is invited to join in. There’s amazing music, lots and lots of dancing, colorful flags, and a whole lot of joy, merriment, and well – pride. We’re not even exaggerating – you will have, as the song says, the time of your life, so mark your calendars because this over-the-top extravaganza is not something you want to miss. However, if you’re a pride-going newbie, you might need a little help in the wardrobe department. Why? Because when it comes to Pride, there are certain rules, so listen up and gear up for it. Of course, glitter and confetti are everywhere, less is more and more is less. Think of it as an outrageously fun candy store, and you have trouble picking out your flavor. So, here we are, to lend a helping hand and make sure you look absolutely fabulous, whichever style direction you choose to take. Here are some great lewks for how to dress for gay Pride.
Low-key athleisure vibes
If you’re not an ‘over-the-top’ kind of person, but still want to show support and look the part, no one says you can’t follow the easy breezy athleisure route. A pair of great sneakers and wide-leg pants with a rainbow side stripe will suffice. You can choose to wear a crop top, tank top, or a regular fitted tee, but throw on some body glitter for good measure – after all, it’s the ultimate celebration. The best part about this look is that it’s completely unisex, so both men and women can rock it – just find the cut that fits you best and you’re golden.
Let there be color!
The Pride Parade is like Halloween on steroids; the only difference is a lot of people choose to go with more colorful outfits that evoke joy than scary costumes. Therefore, don’t be afraid to mix and match – wear the well-known colors, but you don’t have to take the ‘stripe road’. You can choose a colorful dress, throw on a yellow cardigan and then top the look off with purple shoes and a metallic bag – and again, this goes for everyone – dudes, if you don’t want to wear a dress, then a colorful tee will suffice and a pair of jean shorts that show off that amazing booty of yours. Oh, and while you’re preparing your wardrobe, make sure you pack all Pride essentials as well – if there is one rule at Pride, it’s ‘always be prepared’.
Go big or go home
If you’re a goth at heart, and maybe rock the style in your everyday life, this is the time to snag some amazing gothic costumesand take things to a whole new level. As said, at Pride – there are no rules, so feel free to be you, and then amplify it. Go for the corset, tulle skirt, stockings, and while you’re at it – in the spirit of Pride, get a unicorn-color wig for that extra little something. Again, strong makeup and a whole lot of face and body glitter is highly encouraged.
Wear some clothes
As my friends from the HomoCulture say, be respectful of the crowd and wear something. You don’t have to wear a thong (or nothing at all) to have fun. There are plenty of options, like metallic boxers or briefs –we’re talking to you guys, so even if you’re in the mood to get skimpy, do so with style.
Say it with words
Although you are free to wear a huge feather-boa headpiece, a tiara, a leather bodysuit, sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. You can simply get one of those ‘make America gay again’ T-shirts, and perhaps throw on a pair of leopard print tights just for a touch of pizzazz. Of course, we can all follow the words of Lady Gaga’s LGBT anthem and bedazzle a simple denim jacket with the words ‘born this way’. Finally, there you can send a message of pure love the Neil Patrick Harris way and just wear a tee that says ‘love is magic’ with a rainbow on it.
The point is, when you dress for gay Pride you can be outrageous and creative, but you don’t have to. As long as you’re there, and you’re wearing the signature colors in some shape or form, you’re dressed just fine. You can definitely go big, wear wigs, leather, fishnet tights, or you can just look normal – with a splash of our colors, of course. So, follow your gut and your style persona, and you’ll never make a mistake.