This article was published on May 23rd, 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: Pride season is here! Coinciding with the annual marches as a result of the Stonewall Riots, June is the biggest month for Pride marches, parades, events and festivals around the world. Gay Pride fashion is important. It’s always a good idea to get a grip on what you’re going to be attired in for the weekend of festivities. You’ll need to know the proper do’s and don’ts of what to wear to show off your pride. Here are 8 gay Pride fashion do’s and don’ts on what to wear and what not to wear this Pride season.
- It doesn’t have to be rainbows. Gay Pride is about celebrating life and expressionism. Be bold. Pick your favourite color of clothing that makes you look good and feel confident and go from there. Incorporating a rainbow into your ensemble can be as easy as adding a rainbow headband or rainbow bracelet. Maybe this year, ditch the arcoiris altogether and go for a bright pink or aqua blue, whatever your mood.
- Be respectful of the crowd you are in and that there will be families in attendance. While jockstraps and thongs are sexy, remember that there are kids in the audience, Gladys Leeman. You don’t have to be completely naked to be pride to be gay. Wear a harness, skip the jock.
- Avoid rubber and vinyl. Most events are outdoors. You’ll be dripping in sweat and then either material will be nearly impossible to get off. How can you get off physically if you can’t even get undressed?
- Tight and bright are always in fashion. Be bold and be you. Find something fitting that shows off your best assets. For a little flare, throw in some bold colors to really stand out from the crowd.
- Consider getting a group together for a theme costume. Pride is about celebrating being alive and the ability to be openly gay in your community. Gather your nearest and dearest and hit the streets with a bang in matching shirts, outfits, or a funny/intelligent group look to really turn heads.
- Choose comfort over something outrageous. Pride often means a lot either walking or dancing. Those platform shoes may seem like a good idea, but lugging them over your shoulder at the end of the night, while walking home barefoot because your feet are screaming in agonizing pain is not a cute look. Half naked isn’t so cute when the sun goes down and the weather cools off.
- As for our straight allies, remember that simple is ok and that your presence is often enough. You don’t need to dress up ‘gay’ to fit in at pride. Pride events were meant to celebrate life in all ways, shapes, and forms. There’s no need to be completely decked out in rainbow socks, skirts, hats, earrings, wristbands, and shirts. If you are feeling donning the colors, pick one simple rainbow piece.
- Be fashionable, not a fashion disaster. Outrageous ensembles get a lot of attention, but you want to make sure you are obtaining the right kind of attention. Pride is a magical time when anything and everything can happen. So, choose something a bit over the top, but nothing that will disgust, get frowned upon, or stir controversy. Pride is about love and supporting our community, not necessarily deliberately bringing conflict to the table or making fellow pridesters uncomfortable.
Now you’re set and ready to go with amazing gay Pride fashion this Pride season. Grab your bright colors, grab your friends and loved ones, and have a fabulously dressed and amazingly perfect pride!