Wear Your Pride! (Or What To Wear On Pride Day)

Rainbow pride dress - girl with rainbow coloured dress

Rainbow Pride Dress by Renaissance Couture, modelled by Laura Dixon – Photo by Doug Craib

Mark Anthony gives us great advice on what to wear on Pride Day!

Pride is suddenly upon us and I’m sure you’ve already got your outfit all laid out. Right? Well, I hope so.

The best way to plan your outfit for Pride is to start with your absolute favourite look. Nothing too dressy; something that is casual but totally cute – the outfit you might wear to see your ex, because you know you look particularly hot in it!
Don’t consider season/weather, just really pick the outfit you look absolutely your best in. You’re going to want to wear your hottest look because, well, I know you, and you’re probably going to see a cute guy or girl you want to kiss. If you have a significant other, this is a great time to ask them what their favourite thing is that you wear. Even if you’re not out cruising, looking hot at Pride is a source of…well… pride.

Once you have your all-time favourite outfit picked, out it’s time to tweak it to be Pride-ready for all sorts of events. You need to assess for weather, longevity, and gayness.

Check the weather report religiously leading up the parade. If there is a chance of rain, you should add in a raincoat, and swap out whatever shoes you were planning on wearing for either rain boots or other boots you don’t mind getting wet. Plan on bringing as few items as possible, maybe just some cash, your phone, ID and your debit card. Carrying around a wet bag will just get grosser and grosser as the day progresses.

If the weather is going to be hot, make sure you eliminate any jackets or sweatshirts from your look. Carrying around you hoodie under your arm all day is not cute or fun. In complete contrast to a rainy day, for a super hot day you’ll want to equip yourself with some sort of backpack/shoulder bag – something large enough to carry a bottle of “water” for you (and maybe one for your sweetheart) but small enough to not be bulky/heavy. You’ll be a real Pride superstar if you throw an extra white ribbed tank top in your bag to inevitably lend to a less properly-dressed friend.

Next, assess your outfit for longevity, if you plan on going straight from the parade to a club/party. Generally, you’ll want to aim for close-toed shoes, and leaving home any valuables you can’t shove in a corner. You probably should have on an outfit that neatly fits a flask. Just sayin’. Alternatively, if you have the opportunity to go home before going out at night, you might want to plan one outfit optimized for the parade (weather, rainbowness) and one optimized for partying (bringing your hotness). I’m gonna go ahead and say having a flask on hand in this case is also preferable.

Finally, you’re going to want to get your gay on. Normally, I’m not a fan of rainbow stuff or pride slogans, but obviously Pride is your chance to let go of notions like “tacky” and just go with it. Do you have a rainbow bow-tie? Rainbow suspenders? Rainbow kicks? If you do run in to inclement weather, you can absolutely rock rainbow wellies, or a big old rainbow umbrella that says “Lesbians Do it Wetter.”

Alternatively if it’s hot, you can take this opportunity to wear rainbow sandals. While Pride is the one time you don’t need to worry about being mistaken for a straight chick, it’s still a fun opportunity to flag as you can. That being said, if you are able to go home in between the parade and party, you might want to ditch your gay-gear in lieu of an “oh, is it Pride again? I look this good all the time” type outfit. The choice is yours and yours alone.

There’s more than one way to make a splash at Pride.  Adding one or two of the accompanying statement-making pieces to your outfit will get you noticed – for all the right reasons – in no time. However, the most important thing you can wear, though, is your pride! It comes but once a year, so take the time to cherish how great our community is, and how proud we have reason to be.

This article by Mark Anthony is also in our monthly June edition of EILE Magazine. Just click on the EILE icon at the right bar or on the top of the page to read more great exclusive articles from our June issue!

Check out Mark Anthony’s great fashion blog Mark My Style 


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