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Rock The Rainbow

by | Dec 29, 2023

Pride Month is a fun and amazing time for members of the LGBTQ+ community and our allies to join and celebrate how far we’ve come and the beautiful and stunning things that make us all unique! But what if it’s your first year attending a Pride event? Often, the first question that comes up is, “What do I wear?” Dressing for pride is a big part of the fun of pride! Your first instinct may be to grab the first rainbow-printed shirt you see. 

However, we would encourage you to think outside of that box a little bit! It’s not a necessary requirement, and honestly, there are so many other alternatives that are just as fun.  It’s also important to remember that, depending on your location, you’re likely to be outside and in the sun for a long time! Practicality is a fabulous first thought as you get ready for the upcoming events! 

Embrace Individual Pride Colors

Instead of going for the obvious and wearing a head-to-toe rainbow print ensemble, an alternative approach could be incorporating one or two colors whose meanings especially stand out to you. Did you know that each stripe on the pride flag is a representation of various aspects of the LGBTQ+ community? (Red is for Life, Orange is for healing, etc.). 

You could also try wearing pink to advocate for anti-bullying! If nothing else, a sequin top in the brightest shade of your favorite color would make for a fabulous and stunning statement piece! If you’re missing your rainbows, you could wave the progressive flag as it accents your fit!

Make a Statement with Accessories

Accessories are an easy way to “zazz” up an outfit. Sparkling jewelry is eye-catching in the sunlight and can be lightweight, depending on the style of jewelry! Makeup is also a fun and creative way to express yourself! 

Remember, Pride is an opportunity to celebrate diversity, so feel free to experiment with bold and eye-catching accessories and looks that capture the spirit of the event. If you’re an ally and you’ve always wanted to try doing more bombastic, drag-like makeup this is the perfect time to try it! 

Prioritize Comfortable Footwear

Attending Pride parades and festivals often involves a lot of walking and standing. Therefore, it’s essential to dress practically and choose comfortable footwear. It may be tempting to go for heels or knee-high boots, but those choices are not for the weak-footed! 

Choose a pair of reliable sneakers or runners that will keep you comfortable throughout the day. Not only will this ensure you can enjoy the festivities without discomfort, but it will also allow you to participate in marches and join the energetic atmosphere with ease!

Show Your Advocacy

Pride events are an ideal platform for advocacy, so don’t forget to bring signs that promote inclusivity, equality, and love. Personalized signs with empowering messages can inspire others and contribute to the positive energy of the event. It’s important for our allies to remember that they are there for the community to show their support and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community.

Beware of Glitter!

Sure, the first thing you might think of when you hear pride is glitter. Glitter everywhere! While it may be tempting to embrace the sparkle and shimmer of glitter, be aware that it tends to get everywhere and can be challenging to clean up. Consider using biodegradable alternatives or limiting their use to designated areas to minimize their environmental impact. 

Balancing self-expression and sustainability is a meaningful way to responsibly celebrate Pride. Additionally, confetti cannons can add an element of fun and celebration while being a lot easier to clean up!

Embrace Summery Attire

Pride often takes place during the vibrant summer season, so embrace the opportunity to wear comfortable and stylish summer attire. Rompers, summer dresses, and shorts with tank tops are great choices that allow you to stay cool while expressing your personal style. Feel free to experiment with bright colors, patterns, and LGBTQ+-affirming designs to showcase your Pride spirit.

As you celebrate Pride, keep in mind the values of inclusivity and sustainability, making the event a memorable and impactful experience for all involved!

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb


Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award.An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content.Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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