At the risk of stating the obvious, Pride has been a little different this year. This might be the first Pride to coincide with a pandemic, a recession, and an uprising. As one Twitter user so aptly put it: “I’m at the pandemic. I’m at the recession. I’m at the uprising. I’m at the combination pandemic/recession/uprising.”
With Covid-19 still firmly in our midst, the majority of Pride celebrations have gone virtual. On the plus side, these virtual events are accessible from anywhere in the country; no longer limited by geography. We even have unprecedented worldwide events, like Global Pride. Pride 2020 is also introvert-friendly: you can celebrate from the comfort of your own home. Depending on the event, you may not even need to turn your camera on.
But you’ll still want to look cute. There’s something about a rainbow outfit that just screams festive and GAY. I don’t even like rainbows, but I still dressed my dog up as one because that’s what queers do.
Whether you’re heading out to a Pride motorcade event, marching in support of Black LGBTQ+ lives, or just tuning in to one of the many aforementioned virtual Pride events, you need some new rainbow gear this year. Nay, you deserve it.
Here’s a shoppable list of rainbow gear you can buy online and express ship to your house, ASAP.
Earthy queers, I see you! These flatform sandals from Teva are both colorful and practical.
These special edition Air Force 1s officially come out on June 22, but they’re timeless enough to wear all year long.
Because there’s still a pandemic, and you should be covering your face when you go out, but you can keep up the ~spirit~ while you do so.
It’s 2020 and wearing bras as crop tops IS THE FUTURE. This rainbow bra from queer-owned brand TomboyX is available in up to 4X.
I’ll declare it: knee-high socks are queer. Also, this subtle accessory can be worn so many different ways (short shorts anyone?).
This is not technically a full rainbow but it IS a perfect Herstory-inspired dyke T-shirt from a queer-owned company, so it’s a win all around.
High femmes who are morally opposed to sneakers, here’s your new favorite Pride heel.
If you’ve never been mostly-nude at Pride ‘cause you’re way too shy, now is the year! Behold, rainbow pasties.
Loungewear, but make it Pride! Also, These pants from Asos look super comfy.
These huge rainbow sunglasses are so over-the-top, yet ~chic~.
More tie-dye, this time in bucket hat form, ‘cause you can never have enough hats!
If you’re used to wearing black, hello, this crop top is a gradual introduction into the rainbow world.
Cropped sweatshirts aren’t the MOST practical item in the world but if it’s a little cool at night, pop this gender neutral sweatshirt on for Pride.
This ModCloth maxi dress gives off all the right confident Pride vibes.
This cute white mini-dress features tiny rainbow pinstripes.
Because biker shorts are the most versatile item of clothing ever.
If you’re lucky enough to be poolside sometime this June, these rainbow slides from Keds are ideal pool slides.
No list of Pride gear would be complete without a dependable rainbow stripe T-shirt.