There is still tons of progress that needs to be made with LGBTQ+ rights in the U.S.—as well as on a global scale. After all, gay marriage only became legal across all states in America in 2015 and there's been a huge increase in anti-LGBTQ+ bills throughout the country recently. Pride Month acknowledges the strides we've made and brings awareness to other important issues for the LGBTQ+ community. And, of course, June is a time to publicly, loudly, and proudly celebrate love and identity in all shapes and forms. With Pride just around the corner, there will be 30 days filled with events saluting living openly, and remembering the Stonewall uprising, which took place in New York City during June 1969 and escalated the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States.
If you're interested in dressing up for the occasion, you can rep some awesome LGBTQ+ owned brands or simply show your support by sporting symbolic rainbow colors (or the colors of flags representing the other groups within the greater community). And while the festivities are fun, it's also important that allies of the LGBTQ+ community stay informed and help out by donating to organizations if you're able.
As the world is slowly returning back to some normalcy, you can finally strut these fits down the streets in your hometown as you participate in the parades. Particularly after a grim couple of years, it's time to wear some color again and bring a little brightness to this world. Keep reading to peep some cute Pride outfits that'll wow everyone come June.
Our top picks for cute Pride outfits:
This Pastel MaxiJust Fab Color Block Maxi Dress Read More
This Thoughtful SweatshirtThe Mayfair Group Empathy Always Sweatshirt Read More
This Crochet TopFiorucci Desert Rise Crochet Bandana Top Multi Read More
This Asymmetrical DressPhlemuns Twisted Polo Dress Read More
This Button Down LookIzzue Graphic Print Short Sleeved Shirt Read More
Summer vibes? check. Pride-ready? Also check. Frolic through the streets in this soft, colorful dress paired with platform sandals or patterned sneakers. It's a perf Pride staple to rock throughout June...that you'll then want to wear on repeat as an effortlessly cute 'fit the rest of the summer.
Empathy, aka the ability to understand someone else's feelings, is so relevant to what Pride Month is all about. Show up in this sweet crewneck and crisp white jorts to spread the love while celebrating inclusivity and equality for all, 365 days a year.
Something about this gorge crochet top just hits right. You can keep it casual by throwing on some jeans, or dress it up with a white skirt and cute pumps.
Leave it to Phlemuns to really deliver a look. This asymmetrical dress deserves all the attention. Not to mention, you can wear it any time of the year as well!
We just love everything about this fit, from the top's abstract take on rainbow print, to the baggy distressed jeans, to that adorable bubblegum pink, pint-sized bag. It's a subtle way to rep Pride in your everyday life.
Look absolutely alluring in this attention-grabbing dress. When worn in June, it's ideal for all things pride. But you'll definitely be slipping into this stunner in July (and beyond!). It'll pair perfectly with a classic denim or bomber jacket on cooler summer nights.
Less rainbow-y but still giving that pride-vibe is this printed top from Dandy Delmar. This styling is perfection, too: leave the front unbuttoned to show off a cute white bra underneath.
You need this sweatshirt romper to immediately accompany all your pride celebrations. It's a great day-to-night piece, too: cool down a bit when it's hot out by wearing a solid black or white sports bra underneath, and loosely draping the sleeves down over your hips. If temps get chilly at night, zip it all the way up and get cozy in those long sleeves. Genius!
Subtle, sleek, and perfect for layering, this ombre rainbow suit is pretty epic. If the weather is toasty, leave the blazer at home and go for a classic tee or cami paired with the dreamy trousers!
These coveralls from queer-owned Wildfang are ideal for a no-brainer look. Add some sneakers and some colorful jewelry, and you're set.
If you're spending June somewhere super warm (or by the water), this ombre maxi dress is perf for tossing on over a swimsuit. It'll keep you feeling cool and looking great.
This rainbow-stripe unisuit is both a fun swimwear option and cute enough to wear on its own with an open button-down.
You'll get plenty of use out of this ombre button-down, long after the Pride Month festivities have ended. It'll look so chic at brunch, in the office, or while out on the town with pals.
Wearing a sweater during summer is totally possible—especially if you pair it with some classic black bike shorts.
No doubt about it: You're gonna want to wear this adorable wrap dress year-round. The subtle rainbow plaid works great whether you're celebrating Pride in June, or grabbing drinks in August.
This cropped tee (which comes in several colors, BTW!) can help remind those around you that all Black lives matter—including LGBTQ+ ones.
If you want just a hint of rainbow in your look, try this pretty white dress with a colorful scalloped hem.
Sunny days full of joyful celebrations call for a dress this gorgeous. If you're headed to a more formal Pride event (or just want a cute IG photo), opt for this frock.
If ya wanna get cheeky with it, this graphic T-shirt is the way to go. Tuck it into a pair of denim shorts and throw on some chunky sandals for a kah-yoot summer look.
So, you're ready to celebrate Pride Month.
A few tips for choosing your cutest Pride 'fit:
When it comes to Pride looks, there's not really a wrong way to go. Ultimately, it's all about your personal style and comfort. Pick an ensemble that makes you feel like your best self—and also make sure you take your environment into consideration.
June is a tricky month, and depending on where you live (or the place where you're celebrating Pride), you can encounter plenty of different types of weather. If you're in an area that's typically humid during the summer, make sure you wear something cool and comfortable (and bring a bottle of water) for outside events. Inside and nighttime festivities might get a bit chilly, though, so toss a sweater or hoodie in your bag to help keep you cozy when temps drop. When in doubt, check—and double check—the weather before you head out!
But wait—where does the term "Pride" come from?
Though we can trace Pride celebrations back to the 1969 police attack on Stonewall Inn, the origin of the term "Pride" is a little less exact. It all started with LGBTQ+ activist Brenda Howard, who planned the very first Pride parade in 1970 and has since become known as the "Mother of Pride." Other folks doing work within the community also started using this term in reference to the month of June (and commemoration of the Stonewall uprising) around the same time—including Sylvia Rivera, a civil rights activist who advocated for trans people, people of color, and LGBTQ+ folks who were lower income.
What to expect (and remember) if you're celebrating Pride:
Pride Month consists of all kinds of events that celebrate the members of the LGBTQ+ community. From parades and marches to smaller social festivities, there's a little something for everyone. And though allies are always welcome to join in on the fun, it's important to remember that the focus should be on creating safe and welcoming places for LGBTQ+ folks to be themselves and honor those who have paved the way for gay rights.