Pride is observed every year in June to commemorate the 1970 Stonewall Uprising. This important celebration also acknowledges and honors the societal contributions made by the LGBTQIA+ community. People show their support in a number of different ways, but attending Pride parades is by far the most popular. These vibrant outdoor events bring people together to honor the history of the LGBTQIA+ movement. It’s a great opportunity to get family and friends together to enjoy a day of fun. Since Pride falls in the summer, though, chances are it’ll be sunny and hot. While it’s great to soak up a bit of Vitamin D, it’s also important to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. Stay cool and protected in these comfy outfits for Pride.
This tried-and-tested combo is a classic for a reason. T-shirts are lightweight and casual, making them ideal for warm weather. Women's T-shirts made from breathable materials, like cotton and linen, are soft against the skin and help you to stay dry. Thanks to increasing support for Pride, there are plenty of fun options out there if you’re shopping for a new T-shirt. Rep the rainbow with a logo tee or keep it vibrant in a bold color. If you prefer to show Pride colors in your accessories, stick to a light hue shirt, like white. Dark colors are more forgiving when it comes to sweat, sure, but they also absorb a lot of heat. A white T-shirt is much cooler to wear. You can also make your own T-shirt for Pride. Use an old one or buy an inexpensive blank T-shirt and go wild with markers and paint.
Once you’ve found the perfect T-shirt, it’s time to follow with the shorts. You may have to try on a few different pairs to find the inseam that works best for you. Denim shorts are always a reliable, stylish choice if the fit is roomy enough. There’s nothing worse than standing and walking for hours in too-tight clothes. For maximum comfort, consider a pair of women’s board shorts. These quick-drying shorts are ideal for staying cool and comfortable while you sweat. Find a pair that matches your tee and finish the look off with crisp, white sneakers. You can add a belt for extra style and a cap to shield your face from the sun.
With a tankini top, you get all the benefits of a swimsuit in the silhouette of a regular top. Just like one-pieces and bikinis, tankini tops are quick-drying. This makes them ideal for swimming, but also for absorbing and wicking away sweat. Some tankini tops also feature UV protection which is essential for long periods in the sun. You can mix and match yours with any bottoms to create a cool and comfy outfit for Pride. Style it as you would a bodysuit with shorts, pants, and skirts. An off-the-shoulder tankini top will look fantastic with wide-leg pants, for example. You can also style a tankini under a jumpsuit or overalls for a chic yet laidback look.
Achieve a similar look by building your Pride outfit around a bikini. You can style it as you would a gorgeous lace bralette. Wear it under a women’s summer shirt made of cotton, linen, or French terry. You could also style it with an open-knit pointelle sweater. A bikini top will also look great with any coverup, like a shawl or kimono. Pair it with any comfy bottoms, like denim shorts or a flowing skirt.
Wearing an airy, flowing dress is another great outfit for staying cool and comfy at Pride. Women’s dresses come in a variety of lengths and silhouettes so it’ll be easy to find the ideal fit for you. Fabrics like cotton, linen, and rayon are best for the heat. For minimal coverage, go for a mini dress or one that hits just above the knee. If you're worried about chafing or flashing, you can always pop on a pair of bike shorts underneath. Be sure to go for a lightweight pair as a heavy layer will just add to the heat. If more coverage is what you’re after, swap out the mini dress for a midi or maxi instead.
Dresses of all lengths pair well with heels and wedges, but these might not be the most ideal footwear for a parade. It’s important to choose something that’s comfy and cushioned because you’ll be on your feet most of time. Lace-up or slip-on sneakers are an ideal choice. If you can’t bear to cover your feet in the heat, go for flat, footbed sandals with adjustable straps. These shoes offer a secure fit with enough comfort to last you the day. Water shoes are another great alternative to sneakers and socks. Made to be worn in the water and on land, these shoes are ready for any kind of summer day.
Dress to impress this Pride, but also to stay cool and comfy. Wear one of these looks to your next parade or use our list as outfit inspiration. Don’t miss the Pride Collection at Lands’ End for colorful clothing and accessories to help you celebrate.