There are plenty of ways to show your spirit for Pride Month—including through fashion. We’ve put together some ideas for June outfits based on the rainbow flag, a long-standing symbol of the LGBTQ+ community. Keep reading for a short history of the flag, along with summery outfits in rainbow hues.
The rainbow flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 as a demonstration of gay and lesbian pride. However, it wasn’t until 1994 that a variation on Baker’s flag was officially made a representation of the LGBTQ+ community. The flag in 1994 was how we know it today: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Take fashion inspiration from the flag and create a capsule wardrobe for Pride Month that’s comfortable and stylish. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:
When you think of a capsule wardrobe, you usually think of neutral colors. But for June, think in terms of Pride flag colors. You can create an entire capsule wardrobe in bright rainbow hues or integrate rainbow colors into your neutral capsule wardrobe.
Supima cotton T-shirts are an excellent fashion option for spring and summer. The long-staple fiber is prized for its colorfast properties and durability—plus, it’s super soft. There are multiple Supima cotton T-shirt styles in women’s sizes, so you can find one that’s right for your aesthetic and body type. One option is the classic crewneck. Men’s and women’s V-neck T-shirts are another versatile style that everyone can wear. There are short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts from which to choose, along with some that have 3/4-length sleeves.
Choose a Supima cotton T-shirt in a rainbow color, or opt for a rainbow print for all the colors. A tee with a retro-inspired rainbow stripe pattern is the perfect casual top for showing Pride in June. Pair it with Bermuda shorts for a comfortable summer look that can go almost anywhere.
Women’s cotton tank tops are another type of top that comes in Pride Month colors. For maximum fashion versatility, look for a style with cotton-interlock fabric and a hip length. These tops have a hint of stretch, so they fit your curves without ever feeling tight. Plus, they’re excellent for layering under other tops, such as tunics. Wear a cotton tank with almost any type of bottoms and shoes for a summery outfit that’s great for outdoor events.
Women’s polo shirts are another versatile addition to any capsule wardrobe. There are so many colors available that you can have one in every hue of the rainbow flag and then some. Cotton mesh polos are a breezy option for warm days, or you can opt for a performance polyester polo with a wrinkle-resistant finish and antimicrobial fabric treatment to keep you fresh from morning until night. Women’s and men’s polo shirts come in solid colors, but you can also find them in rainbow-hued prints.
When choosing bottoms for your wardrobe, men’s and women’s jeans are always a good fashion option. They come in an array of cuts, styles, and sizes to fit every body and go with everything. Capri pants are another must-have, as they complement top styles ranging from tees to tunics and look great with sneakers or sandals.
A rainbow tank dress with a coordinating jacket is another June fashion staple you’ll want to wear all month. You can also wear tank dresses with jean jackets or opt for a T-shirt dress if you want longer sleeves. Even a women’s blazer can be layered over a tank dress or T-shirt dress for a layer of warmth and a bold, eclectic fashion look.
No summer wardrobe is complete without swimsuits. Stock up on rainbow-striped men’s swim trunks or shop for a women’s tugless tank one-piece with a rainbow print. If you prefer a two-piece, you can’t go wrong with a tankini. Women’s tankinis come in lots of top and bottom styles, from square-neck tanks to high-waisted and bikini-style bottoms. There are also cover-up dresses in a variety of styles that come in rainbow hues.
You don’t have to wait until June to display your LGBTQ+ pride through fashion. Rainbow colors and prints can be worn all year, especially when you work vibrant pieces into a classic wardrobe. You could even wear a rainbow flag pin on your jacket for a show of Pride every day. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing—the right outfit should give you a boost of confidence and feel good to wear.
Fashion should be fun. Play with rainbow-print and rainbow-hued apparel to find the Pride Month outfits that you like best!