Ways to Dress Up for a Pride Event

When you think of pride events, you might imagine rainbows, glitter, and all things bright and cheerful. But there’s another side to the festivities: serious partying. 

Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax with friends or a chance to dance away your stress in public, here are pride outfits you can use for the occasion and have fun while doing it!

Butterfly wings

Butterfly wings are a great way to express your inner fairy. They’re also easy to make and pretty inexpensive, depending on where you buy the materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper mache: At least three rolls of paper towels or toilet paper tubes (depending on size)
  • Packing tape: Two rolls should be more than enough, but it’s best to buy extra in case you mess up your wing before applying the final layer of paint
  • A flat surface for drying wings such as an overturned bucket or box lid (optional)
  • Paintbrushes for applying paint and sealant to completed wings

Rainbow flag

The rainbow flag is a symbol of love, unity, pride, freedom and respect. The flag itself was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978 and first used at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25th that same year. It has since become one of the most well-known symbols in LGBTQ+ culture today.

The rainbow flag’s colors symbolize many things:

  • Red for life
  • Orange for healing
  • Yellow for sunlight
  • Green for nature/earth
  • Blue for harmony/peaceful coexistence between mankind and nature/mankind with its environment

Rainbow tutu

You can wear your tutu with pride. The rainbow tutu is one of the most iconic symbols of LGBTQ pride, and it’s easy to see why! Whether you’re a man or a woman, young or old—a rainbow-colored tutu can add a touch of whimsy to any outfit. It can be worn as an accessory or even to make up an entire outfit for Pride events.

If you need some inspiration for ways to incorporate this style into your wardrobe, here are some great outfits from around the web that use this classic costume piece:

Flag dress

A flag dress is a fun and colorful way to show your support and pride. Flag dresses are available in many colors, sizes, styles and fabrics and also available for all budgets. Before, the problem would be you couldn’t always find them everywhere or in the right size. Thankfully, with more and more online stores opening, that’s not much of a problem anymore. Online stores like Smiffys offer a variety of dresses and costumes for different occasions and also have a good range of sizes, ensuring everyone feels comfortable while looking amazing.

Rainbow flag t-shirt

As an important symbol of LGBTQ pride, the rainbow flag is an easy choice for a piece of clothing. In fact, it’s pretty much the only option if you want to show off your support for LGBTQ rights without looking like a total dork.

You can wear a rainbow flag t-shirt with jeans, sneakers and no socks (like in this photo). Or you can wear it with pants or shorts and heels. Either way, your outfit will look cool as hell—and let everyone know what side of history you’re on!

The best way to make sure you look good at a pride event is to have fun! You can keep it simple with some rainbow-flag t-shirts or get creative with your outfit by cutting up some old clothes and making them into something new. And don’t forget about accessories like shoes, jewelry and makeup—they can all add character to an outfit!

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