For the first time in its 20-year history, World Pride is coming to New York City. This June, the city will come alive with a month-long lineup of queer-centric concerts, parties, and events. The event will double as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of NYC’s historic Stonewall uprising, a landmark moment in the ongoing struggle for LGBTQI rights.
Though New Yorkers are famous for our penchant for wearing all-black ensembles, Pride is the perfect excuse to bring out a little festivity and color to our wardrobes (or at least show some skin!). That’s why we’re looking to the good folks at H&M, who’ve put together a special Pride Capsule Collection of summer-friendly pieces celebrating LGBTQI pride while also leaving room for you to express your own individuality.
As an official World Pride sponsor, H&M is donating ten percent of sales proceeds—a minimum commitment of $300,000—to the United Nations’ Free & Equal Campaign. The company has a long history of spotlighting LGBTQI artists and creatives such as actress Laverne Cox and actor and comedian Rickey Thompson. Their aim for this year’s collection: to let you dress like your unapologetic, fun, and fearless self.
Ready to find your Pride outfit? From outdoor concert-ready crop tops and short shorts to an all-rainbow ensemble, here are five amazing looks for celebrating World Pride 2019.
Calling all femmes (and really anyone who wants to rock a crop top). What better way to embrace the real spirit of Pride than with a simple but assertive statement piece that says “Stay True, Stay You” right across the front? Pair the top with some reliable mom jeans for structure, and cap it off with some edgy cat-eye sunglasses and crisp white sneakers for a put-together yet festive outdoor look.
If you consider yourself colorful, this look is for you. This bold head-to-toe rainbow ensemble, which includes a bra top and biker shorts is certainly a choice. Finish off the look with some faux leather platform sandals that’ll be comfortable and chic at the same time. If you’re going to a concert, consider adding a small clear backpack for some fashionable storage.
Serve Gay Pride skater boy realness wearing this fun white tank top with bright rainbow lettering that says “Pride.” Anchoring the casual outfit are some knee-length black denim shorts and breathable, elastic slip-on shoes to help you stay active during the festivities.
Channel your inner cabana boy next door with this fun, preppy outfit that would work equally well at a fancy pool party as it would an outdoor concert. Offset the polished look of the collared resort shirt with some breezy short shorts and some simple flip flops. Mix and match different colors if you’re feeling wild.
Attending a lecture, brunch, or other social event? This easy-going but sophisticated ensemble will help you stand out—in a good way. Start with a subtle, rainbow-striped white T, then round it out with some beige twill joggers and mesh white sneakers. Last but not least, of course, are some round sunglasses—you’re king of the shade.