Friday, July 18, 2014

The Straight Girl's Guide to Dressing for PRIDE

This weekend, San Diego kicks off it's 40th annual Pride weekend. Although there are Pride weekend ragers in cities all over the country, San Diego hosts not only a parade, but a block party, a rally, a music festival, a 5k run, and tons of other events. It's a celebration not only of the LBGTQ community, but of freedom of expression and loving yourself just the way you are, whether you are a part of the community, or just an ally. Pride originated as a political protest, but the tradition has evolved into a wildly fun time and an awesome excuse to party!
As a basic straight female, gay pride can be SO much fun, but if you've never been, it might be difficult to decide what to wear. Here are a few tips to make sure your outsides are looking as faboosh as your beautiful insides when you venture into the what will basically be a glitter/rainbow/tanned abs/spandex explosion.

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1. Do it up.
Gay pride is probably the most fashionable day party you will ever attend. Shave your legs, get a spray tan, and make sure your outfit is on point, because if you don't look like you even tried, there will be at least one professional stylist that will drunkenly wander by and want to fix you. As for your actual outfit: Wear something trendy, but comfortable, because you will probably do quite a bit of walking, especially as the party goes from day to night. Most attendees will be wearing very little, so if you want to show off your rocking' bod, now is the time. Add one or two crazy accessories like a feather boa or a ridiculous hat. It honestly doesn't even need to make sense. Everyone will be drunk anyway.
2. Don't overdo it.
It's a day party, not strip-mall glamour shots. Make sure your hair is in a style that will hold all day (i.e. Use enough hairspray to turn your head into a fire hazard). It will probably be HOT, so don't cake on the makeup unless you want to be mistaken for a melting drag queen. If you are super dedicated, and planning to remain reasonably sober, bring some red lipstick to swipe on after the sun goes down.

3. There is no such thing as too much glitter.
Self explanatory.

4. Wear sunscreen.
San Diego sunshine can be a blessing, but also a curse. Pride is a long weekend, and you don't want to get knocked out of the game early because you couldn't handle the heat! Don your most outlandish sunnies and avoid funky tan lines with plenty of sunscreen.

5. Hands-free Handbags.
How can you dance, catch float beads, and down tequila shots if you're struggling with your Mary Poppins bag? Pack light with a teeny tiny cross-body bag, a little zippy wristlet, or a stylish fanny pack.


6. Be fierce.
Pride weekend may have all sorts of connotations, but when it comes down to it, it's just about celebrating life-- whichever way you choose to live it. No matter what you're wearing, an open mind and a positive attitude are the most important accessories. Dance as much as possible, appreciate the sexy-looking people everywhere, give compliments to strangers, and make them your friends. Don't be judgy, don't be rude, and don't tell a drag queen you can do makeup better than her, even if its true.

And when in doubt, just start singing Gaga or Iggy.

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