To see how far the LGBTQ rights movement has come, just look to the growing list of fashion companies eager to create products celebrating LGBTQ
Viewed optimistically, these Pride Month items are a chance for brands to support equal rights, though cynics may see these efforts as just another chance to sell more stuff. In most instances, these brands are often adding philanthropic kickbacks to their themed collections, which feature hopeful designs on pieces ranging from sneakers to graphic T-shirts.
Despite the upbeat and colorful nature of these LGBTQ-themed collections, pride celebrations nationwide appear to be taking a serious tone in response to the current global political climate. (
Here are some of the stylish ways to show your pride this year.
Subtle, they’re not, but if you want a bold way to show your pride, these Rainbow Pride Pascal lace-ups from the British bootmaker are a sure bet (a graffiti-print version is better for low-key fashion followers). Five dollars from the sale of each pride-themed boot goes to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit dedicated to crisis and suicide prevention in the LGBTQ community. $145, www.drmartens.com
As part of the California-based denim label’s fourth pride-focused collection, Levi’s created a capsule collection around the theme “Fight Stigma.” From colorful handkerchiefs and pride flag pins to patchwork denim shorts and rainbow socks, there’s something to suit every taste. $12-$89.50, www.levi.com
These classic, rectangular frames are tricked out with rainbow-hued detailing, come in eyeglass and sunglass styles, and the latter is offered in six lens colors. Five dollars from every pair sold goes to the Trevor Project. Various prices, www.glassesusa.com
The Los Angeles-based underwear brand has created a festive Celebrate Yourself collection of printed underwear for the season and recruited a group of LGBTQ tastemakers such as Olympic athlete Gus Kenworthy and musician Big Freedia as models. One dollar from each pair of undies sold will go to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. $18-$24, www.meundies.com
Perhaps wearing your finest Turnbull & Asser bow tie should be saved for a night at the Ahmanson Theatre. This clip-on, part of the #Bows4Pride fundraising campaign, is a good alternative for more casual occasions as you spread your message of equal rights and inclusivity. One-hundred percent of the sales from this colorful neckwear goes to organizations that support LGBTQ causes. $25, www.bows-n-ties.com
For Pride Month, Converse is taking its most classic shoe silhouettes and offering them in several customizable styles, with features including rainbow laces, ’70s-inspired patches and T-shirts with the Converse logo remade in rainbow colors. Net proceeds from this collection go to the It Gets Better project and
American Eagle Outfitters
The teen retailer is offering of spirited underwear, printed T-shirts and tanks. A favorite is the baseball cap with a small rainbow on the front and the line, “Have a nice day,” on the back. Stylish and makes a statement. One-hundred percent of sales benefit the It Gets Better Project. $9.50-$19.95, www.ae.com
Nike, one of the most visible fashion brands out there, has no problem flaunting its pride. For its #BeTrue collection, Nike has taken familiar shoe styles and remade them in subtle rainbow gradations. Also available are shirts with bold statements printed on their fronts. $25-$160, www.nike.com
Shirts, hats and a wall tapestry from Urban Oufitters come decorated in cheerful rainbows, overblown lettering and fun graphics with all profits donated to GLSEN, a national education organization supporting LGBTQ students. $24-$39, www.urbanoutfitters.com
Kapten & Son
The travel-centric accessories brand updates its streamlined timepiece models with rainbow nylon straps for a low-key, limited-edition way of showing your spirit. Fifteen percent of the sales proceeds will benefit Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit organization that produces LGBTQ Pride events in New York. $149-$159, kapten-son.com
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