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Nine Things to Wear to Pride That Aren’t Clothes, Because F*ck It

This all started because I have been shopping for nipple pasties because, look, June gets hotter and hotter every year, and also, for some reason, with each passing day, I am becoming more and more unhinged and have gotten it into my head that if I go to Pride this year, my outfit is going to center around wearing alien or UFO nipple pasties. I’m going to start with the UFO pasties and get carried away from there!

So, here are nine things you can wear to pride that aren’t clothes, because fuck it.


#1 Nipple Pasties

UFO nipple pasties that are woven, with rainbow sequin tractor beams

You have your oddly Pride-appropriate UFO’s, your definitely Pride-specific pasties, honestly, I haven’t truly plumbed the depths here where it comes to all the different nipple pasties that exist that are also available for purchase and application to your nipples / chest in time for Pride, but, I do believe that this is a thing we can do together!

#2 Body Glitter

a container of NYX brand body glitter in red

The sun will likely be out, and your body can do more than ~glisten with sweat~ because it can also glitter with sweat. I personally find that the NYX glitter adhesive adheres so well you will need other, different chemicals to remove it. They also have a variety of appropriate glitters at affordable prices you can put literally anywhere. I also frequently wear this stuff on my face and around my eyes, although sometimes my eyes hurt after. You’ve been forewarned.

#3 Temporary Tattoos

several spooky temporary tattoos from H&M featuring designs such as bats, thorny roses, and bloody vampire fangs

Look, little makes me have to reckon with how gay I have been for my entire life than remembering when I spiked my hair with gel and streaked it with temporary hair dye, put on a black tee shirt, slapped a temporary tattoo on my neck, and walked into the 6th grade.

So, I encourage us all to bring this energy back for Pride. Some of these are so tame I cannot even, but you do you. Also, do not engage in cultural appropriation or give your money to anyone who is doing so. I love this kind of bloody temporary tattoo situation from H&M. I also honestly would 100% slap the they/them one of these on my face for a Pride weekend, if only so that people would stop misgendering me.

#4 Random Special Effects Prosthetics

What! Are! We! Doing!

We are getting spooky. We are learning theater / horror movie makeup. We are putting stuff that does not naturally grow upon our person on our person, going to Pride, and interacting with our fellow queer cuties because fuck it! People are gonna call you The Devil? Then why not wear some rainbow devil horn prosthetics? Do you love Clive Barker or feel like you would? Why not wear this [NSFW] “flower choker”?

#5 Sunscreen

neutrogena SPF 70 sunscreen bottle

Chances are, you’re going to be out in the sun. As a very pale person, I cannot recommend bringing sunscreen with you enough. Likely, you’re already going to get dehydrated, so let’s not add to our bodies’ many woes by burning our skin. And if instead of a super flattering Caligula Inn shirt, you’ve opted for pasties instead, you’re going to want to take extra care make sure you don’t get burned on that skin that’s been hiding away all winter!

I usually wear a 60 SPF on my face most days but will add a 50-70 SPF (and bring it with me) if I’m going to be outside and in the sun for any period of time. I’ve also seen Black Girl Sunscreen recommended for people who don’t want a white cast from the sunscreen. Hot tip: kids’ sunscreen usually offers more coverage and honestly, yes, during the height of summer you will see me wearing baby sunscreen.

#6 Jewelry from Queer Makers

Why not accessorize with a cauldron pin from queer-owned Etsy shop grrrlspells, with jewelry from the also queer-owned WildFancy designs, or from Automic Gold? Visit your local queer craft fairs or use social media to find and support local makers you love. There’s no better time than Pride to keep our money gay!

#7 Brightly Colored Wigs

A look at the yellow bob wig with bangs. the yellow is extremely bright.

Do you want to be able to remove your hair color at the end of the day without all the hassle of bleaching and dying it? You can…get a wig! Here’s one I found in pink that is cute, has dark roots and everything. Like, do you want bright yellow hair? Yes, the wigs are cheap and plastic but they are also way more affordable than a salon visit.

#8 Autostraddle Pins!

a gold and black she/her pin on the black jean jacket of the model, who has light skin and is wearing a leopard print shirt. the pin font is blocky and in all caps

You can declare your pronouns of choice AND support this indie queer media site with a single purchase. These come in they/them, she/her, she/he/they, he/him, he/they, and she/they.

#9 The A+ Silver-Level Bandanna!

Did you know that for $12 a month or $120 a year, you can get access to all A+ content AND also receive a cute-as-fuck bandanna that you can wear to Pride or, let’s be real, anywhere?

A+ members keep Autostraddle here for everyone, and in addition to getting bonus content and cute perks, they also get the deep satisfaction of knowing that they’re paying the gift of queer media forward to the rest of their community.


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Nico Hall

Nico Hall is Autostraddle's A+ and Fundraising Director, and has been fundraising and working in the arts and nonprofit sector for over a decade. They write nonfiction and personal essays and are currently at work on a queer fiction novel. They live in Pittsburgh with their partner, Sadie. They are also a gardener, project queer, witchy/wizardly human and are currently mourning their lovely senior rescue dog. Nico is also haunted. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram as @nknhall.

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10 Comments

    • Saw this last night as I came home from my local pride – so I’ll use it for next years. Or if I go over to the Amsterdam one in August.

      Anyway I pulled out all of my clothes like I was 15 again, hated everything, and decided on something boring but I spiced it up with plenty of rainbows. And a rainbow unicorn earring too, I once got it at Claires of all places.

      And please people wear your sunscreen! I saw so many people looking red like tomatoes at the end of the afternoon and it is so bad for you. I was wishing I brought a hat, because my pale skin does not deal well. I was very happy I brought a hand fan, since it was pretty warm, so that’s a rec always.

  1. THANK YOU for reminding me of body glitter, pride game changer. Obsessed with the pasties. And one more incredible queer jeweler from Philly: leahcreationjewelry.com 🌈

  2. THANK YOU for reminding me of body glitter, pride game changer. And I’m obsessed with the pasties. One more awesome queer jeweler/maker from Philly is Leah Creation Jewelry (leahcreationjewelry.com).

  3. triple recommend sunscreen AND! if you are like me and you go ham on face paint (check craft stores and party city for cheap stuff) please do the sunscreen first, THEN the face paint, or you may end up with tan lines that say BI BI BI on your face! for instance!

  4. Too much of a coward to wear outlandish attire and too old to wearless attire, so I wear my pride shirts,bracelets and rings .Everyone knows I’m PAN but I’ve never been flambouyant .

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