Wear it loud, wear it proud all summer long…
By Christopher Turner
Pride celebrations may look very different this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make a style statement. Inspired by LGBTQ communities around the world, these Pride-inspired pieces also serve as reminders that the fight for tolerance, diversity and equality is ongoing.
Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite rainbow designs you can pick up this summer.
Nike BeTrue collection
Nike’s 2020 BeTrue collection for men and women includes a variety of logo tees, hoodies, shorts, bucket hats, bandanas, headbands, socks and sunglasses, as well as a unisex shoulder bag. The collection also offers three choices for sneakers: the Air Force 1 BeTrue,the Air Max 2090 BeTrue and thePegasus 37 BeTrue, as well as the Air Deschutz BeTrue, a fun, versatile sandal. Bonus: Nike is donating a portion of all BeTrue sales to organizations empowering the LGBT sports community.
Converse Pride collection
Now in its fifth year, the 2020 Pride collection features apparel and accessories as well as loud and proud high- and low-top versions of both the classic Chuck Taylor All Star and Chuck 70 silhouettes, all inspired by the “More Color, More Pride” flag that was introduced in Philadelphia in 2017. (Chuck 70s and Chuck Taylor All Stars sneakers are all fully customizable with bisexual, pan-sexual, non-binary and transgender flag options via the brand’s Converse By YOU platform.)This year, the brand will continue to support LGBTQ+ youth community partners globally and has pledged to support the It Gets Better Project, the Ali Forney Center, Bagly and OUT MetroWest.
Levi’s Pride collection
Levi’s seventh annual Pride collection celebrates the LGBTQ community with a wide variety of gear with rainbow and tie-dye details. The collection includes a variety of graphic tees and crop tees, a denim trucker vest in a stonewashed indigo and a dreamy faded tie-dye, matching indigo and faded tie-dye denim shorts, a special clear iridescent Trucker Jacket with a holographic rainbow overlay, and even a pair of Pride stonewash denim chaps! Completing the lineup are a range of accessories including socks, underwear, a Flex Fit cap, bandana with rainbow overlay, a clear iridescent banana sling and more. This year, 100 per cent of net proceeds from the collection will be going to OutRight Action International.
Apple Watch Band: Pride Edition
Apple has released two new watch bands and a collection of new watch faces for the Apple Watch to commemorate Pride Month. One Apple Watch Pride band features a light-coloured vertical-stripe rainbow across the entire strap. The other band is a twist on the existing Nike Sport Band: it’s a white band with rainbow colours located inside the holes of the band. A portion of the proceeds from the 2020 Pride Edition watch band will go to GLSEN, PFLAG, The Trevor Project, Gender Spectrum and The National Center for Transgender Equality in the US, and ILGA internationally.
Dr. Martens 1460 Pride Smooth Leather Lace Up Boots
Dr. Martens has reimagined its classic combat boot in celebration of Pride Month. The just-released iconic 1460 black leather silhouette features rainbow stitching throughout, a rainbow heel loop and an embroidered rainbow flag. Completing the boot’s subtle Pride look is a set of rainbow or black laces and the classic yellow welt stitching on the sole unit.
CHRISTOPHER TURNER acted as guest editor for this issue of IN Magazine. He is a Toronto-based writer, editor and lifelong fashionisto with a passion for pop culture and sneakers. Follow him on social media at @Turnstylin.