Summer is officially here, we’re about to close out 2021 pride month, and there is no better time than now to express yourself and be proud of who you are.
Since the Stonewall Riots in 1969, LGBTQ+ history has certainly come a long way, and there is so much to celebrate.
One of our favorite things we’ve been celebrating all month is all of the fashion icons we’ve seen authentically expressing themselves and setting new trends.
For the hottest top fashion news from this pride month and some of our top picks for LGBTQ+ fashion, stay tuned and keep reading.
1. Billy Porter
Billy Porter is a historic LGBTQ+ icon when it comes to setting new fashion trends. He has never been known to shy away from a gorgeous gown or a suit covered in sequins, or anything in between, for that matter.
His style has evolved beautifully over time; as his confidence grew, his outfits reflected that.
From sporting a simple black suit in 2013 to a floral suit with a hot pink silk-lined cape and full ball gowns in 2019, we are honored to have seen his growth.
He has been stunning the world with his bold fashion moments for over ten years, and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
2. Manuel Santos
Actor, model, and internet public figure and personality Manuel Santos is all about making statements and inclusivity.
They can be seen wearing heels or carrying a statement accessory like a bag, hoping to inspire others to take fashion risks, too. They notice that many clothing brands all have gendered clothing and are hoping to someday change that.
Some of their personal fashion picks for summer 2021 include short sundresses and oversized sunglasses.
We see a bright future for Manuel, and they definitely have the potential to make a huge impact on the LGBTQ+ community. Keep your eye out for what they have in store.
3. Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez: TomboyX
Finding underwear and swimwear that fits your identity and your size and body type can be difficult. There are often tons of options for strong masculine and feminine identities, but rarely anything in between.
With TomboyX created by Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez, you’re guaranteed to find something that you’ll be comfortable in.
They have created swimsuits and undergarments that are gender-inclusive for people who aren’t looking to wear an itsy-bitsy floral bikini but also don’t necessarily want to hit the beach in baggy swim trunks down to their knees.
Not only are they bringing inclusivity to the world with their brand and products, but also with their employees and models. They have each model fill out a simple form including their preferred pronouns, any accessibility needs, and preferences of style before they start working.
This sets a new standard for all fashion companies, and they’re hoping to make it become the new norm. Watch out for this brand, as they are making revolutionary changes to the fashion industry and making it more inclusive for all.
4. Coco and Breezy
Family meets business with this power twin-sister duo. Coco and Breezy is a designer eyewear company with someone for everyone across the gender spectrum.
They are a black-owned business founded in 2009, and their styles can be found being worn by iconic celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Kelly Osbourne.
They see designing eyewear as an outlet to express themselves and create an escape from the white community that they grew up in. They hope to offer the same escape for their customers who have had similar experiences.
As if we already couldn’t love them enough, all of their products and styles are at an affordable price because they believe in accessible optical eyewear and health for all.
In addition to their fashionable sunglasses, they have blue light filtering eyeglasses which anyone can benefit from while scrolling on their screens.
Keep an eye out for this duo, because they have the potential for huge success and a journey you’ll want to be a part of.
5. Nicole Zïzi
An up-and-coming designer, Nicole Zïzi, has the goal of creating sustainable, environment-friendly clothing. She wants to reduce pollution from fast fashion and protect her community as a queer person.
Her streetwear line is sourced from all recycled and natural materials. Additionally, she pays her New York employees livable and reasonable wages.
Everything from her studio is designed with intention and has a unique, one-of-a-kind look.
The streetwear line includes sustainable sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies, and more. This artist is sure to revolutionize fashion with her environment-conscious approach, and you definitely don’t want to miss her.
Top Fashion News: New Trends for Pride Month
This pride month, there are tons of new styles and fashion trends to celebrate. We’re here to report some of the hottest items that are a must for your summer wardrobe.
Many of these pieces are staples in inclusive fashion and help you express yourself to your fullest potential. One of the best pieces of fashion advice we could offer is that you do not have to fit any certain category or label to be stylish or valid in the fashion world.
These adorable hats are a must in your spring and summer wardrobe. We’re convinced that they look great on anyone and can be paired with basically any outfit.
The newest style we’ve seen is crochet bucket hats. These are adorable for anyone: men, women, or anyone in between, and you’ll definitely want to get your hands on one this summer for all of your Instagram-worthy moments.
Sandals have gained increased popularity hugely in the past few years. Although they are traditionally worn more by women, men are hopping on the trend now, too.
More trendy styles are being designed for everyone so that they are not stuck with those same flip flops from 10 years ago.
In particular, the Birkenstock-style sandal is a staple that almost everyone has. With this style, comfort completely teams up with style and can be perfectly paired with any summer outfit.
Although this has always been a staple in women’s fashion, men are starting to use it more widely, too.
Thanks to social media, especially TikTok, painting your nails is becoming the norm in genderless fashion trends.
Many men go for darker colors like black or blue, but some are branching out with fun designs, stickers, and decals.
Time to Celebrate You!
If you’ve ever read up on any top fashion news or a women’s fashion blog, you know that it all has come a very long way. Although there is still a long way to go, these LGBTQ+ fashion icons are making history in the industry every day.
There has been so much to celebrate this month, and we can’t wait to see what next pride month has in store.
If you want to stay up to date on all things fashion advice and style tips, be sure to visit our blog regularly, so you’re always in the loop.
From us to you, happy pride month! Remember to always be you and don’t let anyone stand in your way. You matter and are wonderfully made.