What to Wear There: The Pride Parade


Deciding to attend this year’s LA Pride Parade, an annual celebration of LGBT life and culture, was easy. I was super excited to pop my Pride Parade cherry—and not just because Demi Lovato would be closing out the party on a float (I’m a huge pop music fan). I was happy to be spending my Sunday supporting diversity, love, and acceptance with friends. Deciding what to wear to the West Hollywood event, which is costume-friendly, however, wasn’t a no-brainer. I felt truly stumped Saturday night: Did I need to make a rainbow flag toga? Should I invest in a pair of rainbow socks with individual toes? Luckily, some quick Googling reminded me the day was about much more than attire. When I posted “what should a girl wear to Pride” at Yahoo Answers, someone named Alex responded with “clothing?” I got the message. I decided to go with something sensible but chic: a dress that L.A.-designed clothing line 71 Stanton recently sent my way. (I had the pleasure of previewing their fashion show in Korea Town last week.) It’s a perfect summer dress because you could just as easily throw it over a bathing suit as you could wear it to a bridal or baby shower or even brunch with friends. The fact that one of my friends mistook the dress for something from Victoria Beckham’s line didn’t suck.

I paired the look with a sun hat from Zara, a light jacket, Hawaiian-inspired slides from Bucketfeet, and a fabulous striped clutch I scored the day before at the Clare Vivier sample sale in Atwater Village that I plan to have monogrammed at the brand’s Silver Lake location. I wasn’t decked out in all the hues of the rainbow, but I felt colorful—and comfy—enough to celebrate.

Amelia Champion is an L.A. based actress, writer, and improviser. Her fashion and lifestyle blog Clotheshorse NYC was named one of Lucky Magazine‘s “20 L.A. Style Blogs to Bookmark Now.” Follow her daily on Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag #clotheshorsenysee if something sartorial catches your eye.