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Pride 2010 Fashion Survival Guide

That's right, June is finally here! It's time for Pride: remembering the past, celebrating the present and planning for the future. Major Pride festivals and parades are happening in New York, Seattle, Orlando, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and DC throughout the month of June, and Universal Gear has all of your Pride needs covered! In order to survive any Pride weekend, there are four fashion essentials that you should keep in mind. Let me break them down for you.

Underwear

Let's start with the basics. For those of you who choose to showcase your underwear at all of your favorite Pride events (I don't judge), now is the time to get creative and colorful! After all, Pride is a celebration of diversity! Brands like Andrew Christian, Baskit, Clever, Ed Hardy, Ginch Gonch, Papi, Diesel, Piss & Vinegar and 2(x)ist offer assortments of vibrant prints and cuts.

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Footwear

Comfort and style are very important considerations when it comes to choosing the correct footwear for Pride. Let's face it: between the parades, bars and festivals, you end up spending a lot of time on your feet. Flip-flops from Havaianas and Sundek are perfect for a casual daytime look, while brands like Replay and Converse will cater to your nightlife needs.

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Tanks

The tank is always a hit during Pride because it allows you to show off - without completely compromising modesty - the body you've worked so hard on! Universal Gear has a plethora of tank styles from a variety of popular brands. Check out some of our amazing G-Star, Andrew Christian, B2G, LASC and Zodiak tanks.

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Bottoms

No Pride celebration would be complete without an assortment of bottoms... like shorts and denim. Selecting the right pair of shorts for your daytime activities is very important: a well-fitted pair with adequate pocket space is ideal. Your best bets from Universal Gear are our lines from Diesel, Jet Lag, G-Star, Paperback, John Varvatos, Ben Sherman and Union. Of course, when you're living it up at night you'll probably want to make the switch to denim. With our sexy and lightweight summer styles from Diesel, Levi's, Seven and Adriano Goldschmeid, we've got you covered!

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Take care and play safe! Happy Pride!

--Dustin Schaad