summer essentials guide
summer essentials guide

10 Pride Season Essentials to Ensure Your Summer Is Sexy and Stylish

After what felt like a never-ending winter in many parts of the country, warm weather has finally arrived. It’s time to get outside, go to the beach and go camping — or just check out the cute boys by the pool. Whether you’re going to music festivals or Pride celebrations around the world, everyone’s gearing up for a few months of fun. That’s where these 10 summer essentials come in handy.

Check out 10 of this year’s top summer essentials, perfect for Pride season:

1. Summer shades

summer essentials persol sunglasses

These stylish and functional shades from Persol (they’re actually folding sunglasses) are the only ones you need. Their classic look with a modern tech twist will help you make a statement everywhere you go. $320, persol.com 

2. Silk scarf

summer essentials scarf

A silk scarf isn’t just beautiful — it’s also protective gear by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. And if you’re going to buy a beautiful silk scarf, why wouldn’t you get one with a teeth-baring tiger on it? Combined with the rainbow print, this scarf ensures you stand out from the crowd. $470, shop.nordstrom.com 

3. Comfortable sneakers

summer essentials burberry sneakers

Christopher Bailey’s last collection for Burberry is his personal ode to the LGBTQ community. And, as you’d expect from Burberry, these high-top sneakers combine the label’s classic check with a subtle rainbow, making them perfect for Pride wherever (or however) you choose to celebrate. $490, burberry.com 

4. Breathable top

summer essentials nasty pig tank top

When it’s hot out, you need ventilation, and Nasty Pig cares about your body temperature. This new mesh sleeveless top from the Exposed Collection features a lightweight, breathable fabric along with graphics heat-sealed to the fabric’s underside. These tops are a godsend for keeping cool … and if they happen to show off a sexy torso, well, that’s fine too. $65, store.nastypig.com 

5. Sexy swimming trunks

summer essentials swimming trunk

Every guy needs a pair of trunks that flatter their body. If you’re gifted in the backside, you’ll want these bum-highlighting beach shorts from Charlie By MZ. And they’re not just sexy — the side-pockets make them functional, too. $165, charliebymz.com 

6. Smartphone photo floppies

 

summer essentials polaroids

Now you can print out your memorable moments right from your smartphone with this new gadget by Polaroid. (Yes, Polaroid is making a comeback.) Partnering with Moto Z phone, it’s now easier than ever to create insta-memories, perfect for Pride season. $200, amazon.com 

7. Cardholder case

summer essentials paul smith cardholder

Who wants to carry a bulky, heavy wallet at Pride? With this Paul Smith rainbow-toned zip pocket, you’ll no longer have to. Keep your ID, coins and other essentials secure while you’re out and about, all while keeping your pocket profile slim. $125, shop.nordstrom.com 

8. Customized pillbox

summer essential pillbox

Even taking your medication can be an excuse for style! We love Brighton Ferrara’s take on the pillbox. Not only does it store your meds so you can take them while you’re on the go, its intricate design makes this pillbox extra-special. $28, brighton.com 

9. Flask

 

summer essentials flask

There’s nothing more fun than drinking on the beach, but it’s not allowed — what can you do? Well, with this iPhone-shaped flask you can drink anywhere! And forget about paying an arm and a leg for booze at street fairs! Unfortunately this phone-flask can’t call you an Uber after you’ve had a bit too much. $30, goiflask.com 

10. Durable backpack

summer essentials backpack

We’ve gone through nine summer essentials so far — and our 10th might be the most important. After all, how are you going to carry all those summer essentials? (Well, the ones you can’t wear, anyway.) We’re loving Herschel’s Little America Backpack for its awesome print designs. But ultimately a backpack should be functional, and this one checks that box, too. Between its adjustable drawstring and contoured shoulder straps, it’s perfect for an active guy. $100, herschel.com 

Did we miss any of your favorite summer essentials for Pride season? Let us know below!

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