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How to Dress for Mardi Gras


We’re not very deep in 2019, but it’s definitely time to plan out our outfits for the most important events of the first quarter. One such is definitely the annual Mardi Gras Gay and Lesbian Parade in Australia, and just like it’s the case with any other Pride Parade in the world, what you’re wearing matters a lot (even though you will never be judged based on what you’re wearing). The gay pride parade is the time when we can go totally bonkers with our outfits, so why the Hell not? If you are planning to visit Mardi Gras this year (which is definitely a huge recommendation – it takes place in Sydney from February 15th to March 3rd), or you happen to be living in the vicinity and you have no idea what to wear, you’ve come to the right place!

Costume it up!

Where will you go crazy on the outfits if not on a gay pride parade? This is why dressing up in different costumes for this event is a great idea. In the words of the legendary Cady Heron from Mean Girls, Halloween is the only night a year when girls (and gays) can dress like total sluts and no other girls (or gays) can say anything about it – but so is Mardi Gras. If you loved Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman era, why not come dressed as a black latex bunny? It’s sexy as hell and also quite memorable. On the other hand, you don’t have to choose a sexy costume in order to attend Mardi Gras – be a fairy, a prince or a queen; all of these are great costumes that will definitely bring you many compliments.

Be comfy

If you don’t want to go the extra mile and come dressed up as your favorite sexy character, you can always come dressed in your regular clothes. After all, Mardi Gras is not a runway; you’re not there to show your style, so if you are to spend the biggest portion of your time on your feet or dancing around, it would be good to opt for something more comfortable. Comfortable clothes can also be quite fashionable – choose jeans and a nice t-shirt (if you want to be bold you can always choose a tee with a nice print or a rainbow-colored tee) and wear Reebok sneakers as they are extremely comfortable and very much fashionable at the moment. You don’t want blisters on your feet as they will only prevent you from partying all these days!

Everything’s about the colors

Even though you can practically wear whatever you want on Mardi Gras as nobody will say anything, there are a couple of things that you should avoid. Since this is a gay pride parade after all, leave all the plain and monochromatic clothes at home, and opt for colors instead. You can opt for neon colors as they are quite effective and also very fashionable at the moment, or t-shirts and garments with all of the colors of the rainbow – you’re paying tribute to the LGBTQ community after all. If you have nothing of the sort as you are the most minimalistic person on Earth, wear a tee that has a good quote, such as the legendary “Jesus hung out with 12 guys and a prostitute – he was more like me than you.”

If your outfit’s not enough

Now, your outfit will be nothing if you don’t make use of some of the accessories and make-up. Sometimes jewelry and clothes don’t cut it, and this is when you are supposed to use the perks of make-up. Opt for body paint if you’re brave enough, or go crazy with eye shadow and glitter all over your face. As far as accessories are concerned, there is a plethora of options to choose from, but one thing’s for certain – you can never overdo it for Mardi Gras!

Any gay pride parade is a great place to visit and experience, let alone the biggest one in Australia. If you have the chance, check it out; and if you want to have the time of your life, make sure to follow our tips!  


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