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5 Best Places To Get Last-Minute Pride Outfits In New York

June 4, 2012 6:00 AM

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June marks the beginning of Gay Pride events around the world. Part party and part commemoration, Pride festivals take place in the five boroughs from June through July, giving all New Yorkers the chance to celebrate, see and be seen. Whether you prefer the cozy atmosphere of Brooklyn Pride, the neighborhood vibe of Queens Pride or the blow-out mardi-gras that is New York City Pride, you have simply got to get your rainbow on. Straight, gay or in-between, here are the places to get tee-shirts, accessories and head-to-toe outfits that shout your colors to the world. After all, closets should only be for clothes, so let’s go shopping and join the party.
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Rainbows and Triangles
192 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY  10011
(212) 627-2166

Located in Chelsea’s gayborhood, Rainbows and Triangles carries a full line of soft and sexy Ruff Riders tee-shirts and hats, as well as an unending parade of moderately priced rainbow-motif key-chains, jewelry, apparel and leis. Everything you need to celebrate Pride in colorful style in here. Hot undies and  swimwear by Just Us Boys and COLT are big sellers, as are multi-colored prism glassware and kitschy home decorations. Rainbows and Triangles also happens to be the largest gay bookstore in Manhattan, so you can pick up travel guides, movies, art and photography while you’re here.
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Rainbow Station
207 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY  10011
(212) 924-0591

Rainbow Station specializes in toys you won’t want to share with your kids, but also carries a wide range of sloganed-tee shirts, costumes and rainbow accessories from socks to caps for men and women. This is the place to get your boyfriend some sexy lingerie or small leather novelty items to enjoy pre or post-Pride. If you work up an appetite gazing at the jewelry and shoes, satisfy a different kind of craving over at Three Tarts Bakery & Boutique a few blocks away. They’ll be serving up special-edition rainbow petit fours all during Pride month for hungry Chelsea shoppers.

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Universal Gear
140 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY  10011
(212) 206-9119

If your perfect Pride outfit tilts more towards chic and less towards sparkly, UG is calling your name. Patrons come for the cute salesboys and obscene sales on chinos, twill summerpants and shorts. Casual, fit-like-a-glove G-Star and Diesel brand jeans fly out the door here, as do Andrew Christian tees at around $15. Affordably-priced, leather messenger bags and belts are top sellers. Universal Gear is a great resource for gifts, too. An extensive selection of skin care products and men’s colognes won’t break the bank. And for those with an unending sweet tooth, this is the place to get the World’s Largest Gummy Bear in a prideful range of colors.

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Zachary’s Smile
9 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY  10014
(212) 924-0604

Affordable elegance is the cornerstone of this Village boutique. Vintage jewelry and casual clothing for men and women make this a popular haunt among the downtown set year-round. Shirts, accessories, belts and bags in brightly-hued rainbow motifs dominate the store for Pride. Come for the tee-shirts, stay for the fabulous cotton dresses and slim fit, flattering shirts for men.

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Le Petit Puppy
18 Christopher St.
New York, NY  10014
(212) 727-8111

New Yorkers in the know get their puppy love from rescue shelters, but dress their doggies like divas all year round. Pride is the time to let your furry friends strut their stuff in style. Le Petit Puppy dresses the toy set in uber-chic rainbow tee-shirts, bandanas, Eva Gabor style collars and leashes gorgeous enough to double as belts for their human companions. You can even get your pooch groomed while you’re there so that you both look your best at the Pride festivities.

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Check out CBS Local’s Guide to Celebrating NYC Pride

Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at

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