Our Pride Parade is about more than just celebrating Chicago’s out and proud citizens—it’s also the best place to spot true sartorial brilliance. But whether your fashion sensibilities lean big and bold, or veer more subtly stylish, nothing is hotter than incorporating a bit of philanthropist chic into any ensemble. On Sunday, when milling through the swarms of proud gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender folk, make a statement in some of these top designs we found at a variety of GLBT organizations. Because being sensitively fashionable is so in.
Homos are a Hoot
This Chicago-based t-shirt (originally designed for National Coming Out Day) was such a hit that the designers went into multiple reprints to keep up with the heavy demand. If you’re not already in love with the slogan, you’ll fall for the adorable chocolate brown owl on this baby-pink vintage-cut t-shirt. A large chunk of the money raised by the purchase of the shirts goes to local community organizations that help fund LGBT equality. (homosareahoot.com, $17)
Christian Siriano’s Fierce Equality Tee
“Project Runway” champ (and king of the catch phrase) Christian Siriano has teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign to create an insanely stylish one-hundred-percent organic t-shirt that flaunts a hand-drawn design of “Fierce Equality,” a superhero Siriano created just for this collection. Think a high-end version of a Threadless t-shirt. Two color options—gray and a basic off-white—will make it easy to pair with any wardrobe item. Here’s the best part: it’s signed by Siriano. You’re literally wearing a piece of art. (hrc.org, $38)
Until There’s a Cure Sterling and Leather Cord Bracelet
Through all the Pride Weekend fun we can’t forget the bigger issues. Until There’s a Cure, an AIDS support foundation, worked with New York jewelry designer Kerry MacBride to create a chic, high-end bracelet that looks like it stepped out of a boutique accessory case. Featuring a sterling silver plaque etched with an AIDS ribbon strung on leather cord, this accessory will dress up any outfit. (until.org, $95) (Byron Flitsch)