Buying the perfect gift for your partner can be tough, and it’s easy to fall back on something boring and unoriginal like chocolates, alcohol or lingerie, but there are so many unique options out there that can help you show your love and originality. For those keen to share their pride in their sexuality with others, there are now so many cool gifts you can buy that will help you show your love for your partner and incredible sense of style and taste.
Check out some of our ideas on how you can give that special someone a truly creative and unforgettable gift this festive season.
MAKEUP THAT WILL SHOW THEIR PRIDE
For your makeup loving partner, consider buying an eyeshadow palette that supports the community and leaves them looking beautiful and sparkly. This stunning selection of shades will give them bright, bold looks that they’ll be truly proud of.
A SEX TOY FOR THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
You can put some spice into your relationship and give your partner a gift that you can both benefit from by selecting the perfect sex toy. Check out the range of lesbian sex toys from Wet For Her to find the perfect toy you’ll both be able to enjoy well into the New Year.
A RAINBOW DRESS THAT’LL STAND OUT
The rainbow is the accepted symbol of pride, so why not show your partner how proud you are by buying them a stunning rainbow dress this Christmas? There are numerous styles on offer so that you can pick something that will flatter them and fit in with their style.
PRIDE PET ACCESSORIES SO EVERYONE CAN SHOW THE LOVE
If they’re an animal lover then give them a beautiful pride accessory for their furry friend this Christmas. This gift will allow them to show their pride in a unique way and involve their beloved pet in a way that most other gifts just don’t.
JEWELRY WITH A NAUGHTY SECRET
For the woman who wants to wear her heart, and other parts of her anatomy, on her sleeve, consider jewelry that doubles as restraints and naughty toys. There are loads of styles and types to choose from so that you can get something that’ll look good and feel great.
A MUG TO SHOW OFF THEIR WIT
Funny mugs with cute slogans are an office staple, so for Christmas this year buy the love of your life a witty mug that will show their pride in their sexuality and hilarious sense of humor.
Whatever you choose to buy, remember that it’s the thought that counts. Your partner will appreciate the time and effort you’ve put into choosing their gift, as opposed to the money you spent, so even if it’s not expensive remember that a thoughtful gift will be appreciated and make them happy. Christmas is a time for joy and goodwill, so don’t stress over your gift giving and instead enjoy spending the festive season with those you love.
Unique gifts for the man in your life that you can both enjoy
Ultimately, the most important thing to remember when shopping for a gift for your partner is to be thoughtful. Try to find a gift that is personal and unique, so that they feel supported and valued.
Finding the perfect gift can be hard, particularly when you’re buying for a man who already has a lot of gadgetry and an independent income.
Often, they tend to buy themselves the gadgets and garments they want, leaving you with limited options when it comes to finding them a present they’ll love.
Don’t despair, because there are still loads of ways to surprise them and give them an unforgettable treat. If you’re trying to find a gift, be it for a birthday, holiday or special occasion, then read on to find a selection of ideas that you can share with them.
An Experience Voucher
One of the best ways to give a unique, unforgettable gift to the man in your life is to buy him an experience voucher. There are many options to choose from, ranging from supercar track days and hot air balloon rides through to cooking lessons and cocktail masterclasses, meaning there’s something for everyone. You can choose an experience that you will both love and book it for them so that they have something to look forward to in the future.
A Sex Toy
If the love of your life is a fan of spicing things up in the bedroom, then there are these options here for sex toys that will entice and engage them. You can use them on your partner, or allow them to use them on you, to create intimate experiences that neither of you will forget. A sex toy is also a great way to start experimenting in the bedroom, so buying one as a gift way to start your journey towards a fulfilling and exciting sex life. Just make sure he doesn’t open it in front of his family!
Many men wear the same old underwear for years, but this can be uncomfortable for them, as well as unappealing for you. Try to find them some new underwear made by a designer brand, so that they can look good and you can feel even better. Try to buy them in a style that suits their body and a color that will set off their skin tone, so that their underwear will look good and well as keeping your partner snug and comfortable.
A High-End Electric Guitar
If your partner is an avid guitar player, but you want to enjoy some respite from the sound of their favorite songs coming through the walls during their late-night jam sessions, then consider buying them a luxury electric guitar. When played without an amp, they are almost entirely silent, meaning that they can practice to their heart’s content while you sleep soundly in another room. Check out the high-end electric guitars on offer from some of the world’s most respected instrument makers to find one that your man will love.
A Couple’s Massage
Massages are a relaxing spa treatment that almost everyone enjoys, so if your partner is a fan of being pampered, then consider getting them a voucher for a couple’s massage or spa day. You can both indulge in a relaxing massage and spend a relaxing day together. Many spas also offer you the chance to try out other treatments with your partner, so check out the menu and see if there’s anything that you will both enjoy. Afterwards, you can cool off in the pool or the hot tub, bringing your relaxing, rejuvenating day to a close and leaving you both refreshed and ready to face whatever the future brings.
Buying a pet as a surprise gift is not advisable, but if you and your partner have been considering taking the leap and becoming a pet parent for some time, then paying for it could be a great gift. Make sure that you both choose the animal together so that you find one that fits perfectly into your little family. You might not be able to surprise them, but you will be able to buy a gift that you will both love and which will be a major part of your lives for many years to come.
A Trendy Kitchen Accessory
Gourmet cooking has become fashionable over recent years, thanks to celebrity chefs. As a result, many men love to spend their time in the kitchen, whipping up their favorite dishes. Search for a quality kitchen accessory that will enhance their cooking experience and help them to create even more tasty treats, which you, of course, will be more than happy to sample to check that they taste as good as they look.
Ultimately, the most important thing to remember when shopping for a gift for your partner is to be thoughtful. Try to find a gift that is personal and unique, so that they feel supported and valued. Use this list to find inspiration and share the joy with your loved one.
Apple joins 2020’s rainbow retail with Pride-inspired watch
As June nears, expect businesses (even those that used to be anti-LGBTQIA, or at least mum about this issue until profiting from it was seen) to start using the rainbow – long considered as a symbol of LGBT Pride – to sell goods.
As June nears, expect businesses (even those that used to be anti-LGBTQIA, or at least mum about this issue until profiting from it was seen) to start using the rainbow – long considered as a symbol of LGBT Pride to sell goods.
Among the early starters this year is Apple, which launched the artful Pride Edition Sport Band, which is joined for the first time by the new Apple Watch Nike Pride Edition Sport Band. Both are available from apple.com, the Apple Store app, and Apple stores, and pair with matching Pride Watch faces that are coming soon as a part of watchOS 6.2.5.
Fortunately (at least for Americans), Apple (and Nike) support LGBTQIA organizations doing advocacy and community-building, including GLSEN, PFLAG, The Trevor Project, Gender Spectrum, The National Center for Transgender Equality, and ILGA World.
So… as June approaches, savor the colors of the rainbow, while discussing profiteering of and within the LGBTQIA community.
Our guide to dressing for a big night out
To help you with this, we are going to talk you through our guide to dressing for a big night out. Keep reading to find out more.
So, you’ve got a big night out coming up but you aren’t sure what you are going to wear to it. This can be a very tricky decision, especially if you don’t know what other people are planning on wearing. Many women decide to buy a new outfit for a big night out but there are so many different styles in stores that it can be hard to narrow down the options.
To help you with this, we are going to talk you through our guide to dressing for a big night out. Keep reading to find out more.
If you are going on a big night out then you might want to think about finding a dress. With a dress, you only need to buy one piece of clothing and you don’t need to worry about finding trousers or a skirt to go with it. If your big night out is during the festive season then we suggest that you go for something sparkly. A little black dress can work really well and show off your curves.
If you aren’t someone who likes to wear dresses then you can also go for a skirt and top combination. What about a jumpsuit? It is up to you but just make sure that you choose something that you feel comfortable in and that you can easily accessorise.
Arguably the next most important part of dressing for a big night out is the shoes. Not only do you need to make sure that you are choosing a pair of shoes that are going to match your outfit and make you look great but you also need to be able to walk in them. For a big night out, you should consider going for a double strap knee high boot. These will be comfortable and look really great with your chosen outfit. Make sure to try everything on and make your shoes as comfortable as possible.
The next thing that you need to focus on when you are dressing for a big night out is the accessories. This can include everything from belts on your outfit to the jewellery that you are going to wear. Long earrings that dangle down to your shoulders can be a great look during the festive season but they also work throughout the rest of the year. Make sure that you add some rings and potentially some hair accessories to really complete your look.
Finally, you need to make sure that you have the right kind of handbag for your big night out. The handbag needs to go well with the outfit and be the right size. If you can avoid bringing a lot of stuff with you then you can go for something a little smaller and classier. For those who need to bring all of their makeup with them, amongst other things, a larger handbag might be necessary. Make sure to try your handbag with your outfit and try to match it to your shoes.
If you are going on a big night out soon then you should make sure to follow our guide to finding the right outfit. Everyone has a different style so it helps to try on things and make sure that they fit and look great on you. Don’t forget your handbag and your shoes as these are extremely important. Follow our tips and tricks and you’ll be sure to have a great night out and look great when you are there.
Why is it that fashion looks to queer icons for inspiration?
The question of gender expression through articles of clothing only scratches the surface of what can be defined as an exploration of identity through style. This is why queer fashion – notable icons in particular – is so crucial.
It’s about mold-breaking, looking beyond the conformist approach to fashion and seeing how far you can stretch the concept of aesthetics.
Throughout the long and tumultuous history of queer culture, it was predominantly associated with the edge, adventurous creative endeavors on the margin and those who were mired in aesthetics perfectly understood that this is where the ‘cooking pot’ of trends lie. This has been true for far longer than many would care to admit, and it holds today in particular when the cultural landscape has become so eclectic and thrilling.
Blurring the lines
The lines that divide genders have always been a point of great fascination to people around the world – for better or, sometimes, unfortunately, for worse. In the age of consumerism when cheap but fabulous rags are a dime a dozen, and turnover of trends has become dizzyingly fast, it is only natural that such fascinations have become especially inflected.
Unfortunately, a majority still considers that certain fashion markers are sex-coded; but why wouldn’t your average guy experiment with arguably feminine Moon Magic jewelry, or your average gal with decidedly masculine leather shoes if it compliments their overall style and need for self-expression?
It might sound like a trite and banal question, especially if you consider how far our culture has come in embracing queer fashion. The unanimous viewership clamor for new episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, when compared to its modest beginnings, is proof enough. It has become, as Matthew Schneier rightly put it in his article, a true niche touchstone.
However, this is exactly why its visibility is so crucial. It is a testing ground that steers the zeitgeist, and its most lavishing, daring aspects ‘trickle-down’ slowly through the filters of culture until they manage to reach absolutely everyone.
However, the question of gender expression through articles of clothing only scratches the surface of what can be defined as an exploration of identity through style. This is why queer fashion – notable icons in particular – is so crucial.
The historical identity play
Marginalized identities usually have the bravery to rile against the status quo in every conceivable way, clothing included. Furthermore, the threat of encroaching bigotry creates inner friction that encourages daring creative expression.
You need to look no further than the history of notable marginalized individuals from queer culture, starting with Fanny and Stella – which were otherwise known under their birth names of Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton. In 1870s London, the age of rising conservative sentiments and cruel devaluation of individuals through mass-industrialization, these two individuals flaunted their individuality by attending more than a few social events in women’s clothing.
The duo, which was also a theatrical act, ended up prosecuted for ‘sodomy’ and salacious behavior. Still, their story persisted and reverberated through time, encouraging other individuals to express their identity and unique outlook through their clothes.
From Oscar Wilde to Derek Jarman, Chevalier d’Eon to Coccinelle, and further – queer and transgender individuals broke and redefined style across all facets of art and culture. Their unwavering ability to dispel stereotypical views kept people transfixed.
And yet, even in the day and age when a culturally astute population has largely embraced queer, non-binary and trans voices, in fashion and otherwise, there is still so much ground to cover and ceilings to breakthrough.
While mainstream design houses do keep a close eye at the queer community for inspiration, a more direct, unfiltered exposition would be of great benefit for queer individuals that aspire to become fashion icons (and no, it is not merely and exclusively about models, but about artists as well).
In conclusion, your honor!
There is no culture without the margin, and queer fashion is all about pushing the boundaries and buttons in equal measure. As we all know, bigotry and stereotypes have a stubborn habit of suffocating true self-expression, and while we do have a long way to go, this is also an appropriate time to be optimistic.
The visibility of queer, androgynous, trans and non-binary individuals is increasing, and their impact on fashion culture is undeniable. You can’t turn a blind eye on the unadulterated, unapologetic explosion of self-expression.
How to look like a Steampunk woman
If you love Steampunk, you are a person of specific tastes. This has been a niche genre with a steady stream of followers for decades now, and it appears that the trend will hardly change in the foreseeable future.
If you love Steampunk, you are a person of specific tastes. This has been a niche genre with a steady stream of followers for decades now, and it appears that the trend will hardly change in the foreseeable future. Thankfully, individuals such as yourself get more and more opportunities to share their enthusiasm for Steampunk with other like minded people, and when any such opportunity comes, you’ll want to look the part.
Here’s how to look like a Steampunk woman.
Purists and enthusiasts
Steampunk outfitters can be divided into two groups of people – the purists and enthusiasts. Purists are all about recreating consistent Victorian outfits with a few eye-popping Steampunk embellishments, while purists adore the aesthetic approach and its outlandish, rebellious appeal.
For starters, it would be both fun and financially feasible to go with the second approach. It casts a wider net when it comes to items and accessories you can purchase.
For example, Steampunk clothes have a utilitarian side to them, so it shouldn’t be particularly difficult to seek out items of clothing all around you that have specific purposes.
Truth be told, most of such clothes do not align with the idea of a Steampunk outfit, but you can stumble upon a real gem. Believe it or not, safety metal instep shoes can be a rather impressive part of your Steampunk outfit.
Still, no matter how cool something looks, no matter how well it meshes with the rest of your clothes, you should make an effort to fulfill that basic tenet of Steampunk fashion – stick to the Victorian industrial era as much as possible.
Victorian appeal – Where to start?
The best place to start is the basic material and fabrics. As a Steampunk lady, you’ll want to steer away from modern blends unless they work well at imitating traditional textures which have been used during Victorian times.
This includes wool, cotton, silk, leather, velvet, corduroy, suede, and lace. When it comes to trinkets, accessories, and paraphernalia: timber, metal (iron, tin, copper, silver, gold), and glass. Avoid lead at all costs, naturally. Denim should be avoided as well since it wasn’t available at that age.
Once again, if you want to save up money before venturing all-in on the style, you can look into items that are already available to you and see if they, in some shape or form, align with the Steampunk aesthetic. Better yet, see what you can do to create your own DIY Steampunk trinkets.
The good news is that your closet already contains some materials and garments that have the necessary qualities – especially if you have an opportunity to dig through your grandmother’s old stuff.
Then again, certain items are practically a must, so you’ll ultimately have to splurge on these basic Steampunk garments.
If you cannot find an appropriate blouse in your closet, seek out typical Victorian blouses made out of ruffled material, with puffy sleeves and, possibly, a nice collar. If you can, avoid zippers and go for buttons or lace (not the fabric, but a cord for tightening).
Corset goes over your blouse, and you should count it as an essential – you’ll rarely see a fully-fledged Steampunk outfit without one. Whether it’s underbust or overbust, you can go crazy with styles here, so let your imagination run wild and browse extensively before you hone-in on the purchase.
Waist-down, you’ll either go with a dress, pants or leggings. Victorian-inflected lace works wonders here, and you have just as many choices as you do with corsets. People can be very imaginative when it comes to Victorian garment design and you can easily find very interesting dresses without spending too much.
Now, boots are important, and this is where a lot of your budget will go. Avoid open toes and stick with buckles and cords for fastening. Zippers are a no-go here as well, and while it is true that this was technically invented by 1901, they simply didn’t look as modern.
Now, since hats were in style during this era, it also wouldn’t go amiss to own one – a top hat, bonnet, wedding hat, church hat, Kentucky Derby variant, the more era-appropriate yet over the top – the better. Aviator glasses are a popular accessory as well, and they often go hand-in-hand with hats.
As you may have gathered, Steampunk is too broad a notion to cover in a singular article. As a cultural phenomenon that crosses media, culture and – indeed – fashion, there’s just too much to take in. And you know what: that is the beauty of Steampunk!
Discovering every facet of this niche genre is an adventure in and of itself, and the community is thankfully accommodating, inclusive and pleasant. At the end of the day, should you feel as if you’ve hit a dead end with your Steampunk outfit, you can always turn to the community that is willing to share their experience and knowledge.
Fashion for men: Creating your perfect winter style
For men it can be a hard to find clothes that are practical, hardwearing and still look great, but brands are beginning to come around to needs of fashion-conscious men, so with a little perseverance you can easily put together the perfect winter wardrobe.
As the seasons change it’s important that you start wearing warmer clothes to keep out the chill. Staying stylish and cosy can be tough, but with the right wardrobe staples and accessories you can create looks that will really stand out from the crowd. For men it can be a hard to find clothes that are practical, hardwearing and still look great, but brands are beginning to come around to needs of fashion-conscious men, so with a little perseverance you can easily put together the perfect winter wardrobe.
Check out our ideas on how you can look good and stay wrapped up warm this winter.
WHEN SHOPPING, THINK ABOUT HOW EACH PIECE WILL FIT INTO AN OUTFIT
The key to styling your winter wear is to try to combine statement pieces with classics, such as a classic black shirt from Hugo Boss, which will quickly become a wardrobe staple. Timeless classics will make you look smart and neat, so make sure that they form the bulk of your wardrobe. When you’re shopping for new clothes it can be easy to have your head turned by lots of brightly coloured pieces, but these are often hard to style and will only go with certain specific outfits. Have lots of flexible, classic clothes in your wardrobe so that you can create unique looks every day. Remember that your clothes will be worn both in smart situations, such as company board meetings, and more casual events like nights out at the pub, so buy classic clothing you can style to suit your needs and mood.
THINK ABOUT THE FIT YOU WANT
Whenever you choose a new item of clothing, think about how you want it to fit your body. In summer you might be wearing baggy t-shirts to stay cool, but in winter you will want your t-shirts to fit closer to your body so that they keep you warm and hide well underneath multiple layers. To avoid buying the wrong fit make sure that you try on every item of clothing before you buy it, or, if you’re shopping online, check the company’s return policy so that you know you can send back anything that isn’t right. When trying on clothes, consider how you will be wearing them and try to work out if they fit properly in all areas so that you can buy the perfect garment.
SET OFF YOUR OUTFIT WITH BOLD ACCESSORIES
Just because your look is timeless and classic, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Offset your look and really stand out with a statement accessory. This can be something small and discreet, like a signet ring, or larger and more obvious, like an eye-catching Christian Louboutin bag. Whatever you choose, make sure that you team it with a classic style so that it really stands out and makes an impact.
PATTERNS AND MOTIFS NEED TO BE WINTER THEMED
If you’re a fan of patterns then you can still rock them even in winter, just make sure that they suit the season. You’ll look out of place in a Hawaiian shirt standing in the snow, but a casual checked shirt will look great and keep you warm. For smarter occasions consider a classic striped shirt so that you can showcase your creativity and flair whilst still looking presentable and neat.
INVEST IN A QUALITY COAT
In the cold weather a coat will be worn daily, so make sure that you invest in a quality item that will last you for years and can be styled with any outfit or for any occasion. When shopping for a coat, think about where you are going to wear it and how cold you’re going to be. You might consider buying a rugged, outdoor coat from a brand like Canada Goose, or you might want something trendier from Dior. The key considerations should be comfort, warmth, fit and style. Pockets, hoods and other aspects need to be thought about too, so that you come away with the perfect coat to see you through many winters.
FINISH YOUR LOOK WITH THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR
Shoes can make or break an outfit, so make sure you find the perfect pair that will show your unique style and keep your feet warm as you trudge through the winter weather. Try to find a stylish pair of shoes that are timelessly classic, such as this selection of gorgeous Givenchy trainers from SSENSE, so that you can wear them time and again and still look stylish.
There’s so much choice out there that it can be overwhelming, but by following these tips you will be able to craft the perfect warm wardrobe to see you through to spring. Remember that comfort is crucial, and if in doubt go with your initial gut feeling: you were probably right the first time.
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