Sequins, tie dye and plenty of pride: What to wear to Mardi Gras

Bianca Soldani
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It’s Mardi Gras time again and if you haven’t already got your outfits sorted, you’re in luck.

Loads of labels have released special pride and Mardi Gras themed collections in honour of the festival with plenty of sequins, rainbow and tie dye prints to have you looking your most fabulous.

Levi's pride jacket for Sydney mardi gras
This jacket is inclusive and non-binary. Photo: Levi's


All pronouns are being celebrated by Levi’s, who created an inclusive, non-binary range that includes a $200 liberation trucker jacket and a $190 jumpsuit that are both emblazoned with the words ‘they/them, she/her, he/him, we’.

All profits from the range are being donated to LGBTIQA+ human rights group, OutRight Action International, and in Australia, Levi’s has also partnered with Minus18, to create an educational resource to share the importance of using and respecting everyone’s correct pronouns. Check it out at the bottom of this article.


Levi's pride jumpsuit for mardi gras
This jumpsuit celebrates all pronouns. Photo: Levi's


In a collaboration with LGBTIQA+ anti discrimination group GLAAD, ASOS has a great range of unisex tops, tanks and co-ords, with all profits being donated back to GLAAD.

Gender neutral co-ords from ASOS's pride collaboration with GLAAD
All profits from this range at ASOS are donated to GLAAD. Photo: ASOS


Boohoo has gone 80s-inspired for their collection, and have a one shouldered bodysuit for $12.50 that’s very ONJ.

Other highlights include a $55 long-sleeved, sequinned rainbow dress, and these $25 high top canvas sneakers with ‘Love’ scribbled across the side.

Sequinned rainbow dress for Mardi Gras from Boohoo
Go glittery with this long-sleeved, sequinned rainbow dress from Boohoo. Photo: Boohoo


Bonds have your undies covered with a cute $30 women’s crop, as well as matching $30 men’s boxers and $35 tees.

They also have a $27 rainbow onesies for babies and a cute $30 T-shirt and shorts set for kids so the whole family can be in on the fun.

Bonds mardi gras crop
This $30 'be fearless' crop from Bonds is super cute.
Bonds Mardi Gras kid t-shirt and shorts set
Get the kids dressed up with this $30 set. Photo: Bonds

Cotton On

While it isn’t officially a Mardi Gras themed collection, Cotton On and Cotton On Kids also have some colourful, tie dye gear including this cute $30 crew top and matching tracksuit, so you and your mini me can colour-coordinate.

Cotton On tie die crew top and tracksuit for mardi gras
Cotton On have colourful, tie dye sets for kids and adults. Photo: Cotton On Kids


Teaming up with the Wear It Purple charity on their ten year anniversary, Aussie brand Calli have released a simple, three-piece collection for Sydney Mardi Gras.

The range includes a white $80 T-shirt and a $90 pullover with the brand name embroidered in rainbow lettering, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the charity which is all about fostering supportive environments for rainbow people.

Two people wearing Calli's Sydney mardi gras T-shirts
A percentage of proceeds from this Calli T-shirt will go to the Wear It Purple charity. Photo: Calli

Beauty looks

You’re not fully dressed for Mardi Gras unless your makeup is also on point, and it’s hard to look past a little glitter to get your glow on.

Cover FX’s glitter drops are currently half price for $34 at Sephora to add an easy, fuss free sparkle to your eyes, cheeks and hair. Or you could go for IGK’s $25 Hair & Body Glitter Stick for another easy to apply glitter look, or stick to face gems like these $12 ones from In Your Dreams.

For an all over shimmer, you could also try Bondi Sands' $13 Glo Gloss.

Lovely long lashes like these Faux Mink Lash from Huda Beauty, are also a must for Mardi Gras.

Glitter drops for mardi gras from cover fx
These glitter dops are an easy way to apply a bit of sparkle to your face, hair and body. Photo: Sephora
Fake eyelashes for mardi gras
Fake lashes are a must at Mardi Gras. Photo: Sephora

Best of Mardi Gras 2021 events

While the parade won’t be snaking its way through Oxford Street this year, it’ll still be just as show stopping for a seated audience at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Moore Park.

Held on Saturday March 6, ticket holders will enjoy a parade of over 5,000 participants marching to the theme of RISE, encouraging us to rise above the many challenges last year brought.

However, Mardi Gras is so much more than just the parade, so don’t fret if you miss out on tickets to the main event as there are dozens of other events happening across Sydney over the next two weeks.

Thought-provoking talks are being held at the NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium including My Drag Story, which will see seven of Australia’s most fabulous queens take the stage to share their wisdom, and a Queer Thinking series hosted by prominent LGBTIQA+ Aussies, which will encourage the audience to delve into some of the issues facing the LGBTIQA+ community.

A Laugh Out Proud comedy show, critically acclaimed play, The Pass, and interactive exhibition, Skin Deep, are also part of the line up, and you can always take a stroll down Oxford street to bask in the glory of Oxtravaganza, where retailers along the famous street are offering sales, live music and general Mardi Gras merriment.

BWS's Paddington stores on Oxford and South Dowling streets have transformed into BWYASSSes as part of a collaboration with Sydney drag queen Miss Prada Clutch.

Oxtravaganza is transforming shopfronts along Oxford Street, including this bottle-o that's become a BWYASSS. Photo: BWS
Oxtravaganza is transforming shopfronts along Oxford Street, including this bottle-o that's become a BWYASSS. Photo: BWS

If you still have space in your social calendar, Merivale and Absolut Vodka have teamed up to host a series of Mardi Gras events around Sydney including a Drag Brunch by the beach, cabaret performances and a few games of Bingay - gay/drag bingo.

Or you could be proactive and host your own picnic with scholarship and mentoring foundation Pinnacle, with funds raised going to support young LGBTIQA+ Aussies.

So no excuses, get out and get involved in Mardi Gras 2021!

Levi's and Minus18 created this educational resource for using gender-inclusive language. Photo: Levi's
Levi's and Minus18 created this educational resource for using gender-inclusive language. Photo: Levi's

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