It’s getting very difficult to enjoy Delhi rains. Despite the monsoon showers that last for a minimum of 45 minutes, it’s super humid. And if that wasn’t enough, every time I decide to dress up and be a monsoon maven, tragedy strikes. So I decided to embrace the power of fashion trends and water-resistant fabrics to stay high on fashion this monsoon season. Here’s how you shouldn’t let monsoon cast grey over your style and comfort.
Monsoon Fashion Hit: Wearing bright colours when it rains
Monsoon Fashion Misses: Plain whites.
My white tee is my go-to item in my closet, but come drizzle and I don’t wanna see it get muddy—or let others see through it. So instead of wearing plain whites, you can try bright colour tops. In fact, Pantone’s colours of the year, serenity and rose quartz are perfect for Indian summers.
Monsoon Fashion Hit: Keep it easy-peesy
Monsoon Fashion Miss: Fitted hemlines
Thanks to higher humidity, it’s going to get even hotter in tighter clothes and restrictive silhouettes. Trade in your pencil skirt with an A-line or tea-length skirt—leave bodycon dresses for very pleasant days, wearing a shirt dress or a sheath dress will let you breathe easy!
Monsoon Fashion Hit: Aztec, Botanical or Ikat Prints
Monsoon Fashion Miss: Solid dark colours
Clinical studies have proven that colours around you, including what you wear (and choose to carry) impact your mood. In fact another study shows that dark colours like grey and black are usually chosen by people who have the tendency of feeling anxious. Get rid of these vibes by wearing prints. Anything from florals, ikat to even Aztec are good to keep the weather blues away.
Fashion Hit: Opt for waterproof accessories
Fashion Miss: Leather bags and shoes
Check the forecast when you know you have a long day ahead of you. It’d be a good idea to store (and not wear) your favourite leather bag or shoes. I am a big fan of PVC and you get all kinds of bags: big enough to carry your iPad, lipstick and headphones. You can stash even smaller ones made specifically for gadgets, especially your phones if your outfit is pocketless.
When it comes to footwear, I’m a big fan of jellybean boots and shoes. They are super comfy and very sturdy—so if you skid and slide a lot, you should totally invest in these. Rubber soles are waterproof, cheap and easy to clean too.
Fashion Hit: Fuzzy, funky umbrellas and raincoats
Fashion Miss: Boring rain gear. /
Why do umbrellas have to boring and black? Look for candy stripes, reversible prints or fruit accents to brighten up a walk in the rain. If you know you’re going to be out in HEAVY rains (yes I am talking to you Bangaloreans!) that won’t stop for hours, invest in a raincoat. There are tons of cute, transparent raincoats, holographic jackets or clear vinyl’s that’ll keep your style quotient, intact.
What’s your monsoon fashion tip? Tell us!