The clouds have darkened the sky, and you are sipping tea, wondering what to wear this rainy season. You certainly don’t want to ruin your classic silk shirt, and denims seem too sticky and clingy all of a sudden. ‘Tis monsoon, baby! Time to try out other fabrics, other styles Monsoon is certainly welcome after the hot summer cooling, but it is also humid, and it brings with it, mud. So the trend this monsoon is to be practical and stylish.
Put away your silks, your heavy brocades, and your denims, because these cling. Bring forth the light cottons, polyester blends and gabardines. Light fabrics do not cling when wet and they dry up fast, so they are the ideal fabrics for the monsoons. Now, to pick out the colours. Let the dark clouds be the greys in your day, your attire should be vibrant. Embrace the bright, eschew the dull. This monsoon, the fashion is monochrome. Get yourself some bright monotones, and pair them with floral accessories and shoes. Choose from the most dazzling shades of red, yellow, orange, blue or green for your shirts and tops. For your bottoms, avoid whites and other light shades. Surely you do not want to be seen in mud speckled pants. Rather, choose dark shades that can camouflage any specks of dirt.
Let ‘above the ankle’ be your motto in the rains. Put away your long dresses, sweeping skirts, full length pants, (you don’t want to sweep mud as you cross the puddle, and soaked hemlines do not add to beauty) and don some short skirts, shorts, hot pants, capris, or at least fold the hems of your long pants. For the more formal look, choose slim fit pants, as they are the rage now. Their exact length and narrow bottoms will enhance the entire look. For the trendy men out there, the in things this monsoon are checks and stripes for the formal look, and chevrons and tie-and-dye prints for casual wear.
What about footwear this monsoon? Usually, leather and canvas shoes can get spoiled when wet, yet, for most men, leather shoes are unavoidable as office wear. Just make sure that the soles of your leather shoes are thick and wide. For others who want to be most stylish, don’t forget that apart from making a fashion statement, you want to make sure that your feet remain mess free. Fret not that you will have to wear gumboots.
Thanks to PVC, foot attire has become not only stylish, but hassle free. Brands like CROCS are a great option, but so are others, which offer an astounding range of colours and styles from slip-ons, to floaters and sandals. Your feet can look just as bright and colourful as the rest of you, but still be comfortable and dry in this wet season.
And don’t forget the most important accessory this monsoon – a lively umbrella. And now what are you waiting for? The rain showers beckon—go get wet!