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Rain check: A corporate man’s guide to dressing smart this monsoon

Don’t let the monsoon dampen your sense of style. Instead check out these simple tips to look classy and fashionable this season.

fashion and trends Updated: Jul 14, 2017 10:17 IST
Printed shirts are must-haves in your wardrobe.
Printed shirts are must-haves in your wardrobe. (Shutterstock)

Dressing up in style during the monsoon can be quite a task, especially when dressing for the office. When the world outside is murky, wet and dull; one should be able to express himself without compromising on the style quotient. Manish Tripathi, creator and designer behind fashion labels antarDESI and Naveli, lists some tips to help you survive the rainy season without mishaps in the wardrobe department.

“Unlike summers, where trends revolve around comfort and fabrics, monsoons are more about layering and experimenting with colours. Vibrant hues, colour blocking, and experimenting with the prints works wonders in monsoon. Fabrics like ikat look classy and trendy for monsoon,” he says.

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So, what are the wardrobe essentials for monsoon? Manish reveals that vibrant printed shirts, without lining jackets, knitted ties and sporty jackets are must-haves. Gone are the days when businessmen roamed around in suits with an umbrella in one hand and a newspaper in the other, tanks to the technological wonders like Kevlar and water-repellent fabrics. “Water repellent fabrics are making their way into the commercial market and can be a big hit this monsoon,” Manish added.

In a world where external appearances matter, if you arrive in a damp, floppy outfit and squelching shoes at work, it won’t do much for your professional image. To avoid landing in situations like that, Manish suggests, “experiment with silhouettes, colours and prints; just don’t let it go dull this monsoon. Just a catchy pocket square on a chic grey suit can add panache to a regular ensemble.”

Monsoon clothing need not always burn a hole in your pocket; a little shuffling can do the magic. “Subtle colour infusions such as a pocket square, knitted ties or even a pair of vibrant socks can add style to your evening,” said Manish.

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