Mumbai’s weather is in its classic confused state right now. It’s hot-ish, with a slight breeze during the day, and chilly post sunset — but not chilly enough to have you reaching for a sweater. And although it might sound cool as a hashtag for your Snapchat pictures, it’s not really #SweaterWeather here. In fact, it hardly ever is. So, how do you dress for a weather that can’t seem to make up its mind? Let’s get the basics straight:
* The best way to arm yourself against unpredictable temperature changes throughout the day is to dress in layers. This might sound like a no-brainer but never underestimate the power and functionality of a simple, long-sleeved, button-up shirt, worn over a basic sleeveless ganji. Denim shirts also work well for this weather because the fabric is right for a slight chill and as well as a warm day. Throw on a light, stretch jersey cardigan for the evening and you’re good to go. Layering on top allows for quick changes, should the weather surprise you.
* Wear cropped jeans, a regular lightweight blouse, and a thin scarf, ideally made of jersey. We usually feel coldest bottom down, so I’d say it’s best to avoid short skirts, or skirts that have a flounce. Instead, go for calf-length, fitted pencil skirts. Pair them with closed shoes, and you have an outfit perfect to make the transition from desk to drinks.
* Get your fabric right. Opt for as many blended fabric garments as possible. A nylon or wool blend is great because that keeps you warm without getting hot.
* Put on a warm pair of bottoms, and shoes that fully cover your feet and balance it out with a thin top. Personally, I find a pair of tights much warmer than a regular pair of jeans.
* It might seem like a good idea to cover up when you step out for the day, but don’t. If you wear clingy clothes with turtlenecks anticipating that it’ll get colder in the evening, chances are, you will end up feeling hot through the day.
How to go winter shopping at end-of-season sales
The discounts are exciting and the prices oh-so-attractive. Sales bring out a side of us that finds it difficult to resist going on a shopping spree. But most of us find ourselves scrambling to pick up anything we find. Here’s how to pick up winter pieces that won’t end up lying in the back of your closet for months:
1) If you find a pair of pants that fit perfectly or a flattering lightweight blouse, buy it in a few different colours. A sale is a great time to stock up on styles that fit beautifully.
2) Never buy something just because it’s being sold at a tempting price. And unless you’re a regular globetrotter, same applies for that lovely parka coat that’s 50 per cent off. We all know how that goes down.
3) It’s a good idea to stock up on seasonal essentials — scarves, gloves and socks.
4) While you’re winter shopping, keep an eye out for gifts you will need for occasions over the next few months — be it your sister’s birthday, friend’s bridal shower, or a colleague’s marriage.
Gupta is a leading fashion designer. She tweets as @MasabaG