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Monsoon Fashion: Designers Shivan and Narresh say what to wear

Don’t let the showers rain on your (sartorial) parade. Designer duo Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja share expert tips to help you stay chic, despite the downpour.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 27, 2015 15:35 IST
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Don’t let the showers rain on your (sartorial) parade. Designer duo Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja share expert tips to help you stay chic, despite the downpour.

Monsoon essentials: This season is all about minimalism, so keep it easy and light. Avoid anything tight-fitting. Opt for comfortable silhouettes like shift dresses, umbrella or A-line skirts, palazzo pants, trapeze shirts and jumpsuits. For those looking to layer, a fine silk mid-length cape works well.

Bright shades, simple cuts: Turn to ’50s-inspired pop hues like canary yellow, sky blue and vermilion — it’s your best bet to brighten up a drab monsoon day. Sharp-yet-simple cuts that allow the body to breathe are ideal. Stick to fine cottons and linens.

Season’s biggest faux pas: To prevent factors such as humidity or a sudden downpour from ruining your look, opt for looks that are Spartan and comfortable. Keep surface embellishments to a bare minimum.

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(Left) Belzie jumpsuit, AND, Rs 2,999; (Right) Pre-stitched fringed sari, Shivan & Narresh,Rs 42,000

Rain-ready accessories: Minimum accessories promise a hassle-free monsoon. Opt for ear studs, delicate necklaces and a slim watch to complete your look. Embellished flip-flops are the perfect choice of footwear, while a bright tote will not only pack in all your essentials but also fit a change in case you happen to get drenched.

Beauty guide: Less is more when it comes to make-up this season. Avoid looking over-the-top. There is also the added concern that the humidity will wash down your make-up in a matter of minutes. Stick to a neutral base, glossy lips and slick hair.

Monsoon wedding: A pre-stitched jersey sari works perfectly for a monsoon wedding — it’s fuss-free, doesn’t require ironing or pleating, and the fabrics work superbly in this weather too.

— As told to Praachi Raniwala

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(Left) Charme watch, Gc, Rs 23,500; (Centre) Trapeze top, Sapphire, Rs 5,500; (Right) Slim metal mesh flip-flops, Havaianas, Rs 6,500