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