With the temperature hitting 35 degrees Celsius and reports of it being scheduled to stay high for the next week, it’s time to arm yourself against sweat patches and smelly feet syndrome. Clothes stores have already stocked up on summer options, most of which predictably include cotton in its myriad forms.
Ask Aparna Badlani of popular city store Atosa what’s flying off her shelves and she says, “Every designer is only stressing on how to make the summer easy and comfortable with minimal clothing. A good thing to stock up on is shift dresses, which stay away from the body rather than cling to it. For fabrics, the popular options are chanderi, cotton and mulmul.”
Badlani also mentions mohawk dresses (shorter in the front, nearly floor-length at the back) as a new season staple. “You get the elegance of the beautiful length, but it’s short in front, which makes it practical to move around in,” she says, adding that those who prefer wearing trousers on a daily basis should skip their jeans in favour of wide-legged pairs or slouchy pants for maximum ventilation.
Designer Rahul Mishra points out that clever layering can help you feel fashionable despite the heat. “Summer is the time to loosen up. Wear an organza top in a lighter hue with a brightly-coloured vest underneath,” he advises. The combination gives your wardrobe a suitably formal replacement for the stuffy business suit.
Designer Ateev Anand of label AKA Bespoke recommends canvas shoes for the summer. “The fabric breathes easily. Genuine leather also works, though make sure you air them properly once taken off,” he says, adding, “People also don’t give socks enough importance, but cotton varieties absorb sweat and really take care of your feet.”
As for the right style, Anand advises that men and women get strappy sandals instead of chappals. “Flip-flops don’t give your feet proper support. That’s why people land up dragging their feet, which is an annoying habit.”