Fashion sense: How to dress for an unpredictable monsoon
Stains on clothes, outfits that just don’t dry...there are tons of problems during the monsoon. Here’s some expert advice on how to dress up this season.fashion and trends Updated: Aug 04, 2017 10:14 IST
The pleasant breeze and the monsoon showers provide much-needed respite from the scorching summer. However, the season also entails a series of unpleasant experiences, such as getting caught in a traffic jam caused due to waterlogging, getting drenched and returning home with dirt on your favourite clothes.
You can adopt a more monsoon-friendly dressing sense to minimise discomfort. The mantra for the season is comfortable, vibrant clothes. Here are some dressing tips, listed by Monica Oswal, executive director, Monte Carlo:
* Avoid jeans and corduroys: Your favourite pairs of jeans and corduroys will cause a lot of discomfort if you are caught wearing them in a heavy downpour. Their fabric soaks a lot of water and will not dry up, at least for an entire day. Not only will wearing extremely wet clothes cause you unease, it can also make your body damp and prone to fungal and bacterial infections.
* Go for shorts and capris: Capris, shorts or skirts are the best bet for this season. Not only will they keep you cool in summer but will also lessen discomfort if you get when drenched in a sudden shower. However, make sure your capris or shorts are not body-hugging and are fairly loose which will allow them to dry quicker. Shorts are also less likely to catch the stains of water that your shoes throw up while walking on the road.
* Pick some dark and vibrant tunics: Monsoon is also about wearing dark and beautiful colours after spending a few months in pastels. Tunics can be styled with light leggings or capris, along with flat flip-flops and offer a highly comfortable dressing experience. Add some dark hues like navy blues and dark green to your wardrobe and spread vibrancy in the dull, cloudy environment.
* Choose loose and light tops: Pack up your favourite long kurtas for the season, as monsoon is no time for showing them off. Not only will these elaborate dresses weigh you down in the rain, you also run the risk of spoiling or damaging them with stains. Keep all your short kurtis, roomy tops and light T-shirts ready for everyday wearing. Choose fabrics such as lycra or polyester which are wrinkle-free and light. They also dry quickly.
* Steer clear of transparency: If you are dressed in a transparent top or kurta, the rain can cause real embarrassment. Make sure your monsoon wardrobe comprises solid and dark-coloured tops. With them, you can enjoy some carefree moments under the clouds. Wearing solid dress materials also absolves you of the need to wear an undershirt; this is another plus in a situation where you are drenched in a sudden downpour and need your clothes to dry up quickly.
* Go for the light checkered formals look: Comfortable and light half-sleeved formal shirts are in vogue this season, offering the perfect office look. For people who cannot wear T-shirts to work, half-sleeved formal shirts offer the best alternative.
* Add some light wind-cheaters to your wardrobe: You are always advised to carry an ultra-light windcheater in your bag. You can quickly pull it over in case of rain and it will protect your clothes against the drizzle as well as the water being splashed around by vehicles. In case you feel a cold breeze, it will also keep you warm.
* Wear comfortable and sturdy footwear: Wearing comfortable footwear which has a good grip is important to prevent slipping on the road or getting caught in muddy puddles. Waterproof leather slip-ons, floaters or sneakers are ideal choices for this season as they will keep you safe and will not sustain much damage during the rain. These footwear options will also keep you safe from the dirty water puddles.
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