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Monsoon fashion: Dressing for Mumbai's unpredictable downpours

We’re seeing a Mumbai monsoon like none other, with bright sun, and sudden rainy spells. But why should that dampen your style?

fashion and trends Updated: Jul 20, 2015 17:31 IST
As told to Poorva Joshi
As told to Poorva Joshi
Hindustan Times
Archana Walavalkar,StyleCracker,Fashion for women
Fashion for men during Mumbai's unpredictable monsoon.

When the rain gods play a game of peek-a-boo, dressing up can be a problematic affair. Should you arm yourselfexpecting a shower, or dress for a bright, sunny day? We pose these questions to Archana Walavalkar, stylist to actors like Imran Khan and Alia Bhatt, and co-founder and creative director at StyleCracker, a personalised styling platform.

* For Women
“Pair a bright-coloured, shift dress with water-repellent ballet flats. Layer it with a colourless, sheer rain cape and let it be the hero of your look. It’s uncomplicated, keeps your attire wrinkle-free, and lets you flaunt your OOTD (outfit of the day).”

“Match a wrap-style romper with cut-off shoulders and fun-coloured Havaianas. If you feel indulgent, opt for an embellished pair. Finish the look with a khaki parka. It’s versatile, utilitarian and my personal favourite for this season.”

Night out
“Keep your clothing fuss-free if the weather looks dicey. Cut-off shorts with a slouchy, oversized top is a safe bet. Complete the look with block-heeled gladiator sandals.”

* For Men
“A mackintosh (waterproof coat) suits both formal and casual looks; it’s also practical to carry while travelling. If it’s the brisk look you’re after, opt for a smart rain pea coat instead.”

“Keep it minimal with rolled-up chinos, a collared T-shirt and low-cut waterproof leather slip-ons. Their slightly raised platform will keep you out of puddles. The waterproof, matte rain sneaker (a hybrid of the rain boot and sneaker) is a great-buy for the season.”

Night out
“Match an ultra-lightweight windcheater with a casual tee and make it a part of your look for the night. Keep the colours of your jacket zesty to disrupt the dreary weather.”

(Photos: StyleCracker)

First Published: Jul 17, 2015 21:21 IST