You might be craving for monsoon since long. Be it getting rid of the unbearable heat or engrossing yourself into the petrichor emanating from wet fields, the season has so much to offer. But, at the same time, it clogs our fashion quotient limiting us to experiment with trends. Abhishek Paatni, the creative director of Noughtone says, “Monsoon is about enjoying the weather, but at the same time being diligent about the clothing choices you make. Invest in technical wears such as water-resistant windbreakers and sweatpants, which provide utility and functionality during the rains.” When the sky is full of gloomy, dark clouds predicting a full day of rain, it is essential to plan your outfit a day ahead. Don’t fret as we have got you covered.
GETTING BACK TO THE BASICS
Our wardrobe is overflowing with t-shirts and there are plenty of ways to sport them right. Stop obsessing over the monotonous dull colour palette and embrace poppy hues to shirt it right. Bold prints are sure to strike off the monotony and spice up your wardrobe. “Pair neutrals with some vibrant colours and shades. Bright hues in monochrome such as cherry, fresh red, blush, aqua, and teal paired with neutrals such as grey, blue, and beige are trending this season,” says Abdon Lepcha, the creative director of FILA India. On the sluggish weekends when you forgot to rain check, play it safe by opting for a loose and billowing outfit. Oversizing your ensemble juxtaposed with a statement belt will keep your style on point.
Tackling the rain has never been an easy affair, especially in this season when travelling becomes a quest in its own. Sneakers being our personal favourite definitely deserve a spotlight as they break the barrier and enter every section of menswear. Pastels have already brightened our summer shoe racks and it’s time to bid adieu to this palette. If you are not a big fan of loud colours, sneakers are the best medium to add a hint of hue and flaunt your outfit with perfection. Opt for materials like leather if you are pairing it with formals. Its firmness won’t absorb the rain as it will slide off effortlessly. PU leathers are also a good alternative as they come in a wide range of colours. Avoid wearing footwear with damp feet. Tackling the rain has never been an easy Sneakers being our personal favourite break the barrier and enter every section brightened our summer shoe racks and it’s time to bid adieu to this palette. If you are not a big fan of loud colours, sneakers are the best medium to add a hint of hue and flaunt your outfit with perfection. Opt for materials like leather if you are pairing it with formals. Its firmness won’t absorb the rain as it will slide off effortlessly. PU leathers are also a good alternative as they come in a wide range of colours. Avoid wearing footwear with damp feet.
If you are a reluctant player, it is best to bring on the drama to your ensemble by accessorising it. Add a statement tie to your boring formals or a pop shade belt to your monochrome outfit to encapsulate your style quotient. While you lack space to carry the bulky umbrella, picking the right one will compliment your look and make your look monsoon trendy. The bubble umbrella is the right one to invest in as they are soon to become a staple accessory of this season. It would neither be too much on the face but will manage to grab the attention of the onlookers. Don’t forget to take adequate care of your hair as they get extremely fizzy in this weather. Keep them moisturised and brush regularly. Once you select your right fit, you are ready to beat the glooms and slay this season without getting soaked.
DITCH AND DON
We can truly understand your reluctance to splash out denim from your wardrobe. But this sturdy and versatile fabric takes ample time to dry off, leaving your legs damp and giving you rashes and skin irritation. Complete your weekend look with baggy pants instead. Also, keep fabrics such as wool and linen locked in your wardrobe this season. Vinita Passary, the director of Translate-Handwoven Ikat adds, “Cotton can be your best friend. Chiffon and nylon are also practical fabrics to add to your monsoon wardrobe. They are light in weight and would dry up in no time in case you get drenched.”
Decode the corporate look by adopting runway styles like ankle length streamlined trousers with tapered ends. Pair it with a bold checkered shirt or dive into a casual look by adorning florals and psychedelic prints. Half sleeved shirt will be a smart choice to opt for. The season takes a leap from the dull and muted colour palette to bright and vibrant hues. Avoid pastel shades and light colours as the devil pouring from the sky may leave stains on your clothes. The trend is drifting towards teaming up jackets with your monsoon formal attire. To cater to the new look of this season, don a rainproof overcoat which will add a corporate oomph to your style.
Story by: Anshika Seth, Intern at FHM India