The rains are a tricky season, sartorially speaking.
It's humid enough to wear breathable cottons, but they take an aeon drying out if you are caught in a shower. Whites are a no-no, simply because you don't want to be seen with puddle stains all over you. Short western formals or the ubiquitous lyrca churidars? The monsoon dilemma is never ending.
Fret not, we have culled some precious monsoon advice from grooming experts in the city - advice that will help you look good, feel awesome and draw just that right kind of admiring stare.
Fashion designer Varija Bajaj suggests opting for the comfortable clothing formula during the monsoon. "Avoid whites and long trousers or skirts to look more professional and feel comfortable at work during the monsoon," she advises. "You could get them altered. If your work place allows it, smart formal skirts are a good bet during the monsoon. Wearing knee length culottes and ankle length palazzos are good options too. You can team up your Western attire with a trench coat or jacket to keep you warm during chilly evening breezes," she suggests.
But here's the catch. Not all of us can carry western wear with aplomb and in some offices, it is not allowed too. Stylist Ridhi Gathani comes to your rescue. "If you prefer a more traditional Indian outfit during monsoon, avoid salwars and patialas, but instead pick up a pair of short kurtis with leggings or churidars. Long dupattas, which are difficult to manage during the rains, can be replaced with scarfs or stoles. Stay away from prints and fabric that tends to bleed when wet." Sage advice indeed, if hand-dyed and tie-and-dye prints are your weak point.
One has to be careful choosing colours for this season too. Colour coordinator Neeta Mehta stresses on choosing bright and vibrant colours to beat the blues of the cloudy weather."You can beat the grey and dull weather with blues, reds and oranges. Avoid whites in the closet for a couple of months. Wearing white in the monsoon is certainly not a good idea as white clothes tend to get transparent when wet and get stained easily. The colour of your shirt can vary from blue, pink and red."
Chuck the denims completely. Go for synthetic fabrics like nylon, chiffon or lycra at they dry in a jiffy . Use silk ad cotton sparingly. So does leather.
Add spice to your look with a colourful umbrella matching your style and spirit. You can go for raincoats in oranges, yellows, mauves and purples.
Instead of leaving your hair loose, tie it up in a ponytail or bun to avoid frizz. Makeup has to be simple. No compact or heavy base, just a moisturiser with sunscreen is enough. Yes, it is imperative to use a sunscreen even if it is cloudy as the ultraviolet rays are still active in the atmosphere. Use waterproof kohl and gloss for lips, concludes Ridhhi.
There, aren't you all set for the rains now?