The spring-summer season in India saw a lot of bright hues, colour-blocking trends and prints in the runway. In terms of silhouettes, the asymmetrical (high-low) hemlines ruled the roost. “I think monsoon is a great time to wear bright colours that can instantly lighten one’s mood even when it pours and you are stuck inside. Women should wear kaftans and tunics or similar loose fitting clothes which don’t stick to the body. Open-toe plastic shoes is a must-have in the monsoon too,” says designer Aniket Satam
#Cotton in, lycra out
Though cotton absorbs a lot of water and takes time to dry, it is low-maintenance. Other fabrics such as georgettes and chiffon are light and dry easily. Stay away from synthetic fabrics such as polyester and silk as they stick to the body and makes one feel heavy.
#Short is hot
Monsoon is probably the only time to flaunt those enviable short dresses, skirts and tops. But make sure you sport bottoms in dark colours. Light coloured dresses or even skirts get dirty easily. Darker shades of pants go with a lot of colours and won’t embarass you even if you do get drenched. Knee-length culotte pants too work well as they are not too short.
#Neon is in
Though fluorescent shades have always been in fashion, new ‘neon-bright’ hues in hot pink, green and even blue are very much in vogue this season. Apart from incorporating such bright colours while dressing up, a neon see-through raincoat or even a windcheater can glamourise an otherwise drab outfit.
“Cropped pants should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe during the rains,” says Delhi-based menswear designer Rajdeep Ranawat. He also opines that other than sporting bright colours, men can also opt for bold with prints that can give a dimension to the overall ensemble. He says, “Prints are very versatile especially abstract and geometric prints. Men should also not shy away from floral prints as they not only look good but also gives one a relaxed feel.”
#Crop it up
Crop pants and even shirts complement the Indian male physique. Team a white-cropped shirt with bermudas. It looks very laid-back and perfect if you are running errands during a downpour.
Don’t go overboard with prints as they can make or break an outfit. Wear one print at a time. If you are wearing a printed shirt then the rest of your outfit should be plain and subtle.
Windcheaters are a great way to layer up in the monsoon. Team a light-weight windcheater in black, nudes or even maroon over a shirt or a t-shirt. This is ideal if you want to sport that ‘jacket-over-shirt look’.
During the rains your skin and hair are probably the worst affected. Dermatologist Bindu Sthalekar suggests that one should go easy on the makeup and use products that suit individual skin-types. “People with oily skin should use a gel based face-wash while those with dry skin should use a cream based one. Many people stop using sunblock during the rains, which can have adverse effects on the skin,” she says.
Want that glowing skin that others are jealous of? It’s not tough if you have the right beauty products, says celebrated beauty stylist Samantha Kochhar. She advocates the use of smudge-free make up and during the rains, so you can enjoy the rain on your face.
Mineral makeup does not stick to your skin and also tends to give a healthy glow. Choose from a wide array of foundations and blushes that are now available in the market.
Instead of lipsticks, experiment with lip tints or stains that usually come in a stick or gloss form. Choose them in bright pink and cherry red make your skin look brighter.
Primer is very essential before you apply makeup since it makes your makeup last that much longer. It comes in matte and illuminating options.
Thr right accessories not only complete the overall look but also act as a life-saver during heavy rains. Here are three must-have monsoon accessories:
# Waterproof bags
Bright is the way to go. Be funky while you protect your things from getting wet.
# Artistic umbrellas
Roll over dull drab black or single-coloured umbrellas. Opt for umbrellas in quirky prints and if you are feeling flushed, snap up one of those supremely expensive ones with swarovski elements embedded on them.
# Colour-pop bangles
Glass bangles in different colours look great. Pair them up with a monochromatic outfit to create a contrast.
Best monsoon buys
What: Flat Bata ballerinas
Where: Across all bata outlets
How much: Rs 499
What: Lulu’s NY Cherry bag
Where: Lulu’s, Linking Road, Bandra
How much: Rs 5,495
What: Handmade Umbrella
Where: Anemos, Krishna House, ground floor, Raghuvanshi estate
How much: Rs 26,000
What: Sonya Vajifdar Transparent raincoat
How much: Rs 6000