Monsoon season needn’t spell the end of striking ensembles and daring, bold looks. Regular visitors will have already picked up tips for keeping hair lush and stylish during this challenging season, but careful consideration must also be given to garment selection, as well as choosing the right footwear to complete your monsoon look.
First off, keep it colourful! Adding bright colours and patterns to your wardrobe during the monsoon months reflects the vibrancy of the season, lifting your mood and helping you to stand out from the crowd. As you’re going to be making an impact with vivid hues, it’s a good idea to use a colour protecting detergent when doing your laundry to guard against seepage and prevent patterns from fading into dreary obscurity. If a delicate fabric becomes a little weather-battered, however, it’s best not to wing it with your usual detergent. Refer to a professional cleaner, or check out some specialist laundry tips available online.
Avoid light colours, water-absorbent materials like suede, and heavy fabrics such as denim, which can be a real pain to dry, especially when you’re in a rush.
Remember: lightweight, breathable fabrics are your friends. Because they do not soak up moisture, you can wear them without becoming a human sponge. Fabrics like chiffon and cotton are perfect choices for this time of year, and a chiffon scarf makes an ideal chic accessory for almost any outfit, ranging from couture designs to traditional Desi pieces.
Damp days can be livened up with some modish ensembles. Combat the wet weather with bright, patterned skirts, or match bold capri pants with your favourite tank tops: it’s always a good idea to use wardrobe staples where possible! Keep it simple, bold and beautiful.
When it comes to shoes, the bad news is that you might have to leave the Louboutins in the box during monsoon season. Pick out styles that combine comfort with functionality – a sturdy design and a firm-gripping sole will help you avoid trips. Flip-flops, pumps and crocs are all great choices, and there’s enough variety out there to vary your look. For the slightly more adventurous, Mod rain boots are on-trend and look fabulous with stretch denim jeans – which contain just enough spandex to allow them to dry faster than conventional denim.
Add the final dash of glamour to outfits with accessories to really bring out your personality. If you have a penchant for vintage chic, pair your outfit with black bangles, metal bracelets and cuffs, and metal rings, with more delicate earrings or studs to prevent them catching on wet hair.
Those who veer towards understated glam rather than loud 80s looks might be drawn towards the Splash collection by Seema Roya, which showcases a stunning array of satin and net pieces drawing on a light colour palette, for a timeless, sophisticated appeal.
Choosing an outfit that marries professional lines with chic flourishes can be tricky at the best of times, but never more so than during monsoon season, where the muggy weather can leave you hot, bothered, and caked in mud before you even get to work!
Comfort is key. A smart, knee-length skirt is a more comfortable alternative to suit trousers during these humid months, without compromising on style.
Wearing a pair of sandals to and from the office and changing into those sleek heels when you arrive is a cunning way to beat the rain.
Last but not least, remember never to leave the house without a trusty foldup umbrella in your bag. An inexhaustible range of styles, from vintage-esque PVC parasols to classic Burberry prints, will help to keep you dry while looking glamorous, whatever the weather!