Monsoon can be a depressing season, but don’t let that reflect in the way you dress. Don’t be afraid to use colour.
Dark colours are usually advisable to wear during monsoons. A pop of colour among your accessories can brighten not just your outfit, but also your day.
Headbands, scarves, bracelets and of course umbrellas are the most visible accessories after you’ve bundled up layers for protection. Don’t be afraid to flaunt any of these statement pieces, which help add to what would otherwise be a drab outfit.
Umbrellas which are always so black, and boring can be co-ordinated with one’s outfit. While buying a different umbrella for every outfit is not feasible, go with a solid colour that’s not black, or any print you like. Headbands, another of our favourite accessories, can be found cheap anywhere on the street. They can turn a normal outfit into a cute, eye-catching one with the addition of a single colourful headband. Rain boots, which come in an array of colours, prints as well as lengths, have been featured in several branded retail stores. A sturdy pair in a funky colour or print can completely reform a boring outfit.
Denim which is otherwise a staple in our wardrobes is a huge no-no during the rainy season. A suitable and equally versatile alternative is a pair of leggings. And not just the normal chudidaar leggings that are so popular. Cotton leggings that end just below the knee, and can be paired with long tops, and tees, with a cardigan thrown over, are the perfect solution to the monsoon problem. The soft comfortable fabric of the leggings won’t irritate the skin even when wet, and since they end near one’s shin, wet cloth slapping your ankles at every step will not bother you.
And not to forget, they make for a classy ensemble.
Dresses and denim shorts, which are usually a summer trend and get buried in the closest for the rest of the year, are surprisingly useful during the monsoon. Both allow free unrestricted movement, and end above the knee, thus completely removing the possibility of wet clothing. These coupled with scarves, waterproof jackets and a bright umbrella make for a safe, yet classy ensemble.
The key to a good outfit in the monsoon, however, always lies in the accessories.