Monsoon is like a festival in India. It brings joy and a lot of enthusiasm. After months of heat and humidity, rains feel like a splash of water on hot sand. Monsoon is also a season of romance. Chirping birds, earthy smell of first rain, and hot chai. Ah! A perfect one. But apart from the delight it brings, are you worried about what to wear in monsoons? Are you thinking what will dry in this weather?
Well, I have my monsoon style guide to keep me from going mad from all the confusion (not kidding).
- If you are someone who is crazy about dresses, it’s a perfect time to flaunt some. Flowy A-line dresses, playsuits or jumpsuits are perfect for monsoons. Ankle length dress with spaghetti sleeves is absolute love for me.
- Store aside thick and tight fitted clothes. Keep your choices practical. I would suggest going for materials like nylon, chiffon, georgette Khadi or cotton. They dry easily and look very stylish. Pick solid bright colors. But please definitely avoid whites.
- Knee-length cotton skirts/ knee-length pleated A-line skirts or wide shorts: you can style it with shirts or crop tops. Knee length skirts look cute and suit most body types. Breezy clothes are comfortable monsoon wear as they dry quicker.
- Replace your denims and jeans with Culottes, wide linen trousers, or cotton shorts. Culottes have topped the list when it comes to style and comfort.
- Let your hair and skin breathe: leave your hair open in monsoon. Whether your hair is wavy, straight or curly, monsoons are perfect seasons to leave it open. If you feel you can’t leave it open all the time, you can always keep a nylon rubber band handy. But definitely avoid wearing tight bands, or tightly combed hair. It will stick to your head and will make you look dull.
- Don’t slip away: if you don’t wanna mince about in scared-to-slip shuffle, try going for slip proof shoes like crocs, functional Wellington boots, and rubber soled slip-ons, slip proof sandals like Tevas, water-proof ballet flats and a pair of outdoor shoes from a weather-dependable brand like Woodland.
- Light or no make-up: monsoons are a beautiful season, and you don’t need loud or cakey make up to make yourself stand out. Wear light makeup such as a tinch of nude lip color and moisturizer and you are good to go.
- Wear mild scents of natural flowers or something close to it. My favorite is mild rose water, but you can pick scents that suit your personality.
- If you are someone who loves ethnic wear, I would suggest breezy kurtas or tunics in chiffon or linen. Replace Salwars with leggings or Chudidars. Lucknowi embroidered Kurtas are my favorite for monsoons.
Apart from what to wear, you should definitely have waterproof raincoats and nylon bags to store your essentials. Pick something you love and slay your way through it.