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Rainwear! Uplift your mood with style when it downpours


Don’t let the rains sag your fashion sense. Kishori Sud tells you how to keep it chic and smart even during the monsoons with these simple tricks

While many wait for the monsoon season to arrive, mucky roads and gloomy weather have the capacity to put off people. Some individuals give up on their fashion choices and put convenience before style during the rainy season. But experts suggest ways in which you can up your game on the fashion quotient while it rains.

Fabric matters
Fashion designer Rhythm Goyal says it is important to be very sure about the fabric that is worn in this season. “Cotton, polyester, lycra and nylon are some fabrics that dry easily and resist mud and water stains. Make sure you’re not wearing fabrics that would stick to your skin or become see-through after a downpour,” Goyal says adding that flowy skirts should be saved for another season to avoid a fashion faux pas. For him, monsoons are more about mini skirts. “Avoid full-length trousers and opt for cute shorts, knee-pants or capris. We give denims a thumbs-down as they take an impossibly long time to dry. Switch your jackets with a trendy windcheater or trench coat. Match it with your outfit and you are done,” Goyal adds.

Designer Sheetal Batra insists on ditching the long salwar-kameez (suit) and go for dark-coloured leggings that could be teamed up with short kurtis. Instead of flowy dupattas, pretty cotton scarves could be a better choice and if saris are a must wear for an individual, then a chiffon sari would be a safer bet. “It’s better to stay away from a sari during these messy days. However, if you ought to wear them, stay away from heavy, designer ones or those that tend to run colour after getting wet. A light, flowy chiffon sari is a stylish yet comfortable choice,” Batra says.

Colour compact
Colours too play an important role in monsoon season. “Jazz up your wardrobe with pop colours, printed fabrics and light footwear,” designer Rebecca Dewan, who has dressed Bollywood celebrities like Sushmita Sen, Soha Ali and Urvashi Rautela, says adding that accessories compliment a monsoon wear perfectly well. “Make your clothes evoke the haute look in this wet season. Pack away those stilettos, leather shoes, sheer tops and pastels and switch it with waterproof sandals, capris and colourful umbrellas,” she says. The designer too suggested that bright neon or light shades like ocean blue, sea green, peachy pink and lemon yellow would work wonders to uplift a person’s mood during a downpour.

“However, wearing pristine white in the monsoon is certainly not a good idea as white clothes tend to get transparent when wet and get stained easily,” she says.

Make the cut!
Make sure the silhouettes are “clean” in terms of cuts and pattern” in the rainy season. “The cut should not have too many layers or too many tailoring details that make the garment look messy and untidy. Minimalistic and simple is the key word in monsoon. Well-cut pieces with short hemlines are very apt for monsoon clothing,” Dewan says. Utilitarian styles like asymmetrical tunics, chambray dresses, crop tops, tank tops and flowy maxis would be a good idea in rainy season.

“Go for shorts, midi skirts; also, long trousers are a no-no as they get dirty on your way to work. You can team up your western attire with a floral printed trench coat or a bomber jacket to keep you warm during chilly evening breeze. “If you prefer a more traditional Indian outfit during monsoon season, then avoid salwars and patialas, but instead pick up a pair of short kurtis with leggings or churidars. Vibrant ombre-dyed kaftans are also a great option,” Dewan suggests.

Go Goa! The Most popular destination this season
Goa is the most popular choice for a monsoon getaway among Indian travellers, while they stick to Bali for an international short-haul trip, according to a survey. The survey, conducted by online accommodation booking website, analysed data on hotel searches made by users.

The searches were conducted for stays during the period of June to September 2017, which became the foundation to develop the India ‘Monsoon Travel Hotlist’ for this year, read a statement. The data reveals Goa to be the most popular destination this monsoon, with four of its towns – Candolim (which was the most popular), Calangute, Arpora and Baga making it to the top 10.

The village of Arpora in Goa registered a massive 91 per cent increase in hotel searches in comparison to 2016. Mumbai found second spot in the list with 49 per cent increase in searches as compared to 2016. It was followed by Delhi at 50 per cent increase in searches. Other places mentioned in the list include Udaipur, Bengaluru and Jaipur.

Jessica Chuang, Director, Regional Marketing Greater China, South East Asia and India, said: “The 2017 Monsoon Travel Hotlist reveals significant insights about Indian travellers’ especially, their preference for quick, mini-vacations and a renewed interest in exploring their home country which is visible through the increased searches for domestic destinations in comparison to international ones.”

The preference for quick getaways was also reflected in international destinations with most searched destinations for short-haul trips to Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Dubai catching the traveller’s fancy. –IANS