In India, monsoon season kick-starts celebrations and festivities across the country. While rains bring in much respite from the hot summer, the tricky part could be the damp weather that comes along. However, that shouldn’t stop anyone from having fun, isn’t it? If you love desi outfits and love to flaunt your Indian wear in the rains, take a note on how to up your fashion game this season.
Rains are known to re-energize the atmosphere, but it can be difficult to select outfits in this season as the wet surface can be very tricky for clothes. Indian wear comes in many forms, however, one must avoid salwars and patialas, instead pick up a pair of short kurtis and style it with churidars, mentions designer Abhinav Mishra. He adds, “Long dupattas should be avoided and be replaced with light-weight scarves and stoles. One can experiment a lot with with cuts, styles and designs like asymmetric kurtas thread work, stripes, and geometric patterns. Opt for scarves and stoles to cuts, styles and designs like asymmetric kurtas, thread work, stripes, and geometric patterns.”
Whereas, designer Nikasha highlights the benefits of investing in casual suits, tunics, and belts to stay afloat on days when it rains too much. She says, “Casual suits are the best fit for humid monsoon weather, especially, cotton suits since they are flowy and non-sticky. Also, tunics are one of the most versatile options; you can style them with culottes to get an effortless and comfortable outfit. It can be worn in many different ways and you can style them to give a chic look by accentuating your waist with a belt. While choosing accessories, avoid wooden or metallic jewellery, and it goes without saying that you must avoid leather bags and move to something like transparent hobos or faux-leather clutch.”
The best way to be stylish and comfortable on a rainy day is to opt for functional clothes that are light-weight, easy to wash and can be worn in multiple ways. Kolkata-based designer duo Rishi and Soujit, suggest, “Choose an ankle-length skirt or culottes with an embellished crop to top avoid muddy waters. If it’s a dressy occasion, try a pleated ankle-length skirt, short sleeve blouses in fabrics like mul or cotton. To get more experimental, one can pair these Indian outfits with water-proof bomber jackets or embroidered jackets that are simple and lightweight. An organic cotton saree with a sleek belt and bomber jacket paired with a maang tikka will look very chic for festive wear.”
Opt for a lot of breezy Kurti dresses, sophisticated Indian shrugs, and a lot of desi styles that can be done up for festivities, or a casual day out. You don’t have to switch to the greys and blacks, or dull colours to avoid wardrobe slips; with several celebs spotted in whites, pick yourself a style that will go with your taste to keep up the fashion game on point. Designer Nishit Gupta says, “Dhoti pants have been a game-changer this season – they are easy to wear and come in the most flattering silhouettes. From canary yellows, dusty pinks, nudes, all of which speak elegance and comfort. There are a lot of comfy day-dresses and straight fit kurtas that are breezy and stunning at the same time. Simple and easy-to-style hairstyles will fetch you brownie points at a monsoon wedding, keep a few bobby pins in your purse to salvage a hairdo gone wrong if you accidentally get wet.”
Monsoons also call for some bright colours like yellow, pink, blue or red and match them with thread tassel earrings or fabric embroidered earrings for a fun Indian look. Designer Suruchi Parakh gives her top tips to stay stylish without worrying about rains. She says, “Personally, I like to choose simple and clean cuts not too flowy but yet look elegant. Thicker fabrics in dark shades are the best if you plan to enjoy the rain showers. Invest in short anarkali with slim-fit pants or short calf-length skirts with crop tops. Avoid fabrics such as georgette, chanderi, linen that are sheer. Best fabric could be tussar or rayon. To complete the Indian look, wear statement jewellery and bangles.”