The rains can mess up our formal apparels while we make our way to work. What we need is something which can keep us neat throughout the day. It is important to keep in mind the work atmosphere which determines the clothes we can wear. How we wish we could wear a pair of trendy shorts, a smart T-shirt and stylish rubber chappals to boot! It’s possible for a few lucky ones having a casual atmosphere in office. “Women with formal and semi- formal work cultures can go in for knee length skirts or capris with thin fabrics, wrinkle free and easy to dry shirts or tops. The edges of full length trousers can get wet in the rain which is a hassle and one should avoid wearing them in the monsoon,” says well known designer, Nivedita Saboo. Another alternative is to wear ankle length fitted pants with shirts. A lot of women even opt for pencil skirts and dresses. These look stunning and are comfortable in the monsoons. Smart jackets and wind cheaters are a must. “Short and waist length shrugs are what young working women are looking for now-a -days. Short shrugs go well for people with a sleek frame and for those with a slightly broad frame, sleeveless semi formal shrugs till the waist line is the best. They look smart and professional,” says Nafisa Poonawalla, a designer.
One must keep in mind that footwear is an equally important part of your attire. The best option is to wear comfortable rubber soled shoes which will keep fungus at bay and can last throughout the rains. A pair of heels for women can be a saviour from all the mud and muck making you look neat and fresh no matter how messy this weather gets. Closed shoes can protect your feet from getting wet and muddy. Keep in mind not to wear leather. Sports shoes work well for men and women, but again this depends on your office environment.
Men have fewer options as compared to women. Wrinkle free shirts with short sleeves are a good choice. Linen, wool and thick fabrics should be strictly avoided in the rains. “Terri-wool is one of the most common fabrics for the monsoon. The thinner the fabric is, the better it is for the rain and slight humidity. Smart formal jackets are also what men like today. Men, too, should opt for rubber soled shoes and avoid leather to be fungus-free”, says Nafisa. These options can make you look smart and stunning during work. Those with casual work surroundings can opt for sneakers or other comfortable sports shoes.
Your Colour Palette
One must always opt for slightly bright colours this season such as reds, blues and greens. Greys and browns are good as well. Pastel shades such as light blues, pinks and whites can be avoided if you want to hide mud stains, patches and puddle splashes. Blacks are suitable too. Girls can opt for colours such as dark pinks, dark blues and other such to be away from clothes getting transparent if you happen to get wet in the rains.
The Indian Touch
If you prefer Indian formals, go in for leggings and smart tunics. Salwars and Kurtas are a big ‘No No’ for monsoons as it might be problematic due to the mud. Dupattas are also uncomfortable in the rains. A good alternative for dupattas are scarves. Colourful scarves with metal loops and semi-precious stones look classy and elegant. Saris, Patiala salwars and other desi outfits should be strictly avoided.
Accessorising is another vital factor of your look and attire. Monsoons demand good quality umbrellas. Girls can opt for stylish umbrellas of pastel shades with delicate frills at the outline. Carrying bright and overly colourful umbrellas would look unsuitable and childish. Men should opt for smart colours like black, metallic silver, navy blue or brown.
Bags must also be given a close look. They must be water proof and must be limited to blacks, blues and greys. Cloth and leather bags should be kept away as they are more prone to fungus and possess very less absorbance.
Don’t ignore your make-up and hairdo. Water-proof kajal, eye-liner and other cosmetics do wonders inspite of the rain as they are long lasting and smudge-free. You can try various ways of tying and pinning up your hair neatly to avoid frizziness and the extra unwanted bounce which most of us experience in the monsoon. This will give you a tidy look.
There is an array of such options from which you can select your ideal look even during heavy showers. Wearing clothes and accessories which suit your personality is the most important. So say goodbye to monsoon blues and make your way to you office looking prim, proper, poised and perfect.