The monsoon is here and Neeti Sarkar lists out haute choices for the season

It’s been a while since we bid Spring/Summer 2012 adieu. With the rains making a more frequent appearance, it is also time to wash out our wardrobes and say hello to the exciting fashion trends Monsoon 2012 has brought with it. The focus of this season is the colour palette. The monochromatic look is in. B-town stars like Genelia D’Souza, Kareena Kapoor and Anushka Sharma have paved the way for this trend. Apart from making you look slimmer, monotone dresses are ideal as day as well as evening wear.

Here’s where you can accessorise all chunky and bling. This is that time of the year when you swap your pretty pastels for brighter colours. Marigold yellow, psychedelic pink, electric blue, indigo and raspy orange are the hot and happening shades now. The key to wearing these colours right is by teaming them up with neutral shades.

Black and white, together and separately, are prime choices for dresses in particular. The one item of clothing that can never go out of style is the ubiquitous denims. However, each season, they make their presence felt with a quirky twist. This time around, ripped jeans are in vogue, especially in the flared and boot cut styles. Tank tops go best with this getup. If you prefer to wear your skinny jeans, make sure you team it up with either a biker jacket or a non baggy sweatshirt to complete your look.

As women get daring, it comes as no surprise that hot pants have won the adulation of many a damsel. But you’ve got to have toned legs to carry it off. Colour block tops are in. However, wearing such apparel with a combination of more than three colours could spell disaster.

Where fabric is concerned, silicon washed materials for trousers are advised. A blend of rayon and cotton is a sensible choice. Men should wear linen trousers through this season. As far as accessories go, it is obvious that the umbrella is something you cannot not carry this season. Move over black, colour block, pop art and newsprint umbrellas are a hit.

While crocs, flip-flops and rubber mules are usually given preference, don’t forget platforms, wedges and boots also raise your fashion quotient. In terms of makeup, always wear waterproof makeup and go for nude tones. You can wear your hair loose or you braid it. The whole point is to keep your look simple but chic.