Splash some colour

Go colourful this monsoon. Photo: G. Ramakrishna  

The raindrops are exactly like true love in a way; they gust in without warning. But unlike love, we actually do need some notice for that season change. Why? To change the look of our closet! Simply because it presents a few rare days of a little nip, usually more than our-barely-there-winters and couture gets experimental.

It's saddening to see he city slickers not change their wardrobe in keeping with the season. They're usually still dressed in summer wear long after it gets set to pour.

The basics

First, dump all cottons and linens to the back of the cupboard, and bring rain-proof out. Gum boots are so yesterday; so unless they spell Versace in a stone-studded angora, keep them at bay along with those duddy raincoats that really don't help your cause as it is!

Preen in umbrellas; golf-sized in interesting patterns are now available even at signals (as at a bargain of Rs. 100). So dump the boring black/navy and introduce yourself to some colour. The vintage parasols must remain restricted to Sunday brunches; scour your local boutiques for some unique finds, they might even be willing to source them for you.

Monsoon thumbs up

Denims and trousers bow out; show off those quadriceps. Clothing remains simplistic — shorts, pedal pushers, knee-length skirts and calf-length slacks dominate the scene.

Summer tees can stay, but cover them up in combat print/ leather jackets, fleeced sweatshirts or shrugs; experiment with this category that the prior heat has kept you away from; those “buget” stores which stock export surplus have some great stuff at prices as low as Rs. 80; doesn't hurt to take a look. As for quality, if they don't last it doesn't matter; you'll want a new look next monsoon anyway!

Also, one pattern making a return after eons is our good ol' sweater; yeah, even the one your granny so lovingly knits. Just keep them short and generally in one solid colour. Thick wool is out; thin strands team better to avoid bulk.

Needless to say, footwear is minimalistic and contained to rubbery sandals; heels are a total no-no. Gladiators and keds are apt; try street kiosks for steals.

Shoppers' tip: Monsoon wear is temporary and rarely taken to next season so shop moolah-wise and look out for deals, which are just cascading all over the bazaar in the rains.


The colour card does a distinct turnaround from summery pastels to monsoon bursts. The bright lovers can celebrate; fiery feisty hues are back! So that multicoloured scarf, red espadrilles even a flash of loud in the form of electric green stockings; all pass the radar this season.

Black and white are both through-the-year favourites; but as a thumb rule, always remember — blacks reign during winter and white the summer.


Women always think it's so easy for the men fashion-wise; but not really because they have little choice, that staying stylish gets that much tougher.

Chinos (easy dry-off), 3/4th combats, cropped pants along with full sleeved shirts (fold if stuffy) work their way up the list.

Sweatshirts are ideal; the front zipped are better than pull-ons; that way you can sport a flashy tee inside a grey/ brown sweatshirt.

Knee-length shorts and drawstrings with double tees (full sleeved inside with a half-sleeve round neck over) or a smart jacket makes a dapper casual.

Wanna go all out? Try the various brands beckoning you with tempting ‘sale' signs — budget; it's your call!

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