Who doesn’t love a rainy-day holiday? But the reality is that life doesn’t come to a standstill. Schools and colleges continue, office hours don’t change—forcing us to brave the monsoon lashes, get wet and invariably be comfortable all day.
We may prepare well, whether by carrying fashionable rainwear or by wearing practical shirts and tops, but we always fall short somewhere. Some of these are our pants, skirts, salwars and more—bottom wear in general.
That’s why we spoke to Unnati Malharkar, a Mumbai-based lifestyle and fashion digital content creator. Here, she shares how she deals with fashion woes caused by the maximum city’s manic monsoon.
1. What are some of the versatile bottom wear options one should have in their wardrobe?
I think it depends on everybody's personal style. Personally, I absolutely love the comfort and style that wide-legged bottoms give. They give your look that extra chic element. So, you should definitely have a few wide-legged bottoms in your wardrobe as you'll be able to pair them with numerous tops. Nowadays, flared bottoms are also back in trend and they look amazing. You should definitely have at least one of those.
2. What are the key things to keep in mind when planning looks and style during monsoon?
The most important tip is to avoid long bottoms. Your bottoms will unnecessarily get wet and then you'll have to carry them all-day long. They also get ruined due to muddy water and splashes. Nobody likes to sacrifice their beautiful bottoms to the monsoon. Also, buy an umbrella that wouldn't limit your looks but complement it. I think pastel-coloured umbrellas go with every look. That way, you can be stylish even in the monsoon.
3. Can you throw light on the importance of fabric and materials, especially for bottom wear, during monsoon?
I want to stress on the fact that it is really very important to wear the right kind of fabric during monsoon. Otherwise, your bottoms will lose their firmness and shine. Plus, materials that dry easily should be worn during monsoon because we know how difficult it is to dry clothes during the rainy season. So, if we think and choose our bottoms smartly, we can appear stylish without struggling much.
4. What are some of the strict no-nos during monsoon?
I don't think I can define it or call anything a strict no-no. After all, it's all about enjoying the season without having to struggle. So, just wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. The definition of comfort is different for everybody and you should just follow your heart and not restrict yourself to any no-nos.
5. How can current trends such as neon, glitter, cutouts, etc, be incorporated during monsoon?
What you can do is incorporate all these trending elements as a part of your accessories. I think glitter or neon accessories really elevate any look even if you're wearing something very basic. It adds an element of fun to your overall look. We can wear accessories in any season and stand out, so why not during the monsoon?
6. What are your personal favourites during the rainy months?
I like wearing a normal t-shirt and shorts during the monsoon to avoid making my bottoms wet. It gives me comfort plus a very laid-back yet cool look which reflects my vibe well. I usually prefer sneakers during the monsoon as they're comfortable and easily washable.