“When it’s raining,
a bit outside,
Find your raincoat,
don’t you hide.”
Gloomy skies and unexpected showers shout out that the rainy season has rolled in. While you love to stay indoors and binge watch every single series on Netflix lazing around on the couch or read your favorite book with a hot cup of coffee on a rainy day, it’s necessary to walk the puddle because if you are at home watching Netflix, who is paying for it? On the other hand, if you are among those who stare at their wardrobes every rainy morning thinking what to wear, start taking notes!
Gone are the days when one had to choose between fashion and functionality. More than just a necessity, monsoon gears today have become utilitarian fashion statements with brands across the world popularizing the notion. Ever heard of PVC dress? Well, the French luxury fashion house Balmain in its very recent collection launched a PVC mini dress. Sounds bizarre doesn’t it? From transparent raincoats and rain jackets to transparent bags and gumboots, who knew that these waterproof gears would become a wardrobe must-have?
Here is Ciceroni’s curated list of Top 5 Trendy Monsoon Gears that will keep your style game up the ante through the drizzly grey days.
- Trendy Windcheater
Wind resistant and waterproof, the windcheaters are known for being edgy and modern. Available in choices of colors and designs, it is just the right buy when you are looking for a trendy staple that keeps you covered when there’s heavy rain and also keeps you warm during freezing winters. Be it styling with the versatile LBD or the formal pantsuit, this monsoon staple will make you cool and classy both at the same time.
Shop from: Decathlon Sports, Nike, Adidas, Forever 21
- Rainproof Boots
Take care of your feet while you walk through potholes. Fling your everyday sneakers and heels and bring home the rainproof boots that are made up of waterproof materials like rubber, neoprene, vinyl or silicone to beat the monsoon blues. If you are a staunch follower of fashion trends, go for the ones with animal prints, quirky motifs or if you can’t resist partying even during down pours, opt for the one in trendy metallics. The beauty of a knee-high boot is seen when you style it with a skirt or high-waist shorts.
Shop from: Top Shop 24, Crocs, Steve Madden, Zara
- Classic Umbrellas
Seen in patchwork motifs, monograms and book and film inspired designs, it is needless to say, that this ultimate wet- weather accessory has always been an important monsoon wardrobe essential and with changing fashion trends, this age old gear has become trendier and modern. Get style cues from Queen Elizabeth II who has her outfits match the umbrella’s rim or opt for nature inspired prints on umbrellas in pretty pastels if you prefer minimalism. Try it, it’s sure to create a fashion statement. On the other hand, if you love all things quirky, bring home umbrellas filled with doodles and cartoons to have a splashy happy monsoon.
Shop From: Good Earth, Prop Shop 24, Chumbak, Mango
- Monsoon – Friendly Bag
Ever since Chanel debuted the see- through bag in its spring/summer 2018 bag collection, it has become a go-to rain gear. Seen later in the collections of Burberry and Gucci, this rain friendly staple will keep all your essentials in one place and elevate your style quotient as you make your trips to work this monsoon. Opt for the transparent mini bucket bag by Zara with transparent vinyl body with micro-stud details on the inside to keep up your style game as you head to an after work party. If the rains don’t bother the adventurer inside you, go for a light weight, utilitarian waterproof backpack that keeps your travel essentials safe and accessible.
Shop From: Zara, Forever 21, Adidas
- Statement Making Raincoat
Love wearing the best of fashion even on rainy days? From printed options featuring floral and quirky motifs to monochrome and transparent ones, there’s one for everyone. Brighten up your gloomy day by opting for poppy shades. Be rest assured, whether you are taking a stroll through the streets to have that hot cup of “chai” or riding a two- wheeler, this monsoon must have will keep you dry and make even the most boring outfit a scene stealing one.
Shop From: Zara, H&M, Ajio
Chic and scene-stealing, these monsoon gears are perfect pieces to invest in this season. Don’t let the rains cramp your style!