Today’s trend is a combination of functionality and fashion. Comfort is a factor that must be taken into consideration and this is more so during the monsoons. Feeling cool and comfortable means you can carry yourself well, with confidence. If you keep fidgeting with your clothes or have sweat stains, how can you feel or look confident?
Whatever fashion trends may be, the golden rule for hot and humid weather is simplicity. But, first things first. Your grooming begins with personal hygiene. It is best to wear cotton underwear during the monsoons because cool, porous materials help perspiration escape and evaporate. Loose, light clothing is also much more appropriate and comfortable during summer. Daily changes of clothing are a must. In fact, in the humid season, two changes of clothing help to avoid body odour.
For your clothes, go for simple lines. Go for clean cuts, with a minimum of detail. Avoid frills and flounces. The idea is to feel and look cool. Colours can make a big difference. I feel that bright colours help to brighten up a gloomy, rainy day. Blue jeans never go out of fashion, but try jeans in other colours too, like greys, beige and white. Another “cool” trick is to use two shades of the same colour, like two progressive shades of blue, pink, or green. During the day, subtle colours may make you look cool, so go for ivory, lemon, leaf green or pista green and white of course. Try sunny yellow or coral! Neutral shades are easy to find accessories for because you can match shoes and handbags easily.
What about fabrics? Materials, like cotton, voile, organza, chiffon, georgettes or lace look summery and feel comfortable. Try a flowing chiffon or georgette top for evening wear. Avoid synthetic fabrics, as they do not allow evaporation of sweat. Flowing styles look and feel cool. Tight figure-hugging dresses and tops should be avoided. Skirts can be most comfortable during summer. Candy stripes and small baby checks in soft pastel shades, trimmed with lace, look attractive in the morning, in hot weather. Try a top with a denim skirt or jeans, or a kurta in small checks in light blue, light pink or light green. Trim the sleeves or at button-closing with white cotton lace and see how appealing and summery it can look. Geometric patterns look cooler. Flowery prints are in.
There is no particular fashion image – you can follow traditional, Western or even combine the two. You need some basic clothes, like a few pairs of pants, jeans or skirts. Worn with various kinds of tops, T-shirts or blouses give the entire outfit a different look. Accessories can also make the outfit look special. You can either match colours, use contrasting colours, or use a theme, like traditional handlooms or prints. For example, try a traditional Rajasthani tie and dye top with your jeans or skirt for an ethnic touch. Tie and dye work and other traditional handlooms never go out of fashion. In crisp cotton or sheer fabrics (Best Fabrics For Summers), they can be ideal for summer. Ethnic fabrics can be translated into modern styles.
Pay special attention to your feet. After washing them well. Dry thoroughly and apply talcum powder. In the hot season, slippers and open sandals are best, as they allow the perspiration to evaporate. However, open footwear attracts dirt and foot hygiene becomes all the more important. After a hot day, soak your feet in cold water, to which some salt has been added. To add the last touch to your grooming, keep to light fragrances during summer, rather than heavily concentrated ones. A light cologne or toilet water may be enough. Floral or lemony fragrances are just right in summer. Cologne, after a shower, can be most refreshing.
Remember that during the hot and humid season, it is not only about how you look, but how you feel.
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