With the monsoons setting in, a whole of us are left with mixed emotions. Rain can dampen the mood and the effort we put into dressing for work. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” is a quote well said. Here are a few practical tips that will help you embrace the rains in style:

  • Semi fitted silhouettes – Wear semi fitted clothing whether it is traditional clothes or westernwear. The idea is that it should not cling on to you when you get drenched in the rain.
  • Lingerie – You should ensure to wear firm, padded bras during the rains. This will keep you away from any kind of embarrassment.
  • Raincoat & umbrella – Invest in a good quality long raincoat that will prevent you from getting wet as much as possible. Along with the raincoat, one can keep an additional protection with an umbrella. A larger one is recommended.
  • Trench coat – If you aren’t too keen to get yourself a raincoat, then atrench coat preferably with a hood in waterproof material is recommended, which you can put away once you are at office. Get yourself one in a neutral colour.
  • Length of your bottoms – Jeans, trousers, salwars and sarees should not be of the sweeping length, for it not only get wet but also dirty.
  • Footwear – Choose to wear ballet shoes, flat sandals or wedge heels made out of water proof material such as plastic, rubber, PVC etc. Avoid wearing socks during the rains and if you must, then carry it to wear them in the office washroom.
  • Make-up – Rain can even smudge the makeup which you have applied over your face if proper protection based make up is not applied. Hence, use only water resistant make up products such as tinted moisturiser  matte lipstick and pencil liners rather than liquid liners. Keep your make-up minimal, which will make your appearance more graceful.
  • Hair – Tends get very frizzy during the rains so regular oiling the hair will cut down the frizz. You can also use serum after a head bath to reduce the frizz. Also, keep your hair lightly tied rather than leaving it open.
  • Hand bags – A water resistant plastic or rubber tote is a perfect rainy day accessory to protect your essentials during your commute.
  • Jewelry – It should be light and not too chunky or heavy.
  • Color – You should wear something bright on a rainy day to keep your spirits high. Choose brighter colours like pink, orange, blue, green in slightly muted shades that work for your skin tone like the ones recommended in the Voonik App. This will not only create an interesting element in your outfit but will also make you feel cheerful in the gloomy weather.

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  • Fabrics & materials – Clothing that you wear should preferably be made out of quick dry material such as Nylon, and Polyester. Avoid sheer, thin fabrics such as chiffon, georgette which will look transparent or very thick fabrics like denim, which take a long time to dry.
  • Ethnic outfit – During the wet weather, the safest options are printed or slightly toned down bright color kurtas with ankle length leggings or with salwars. Chuidars can become quite a struggle when drenched in the rain. Sarees too can call for unnecessary hassle.
  • Western clothes – You can choose to wear tapered trousers that end at the ankle or  below the knee skirts and dresses that are A-line or slightly flared. Basically, avoid lengths that touch the floor. Shirts and tops made in prints or slightly darker, brighter colours would be ideal. Woven fabrics are recommended as against knit jersey materials.
  • Attitude – Most importantly, keep a cheerful spirit. Embrace the day with a smile and positive attitude, for it can make your day.

Remember, bad weather doesn’t have to equate to bad mood!