What footwear is appropriate for the monsoons? Should I opt for covered shoes, or strappy sandals that can let the feet dry out?
Your shoes in the monsoon should be something soft and comfortable that will dry quickly. Open sandals do dry easily, but are likely to get your feet mucky and dirty. I would recommend your footwear be closed shoes or high tops, which will prevent the water from getting in.
What are some easy-to-dry fabrics that I can wear during the rains?
Polyester-based fabrics are the best—they dry much faster compared to other fabrics and don’t retain water and become heavy. Avoid viscose or rayon—they tend to get weak when wet and also become very heavy. It’s the same with cotton, which becomes very heavy and dries slowly. Another tip for monsoon dressing is not to wear clothes with too much volume, pleats or flair—they take much longer to dry. And please ditch your regular blacks and greys and wear colour during the monsoons. It helps clear the blues.
What is in fashion when it comes to raincoats or umbrellas?
A memory that haunts me is of those transparent plastic raincoats of the past. Please don’t wear them, they look terribly cheap. You should try and find ones that look trendy, but protect well. Colourful sporty windbreakers and jackets are easily available now—they look good, protect pretty well and aren’t bulky or heavy.
For umbrellas, the foldable options are the best given their utility factor. They serve the purpose, but in strong winds, nothing will really help. If you want something stylish, an umbrella with a wooden handle and framework with a single block of colour looks great—try a bright green or yellow.
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