I love that quintessential rainy-day scene of staring out of your window, watching the rain wash away the summer heat and listening to the rhythmic patter that soothes the soul. But then you have to go out and this is where my love affair with this season comes to a screeching halt. By the time I reach my journey’s end, I usually look like something the cat dragged in. Instead of letting getting drenched suck the joy out of this season, let’s stock up on a few basics to weather the storm. From luxury fashion to high-street brands to artisanal local delights, we’ve picked a host of brands that offer everything to suit up for the rains.
Prepare your monsoon wardrobe with these perfect picks.
Holding the top spot on my monsoon wardrobe wishlist is a classic raincoat inspired trench from Burberry. Their designs are sophisticated, eternal and utterly luxurious. The fashion giant offers showerproof short jackets and knee-length trench coats that are perfect for any occasion. Another option is online retailer ASOS, which not only stocks a mind-boggling number of brands with stylish rain gear but also offers chic rain wear for men and women under their in-house brand Asos Design. From waterproof jackets in vibrant colours to classic knee-length belted trench coats to hooded showerproof coats in muted tones, both men and women will be spoilt for choice here.
For something a little on the rugged and casual side, take a look at the rainwear options from sportswear brand Columbia that includes jackets that are not only waterproof but are also designed to keep you warm. Nothing beats a transparent raincoat in monsoon and Zara’s Long sleeve raincoat with an adjustable hood can be a great addition to your monsoon wardrobe.
If you are anything like me, then one of your biggest peeves about heading out in the rain, is getting your feet wet. And since it is inevitable that you are going to be stepping in a puddle or two, why not splash about in some chic rain footwear. A classic pair of rain-boots is a must to complete your monsoon wardrobe. British brand Hunter has long been the go-to label for rain boots for men, women and kids that cover an extensive range of colours and patterns. More importantly, they offer a wide variety of calf lengths, from Chelsea boots which come up to the ankle to mid-length to tall boots that reach under the knee. For that touch of luxury, just like their classic outerwear, you really can’t go wrong with Burberry’s rubber rain boots that are timeless in design. If boots aren’t really your style and you just want easy-to-wear flats that are waterproof to be a part of your monsoon wardrobe. Check out Brazilian brand Havaianas that will have you dreaming of sun-kissed beaches. As an added bonus, the brand also heavily focuses on sustainability.
Even with a raincoat and boots, chances are you are going to need an umbrella to truly stay dry. Here’s a chance to use this functional rainwear accessory to amp up your gloomy day style and elevate your monsoon wardrobe. For that sophisticated vintage look, try Nappa Dori’s uber chic collection that comes with a wooden handle and golden detailing. It also has a waterproof tetron cover with a shoulder sling and hand strap to make it easier to carry it around. For bright colours and fun prints, check out H&M’s tropical-inspired leaf print umbrella, Mango’s dark navy and red polka dotted folding umbrella or Zara’s deep red and black animal print version.
Homegrown brand India Circus has a host of designs with funky patterns and motifs inspired by India while AmbarEla has a beautiful range of couture designs with fancy frills and romantic detailing that are perfect pick-me-ups on rainy days.
So, you have got yourself covered from head to toe, but what about your stuff? Invest in one waterproof bag that works for you. Think about what you definitely need to carry, like a laptop and pick out something that you can use for multiple occasions from going to work to a casual lunch. British brand Hunter offers a wonderful range of bags for men and women that are functional, colourful and utterly stylish. Surely a monsoon wardrobe must-have. The Sam see-through satchel from Kate Spade will keep all your stuff dry while being the perfect work bag.
Transparent accessories can easily add drama to your monsoon wardrobe; try the classic Michael Kors PVC Whitney. It’s all in the name with lifestyle brand Rains, that creates contemporary rainwear from outerwear for men and women to accessories like waterproof headgear. Their bags range from slick backpacks in solids to waterproof laptop sleeves to stylish colour-block totes for work and play and even chic travel bags.