Attention Shopaholics: Rainy Days, They Are A-Coming, Here’s How to Stay Dry & In Vogue!

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Raindrops keep falling on my head
Raindrops keep falling on my head

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I’m yours and suddenly you’re mine
Suddenly you’re mine
And it’s brighter than sunshine

– Soundtrack, A Lot Like Love

With a couple of surprise showers already, the monsoons seem to be heading our way a little sooner than anticipated this year. We’re not complaining though, there’s nothing like the gorgeous Bombay rains and a hot cuppa chai to chase the blues away!

Here’s a list of all the nifty little essentials to have in your wardrobe to have a fun, hassle free monsoon.

Monsoon fix
Your Monsoon Fix

Wellies, Gumboots, Rainboots

These top the shopping list as getting a perfectly good pedi ruined time and again has taught me well! So away with the rubber slippers (which get goop all over your legs FYI) and in with the funky wellies. There’s a wide variety of prints and colours to match your mood. Do I hear you say they get your feet feeling too heavy? Well, as they say… to gain some you gotta lose some and on the plus side you can happily splash around on the sly when you want to with no tell tale tracks (admit it, you do it all the time!)

Wellies to splash around in (picture credit:iamalexandrea.tumblr.com)
Wellies to splash around in (picture credit:iamalexandrea.tumblr.com)
Get the wellies out (picture credit:youhavegottabekiddingme.tumblr.com)
Get the wellies out (picture credit:youhavegottabekiddingme.tumblr.com)
Floral rainboots (picture credit: hlovee.tumblr.com)
Floral rainboots (picture credit: hlovee.tumblr.com)

Oh how I heart these floral rain-boots. Florals are quite my current obsession (and everyone else’s in town by the look of all the stores, from Vero Moda to Globus abloom.)

A Trenchcoat

Protect against the coming everyday onslaught of wind and water enroute to work with a classic Burberry trench in beige, or choose between a feisty red Lanvin coat and a flared tulip print by Topshop.

The Options: Lanvin, Burberry, Topshop (L to R)
The Options: Lanvin, Burberry, Topshop (L to R)

If you go with a classic one, accessorize right!

Accessorize your coat (picture credit: gangstafornothing.tumblr.com)
Accessorize your coat (picture credit: gangstafornothing.tumblr.com)
Dress it down (picture credit: skonamig.blogg.se)
Dress it down (picture credit: skonamig.blogg.se)
Or dress it up like Daphne Guiness does
Or dress it up like Daphne Guinness does 

I love how Daphne Guinness wears her classic trench with a signature updo and sky high Mcqueen heels. So crisp and businesslike. Come to think of it, you could probably tide through the Bombay floods in these if you get past the initial sacrilege of getting your McQueens a-drippin’ in the first place.

Also, a special mention for the very innovative rain-wear that young Brit designer Christopher Raeburn has been putting forth for a few seasons now.

Christopher Raeburn rainwear
Christopher Raeburn rainwear

An Umbrella

Pick a black one to blend in with the sea of black out there, an outrageously vivid one to stand apart, or go with the bubble umbrella to shine the spotlight on your super cute outfit!

Choose your pick (picture credit: ohitsleah.tumblr.com)
Choose your pick (picture credit: tumblr.com)
Wear one when the sun is shining (picture credit: kissofjupiter.tumblr.com)
Wear some when the sun is shining (picture credit: kissofjupiter.tumblr.com)

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The clothes

Oh no, the clothes don’t have to play second fiddle to your rain gear. Quite the contrary, let them hold their own with a pop of colour and bold accessories  to match. Preferably, go short to keep from soaked fabric sticking to your shins. Synthetic fabrics tend to dry out faster so invest in a few polyester pieces. Pleated skiorts (a divided skirt for the uninitiated: they have a fab polka pair at Zara), comfy shorts or skirts would be a perfect pick.

We have compiled a look for you that will add cheer to the greyest of days.

Add some colour to a cloudy day
Add some colour to a cloudy day

Some more versatile, fun additions for your monsoon wardrobe…

Sweet nothings from Zara (top row) and Asos (bottom row)
Sweet nothings from Zara (top row) and Asos (bottom row)

Here’s hoping this monsoon list comes handy. Do let us know what you’re buying to equip your wardrobe for the coming months! xoxo

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