Monsoon Fashion Files: 7 Style Tips for the Rainy Season
A beautiful view from your balcony, the lovely sounds of raindrops, the delightful petrichor, the urge to break into a session of very Bollywood style dancing and romancing in the rain – while there is a lot to love about the monsoon season, we can’t deny the heat and humidity the Indian monsoon brings with it which can be really annoying and can sometimes make dressing up feel like a chore.
So here are a few tips to help you look and feel amazing this monsoon season:
1. Opt for Pure Cotton Fabric
Cotton is a lightweight, breathable and soft-to-touch fabric making it the ultimate saviour for those scorching hot and sweaty days. It doesn’t cling to your body and dries quickly without irritating your skin. It’s also a completely natural fabric which makes it a sustainable choice and environmentally friendly. If you’re on the hunt for some unique cotton garments to elevate your wardrobe, our cotton collection is a must-see! With beautiful embroidered embellishments and charming prints – our styles are joyous, unique and absolutely delightful.
2. Incorporate Waterproof Footwear
If walking around with wet socks and shoes seems like a nightmare to you – get yourself a pair of waterproof sandals to wear on rainy days. Rubber flip flops, clunky rain boots or traditional crocs aren’t the only options – there are now a wide range of options in the market that you can choose from that look stylish while being waterproof. Our favourites include the water-friendly Birkenstocks, Melissa Sun and sandals from Havaianas. You can also find cute jelly sandals at online marketplaces. So don’t let the rain dampen your style – incorporate waterproof footwear into your wardrobe and step out with confidence, come rain or shine!
3. Opt for Bright Colours
You already know that we love the idea of adding a vibrant pop of colour to your outfit – not only does it help boost confidence, it also elevates the mood, especially on gloomy days with grey skies. Avoiding neutrals like browns, greys, navy and black will help get you out of rainy day blues. Wear a bold pink, orange or red for that extra oomph – butIf you’re not used to rocking bright hues, start with something in light colours like white or cream and incorporate colour through accessories like a bag, scarf or belt. You’ll be surprised at how much of a splash a little colour can make.
4. Find a Cute Umbrella
Why not treat your umbrella as a style accessory and not merely a utilitarian tool used to keep you from getting wet? A plain old boring umbrella won’t do anything for your style but a cute and quirky one will definitely make a statement when you’re walking down the street. While you’ll find lots of options around your local stores and amazon – find something that helps you express your style and personality so you won’t get sick of it season after season.
5. Play with Pattern
A bold and unique pattern helps break the monotony of daily life and makes getting dressed a lot more interesting. We all know rainy days can be a drag, but when you use the creative part of your brain to experiment and nail your outfit, you’ll get a sweet dopamine hit and feel ready to slay the day.. At Shaye, we love playing with patterns – floral, geometric, abstract – you name it and we’ve got it! Available in different varieties and colours, we’re sure you’ll find something that reflects your vibe and personal style. So check out our signature printed tops, statement dresses and bright printed kimonos and get ready to make heads turn.
6. Wear Something Breezy
Shorter dresses and skirts are ideal if you think you’ll be walking in the rain but if you’re more comfortable in a maxi dress, then it’s important you pick a loose-fitting easy breezy silhouette. Obviously, the last thing you need on a hot and sticky day is your outfit clinging on to your skin (NOT in a good or sultry way), so oversized tops, A-line dresses or wide legged pants are your friends for the rainy season.
7. Go Easy on the Make-Up and Embrace your Natural Beauty
We apologise to all the make-up lovers out there. But let’s face it, Indian monsoons are just not make-up friendly and you don’t want to be caught walking around with melted makeup on your face – that’s not cute at all. Switch out your foundation for a tinted moisturiser, use waterproof mascara, find a good nude lipstick or if you’re craving some colour, try to get a smudge-proof one. Remember, less is more so only powder the oiliest parts of your face – very lightly and don’t forget to wear sunscreen (yes, even on rainy days)!
8. Fight the Frizz
We all know the struggle, don’t we? Humidity does strange things to our hair and there’s no escaping it. Sometimes no amount of heat styling can save us from the frizz, and so our best bet is to find some cute hairstyling solutions that involve tying up our hair. A messy bun or a sleek low bun is super chic but we also love trying out different braids such as french braids or fishtail braids. And don’t forget to use an anti-frizz hair serum or cream. Check out our adorable scrunchies and hair accessories that add an extra little hint of joy to your look.