Transitioning from your summer wardrobe
A change in season means a change of wardrobe. Does this mean that every seasonal cycle, we invest in a brand new wardrobe? The answer is Yes and No. These are tricky times indeed, but what you can do is invest in some key pieces of the current season. There is really no need to go completely brand new if you learn the art of transition. If you are asking how, then let us take the current season, that is the monsoons and summer that just ended, as an example in showing you how to make that summer wardrobe work for you during the Monsoons.
The Art of Layering: Unlike the winters, during the monsoons, temperature varies through the day. Dipping when it rains and fluctuating while it is not. Therefore your heavy wools, knit jackets and sweaters will become redundant when the temperature starts to improve. This means, if you step out shrouding yourself in heavy clothing, you are in for a dicey situation. So how do you remain warm and save yourself from the rains? The answer lies in layering. Use your light shirts, T-shirts and cardigans as your base elements while layering. Wear them with jackets, raincoats and all your wools. You could also use your silk scarves to protect you from the chilly winds in the evenings. If the temperature begins to rise, then you lose some layers accordingly.
Key Players: Windbreakers, summer jackets, varsity jackets and bomber jackets are multi seasonal. Since these are not too thick, they can work well in any season when you mix them with other elements. Team your summer jackets with a knitted cardigan and jeans. Similarly bomber and varsity jackets can be worn with light T-shirts and your favorite chinos. Lastly windbreakers are perfect for those unexpected showers.
Summer Shorts: When we say summer shorts, we don’t mean your brightly colored beach shorts. Infact, the formal kinds that end at your knees is what we are referring to. These can be extended to monsoons, when you team them with a lightweight blazer worn with a t-shirt or a shirt. Alternatively you can also team this with a light rain jacket worn with a cardigan. Remember you must wear closed shoes with this. Wear them with boat shoes, canvas and loafers. But do keep away from suede else the rains might ruin them.
Prints and Colors: Summer clothing is dominated by prints and colors. Summer prints are seasonal, but you can make them work in your favor during the monsoons. Flora and Fauna prints can be avoided but you can readily wear your stripes, checks and geometric prints. When it comes to embracing colors, bring all the bright clothes to the forefront and wear them with no doubts. This in fact is the easiest way to counter the overcast and gray skies.
Shoes: Does not matter which season you are in, good footwear is a must. It can make or break a look instantly. However, if you are worried about losing your favorite pair to the rain, then only use the shoes that have crepe and wedge soles. Both these kinds of shoe soles are crafted from rubber. A lot of traditional styles such as Brogues, Derbies, Loafers and Oxfords have similar soles. These are a good year-round option as they cope very well in both summer and wet conditions.
Article By: Smrithi Rao
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