Grey overcast, breezy evenings, crazy downpours followed by this season’s first shots of petrichor, has announced the arrival of monsoons. Change of season means a change in wardrobe as well. Soon after the first torrential downpour, your first instinct is to stack up on jackets. However, while doing so, we suggest you truly individualize your look and make a statement. Most men only invest in a basic rain jacket, which is fine, but there is also a good chance that a whole bunch of other people will be dressed in very similar ways, on the drenched streets of your city. We suggest including the following four kinds of jackets to your monsoon wardrobe. After all, who wants to dress the same as everybody else right?
The Rain Jacket: This is the basic element of a monsoon wardrobe. While investing in a rain jacket, invest in bright colored ones. The grey overtones are already lulling the mood, so do not invest in somber colors. Ideally it is best to invest in a jacket with a detachable hood. Instead of investing in a big bulky one, buy a really light jacket and layer it with a cardigan when the temperatures drop for maximum styling benefits.
Sweatshirts: The rains have come and gone and you know the day/evening is going to be a rain free zone. That’s when you will need your sweatshirts. When we say sweatshirts, we don’t mean gray fleece or your college basketball attire with giant college logos on them. Of course it is a lounging piece but they don’t have to sloppy at all. To places where a jacket might be a bit much, team your t-shirts with a zippered sweatshirt. They are extremely versatile for casual wear. Wear them with shorts, khakis, jeans but never with your formals.
Windbreakers: When the weather cannot make up its mind about raining or just being breezy, is when you bring out your windbreakers. The windbreakers have no season. They can be worn all through the year as they provide a very basic form of protection from the winds, dust while travelling and the rains. So next time you encounter a windbreaker don’t be shocked at the price tag for a jacket that is so light. Consider them as a good investment, which will come in handy through the year.
Trench Coat: Novels of Sherlock Homes introduced us to the idea of tall, dark, handsome gent in a trench coat. And don’t we all know the effect it added to his personality and the impression it made on us? That is exactly what trench coats are meant to do, apart from being a monsoon savior of course. The trench coat is the basic building block required in power dressing. They come in different lengths ranging from mid thigh level to ones that reach your calf muscles. Wear them with formals, wear them with jeans or if you like to be truly directional, wear them with your knee length shorts. One basic rule to follow while wearing trench coats is to always team them up with closed shoes.
Parka: Parkhas have remained as the underdog, when it comes to layer dressing, though they date back to the 50’s. These however are next in line, after the Trench when it comes to monsoon power dressing. Parkhas are slightly bulky when compared to other monsoon jackets. But what they are known for is being practical. This is because of its military origins. They normally have loads of pockets, are detachable and will protect you from the rains and the winds. Wear them over suits, instead of suits, with t-shirts, cardigans and shirts. Parkhas mean serious styling business in fashion lookbooks around the world.
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