The monsoons are now truly underway and if you haven’t already, you must start with the necessities right away (although you’re probably already damp now).
Yes, the rains can wreak havoc on your daily routine, but not unless you make anticipatory provisions. So what is it that you need every year at this time? We bring you a checklist of 10 stylish yet important things that you must ensure you have in place before the first rains hit the city (again, if you haven’t already, get to it!)
Gum Boots And Rubber Shoes
What’s the first thing you hate about the monsoon? The fact that the ground gets dirty and mucky, with big puddles everywhere, which in turn completely mess up your pretty, dainty feet. Add to that the fact that you can’t wear your new shoes for fear of them getting spoilt, and you have a recipe for fashion disaster. But fret not, muddy little urchin, for rain style is the answer. You’ll find loads of beautiful rubber boots and rubber-soled shoes in fun, bright and bold colours, if you hit the stores. (But why would you go store shopping in the rain? Shop online!) They aren’t very expensive either, so stock up on a few in different hues, and you’re ready to shine all through the monsoon.
Wind Cheaters And Umbrellas
The monsoon is the perfect time to show off your rain gear, and what better way to do this than to invest in some rainwear? With the variety, in terms of patterns, colours and designs, available in the market, you can pick one that suits you best. Reversible wind cheaters are a great idea (if you’re a man), as one can do the trick for two and for the ladies, there are plenty of mini umbrellas that can get small enough to fit in your purse so you don’t have to make the added effort of holding them separately. A one-time investment in a trench coat is a great option as well.
For days when the rain is too much for you to want to go for your evening run, a yoga mat is a particularly handy item. We know it’s not the same as a cardiovascular workout, but you can get equally good results with a good home yoga session. Pick up some yoga DVDs and follow them closely by working out on your yoga mat. Your body will definitely thank you for it.
What happens when you’re out running errands and it starts pouring incessantly? You can protect yourself with an umbrella or wind cheater, but it is your poor phone that takes a beating. And if it’s a really expensive phone that you’ve recently splurged on, the feeling is all the more disappointing. To prevent such instances, invest in a plastic mobile case for the monsoon and go about your day-to-day activities with ease, or just get the headset out!
It’s not just your mobile phone; the rain can mess up your money and receipts as well. That’s why it’s a good idea to pick up a waterproof wallet before the monsoon starts in earnest. Walk about, and play around in the rain and you won’t have to worry about your money or credit cards anymore.
Another monsoon fashion must-have is a cool PVC hat. Not only will it keep the water away, but it will make you stand out from the crowd and add a fun element to your look. These hats are available at most fashion stores that stock rain gear. Make sure it doesn’t make you look like a court-jester, though. If yes, then just wear your hair up and stock up on the anti-frizz serum!
Walking in the rain can cause your hair to become completely drenched, and if you enter an air-conditioned room it can get you feverish at the drop of a hat. Keep a compact hair dryer with you at all times, so you never have to worry about the travails of wet hair again.
Enjoy the rains!