Brace yourselves for the wet months ahead with our pick of jackets, footwear and other essentials.
As the entire country breathes a collective sigh of relief, with the monsoon set to hit within the week, there’s no time like now to stock up on rainproof accessories, apart from weather appropriate dresses, skirts and jackets. From classic Burberry bags to ethically ourced Urmi clutches, here’s how you can face the rains.
Text: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo
Inputs: Regina Gurung
Give me red
Be snug as a bug in this stunning rain boot from Joules. Called Evedon, this striking piece features an embossed gold logo on the front. Our favourite feature however, is the pretty grosgrain bow at the calf, in a contrasting shade of navy. Rs 12,000 approximately on nordstrom.com
Walking on flowers
There’s no reason to compromise on style when it comes to your feet. Stay fashion forward and sensible at the same time with this delicate pair of sandals by Melissa, known for their footwear made from melflex, a patented plastic material. Designed by Alexandre Herchcovitch in collaboration with the Brazilian brand, this one comes with a bunch of flowers at your feet, making the wearer feel both girly and comfortable. Rs 6,000 on melissashoes.co.in
Blend in with the rains in this wave-printed shirt dress. The icy blue garment, from the studio of designer Farah Sanjana is crafted from scuba material and features zip detailing and slits on the side. Complete the look with thigh high Wellingtons, before stepping out into the rain, we say. Rs 10,600 approximately. At Byramji Town, Nagpur. Details: 0895674955
Eye of the storm
Turn up the heat with Givenchy’s range of ombre couture cream eye shadows. Available in plum, silver, beige, rose, taupe, khakhi green, brown and black, the product is waterproof, has a creamy finish for easier application, and lasts up to 16 hours. Rs 1,800 approximately. At Sephora, Koramangala. Details:sephora.com
Keep your skin hydrated and nourished through the rainy months with this body butter from Anatomicals. Made with bergamot, ginger, and cocoa and shea butter, it is sure to keep your body glowing. Rs 799. At Upbeatz, Old Airport Road, Bengaluru. Details: 07406432000
Valentino can make just about anything look pretty and this trench coat is no exception. Bearing a smattering of embroidered butterflies in a kaleidoscope of colours, this one makes for a great style statement, while not compromising on functionality. Rs 2,56,650 approx on harrods.com
This printed umbrella from Hunter Boot will help you stay dry and add some cheer to a rainy day. Featuring the original terazo print, the mix of unusual colours make it a special piece. The canopy is made from polyurethane, while the ribs are crafted from fibreglass. Rs 6,166 on nordstrom.com
Infuse some much-needed colour into a gloomy monsoon evening with this clutch from Urmi by Kavitha and Diya Varadaraj.
Created from recyclable plastic, the purse is handwoven by skilled Indian women using a traditional weaving method. The structured piece features an overlap at the front with a magnetic closure to keep your essentials intact. Rs 5,000. At Cinnamon, Gangadara Chetty Road, Bengaluru. Details: 080 25540061
Back in the game
With Taylor Swift and Cara Delevingne rocking the new showerproof rucksack that has taken over Hollywood, the product is a not-to-miss monsoon essential. The “It” bag is the extension of the Burberry trench coats that feature durable fabrics made from nylon and leather. Inspired by the military style of the 20th century, the bag is also high on functionality with multi-zip pockets and chain-leather straps. It is available in seven colours abroad, but only in black in India. Rs 73,000. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru. Details: 080 41738825