The Rain Style File
The Southwest monsoons been splashing us across the country. Whether you are a neon PVC lover or the au naturel cotton types, a host of designers and brands have just those wears to up your style mojo. Here’s a rain check from Hiral Oza on the colours, fabrics and hemlines.
Monisha Jaising: The fabrics for the rainy season will primarily be breathable fabrics. Because humidity increases during the monsoons, go for cotton, linen, and to some extent even silk -- basically, a selection of pure fabrics.
Shruti Sancheti: The popular fabrics during monsoon are regenerated fabrics which dry fast and are easy to maintain like rayon, viscose and even waterproof man-made fabrics like glass nylon, mesh, PVC along with natural fibres like cotton, silk and sturdy cotton to absorb moisture.
Ritika Arya Jain: Cotton and chiffon fabrics since they dry quickly and are breathable. Mul is a soft fabric and is lighter than cotton, so it won’t cling to the body. It’s a great option for the rainy season. Denims! A lot of people believe that denims are not meant for monsoons. But denims are very practical -- they resist muck and mud, so there will be less mess.
Simran Arya: Some people feel the rain, others just get wet. Since we are in the midst of the monsoon one should know which type of fabrics are the most suitable during wet spells . The fabrics should be such that they dry off quickly and resist the stains of mud and water. Some of the fabrics are cotton, the most comfortable option, and then there is georgette since its very light, or nylon and chiffon as they dry up easily.
Anjali Jani: Cottons, muls, light weight silks are best suited for the rainy season.
Shreyasi Pathak: Fabrics like crepe/poly-crepe, cotton, rayon, gauze and voile are practical for humidity since they are light and flowy. Power loom fabrics for example Ikat is also ‘in’ due to its motifs and prints, and is very practical due to its breathability.
Kamakshi Kaul: The fabrics which dry easily and are breathable are great for the monsoon season. Cotton, chiffon, nylon are great choices as they are breezy, flowy fabrics and dry up quickly even if you get wet in the rain. Avoid denims as they tend to get heavy and take a lot of time to dry up if you get drenched.
Sagar Sarna: Rains bring in humidity and the key solution is to go for fabrics which have moisture wicking quality. We are doing our monsoon edit in textured cotton crepe, 100 percent knitted linen tee shirts, mill made cotton satin; the satin weave is water repellent when compared to other general cotton fabrics. We are also doing special stretch denim fabric with water repellent treatment.
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