The dos and don’ts of fashion: Monsoon Edition

‘Fashion faux pas is like the Murphy’s Law where everything that you thought would go right ends up going wrong”

The rumbling grey clouds, the sodden looking weather, the flash of lighting all just before you are about to step out of the house. Search sites provide you with endless information on ‘What’s hot and what’s not during the monsoon season’, but how many actually list down what to avoid during the season. Monsoon fashion mistakes are rampant everywhere you go. So here is a list of fashion bloopers for the monsoon season:

Fabrics

It is very important to pay special attention to the kind of fabric you wear. Thin fabrics tend to become translucent and stick to the body once it gets wet. Avoid nylon or any other synthetic fabric as it traps the body heat and humidity inside once wet. Porous fabrics like knitted cotton help your skin breathe. The best option for this season is cotton blends, poly nylon. Avoid crushable fabrics like pure cotton and polyester as they get wrinkled once dry after getting wet.

Denims

Demins though everybody’s best friend and a safe option during wardrobe crisis, is best avoided during this season. Denims tend to get heavy after getting wet thus it drops down from the waist little by little due to the weight. Plus it takes ages to dry. So in order to avoid shivering up to your bones, once you enter your air conditioned office in wet denims, it is best kept in your closet until the end of the season. If you are the kind of person whose dressing style is nothing without denims, then you better opt for high waisted denim shorts or capris, so that even if you get wet your denims do not slide down to embarrassing levels.

Leather

Even though you are dying to show off those leather boots or that leather bag to your friends, keep them inside the safety of your closet. Leather if exposed to the wrath of monsoon can end up singing the song of a wrecked soul. Leather if wet can get fungus growing all over it. So if you don’t want weird coloured organisms growing on your favourite piece of leather accessory, it is best kept inside nice and dry. If you are staying in a moisture ridden place then the best way of preventing your leather goods is by wrapping them and stuffing them with newspaper as paper absorbs all the moisture and keep your leather loves  safe and dry.

The colour white

I guess almost everybody knows this, that white is a strict no no during this season, due to some unfortunate white experience of your own. Well for those who are unaware of the evil side of the most classic colour-white, here’s an inside view. White can become translucent or as better said, almost transparent if it gets wet, which may reveal a lot of things you are unwilling to show. Plus even small specks of mud or dirt sprayed on your clothes while walking down a street, will be seen as clearly as glowing neon lights.

Colours

The colours to avoid during this season are all soft and pastel colours. The weather is alreadyso grey and you would not want to blend into the weather outside. Bring some sunshine and cheer into the day by wearing bold colours. Pastels are best avoided and in case it is inevitable then pair up a pastel with a bold colour. It will help in balancing the outfit.

Hemlines

Hemlines are best keep upto the calf level during this season. You do not want to wipe the muck off the streets with hemlines which reach your ankle or below. The best treatment with salwar suits is by opting for leggings instead of salwars.

So go dancing in the rain without fearing the repercussions of getting drenched.

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The do’s and don’ts of fashion

“There’s room for the Gap, but the joy of dressing is an art.”

John Galliano

There is a very thin line between becoming a fashion icon and a fashion victim. The secret lies in presentation. As stated by John Galliano, dressing is actually an art. The art of putting the right colours and the right stokes on a blank canvas and turning it into something truly mesmerizing. Fashion is universal but style is individual. When both the ingredients are mixed together in the right amount, we see a fashion icon but a little amiss and what is created is something words cannot describe.

Today I will be talking about the most common and widespread fashion faux pas. Fashion faux pas is like an epidemic. It spreads like forest wild fire and is embraced by fashion victims who don’t realize the devastating effects of it.


Plumber’s Butt

The fashion faux pas to top the list is the plumber’s butt. It is a term given to a fashion disaster i.e. when a person butt crack is exposed to ‘sadly’ the most unexpecting audience. It generally happens while bending, squatting or sitting down. With the popularization of low waist jeans, such a faux pas is seen though unwillingly, but quite often. Plumber’s butt doesn’t qualify under exposure nor can it be termed as vulgarity. All that it can do is leave a very disturbing and horrifying image on the watcher’s mind.

One small tip: Next time you go to buy a low waist jeans just bend and see in the reflection, if your butt crack is being exposed or not. If yes, then I guess you know what to go.


Visible Panty Line (VPL)

No, it is not stylish nor is it seductive in any way. It is quite opposite of all this. VPL has been a fashion faux pas since time immemorial, unlike what people sporting it might think. VPL generally happens if the bottoms are too tight or the panty is of a size smaller than required or both. Smaller size panties do not make your ass look tighter. It wounds up making you a subject of laughter behind your back.


Socks and Sandals

Whatever happens never end up pairing these two items together. The result is disastrous. Sandals with socks have never gone together. It does not make you look cute but it definitely shatters your image as being fashionable or stylish.


Tight undergarments

As mentioned above, tight undergarments do not accentuate any part of your body. On the other hand it destroys the whole look of your garment. Tight fitting bras do not make your cleavage look sexier. It gives the impression as if you are being suffocated from within. It sometime makes your audience feel short of breath, themselves. It is advised by doctors not to wear ill fitting undergarments as bras give shape to your breasts and also it also invites many medical problems.


Tight tops/dresses

If you are blessed by Mother Nature with a voluptuous body then do not try to fit into dresses which are of a smaller size. With the booming ready to wear industry, garments are made of every size and shape. Tight tops and dresses highlight your extra bits of flab and destroys the whole effect which is supposed to be created by the garment.


Patterned tops and bottoms

If you don’t want to end up looking like a wallpaper then avoid teaming up a patterned top with a patterned bottom. Keep either one of the two plain. Team up a patterned top with a matching but plain bottom or vice versa. The same rule applies for stripes as well. By keeping one plain and one patterned/striped the beauty of both is seen and accentuated with the help of the other.

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