My earliest memory of dressing up during the monsoon takes me back to school. Sticky long raincoats covering the schoolbag that was far from statement-making and let’s not even talk about the chunky rainy shoes every kid had a pair of. Nobody really thinks of appearing pretty when the primary concern is protecting oneself from being drenched and playing a real-life video game with potholes. But lately, brands have been offering options that are rain-friendly AND pleasing to the eye.
From bags and shoes to ensembles—here’s a list of things you can add to your shopping cart this monsoon season.
1. Sarah & Sandeep
Sarah & Sandeep recently launched ‘The Bombay Trenches’, a multifunctional line of contemporary rain wear. Keeping the USP of the label’s bespoke tailoring in fact, each piece comes with a signature belt, hidden pockets, detachable hoodie and the distinctive back detailing the brand is known for.
Available at: Sarah & Sandeep
Bored of the plain old black boots during monsoon? Opt for these deep brown, strappy sandals from Also, they are easy to wear, functional and the material will sustain throughout the season.
Available at: Aldo
If the open-toe shoes or the boots don’t cut it for you, try these super sleek sneakers from 7-10. These waterproof, PVC sneakers are practical but stylish and can be worn with multiple outfits.
This anti-fit, poncho-style, raincoat by H&M is made with water-repellant fabric—sealed on the seams. The stand up collar and concealed drawstring hood makes it extra functional during this unpredictable season.
Available at: H&M
Bulky windcheaters can be difficult to commute in, what if you can wear a light-weight version that does the job? This mid-sized number from Zara should be your pick—it’s pleasant on the eye while being functional. The centre-front fastening and side-inseam pockets give it a chic appearance.
Available at: Zara
6. Daily Objects
The sidewalk tote bag by The Daily objects is an all-purpose bag made by strong tarpaulin and leather handle straps in vibrant hues like tangerine and highlighter green. The weather is already dull and grey, your hand bag doesn’t have to be.
Available at: Daily Objects
7. Spread Spain
This vintage pagoda-shaped umbrella by Spread Spain is made out of polyester fabric. The vast circumference will definitely protect you against heavy downpour. It is easy to grip, fold and store—just what you need to get through this season.
Available at: Spread Spain
8. Forever 21
The PVC, cross-body bag by Forever 21 is tailor-made for Gen-Z. If you travel light and don’t require a tote but also want to keep your belongings safe during the rain? This bubblegum mid-sized beauty is it for you.
Available at: Nykaa Fashion
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