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July 20, 2024

Brighten your wardrobe with these stylish monsoon must-haves  

Schenelle Dsouza 
One of the most beloved seasons, the monsoon barely inspires new fashion trends. Dull colours and solid patterns continue to remain a safe choice for many. Fret not, if the rains have dampened the fashionista in you; LuxeBook has curated a list of fashionable must-haves that will not only brighten your monsoon wardrobe but also add a glam quotient to your attire.  
Rain protection 
One of the first and most important bits of any monsoon wardrobe is rain protective wear, aka umbrellas, ponchos, raincoats and windcheaters. For the longest time, these only came in the darkest and most dull hues. However, brands have since improvised, merging striking prints with vibrant colours that are a perfect contrast to the gloomy weather.   
Bottega Veneta Crinkled glossed-leather trench coat
Bottega Veneta
Photo Courtesy: Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee believes truly great design must have a subversive element to it. This trench coat is cut from crinkled glossed leather in a vibrant ‘candy’ pink hue and traced with strategically placed snaps. The triangular buckle is a subtle reference to the ‘V’ in the brand’s name. 
Dior D-Way Windbreaker
Photo Courtesy: Dior
This season’s D-Way windbreaker combines the House’s couture spirit with a sportswear style. Crafted in gold-tone technical taffeta jacquard with the Toile de Jouy motif, it features a zip closure, hood and a ‘CHRISTIAN DIOR’ signature flap on the back. The oversized silhouette will complement any of the season’s casual outfits. 
Photo Courtesy: Gucci
Part of the adidas x Gucci collection, this eccentric umbrella is inspired by Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s memories of the  ’80s and ’90s. Creating a series of hybrid looks, the umbrella juxtaposes adidas’ three white stripes with Gucci’s signature interlocking G and trefoil print. In typical Gucci style, the umbrella gets a G-carved Birchwood handle.  
India Circus Bird Land Long Umbrella
India Circus
Photo Courtesy: India Circus
Stay protected from drizzles and downpours with this stylish Bird Land Umbrella. Portraying a picturesque melange of birds, flowers and butterflies wandering in nature, the print on Bird Land umbrella from homegrown label India Circus is the accessory statement this rainy season. 
Prada Re-Nylon Cropped Jacket
Photo Courtesy: Prada
This cropped jacket made of innovative Re-Nylon is inspired by the modern sports world that brings technical garments into the lifestyle look. This boxy style is decorated with the enamelled metal triangle logo, an emblematic symbol of the brand since it was first introduced in 1913 on trunks designed by Mario Prada. 
Versace Barocco Print Umbrella 
Photo Courtesy: Versace
A very Versace touch to gloomy weather, Versace rain proofs style with this very stylish umbrella. Made with 100 per cent polyester, the umbrella features the brand’s signature Barocco print, adding the perfect punch of colour your monsoon closet. The design also boasts a classic handle with a unique colour fade effect. 
Regardless of the season or event, bags are an all year round necessity. When it comes to the rains, water resistant bags are an obvious choice, however the choice bag and material has varied. For a while now, transparent totes with designer monograms were part of the monsoon must haves trend. Several brands continue to create their own versions of the transparent tote, while others moved on from it, curating bags that are not only water resistant but also fashionable.   
Akris Ai printed plexi shoulder bag
Akris Ai
Photo Courtesy: Akris Ai
What’s more stylish than a rainbow tinted bag during the monsoons? A stylish updated version of the transparent tote, this bag from Akris Ai combines innovation and artistic interpretation. The Hibiscus Liquid Light print is inspired by the photographic works of Swiss artist Katalin Deér, while the modern plexi material makes this Ai an exceptionally light handbag while keeping it elegant. Another perk is that the bag can be carried in not one but three different ways. A regular rectangular tote, when opened; a Pure Trapezoid Tote, with the corners folded inside and secured with the turn lock; and the signature tote, with the corners folded on the outside and closed with the turn lock. 
Caroline Constas X Marina Raphael Porter Bag 
Caroline Constas
Photo Courtesy: Caroline Constas
If you want fun prints and pops of colour, then Caroline Constas is a must have. The designer recently collaborated with Swarovski’s Marina Raphael for an adorable collection of trendy transparent handbags. The Porter Bag has a clear body that is beautifully outlined with champagne Napa leather with exposed white stitching. There is a removable canvas pouch inside the transparent bag, bearing a beautiful intricate pattern – Caroline Constas’ signature print, and is lined with beige cotton fabric on the inside. A small adjustable leather strap of the same champagne leather and exposed stitching, can also be found inside the bag, allowing you to wear it over the shoulder, as well as a crossbody. 
Chamar Studio Bora Strap 
Chamar Studio
Photo Courtesy: Chamar Studio
Chamar Studio’s Bora collection was a result of artist-activist Sudheer Rajbhar’s search for a replacement for leather. When the government of India banned beef, it rendered several leather workers from Dalit and Muslim communities unemployed. The term ‘Bora’ is the name of jute bags used to pack stuff. The Bora collection saw a new rendition of the infamous waterproof bag, calling it the Bora Strap. Handcrafted from recycled rubber and other waste, the oversized bag has a vibrant colour that complements daily looks while being functional and ethical at the same time.  
Ralph Lauren RLX Water-Repellent Twist Sling Bag
Ralph Lauren
Photo Courtesy: Ralph Lauren
Part of Ralph Lauren’s RLX collection made for people on the move, this twisted sling bag is crafted using water-repellent recycled nylon instead of virgin nylon, a petroleum-based material. The petite size of the bag is perfect for people constantly on the move, not to mention the chaotic monsoon season. It comes with two spacious compartments and is available in two different colours – Camel (tan) and Light Nickel (grey).  

Schenelle Dsouza


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