I’ve always associated summer with bright colors and fresh blooms, and not the scorching heat that we actually face in our tropical cities. Somehow my mind gets drawn to streets lined with cherry blossoms and tiny Italian towns with picturesque beaches and narrow lanes full of cobblestones. I’ve never lived there, I’ve visited once, and I don’t see any immediate plans of going there either. Still those are the images my mind gets drawn to when I think of summer. Probably a coping mechanism to deal with the incessant heat, power cuts and humidity that we have here. So I try and make do with finding places that match my imagination as close as possible, and sip on iced teas all day long while I work, work, work, hoping that some day I get to do the same work sitting at the previously mentioned beach, tiny town etc. etc.
Every summer I tend to stick to similar silhouettes that allow me to breathe and function like a proper human being, without melting into the ground. Instead of color, this time I am more drawn towards monochrome outfits where I can add a few pops of colors. The summer heat also brings with it sudden bursts of summer showers, which are pleasant for exactly 20 minutes before either the humidity or the heat sets back in again. The struggle is real. And a dress that lets you navigate both ends of the spectrum, while letting you go about your day, is a winner for me!
Going about my day sometimes also involves lying around on trees. Because clearly, when you spot a tree, that’s the right thing to do.
Some quick tips for scorching-heat-and-god-this-humidity kind of summer dressing:
- Opt for fabrics that let you breathe like chambray, linen and cotton
- Loose fitted silhouettes work best. And yes they can look flattering if accessorized correctly
- Avoid heels when you are going to be out in the sun. You are already uncomfortable because of the heat. No need to add more reasons to be uncomfortable
- Keep accessories minimal. Opt for bright colors or one statement piece instead of piling on too many
- Wear open toes sandals to let your feet breathe too
Photography by: Divya Medikonda