It is a respite from the humid summers but a hassle for all the professionals who struggle in the peak hours to reach their offices and travel to meet clients and other important people. The concern is how to survive the downpour & maintain professional looks.
- Clothes & Shoes getting wet & soiled due to puddles & rain shower
- Excessive crowding of wet and sweating people in trains, metros, and other dry spots
- Head getting wet causing cold & related illness
- City infrastructure that lacks smooth and wide footpaths, clean public toilets, etc., compounds the problems.
Here is what we suggest.
To remain dry and fresh, we need to maintain two profiles- One, while outside under the downcast sky, and two, while in the office or meeting space.
When outside, dress up to take the lashing rains head-on. When indoors, focus on your presentation without worrying about a wet shirt on your back.
If you are in a desk job, keep one or two nicely pressed shirts and trousers, a pair of dress shoes, a couple of dry socks, and a towel with a deodorant in the office. While commuting, wear rain shoes without socks and light clothes. Change to your formal attire as you reach the office. It will keep your day bright and happy.
Wear light rain shoes without socks and change into formal ones at the venue. Nowadays, all offices, hotels, cafes, and malls have a good utility infrastructure, so executing this strategy is easy.
The leather has a natural oil that keeps it soft and supple. If it comes in contact with water, its oil mixes up with the water molecule. As the leather dries, the oils evaporate with the water molecules. Consequently, the leather loses its oils which causes the leather to become brittle and form cracks.
So keep your leather shoes well covered with humidity-absorbents and pack them away till the monsoon lasts.
Avoid whites when outdoors. You cannot predict where the next stubborn stain riding the water drops will come from and deposit on your whites.
Invest in a spacious duffel/sling bag made of nylon or synthetic material.
Umbrella has been a fashion accessory for long. Use the one that offers functionality with aesthetics.