The August weather is unpredictable and can put a damper on your style and overall well-being.  Don’t let the tyrannies of the season subdue your fashion drive with these amazing hacks.

  • Choose the right fabric – Faux leather is prone to peeling upon contact with moisture. Suede is a big no as the velvety texture can grab dirt, removing which might ruin your shoes.  Synthetics dry in no time and cotton absorbs sweat. Go for shorts or ankle-length bottoms to keep the edges from dipping into substances. Avoid heavy fabrics. Brighter garments make you stand out in the crowd.
  • Wear minimal makeup – A fresh, no make-up face could be the most carefree way to enjoy monsoon but if you absolutely have to use makeup, don’t go overboard with it! Choose tinted moisturisers over full-coverage foundations. Mascaras and eyeliners should be waterproof at all costs. Tinted balms give your lips a fruity, bubblegummy wash of colour. Lip stains could minimise the risk of looking like you just had a make out session.
  • Take care of your jewelry – Make your lackluster silver jewelry brand new again by brushing it with some toothpaste. Refrain from using street-bought jewelry as it could corrode and leave a nasty green residue on your skin. Get a hold of some beady necklaces in various colours so that you have something for each outfit. You could even try the lightweight wooden bangles if you are going for an earthy, non-fussy look.
  • Hair-care should be a priority – Excessive styling products can not only make your hair greasy from the humidity but also build up on the scalp and hair causing dandruff and breakage. To tame the frizz and avoid stray hair getting all over your face and neck, apply styling mousse on freshly washed hair and diffuse to create ringlets that hold together, finish with some hair serum. If you’re on a budget, take a dollop of body lotion or two drops of non-sticky oil, rub between palms and run over hair. Choose from an array of ‘gym hairdos’ such as top knots, double Dutch braids and fishtail ponies to keep your hair in place. Avoid abrasive hair accessories and last but not the least, do not comb wet hair. 
  • Look out for your books – To keep books from getting dog-eared, store them in waterproof zip folders, available in stylish designs and neon colours. If you want to continue with canvas bag packs, try the old school method of lining the insides of your bag with polythene. Don’t forget to experiment with trendy umbrellas and raincoats! While raincoats may be a hassle to carry, compact umbrellas fit easily inside bags. Choose from a range of quirky prints and bright colours to pop in some cheer during the sombre weather.
  • Do not forget essential skincare – Blending sunscreen into your skin is a task, especially if you’re hairy but don’t skip on it! Even if the sun isn’t visible, harmful sun rays could still penetrate through the clouds. Choose a cream based sunscreen, preferably waterproof too, with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Carry a newspaper along – Regardless of whether you’re a newspaper person, you might want to carry one along. Apart from their primary purpose, they serve as excellent mats, saving our books and butts from getting wet. And if your drenched footwear won’t stop squeaking like a rat, crumple a page, stuff into your shoe and you’re good to go! Keep wet wipes napkins handy to tissue off mud stains.
  • Look out for yourself – The season also comes with its share of blisters. Thigh chaffing or the popularly known ‘chub rubs’ are burns caused by friction between the thighs, which aggravates due to sweat.  Abstain from tight clothes that cause discomfort. For the painful shoe bites, wear socks and carry enough band aids. Fungal infections are fairly common during the season. Avoid stepping into puddles, dry your shoes well and give your feet regular pedicures. Refrain from padded bras as they soak sweat and moisture, becoming a hub for bacteria. Carry a travel sized deodorant to keep body odour away.

These hacks will ensure that the unpredictable, sometimes sunny, sometimes rainy weather of August does not affect your style or overall comfort.

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Fashion is dynamically subjective. Here are a few 90’s inspired outfits that will make a glamourous kick-start to your college.


The Denim Effect

One of the most iconic clothing revolutions and a must have in every closet, are denims. A nice pair of boyfriend jeans or wide trousers adds a lot of character to your outfit with little effort. Try incorporating turtle neck tops or graphic vintage t-shirts with cat-eye sunglasses to up your game along with denim skirts and jackets.

A light denim jacket ripped jeans, denim shorts, or cargo pants, maybe even accessorised with a denim wrist band for guys ensures comfort with style. The 90’s are famed for experimental fluorescents, neon, and stripes. With bold messages speaking your presence, or the classic Polos, you can never go wrong!

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A pair of plaid of leggings over a solid top, or a flannel shirt over an LBD, with easy going sneakers perk up your outfit and provide the perfect comfort. A plaid shirt over a simple basic white tee is the perfect way to spice up an outfit for any guy. Or if you’re going for a monochrome outfit, be bold with your accessories and add a plaid patterned snapback.



If there is anything to be ever more grateful for are the exquisite style of sunglasses and boho rings from the 90’s which make your outfit perfect.

Try to incorporate oval sunnies or cat-eye frames or chunky hoops into your outfits.

To breathe chill in this heat, go for white sneakers. The other way around, go for solid combat boots.

Aviators: If Tom Cruise sets impossible missions to follow, this is not one. Add a chic pair of aviators in your outfits and ace your looks.


Slip dresses, pinafores and dungarees

Feeling a bit plain wearing simple jeans and a top? Revamp it. A black slip dress along with chunky hoops and a pair of comfortable flats, or a pinafore give the perfect boho-chic look to float through the day.

Dungarees add the carefree, effortless look on your outfits and make you look like a million bucks.

So roll that pant leg up and bridle yourself to beat this heat with comfort and glamor. Do not presume awkwardness, the best thing you have to wear is your confidence.
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Avnika Chhikara

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While many wait for the monsoon season to arrive, mucky roads and gloomy weather have the capacity to put off people. Convenience and comfort are topmost priorities, but so are the fashion choices! Whether you are petite, skinny, or curvy, Auburn Umbrella is here to help you with comfortable yet fashionable tips this monsoon. Make your clothes evoke the haute look in this wet season.


  1. Choosing the correct fabric

Fabrics that dry easily and resist mud and water stains are always recommended: cotton, polyester, lycra, and nylon. Get printed fabrics that have beautiful patterns and give a sunny look on a rainy day.  Make sure you’re not wearing fabrics that would stick to your skin or become see-through after a downpour. Denims are a thumbs-down as they take an impossibly long time to dry.

  1. Length of your clothes

Avoid full-length trousers and opt for cute shorts, culottes, or capris. Long skirts should be saved for another season to avoid a fashion faux pas. Monsoons are more about miniskirts, hot pants, and sleeveless tops with different neck styles. Whatever shape you may be, minis and midis are always defining and in vogue.

  1. Colour, colour, which colour?

Jazz up your wardrobe with pop colours. Bright shades of indigo, green, and blue are good choices for the monsoon. Peppy palettes of purple, lemon yellow, fuchsia pink, orange, and white are the best picks for this season. Darker shades of black and brown make for ideal formal wear. However, wearing pristine white in the monsoon is certainly not a good idea as white clothes tend to get transparent when wet and also get stained easily.

  1. Accessorising and add-ons

Bright neon-coloured waterproof bags, raincoats, boots, hats, and belts deserve a shout-out in this difficult season. Beautiful bracelets, earrings, and neck pieces made of plastic, rubber, and acrylic make for trendy picks. Metal and leather should be avoided during the rainy season. Get sassy covers for your gadgets that are waterproof.

  1. Shoes speak louder than words!

Just grab bright and vibrant colourful pairs of flip flops matching your dress. Chuck all those leather and velvet shoes and switch to the easy rubber flip-flops. Avoid wearing heels in the rainy season. Wear blacks and browns on formal occasions. Otherwise, Crocs are a smart choice and so are gumboots. They are firm and rain-friendly and ensure you can walk confidently on those slippery wet floors.

  1. Take care of your hair and skin

Stylise your hair with high ponytails and fishtail braids. Opt for new haircuts and try dyeing some strands with spicy shades. Don’t forget to oil your hair and moisturise your skin. You don’t want a smudgy and spoilt look, hence a no to heavy make-up.


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Radhika Boruah
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