Solo women travellers confidently breaking the stereotypical image of fragility have become an inspiration for many to follow the untrodden path. Following their passion, braving the odds, having the courage to dream and fulfil it, is truly noteworthy.
Being a woman traveller myself, I have been frequently questioned about my nomadic lifestyle. When we talk about issues related to women travellers, they are mostly associated with the safety and security of travellers on the road. I feel that the urge to recognise women travellers in the bracket of “Fashionable Women” is missing and not even talked about in any of the conversations. Most people consider these women as rugged, tough, confident, but not the ones, who can be enchantingly graceful, soft while having a fashion sense. But if I look around, I can see the changing times and trends. Travellers are conscious about making a fashion statement while travelling. Gone are those days, when one would see women clad only in Jeans and T-shirts on their holidays. Women are not shying away from flaunting their fashion statement in various outfits, depending on the mood of the season and destination as well. The social medium is also contributing immensely in introducing new fashion trends to the market. If I talk about the trending fashion, I have to mention the current trend of fluid fashion, which is revolutionary and a way forward in the coming days. The easy, comfortable, adaptable and easy to drape clothes have simply taken the fashion trend by storm.
Being a woman traveller, I celebrate fluidity in my fashion statements. Wearing fluid fabrics not only helps in making my journey extremely comfortable but it even makes my suitcase lighter. Talking about the summer season and especially the monsoon, I like the fast moving clouds, the white blanket of mist and the rhythmic sound of raindrops. What I like best about the monsoon is the joy of jumping in the rain, wearing my short dress, which drapes around my body beautifully, only to compliment my fashion in the monsoon. Who doesn’t want to make a fashion statement while you are on holiday?
I asked a few women travellers who are constantly on the move to share their thoughts on Fluid Fashion Trend and the right kind of clothing in Monsoon season. Let’s hear their Confessions…..
According to Shraddha Gupta, the founder of StreetTrotter.com, “The fluid fashion trend in travel has become more popular than one could have imagined. Fabrics that drape with ease occupy less luggage space and can be easily washed while on a trip. I love the styling options it offers, as you can quickly layer them up with other outerwear products like jackets and scarves as you travel from one climate to another. For me this trend is not restricted to a particular season and can be worn all around the year.”
She adds, “For a monsoon trip I always carry a water repellent jacket with me. While a raincoat is a good option for many, I like to carry a multipurpose hooded duck feather jacket that solves both the purposes of keeping me warm and dry at the same time. A few other important things to pack are quick dry pants and lowers, and waterproof shoes with a good grip”
Akanksha Dureja, a popular Travel Blogger (Direct Dil Se) says, “Fluid Fashion seems the way forward for people like me who choose comfort over everything else, when it comes to clothes. I believe that it’s going to change trends and make its presence felt in a market which is already overflowing with options. Travelling or not, I always prefer comfortable clothing over fashionable ones. With fluid fashion, I feel fashion will join hands with comfort and bring about a much needed change”.
She prefers mostly cottons during monsoons as it gets humid and there are higher possibilities of clothes getting dirty.
According to Srotoswini Svetlana, the Germany-based Indian Travel Blogger, “Fluid Fashion makes a lot of sense, especially when you are travelling because you want to be comfortable. This is especially important on long duration flights. Plus, there’s a saying which goes on the lines of, “Seasoned wanderers travel light”. When you travel constantly for work, you would prefer to carry things which make least space, since it’s easy on your back too.”
For Svetlana, Monsoon is all about light, fluid,quick drying fabrics which breathe and garments which cover her arms and legs.
Prachi Garg, a Blogger cum Writer thinks that the concept of Fluid Fashion is great, as a solo bag packer; it helps saving lots of space which can be otherwise utilised for her camera accessories. Regarding her monsoon trips, her clothing depends completely on the place she is going, if it is trek, then definitely some track pants and comfy T-shirts, if it is beach then definitely beach wears.
Doesn’t this say it all? Are you still wondering about your monsoon packing?
Fluid Fashion is going to be the ultimate choice for women. The flawless falls, the perfect drapes and silky smooth texture of the fabric is going to be a favourite companion in your travels. Whether it’s a casual outing, family picnic or even office wear, when the fluid fabric blends beautifully with comfort and fashion at the same time, it simply celebrates femininity gracefully. To delight you, Liva fabric by Aditya Birla Group is the next big fabric in the fashion industry. The new aged fabric has not only created a buzz in the market, but is also celebrating Fluid Fashion in true sense.
So all you gorgeous and adventurous women, what are you waiting for?
This monsoon let the raindrops kiss your cheeks, let your hair down and let the little black dress caress your body as you dance into eternity.
This blog has been written by Parnashree Devi, a travel writer who has travelled to the entire world visually. Rated as one of The 12 Top Most Popular Travel Blogs from India, her blog ‘My Travel Diary’, is a space which gives you a glimpse of the remote corners of India and inspires you to discover more about yourself.
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