summer in the smartest way...
Summer is here again.
With scorching heat and unbearable humid life is getting tougher day
by day, which it is the time to get all dressed up to fight back the
Drop at Chandi Chawk
anytime this week, They have all sorts of lovely summer prints available
in pure cotton and Bexi cotton. Floral, polka dots, stripes, checks
and the list goes on. With some small lace-work and decorative buttons,
make a summer look that gives both pleasure and comfort. All the boutiques
are also coming up with their summer collections. Chic sleeveless blocks
fatuas or shalwar kameez, very wearable, and also fit in your budget
are the things to buy this summer. Cool colours and simple designs will
help you breeze through the day, feeling fresh.
Hop into Westecs,
Tex-mart and similar stores for comfy T-shirts and three-quarters. Wear
them in your weekends while going out with buddies for an ice-cream
treat. Jeans for the summer should be lighter.
In a hot summer
day it is difficult to get all dressed up for a busy schedule at work.
Use light lip colours, available in the market from Lakmé, Persona,
Jordana etc. Nice soothing colours are very good. Lakmé daily
face wear soufflé is an essential product. This gives your skin
a smoother look and also won't make you feel made up. Kohl pencils are
found in all make up stores. Go and grab lots of these summer-look products.
Rexona, Fa, and Nivea have a wide range of deodorant sprays available
in the market. Always keep one in your bag. Body odour is something
that you should never have.
Sun protection lotions
are a must. Get a sunscreen lotion and buy it with care and the SPF
should be according to your requirement. For our climate, it is good
to have a lotion that has SPF of more than 20.
Good news for girls:
now all the cosmetic stores have facial tissues to wipe out the dirt
and sweat from your face. Almas, Priyo and other such stores have these
in plenty. Keep one in stock always so that you don't look oily and
Umbrellas are not
only for the monsoon season. This is a good way to fight the summer
in addition to those sun protection lotions. Get a good-looking umbrella
along with the sunscreen lotion to avoid getting tanned. New market
and Gulshan markets will offer you nice umbrellas for your safety check.
For guys let's not
forget about Banga Bazar or the College Street market (opposite to Dhaka
college). Nice T-shirts, pants, shirts are available at a cheaper price
and you can haggle till your last breath and walk away with unbeatable
bargains. Different caps are also found in various stores. Try to keep
a cap to support yourself from the heat and light.
So get up and get
ready. Go out get yourself the necessary summer products to feel good
and be comfortable.
Frankly, ties have no other function than to act as a noose around the
neck, albeit a glorified noose. It is part of the formal attire and
there is no escaping it. Hence you get accessories for it as well. Tie
clips along with matching cuff links can be found at Menz Klub in Rifles
Square, Monsoon Rain and pretty much all along the shops lining Elephant
Road. Most of these cost slightly less than 500 taka. You can get these
in basic silver with engraved designs or stone settings. The latter
can be used to smartly match your shirt. With the clips you can prevent
your tie from taking an annoying dip into the curry dish at a wedding.
the heat with a T
This summer is a scorcher. Its perfect weather for having your car painted
but it's a killer for any other activity. In this weather nothing beats
the comfort of a collarless short sleeved cotton T-shirt. They are perfect
for lounging at home or going out for pizza as long as the material
does not look like Swiss cheese. You can find these at Meena Bazaar
within 100-120 taka. They come with lots of weird graphics. Single colored
Ts can be found in front of the Dhaka College and in Bongobazaar for
less than 60 taka per piece. It's inexpensive and still looks good.
And if it does look like Swiss cheese all the more better because then
you have added ventilation.
You need a belt to hold up your pants either because your belly is non
existent or else it is so large that it is successfully pushing your
pants off your waist. Sometimes you can do without a belt but a nice
one completes the look. Elephant Road would be the best place to go
shopping for belts with places like Khazana offering some of the branded
stuff. Aside from branded items, good quality soft leather belts cost
around 400 taka. Below that at around 200 taka you will get leather
that is a bit tough. You can also get belts for less than 100 taka.
These are shiny rubbery pieces that are rubbery because they are made
of old tires. Stay away from these if possible.
They say a proper handkerchief is a sign of a cultured gentleman. A
proper hanky would be cotton or silk nicely ironed and folded to be
used when required. It creates a good impression when offered to a damsel
in distress (e.g. damsel drops ice cream on her hands). Of course 'they'
say a lot of things. You can get your sign of cultured gentlemanliness
for anything between taka 10 Tk. to 50 Tk for the cotton ones. Silk
hankies are a little more difficult to come by. You can have them tailor-made
including monograms for less than 200 taka depending upon the degree
of craftsmanship required. It looks great inserted in the formal jacket
pocket near the lapel. Makes you want to introduce yourself as Bond,
Fatuas are all the rage now especially with them being so cool, literally.
Cotton fatuas with short sleeves and open necks are the perfect fashion
statements for this season. Check out your choice of trendy designs
at Shaada Kalo at Rifles Square. Most of these are white pieces with
black designs reflecting our tradition. All the prices are below 500
Shoes sometimes create a thermometer effect with the heat starting from
the toes and rising till it explodes through your head. Sandals offer
cool comfort for the feet. Apex has pretty much taken the country by
storm with its simple slip on designs despite the slightly hefty price
tags of above 1200 taka. Bata offers a lot of different styles with
Velcro straps for around 700 taka. This way you do not lose your footwear
when running away from a suddenly approaching "agitated mobs"
(i.e. hartal procession). Look for ones with a leather bottom instead
of the velvety materials which can smell pretty badly if they get wet
repeatedly. Other non branded designs can be had for similar prices
but be wary of the soles. If the rubber sole is too soft it will crack
around the toes.
Men have this bad reputation of having stinky feet. It's no wonder when
they do not change the socks for weeks. It's handy to keep several pairs
and keep changing them. If you have to wear shoes you need socks that
let your feet breathe. Cotton socks are perfect for this. Good cotton
socks are within 100-150 taka a pair available at New Market.
Why does Superman, Batman and other men of their ilk wear their underwear
on the outside? Or do they call it overwear? Maybe that's how they differentiate
between the common men and the super ones. For us commoners cotton undies
are a must. You can get these at about any general stores that sell
clothing items. Good cotton pieces generally cost around a 100 taka
per pair. You can get sets as well in different colors other than the
basic white. At present all you get are the Y-front swimsuit designs.
Anything else including boxers are very rare. Don't bother with branded
items as only the superheroes can show off the labels. However Pride
has bought out a pack of three for something around three hundred, you
can try it out.
Ehsanur Raza Ronny