Impossibly Cool in Incredible Heat

Mumbai Cool
Mumbai Cool

We’re in the midst of a heatwave over here on the East coast. Any 3 or more days in a row of 90+ degrees or more is a heat wave. Walking around town in too much or too little doesn’t serve anyone. I’d wear a tube top and thong if I didn’t fear getting hauled in for indecent exposure. But in warmer climes, say like Qatar where I’ve spent some quality time the temperature hovers at 115 degrees on a good day in April. Still, Mumbai is a hands down winner for the long hot summer.

Black and white and all loose.
Black and white and all loose.

Imagine 120 degrees with 80% humidity for months on end and you get the idea. So looking at images of men and women hanging around for Mumbai’s fashion week and going about their daily urban cool lives, they seem to transcend heat and just get on with it. Not just getting on with it but doing it with panache and taste. In Qatar I wore western clothing everywhere I went, and that means pants not shorts.

Indigo printed linen shirt and long sarong/pant
Indigo printed linen shirt and long sarong/pant

 

I did venture to the Souk Waqif in Doha to buy Dishdash and thobes, the traditional floor length  shirts that men wear. In fact, I had several made in  cotton and linen and wear them at home still. It’s very comfortable to move in something that doesn’t really touch you and when it does its a very cool brush of crisp this cotton. One thing you notice in places like Qatar and India are that despite the oppressive heat many people look absolutely cool and comfortable.

Perfect ...even with beard!
Perfect …even with beard!
A suit with pants like a cloud
A suit with pants like a cloud

Looking at these very smart looking men in Mumbai, I’m inspired to mix some of my western stuff with the best of what I’m seeing of South Asia. Maybe you will to….

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