The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Fashion - Face the Rain in Style

I heard that November is going to bring on us some torrential rains.

That means that Kampala city will be flooded as it is wont to and you will be stuck in a jam nearly every time you get on the road in the morning and evening.

I know your old school joke was that smartness knows no weather but, sweetie, that was just to boost your ego. Now is that time to pull out all your pants suits if your office is one that requires you to dress business-like. Kick out the short skirts and dresses.

Pull out all your dress pants and suits. Underneath the jacket, layer your clothes starting with a vest, then maybe a T-shirt before you throw on your blouse and coat. That way when it gets warm during the day, you can just pull off the vest and tee underneath or just stay in the vest.

I am sure you can find space at office to pull this off. Now is the time to make use of your sweater, but while you are at it, make it stylish. Wear cashmere sweaters. Maybe there is no affordable genuine cashmere in Uganda but you will find a good fake. Choose bright colours to cheer up your cold day.

Even the jackets, the market is awash with all colours of jackets that cost about Shs 40,000; so, indulge. And because it is going to be very muddy, you will need flat shoes, preferably pumps, that will not only agree with Uganda's dirty muddy landscape but also keep your feet warm.

The beauty about these is that you can wear socks with them for extra warmth. If you have a serious business meeting, you can always pull them off while heading out. As for the casual wear kind of office, here is your chance to show off all the jeans without feeling guilty.

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