We have four more Mondays to go before the greatest show on Earth takes over the streets of T&T and one Monday we know most Trinidadians and many visitors look forward to- Carnival Monday!
Fashion has taken over the streets with the masqueraders doing away with wearing their costumes for two days but trying to up their individuality and expression by putting on their own designs or choice. Designers capitalised on this notion and created their own variations of Monday wear.
Certainly trending and growing yearly, swimsuit designers, resort wear designers and even Soca artistes have thrown their hat in the ring offering dozens of choices to the masses with designs and styles for all!
Here are some of our top choices (if you are still looking):
Royalty by Fonrose
We were descended from "ROYALTY"
African inspired pieces with great coverage for most body types while still keeping pieces sultry with vibrant colours and trimmings. Fonrose has pushed the enveloped where some of her pieces can even be considered as an option for fete-wear!
Himaya by Nadia Batson
Nadia ensured that the plus sized masquerader feels comfortable yet look amazing in these tribal printed, fringed whole suits and even high-waisted bottoms for the daring. Adding shapes and texture to these pieces adds coverage where needed while accentuating the figure.
Masquerade by Marie Collette
Carnival is colour and this designer holds nothing back with bold colours and prints with sexy cut out details, she has become a well known name in the Monday wear fraternity and has now added a notch to her belt by becoming a costume designer for the band YUMA.
Goddess by Chandra Maharaj
Making Monday wear versatile, Chandra offers classic metallic designs adorned with detachable jewelry making it versatile fashion for use pre and post Carnival as body suits and swimwear.
An Ode to Couture by Tobye Melissa Gill
Flirty and cute! This overly feminine collection boasts of floral and pearl decals with its unique and regal styles and structures, adding an aesthetic fitting for a grand affair. Flattering for most and sure to make any girl feel like a Goddess!
Special mentions to
*Rhion Romany - Synonymous to Monday Wear, his pieces are iconic to the sophisticated woman or the inner "bad gyal". Launching his RR resort 2017 collection we spy some pieces that will surely be seen on the the road. You can also take the Monday package he is offering with TRIBE.
*Christian Boucaud Designs - Well known for her ethnic and tribal prints, Christian adds new shapes, cuts and her signature weaving, a sure crowd favourite annually. She is also a part of Mondayness, a new Monday only band/offering and has joined the ranks of costume designer.
*The Reign by Vivre by Chelsea - High bikini lines, low neck lines, chokers, leg straps, metallic suits for the daring!
*Ohemaa by Cherice Murray - Catering to both women and men, kinte printed tops, with beads, headwraps, wraps and shorts fitting for the nubian king and queen on the road.
*Femme Douce by RBabb Designs - Very burlesque styles with dramatic beading, mixed bold prints giving high sexy appeal with a vintage inspiration.
This list is by no means exhaustive nor suggestive of what you should wear on this beloved Monday, there are many brands who may fit your style and budget or you can follow the new trend and DIY. Whatever your chose, be sure to stay fabulous and fashionable and have a safe Carnival!
Love and Fashion!