Some people have many, some make do with one as part of their outdoor wear and some don’t own one at all. The umbrella is a common accessory and it can be hard for die-hard brolly fans to understand why some people don’t invest in one.
They add a certain stylish aplomb to your attire. For the city worker, the smooth wooden handle complete with black canopy is as iconic as the bowler hat once worn by middle-class businessmen. For children, the large canopy that envelopes them in clear plastic keeps them safe from rain and puddle splashes too, in most cases.
Today, there is a huge selection of luxury umbrellas, but how do you opt the perfect one? And does it have to be just one…?
Different umbrellas for different looks
The best way to approach the buying of an umbrella is to match the brolly to your style. There are some ‘neutral’ umbrella styles that fit with anything but if you want to make a statement, why opt for neutral?
Formal and stylish
Whether going to work or attending an event such as a wedding or garden party, there are times when formal is the correct attire to choose. The great thing is that umbrellas are relatively inexpensive so you can invest in a formal style that you can put away and pull out for such occasions.
Formality with a brolly comes down to the quality of finish, the material used and the shape of the canopy. Don’t opt for a full, deep umbrella canopy like some of the clear umbrella styles as these are considered informal attire in some circles.
- Colour – black is a universal colour that sits with every formal occasion with aplomb. Sitting well with any colour, black has a sombreness about it that means it is ideal for everything from formal work gatherings to a just-in-case-it-rains at a wedding or other outdoor do.
- Handle – a curved handle has a certain panache about it. Beautifully curved, it sits in the palm of your hand whether that it carrying it folded or when you open it to protect yourself from the rain.
Our pick – the black walking umbrella has everything. We love the large black canopy and the pleasantly curved handle.
For lighter formal occasions, such as a family get together we think the white wedding brolly is simply ideal. Again, another neutral colour that works with any colour of outfit, this is perfect for stowing in the car.
Colour is fantastic especially when it comes to brollies. If you want to add pizzazz on a grey, rainy day, there is no denying that our growing range of patterned and colourful luxury umbrellas are the best choice.
In effect, there are three board pattern categories to choose from;
Polka dot – fun, sassy and a pop of colour with a second colour as an emphasis, a polka dot brolly is perfect for anyone, no matter what the occasion. Looks fabulous as you dash for the bus or as you amble through the park on a rainy day.
Paisley-inspired – a nod to the traditional Paisley pattern of shawls from the early to mid-19th Century, these umbrellas are a riot of colour that adds zing any day of the week. If you like bright colours, a paisley umbrella is an obvious choice.
Floral – from ditsy print flower brollies to large blooms, there is nothing more pleasing on a grey, overcast day than a bright brolly making a statement. We have a few colours in the botanic umbrella range, so worth a look if you want to get back to nature.
Did you know that the slang term for umbrella – brolly – is used in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK? So ask an American if they want a brolly will mean a puzzled look in return…
To be on-trend, you need to know what the upcoming season’s must-have fashion statements will be. There are all kinds of trends on the catwalk coming to the fore and we know we have the right brolly to suit.
Pastel colours are ‘in’, as are bold metallics and there were some shining examples of bold, bright primary colours too in collections of most designers. So, what does this mean for the umbrella-lover?
A statement pagoda style red brolly is the perfect option for on-trend primary colours. Clear umbrellas with coloured trim are also a great way of introducing a nod of colour that sits well with most summer 2018 fashion statements.
For the more formal approach, there is no denying that the compact brolly has the right business sense about it that sits well with some of the styles we’ve seen on the catwalk. We think the shorter, compact brolly will sit well alongside the modern-twist on the trench coat.
Making a statement
It’s amazing how the smallest accessory can add a level of detail to an outfit or an occasion that is show-stopping. Whilst other try to seek shelter from a shower under bus stop of the eaves of a building, you will be striding out confidently, you and our outfit protected from the lashing rain with not just any old brolly, but a fantastic fashion statement.