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Winter dressing is great; all boots, chic coats, and sumptuous jewel tones.
What winter does to those outfits, on the other hand, is anything but.
Getting caught in a rainstorm or gale can do a real number on your look; last we heard, the ‘drowned rat’ aesthetic hasn’t been spotted on any catwalks.
To help you get to your destination unscathed and without needing to immediately head to the bathroom to dry off, you need protection.
Umbrellas have a bad rap, which is arguably justified given the poor etiquette of many users (those eye-level spokes can be a real hazard on a busy street) . They’re one of the most frequently lost items and often end up in bins, turned inside out, after one too many gusts of good old British wind.
The trick is to make sure you invest in a model that offers unforgettable style or one that’s built to last (or both, ideally). That way you’ll be more mindful not to leave it behind and less likely to have to replace a broken one.
Kate Middleton held a simple black umbrella at a Rugby League World Cup match this weekend, and there’s no doubt they can elevate a look as well as preserve it from the elements.
Among these high street brollies there’s something for everyone – just make sure you practice that umbrella etiquette before you take yours out for a spin.
Fulton Heart Shaped Umbrella
Buy for £25 at John Lewis.
Hunter Automatic Compact Umbrella
Buy for £45 from Hunter.
Sophie Allport Raining Cats and Dogs Umbrella
Buy for £30 at Sophie Allport.
Printed Stormwear Compact Umbrella
Buy for £9.50 at M&S.
Fortnum’s Kensington Walking Umbrella
Buy for £40 at Fortnum & Mason.
Fulton Birdcage Umbrella
Buy for £23 at Selfridges.
Radley Responsible Handbag Umbrella
Buy for £25 at Radley.
Eco X-TRA STRONG Auto Open/Close Umbrella
Buy for £30 at Totes.
Automatic Windproof Ankara Umbrella
Buy for £15.99 from WLMstoreDesigns on Etsy.
Buy for £45 at Ted Baker.
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