Wednesday was an epic apocalyptic weather day in NYC. What was a sunny zillion degree day turned into a monsoon in the early afternoon and everybody in the office was without an umbrella. Never again! These ten cool umbrellas will keep us — and you — dry in the worst of storms.
Before you even ask, yes, we are dead serious. Occasionally a product comes along that is so ingenious, so practical, so convenient, and so incredibly life-altering that we are able to put aside our shallow desire to look cool and stylish in public. The Backpack Umbrella is one such product. Imagine the rainy day possibilities! You could walk your dog or carry groceries or play with a yo-yo or talk on the phone, all while remaining dry and having one hand free to flip-off judgmental onlookers … who are busy laughing at your dorky Backpack Umbrella.
Getting caught in the rain is no picnic. So if such a tragedy must befall you, make the best of it style-wise with a jolly Topshop umbrella. The fun floral motif on this brolly will be sure to put a smile on your face and those around you. Plus, we’re loving the old-timey curved handle, which makes it just a touch more classy than your average rain wand.
Say hello to Blank, a Japanese import. I’m so into these accessories I found while browsing the “new” section at PixieMarket.com, that I’m literally drawing a blank. Except for maybe an internal dialogue that goes like this: Cute. Cute! Cuuuuuuute. Loving the non-traditional prints of soldiers and dinosaurs on tights, another dinosaur design on an umbrella that makes it look like a piece of vintage china, and a blue and white scarf featuring Greco-Roman motifs. Also available is the Batwing dress, a roomy black tunic, and a leather brooch in the shape of a blue ribbon prize. Freaking. Out. [PixieMarket.com] Keep reading »
We usually have to force ourselves to go outside when it’s raining and the sky is a dreary gray. But this umbrella might actually have us longing for bad weather. On the outside, it looks like an average umbrella. On the inside, it has a playful print of raining cats and dogs. Plus, the bright blue overhead will ensure that we won’t get as depressed as the weather. [$36, FredFlare.com] Keep reading »
In England, a welcome packet for Polish migrant workers advises them that a good way to start a conversation is to make a comment about the weather. One BBC writer tried out this bit of wisdom and found that in ten attempts at starting a conversation, only one person refused to answer his climate comment. Yes, weather is a good way to start off a conversation, because it’s universal and no one can really be offended when you say, “My, it’s awfully humid out,” now can they? But really, this piece of advice can be extended a bit further. I tend to start random conversations with strangers just by mumbling some observation half to myself, and some people think I’m talking to them and respond, while others just look at me like I’m a crazy person talking to her invisible friend. [BBC] Keep reading »
“I was really looking forward to whipping out my umbrella during the song. I have been practicing the routine for weeks but it has all been for nothing!” — A Rihanna fan who is heartbroken that umbrellas have been banned from the singer’s U.K. tour to protect concert-goers from losing an eye [AHN]
[Okay, we admit it, it has been a bit of a Rihanna-filled day, but she is one of the Patron Saints of The Frisky. -- Editor] Keep reading »