In the real world, I tend to forget my favorite umbrella at home (a 2005 Kate Spade, splashes of color over a cream background), so I'm forced to buy an overpriced crappy and ugly single-use (best case scenario) umbrella from a street vendor. But a pretty umbrella brightens an otherwise dreary day, so let's have a look at what's out there:
Burberry Automatic Geometric Umbrella, $195, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Kate Spade Japanese Floral Umbrella, $78, katespade.com.
Orla Kiely Cross Hatch Stem Minilite Umbrella, $49, orlakiely.com.
Leopard Bow Walker Umbrella, $40, topshop.com
Un-teal It Stops Raining Umbrella, $35.99, modcloth.com.
Top image: Vogue, April 1952, Conde Nast archives.
Umbrella photos from the various retailers mentioned above.