Sod the rain...I have a long, busy day ahead, and I need some colour to cheer me up. Whoever decided that all rain wear should be grey or black or any other dark, dull colour should be punished. I mean, isn't it bad enough that everything around is grey and soggy, do we also have to look as if we carry the weight of the world on our shoulders?
Actually, I started collecting colourful umbrellas for purely practical reasons. I thought if I had a nice umbrella, I would take better care of it. As in, not lose it. Or forget to take it with me.
I used to carry those basic, black umbrellas in each of my bags, but I had to keep replacing them all the time. Why? I kept losing them. For example, there was this one time when I just popped into a shopping centre... It was pouring with rain, so obviously I didn't put the wet umbrella into my bag. All I know is I didn't have it with me anymore when I left the shopping centre 10 minutes later. Yes, that's me, a scatterbrain...
More recently, I've started seeing umbrellas as accessories. Since I have quite a few, it's rather easy to pick one to either match my outfit or provide some contrast, depending on my mood. In a way an umbrella is the rainy day equivalent to sunglasses: it completes the outfit and gives it a little personal touch.
turquoise umbrella: Marimekko / New York skyline umbrella: Liberty London (original post) / red and pink poppies umbrella: Marimekko (original post) / leopard print umbrella: Fenwick of Bond Street (original post)
Oh, don't forget to check out my cartoon self portrait (with a pink umbrella!) at the Dilettante Artist's Gallery...
And you, an umbrella or a raincoat, which one do you prefer?