Accessory Love: Umbrella


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.

rain wear

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.

leopard print

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?


Linking up with: Sydney Fashion Hunter, The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-LifeA Labour of LifeDoused in Pink, Curly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunRachel the Hat


  1. Rosy
    1 April 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Pretty umbrella is synonymous with caring them, that's so true !! Love your outfit, dear friend. Certainly color is the best thing for gray days!

    • Tiina L
      3 April 2015 / 10:13 am

      Thanks, Rosy. Yes, I certainly seem to take better care of nice umbrellas, and I do have favourites I use nore often.

  2. Porcelina
    2 April 2015 / 8:07 am

    Those blues together really are a smashing combination! I am currently without an umbrella. I had an amazing one that I left on the train the other day!! Gah!! x

    • Tiina L
      3 April 2015 / 10:15 am

      Thanks! Oh, sorry to hear, it is so annoying to lose a good umbrella!

  3. Jasmine Rabuñal Barrientos
    2 April 2015 / 10:37 am

    Sorry about the weather. At least you can wear beautiful umbrellas as accessories. Have a wonderful Easter!Jasmine ♥♥♥

    • Tiina L
      3 April 2015 / 10:16 am

      Well, it's early spring: rain, sleet, snow, rain…

  4. Doused In Pink
    2 April 2015 / 10:56 am

    You have a fun umbrella collection! I never think to use them as accessories. I love the first photo with the blue one! That's definitely your color!JillDoused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      3 April 2015 / 10:17 am

      Thanks, Jill! Actually, this is just a small sample of my umbrella collection, my favourites, so to speak…

  5. Mrs C
    2 April 2015 / 12:29 pm

    We have 1 umbrella… one. And it was a free gift from a golf club or something. That shows the amount of rain we get here. Your collection is fun and I adore the one with the city light! So fun! Wishing you a great time during Easter, Tiina!

    • Tiina L
      3 April 2015 / 10:20 am

      Well, you probably have very little use for umbrellas in the sunny Dubai. I have quite a few umbrellas, both in Finland and in the U.K., most of them bought when I was suddenly caught in the rain. But I also have sun umbrellas…

  6. Natalia Lialina
    2 April 2015 / 10:06 pm

    I agree with you on rain wear – it's surprisingly difficult to find colorful stylish ones. I have a few umbrellas and will buy more if the designs and colors strike me. I also have a few raincoats, red, blue and green ones! You have a wonderful collection, and I know what you mean – it's always a pity when we loose or break our favorite brollies! xxx

    • Tiina L
      3 April 2015 / 10:24 am

      This is just a sample of my umbrella collection…. The ones that I like the most. I still find myself in situations where I need to buy an umbrella, fast, because I fail to carry one with me. And this is how the collection keeps getting bigger…

  7. Carrie
    3 April 2015 / 4:11 am

    I have a really colorful umbrella I purchased from Target and I have held onto it! The first one is my absolute favorite!

    • Tiina L
      3 April 2015 / 10:27 am

      Thanks, Carrie! I have favourite umbrellas, too, and I use some more than others. And I still get new ones (but only because I often don't have one with me when it starts to rain).

  8. Dawn Lucy
    3 April 2015 / 2:36 pm

    What fun looks! Nothing cheers up a rainy day like a bright fun umbrella!OXOXDawn Lucy

    • Tiina L
      4 April 2015 / 9:20 am


  9. Alice Warren
    5 April 2015 / 6:48 am

    I love your colorful collection of umbrellas! If it rained more here (and we need it so badly), I would buy more. I can see myself losing them like how I lose my sunglasses. Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    • Tiina L
      5 April 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Thank you Alice! I've lost a few umbrellas, but never sunglasses, thank heaven…

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    8 June 2017 / 12:27 pm

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