Monsoon has arrived, and we’re ecstatic! While we sit by the window enjoying the cool breeze and breathing in the smell of wet earth, we allow ourselves to drift away into a little fantasy of lush greenery, the flaming colours of the neighbourhood gulmohar, walks in the rain, splashing in puddles like a carefree child and snuggles in bed with a cozy blanket and a good book. It’s time to start prepping for the monsoons! The first rains are here and we’re glad to be rid of the sweltering heat! Lets dust off those umbrellas, or better yet, buy some super cool, funky new ones!
Soon after we snapped out of that little reverie, we trudged through a zillion websites to bring you the most comprehensive shopping list of umbrellas EVER! And if you are anything like us, buy about five, you’ll lose about one every few weeks, though a word of caution- some of these, you really don’t want to part with… And what’s more? The umbrella is the new clutch this season, you gotta carry the right one to make a statement!
1. New Look Aztec Giraffe Umbrella
Black with white giraffes printed to look like an aztec print and a pop of colour via the fuchsia knob and handle, this ones on our lust list!
2. The Bombay Store Urban Turban Umbrella
Kitsch is cool! And you can’t fault the quality of products from The Bombay Store. Kuddos of the creative team for consistently coming up with cool designs year after year.
3. Its Our Studio Colour Changing Umbrella
How cool is this?!! We’re suckers for any of these silly gimmicks! Totally worth it when you watch the auntie walking across the road from you do a double take when your umbrella suddenly starts changing colour!
4. Chic Factor I (Heart) Rains Umbrella
Roasted butta on the streets, steaming hot cutting chai, crispy onion pakodas, aaaah, we’re in love too!
5. Bosky’s Madhubani Umbrella
Madhubani art makes this umbrella so unique! No chance of picking up the wrong umbrella off the rack at the bank, though no guarantees that this one won’t get nicked!
6. Lanvin Face-Print Umbrella
Uber chic, and a definite head turner, this Lanvin beauty is your go-to accessory this monsoon. The strut in your step will more than make up for the hole this baby will burn in your pocket.
7. Hulkat Umbrella
Purely for its ability to make us giggle, we vote for this funny umbrella as our top pick!
8. Nappa Dori Double Tone Umbrella
Nappa Dori – our fav home grown brand of bags and trunks now makes these gorgeous two toned umbrellas too! What’s way cooler than the umbrellas though, are the covers!
9. UCB Multi-hued Umbrella
Available at United Colours of Benetton, you have your very own rainbow right here in your hands. That pot of gold can’t be too far, can it?? Though UCB does not retail online, just make sure you get one at the store.
10. Sun Umbrellas Fanbrella
We’ve already placed our orders for this one! Innovative and practical, from the industry expert Sun Umbrellas, this ones super cool. Literally! Fitted with a mini fan and a safety net, no more muggy weather for you this monsoon!
11. Umbrella Heavens Red Heart
We’re firm believers in wearing your heart on your sleeve. Or in this case, in your hand, above your head! Only for those with a strong sense of romance though!
12. Marc Jacobs Dynamite Logo Umbrella
Something for the brand junkies! Usually not big on logos, this Marc Jacobs brolly is cute and sexy!
13. Kate Spade City Lights Umbrella
Aptly named, watch the twinkling street lights as the rain comes down in sheets, while you stay nice and dry under the shade of this umbrella.
14. India Circus Riding Along Umbrella
Our favourite online store India Circus by Krishna Mehta brings us a striking collection of umbrellas, with motifs ranging from peacocks to cycle rickshaws that channel a modern Indian ethnic ethos.
15. The Brolly Shop Lulu Guinness Birdcage Umbrella
Birdcages are not just the rage in home decor, but have made it to accessories too! We’re not complaining! How adorable is this one??
16. Moschino 30th Anniversary Umbrella
Ok so maybe not breaking the bank, but we’re definitely making a substantial withdrawal for this Moschino special addition umbrella! Does this count as an investment?
This post was published on POPxo.com on Tue, 17 June, 2014