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How To Buy The Perfect Umbrella For You

With the autumn months drawing in very soon and the cooler temperatures just around the corner, this may be a good moment to invest in your new umbrella.

But which one should you go for? You may have a few memories of broken umbrellas lying in the street, or discarded after just a quick burst of rain or storm?

Buying an umbrella that won’t last beyond the season’s first shower is a false economy. What’s the point in investing in weather protection that doesn’t stand up to rain and wind. Don't worry. It doesn’t have to be like this.

If you’re looking for something robust and durable that’s comfortable to hold and won’t let you down just when you need it the most, you still shouldn’t have to pay the earth. The big price tags for designer umbrellas really aren’t necessary. Just look for good design and construction, and a brand you can trust.

If wind resistance is high on your wish list, you could go for an umbrella with a canopy that’s vented, so that the breeze will flow through without carrying it out of your hands and down the road.

It’s got to have a handle that you can hold comfortably in either hand, because if you’re caught in the rain carrying a bag and a few files or caring for a young child, you don’t want to be trying to prop your umbrella up with your chin. So, unless you love the look, leave the vintage hard wood or plastic handles and go for something practical, cushioned, slim and beautifully contemporary instead.

Some compact umbrellas close down in several sections, but that can be fiddly to manoeuvre, and can leave you with your fingers pinched between metal hinges. Go for something simple, with no more than one or two sections to close. 

The great news is that nowadays quality umbrellas come in a wide range of styles and colours, so you don’t have to put up with any old brolly. It could be just the thing to cheer up your wardrobe and put some colour in your day when the clouds are grey. And it’s the perfect gift for a friend.