We are constantly on a mission to wear outfits that are not only stylish but could also put up a fight up against the heavy rainy season. We compromise by putting away our favourite pair of white sneakers and instead pull out those gumboots we dread wearing. Forget about raincoats that are minimal in design and give you no option but to settle for a dull windbreaker. This rainy season, there is no life without umbrellas.
Yet with Bangkok’s unpredictable weather, those foldable umbrellas at the drugstore counter are looking more like a short- than a long-term solution. While they do keep us dry, this doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun as we head out and brace the wet. It could easily become a chic addition to your look, taking it far beyond the typically boring and mundane. Here’s a roundup of some of our most favourite and fashionable, so you can flaunt and sing in the rain.
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Kate Spade New York’s Cat Umbrella in Black
These whimsical whiskers and adorable pop-up ears will instantly brighten your gloomy day. This compact umbrella from Kate Spade’s New York Umbrella (THB 1395) collection will add a purrfectly charming touch to your rainy day essentials. The quirky and fashionable design flaunts a youthful vibe so you could walk in style even in the rain. Of course, black is always a safe colour, so you don’t have to worry about matching it with all your outfits. While the umbrella wins our heart in terms of its look, its collapsible design is also highly functional, and features a curved handle. Kate Spade’s collections always add a playful vibe with a pinch of wit.
Burberry’s Monogram Print Folding Umbrella
We’ve seen the monogram print come and go and yet we know this one is a highly adored trend that is here to stay. Burberry is a classic, and so we’ll never go wrong with that. The British brand is back this season with the Monogram Print Folding Umbrella (approx. THB 8031) as a mini throwback piece. This one is a dream come true for monogram lovers who want to match it to their outfit, and add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. Not only is the umbrella a sturdy one, but its handle is also made of 100% leather. Extremely elegant — walk it like a boss in Bangkok’s rain showers.
Available to purchase at Farfetch.
Alexander McQueen’s Skull Handle Umbrella
Seeing the iconic skull motif, we know it must be Alexander McQueen. We are not surprised that this umbrella has a signature carved gold skull handle with its signature skull motif printed on all sides. It is adorned with Swarovski crystal, bringing together a real sense of punk-meets-posh. McQueen is a champion with eye-popping theatrics and gothic romanticism, so it’s your daily dose of McQueen’s dramatic aesthetic work. This Skull Handle Umbrella (approx. THB 22, 704) has a retractable pole and a touch strap fastening which makes it an easy and durable one. If you are one of those who enjoys provocative fashion and being part of the gothic subculture, this one is such a character. When the sky turns blue, pull out your skull handle on a whim.
Versace White and Gold Barocco Umbrella
Want to keep it classy? We know Versace is all about opulent fashion. Versace’s White and Gold Barocco Umbrella (approx. THB 6258) has its signature graphic printed in gold-tone all over it. An exploration of the archive Barocco pattern, this one features gold hibiscus flowers in an unlikely way, where Gordy Versace meets a tropical island feel. The abstract design is a combination of iconic retro elements taking a contemporary approach, and the umbrella is a wraparound press-stud tab with the medusa hardware that comes with a zippered pouch. As Gordy as it can get, this umbrella is also a complement to your cocktail dresses and evening gowns.
Available to purchase at Ssense.
Moschino’s Openclose Umbrella Foulard
If you are going to walk with Moschino’s Printed Scarves Umbrella (approx. THB 4077), be prepared to have all eyes on you. Scarves are usually worn around the neck, but this one is a little unusual — you carry it over your head instead. Get a little playful under the cool rain showers with Moschino’s multi-coloured foulard print that is just like a box of crayons. The umbrella is clearly telling you to ditch the dull colours in favour for some vivid hues. This one has a snap button opening which makes it easy to use. After all, the fun lies within flaunting this shrill umbrella when it’s grey and gloomy out there.