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Umbrella World

Updated on August 24, 2017

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Umbrellas are sort of an art for me, I think noting is more fashionable as a young chic women with a lovely stick umbrella and fancy rain boots. I have a fondness of the larger stick umbrellas, they remind me of Victorian England and all the dapper ladies and gentlemen walking down the rainy streets of London shielding themselves from the cascading waters.

In this lens I will give you a bit of a history of the umbrella and construct a list of my favorite umbrellas and where to find them, a few of which I own.

This is a painting I did a few years ago. This and the photos are my own work.


Umbrellas were in use in the ancient world since 5 BC, it was all the rage for wealthy fashionable women. Women slaves would carry them for the lady of the house. They have found Greek engravings depicting this in the ancient ruins. It is unclear what these parasols were made of or if they were collapsible, like the kind we have now. You see a very similar thing with the famous people of today.

The first written reference to a truly collapsible umbrella was in China in the year of 21 AD. These very large umbrellas were fixed to royal's carriages to protect the passengers from the elements.

This picture of a woman with a parasol is called Jane Austen's world and I completed this drawing several years ago.

Men's Umbrellas

This is the closet to the umbrella to the one I own that I could find. I bought a totes men's stick umbrella because it was the nearest I could find to what I wanted for the best price. My umbrella arrived about a week after I ordered it. The box was long thin and as light as a feather. My mom wondered if there was anything in the box at all. The umbrella was fairly light, it was also one of the largest umbrellas I'd ever see that wasn't for a patio set. Men's umbrellas may not come in the same fun colors that women's umbrellas come in, but you can easily fit more than one person under them, making them the perfect thing for a rainy Sunday afternoon walk in the park with a friend or a lover.

A few years later my mom bought me a huge yellow men's umbrella, bigger than the last and it also was very light.

The Sword

I don't own this, but I just think this is so cool. The novelty stick umbrella has the handle of a sword and despite being made to be fun and whimsical, it is also sleek and classic. Perfect for any Victorian or Gothic Halloween costume.

Please caution you may want to keep this placed away if you have a child, because even I think it would be fun to dual with it and I know better.

I love these rain boots

I love these rain boots, like for real. I received them as a birthday gift from my mother. These boots are fun, chic and a bit retro. All of the reviews on this product say that you should get a half a size smaller if you want them to fit correctly, but these boots are a bit narrow. So take care if you have wide feet, you should get your actual size. These boots are 8 dollars off, so you might want to buy them soon. Be not alarmed if they do not have your size at first, wait a few days and return to the site. They were out of my size at first as well, but I returned to look longingly at the boots my mother wanted to buy for me and there they were a size 7. They do not come in half sizes.

The Parasol

The Parasol is for shading yourself from the sun and not the rain, though there are a few that will do both. Mine sadly does neither, it is a paper Chinese parasol and I only use it indoors while in a costume or as a display piece. I've always wanted to own a sturdy one like a lace number and as soon as I buy myself a Jane Austen costume I probably will buy a new parasol to go with it.

This is my Chinese paper parasol.

Parasol Umbrella

This is a good example of a parasol that is also an umbrella. It is Parisian in style and is called a Parisian Pagoda Parasol Umbrella. From a top view it looks like an Asian parasol, the sides come downward giving an almost steampunk appearance. It would be great for Victorian, Regency or Gothic Halloween costumes.

Yes this again my yellow umbrella, but it is a similar shape to a parasol umbrella, however this is twice as big. It is a two person golf umbrella.


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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      I find clear bubble umbrellas cute.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, how beautiful the umbrellas are, they really come in gorgeous designs and colors these days.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      These colourful umbrellas and parasols make walking in the rain and sheltering the sun FUN!

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      It would be nice to have a parasol, if only all of them could protect from both the sun and rain. They're pretty.

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      Evelyn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I've been looking for an old umbrella with a great handle recently. I want to sew a new cover, sort of like a rag quilt, to sit outside in my favorite rocker. I'm scouring thrift stores on the hunt.

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      designINmind 5 years ago

      What a great way to brighten up a rainy day! I think the Galleria Big Flower shown in the intro is my fave. Hard to decide with so many great umbrellas - maybe I'll get a couple :)

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Many years ago when I was young I was constantly away from home for full day or even couple of days, so I never knew what kind of weather changes can hit me be before I return home. So i was constantly having an umbrella no matter the weather.

      Later I heard from some friends I was like Charlie Chaplin, so I switched from umbrella to really big hat!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      One of my favorite accessories is a lovely umbrella! They can reflect so much personality and individuality. I love to carry a Van Gogh art umbrella when I am wearing black. I believe umbrella should be part of our everyday fashion :)

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      Emmeke 5 years ago

      I love umbrellas. I have them in different colours to fit with my outfit. These flower ones are so adorable!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Our umbrella stand is currently empty ... I need to pick up a few before it starts raining again. Lovely ideas here!

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      scss 5 years ago

      I have a collection of umbrellas - and when they break up they get retired into my garden to shade young vegetable seedlings from summer glare!

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      Stacy Birch 6 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: It's only the kind that open, because to date some of these things is impossible.

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      LarryBass LM 6 years ago

      I love the pagoda style bumbershoots. They really keep the rain off. Nice lens Stacy! :-) lb

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      howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

      How cute!! I adore the parasols and the flower umbrellas. Very very very cool!!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Very well written and informative. I think parasol is little older, there were artifacts old as three thousand years. And another fun fact: gentlemen did not wear umbrellas because they were afraid for there masculinity. The real reason was mocking of cabbies afraid of loosing customers on rainy days ...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Umbrellas certainly have become a fashion accessory, I love the flower ones.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I have 3 umbrellas - 1 rainbow golf style, a black stick style with wooden handle, and a folding compact umbrella in my car. I love umbrellas and boots!