Looks like those April Showers are turning into May Showers...
The sun can't seem to get its way. All those summer clothes just dying to get out of the closet and strut their stuff ! But instead... rain, wind and cooooler temps... when am I going to get my
Instead, I pulled out my Burberry trench, bought decades and decades ago in London, my vintage Halston rain hat (I am very dangerous with an umbrella) and rain boots. Fine! All put together for the sake of a stylish photo....
I usually get caught in the pouring rain WITHOUT any of the above and end up looking more like this...
|via Joe Photography|
actually... exactly like this !
But, if it's going to pour, might as well get wet (or hopefully stay dry) in style with all sorts of accessories - for your head...
|Looking all daydreamy (and like a banana) in yellow plastic back in the 50's|
|the gardeners' choice|
|the classic, can't go wrong, fisherman look|
my personal favourite...
|leopard hat of course|
and one last one for those who REALLY REALLY love to stand out in a crowd and hate carrying umbrellas...
|you can have it all ! With this vintage Emilio Pucci space bubble helmet rain dome uniform hat made for Braniff Airlines (No kidding - pinky swear!)|
Ha ! That's one look fashion needs not repeat !
Raingear to keep the ol'bod dry...
|All Saran Wrapped with friends in the 30's|
|or alone but so glamourous like Michèle Morgan in Quai des Brumes|
or a more classical look...
|laced up at Prabal Gurung|
|India inspired at Burberry|
|All Black like Marlène|
|or Burberry White...seeking shelter from the scorching desert sun....what ???|
Or if you prefer wearing your authentic raincoat...
|plus sexy à la Jane Birkin|
|Bathrobe style comme Gwyneth ( hey , do as you like, I won't judge...)|
|or incognito like Jackie O with huge shades|
Whatever your style, there are tons of alternatives out there to pick from.
When it comes to accessories, no one does it quite like Her Majesty ...
But when it starts to rain , most of us, well probably most of you, not me remember... will grab an umbrella .
If I ABSOLUTELY had to, then I would love a man's umbrella; so Avengers, so John Steedish...
Even the accessories for men's umbrellas are dashing...
|Getting umbrellaphobic here... - Guy Bourdin photo|
I'm less crazy for the women's version...
|only works if you can fly and sing at the same time|
Seriously. Umbrellas are very visual accessories, often present in artwork -
|Paris, A Rainy Day - Gustave Caillebotte|
|Golconde - Magritte - or another interpretation of "It's raining men, Halleuluia, it's raining men , Amen "...|
|Now that aint no sissy rain... Sudden Shower - Ando Hiroshige|
|The Singing Butler - Jack Vettriano|
But no one, no one, does it better than this guy...
Umbrellas have inspired very creative artistic installations
|Anna Burns and Thomas Brown - Pop Pop Bang installation - video|
I encourage you to go onto You Tube and check out their video (sorry, I didn't succeed in including it here)...it's pretty awesome !
|Suspended Parasols in Agueda, Portugal - Patricia Almeida photo|
Umbrellas in advertising...then...
|1952 Ad for Morton's Salt|
|Veuve-Cliquot tree in full bloom|
What about "puddle jumping" ?
|1934 - Martin Munkacsi and 1957 Richard Avedon's Carmen - a homage to Martin Munkacsi's A Portrait in Motion|
and just plain puddle chillin'...
|Rodney Smith photo|
No matter how much you want it to rain,
|Hopi Rain Dance via Legends of America|
or how much you don't.
|Woodstock - No Rain, No Rain -|
Whatever you shield yourself with...
|St.Patrick's - who's raining on MY parade...|
You know after the rain it will always end like this...
|Rainbow over Paris - photo Kimberly de Geer|
me - here - now
photo credits:- Pinterest, Gentlemen's Goods - James Smith and Sons Umbrella Shop , London - Mom's Basement Blog - Wikipedia - Media, Photobucket.com - www.gurl.com - Vogue it. com - ebay.com - Ask the ebayqueen.com - trendhunter.com -.