Threads for Thought: A Sturdy Umbrella

Today, after work, I found myself waiting at the door contemplating sprinting to my car or waiting there till the storm passed over. Granted, I should know better seeing as I live in Florida, but it seems now is as good a time as any to mention this wet weather necessity.
Grey is nice change from the old-school black umbrella.
Now umbrellas don't necessarily fall within the scope of "threads" or "apparel" and it certainly isn't something that's up for consideration; rain happens, you need to be prepared for it. However, these mobile canopies do happen to fall under the coverage of style and having a nice umbrella could say as much as anything else you might have on.
Polka dots and rolled up pants to stay dry.
Their is the classic option of black that will more than likely match 9 of 10 other umbrellas out there, with the outlier being the occasional Spiderman or Dora the Explorer umbrella. Not to mention, most of the time, you'll be checking your umbrella, leaving an opportunity for it to be confused with someone else's. Solution? Get a fun plaid, exciting print, or a neat striped umbrella to add some character without looking like a floating traffic sign.
Paul Smith: $175

Coach: $198
Burberry: $215
Check in tomorrow for another edition of my fashion faux pas and next Thursday for more style pieces that beg your consideration!