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How to Wear an Umbrella

When the weather is as fowl as it has been in the UK lately, Mother Nature reminds us of the fact that every grown man needs a good umbrella. We’ve all been caught slurring obscenities at an inside-out umbrella at some point in our lives and fellas, this just isn’t a good look. Not only due to the fact that your cursing at yourself (or your ex-umbrella) in the street but because you’re now wet right through and you still have a long train journey ahead of you before you even get home from work.

Well, throw away the umbrella you have lying in the cupboard under the stairs (you know, the one with the metal spines poking out like a dislocated elbow) and listen to our top tips on how to wear your umbrella this winter.

A sturdy umbrella is a necessary luxury and when that light breeze turns into a howling gale it’s always good to be prepared. Now gentleman, you have a choice between the two main types of umbrella…

Classic Umbrella
Without question, this is the most common umbrella used today. It’s a retractable umbrella that can be made from a variety of materials such as metal, wood or even plastic. For umbrellas they typically utilize a water resistant microfiber material for the canopy, whereas parasols utilize various materials that traditionally do not provide any protection from the rain. The classic umbrella is usually made in two versions, manual and automatic which allows the user to open and close it using one hand. In most cases, the classic umbrella will feature a long shaft with a curved handle.

The “Door Man” Umbrella
This is typically a larger umbrella similar to a golf umbrella. These are designed to provide protection to more than one individual and usually prove themselves to be the sturdiest of the bunch. They almost always feature a curved handle (to allow the doorman to hold the umbrella at an angle making it easier to cover the head of another person). These umbrellas provide sublime protection and are engineered for their commercial purpose which ensures solid construction. Of course, that usually means a higher price tag as well.

So don’t spend the next four months trudging through sheets of rain, your new shoes ruined forever and dignity drowning in a puddle of self-pity. Do something about it. The answer is if it cost a fiver from the local newsagents then we hate to break it to you son, but you get what you pay for.

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