There is just about nothing worse than getting up in the morning and knowing you’re going to have to walk several blocks in the rain. The problem is, some men may feel uncomfortable at the thought of carrying an umbrella and these feelings are justified, as the first “umbrellas” were actually parasols designed specifically for women. It was a short while later that women realized the parasol could do more than simply shade them from the sun. They started to use parasols made of stronger material to shelter themselves from rain all the while expecting the men to slog through the storm with nothing but a hat for cover. Sometime around the 1750s a man named Jonas Hanway got tired of being poured on so he began using his wife’s parasol to shelter himself from the rain. Initially, this action was met with much mocking and ridicule but soon other men realized the wisdom of Hanway’s behavior and the parasol transformed into an umbrella, suitable for both genders. So can an umbrella be manly? The simple answer is: absolutely. Umbrellas can add a certain degree of masculinity to you ensemble on a rainy day. You just have to make sure that you choose the right one.
Choosing the Right Umbrella
The first thing you’ll want to consider when looking for an umbrella is what it looks like. Obviously, your little sister’s pretty pony umbrella is going to seriously distract from your otherwise manly ensemble. Dark, simple colors such as black, navy and even and olive drab make for the most reserved and masculine umbrellas however, if you are more confident you may try a brighter color. Once you have decided on a color you’ll want to consider the canopy material and construction of the arms and shaft as well as the handle. Make sure to examine the quality of all the parts of the umbrella so as to avoid it being collapsed by the wind. Look for frames that are made of brass or nickel as opposed to aluminum. When you open the umbrella, make sure that the canopy rests tightly across the entire frame. Finally, take a look at the rivets on the frame. If they are solid as opposed to hollow you can be sure you are looking at a quality umbrella. A final note, always leave your umbrella open to dry. It will dry faster and increase the longevity of the canopy.