Rain Check

By staff July 1, 2008

Just Add Water A garden of whimsical blue and yellow flowers grows on White Wild Thing, a new pattern from Lilly Pulitzer that looks as great on Palm Beach capris as it does on this spiffy folding umbrella ($48).  Lilly Pulitzer, 443A John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota (941) 388-3091.         

Purple Rain Prince and his band, Revolution, created the song, but Coach will have you singing the praises of this folding umbrella ($88) in its purple and silver print, just one example of its revolutionary new fashion image. Coach Southgate, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 953-2553.

Fashion Forecast The Marimekko pop art print revival is creating a splash in everything from Manolo Blahnik shoes to colorful umbrellas ($70) featuring the Finnish style leader’s Sudenkorento pattern with fuchsia leather handle. Saks Fifth Avenue, 100 Southgate Plaza, Sarasota (941) 364-5301.

City Slicker You’ll see clearly now through Sarasota’s heaviest downpours with Burberry’s chic silver-handled brolly in clear plastic trimmed with its hot new Nova check, a youthful update of the classic Haymarket plaid ($100). The Met Fashion House Day Spa & Salon, 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota (941) 388-3991.

Gimme Shelter Every storm cloud has a silver lining, like the luxury of this sturdy Brooks Brothers classic stick umbrella with the preppy icon’s signature three-color tattersall plaid and light wood crook handle ($60). Brooks Brothers, 1500 Main St., Sarasota (941) 954-7545.

Double Doppler Lovers can brave every storm together while cuddling under a unique umbrella-for-two, a happy discovery at $45 in a rainbow of brilliant fashion colors.  2 for me, 1 for you, 1515 Main St., Sarasota(941) 388-9865.

Parasol de Provence Rain or shine, Vera Bradley’s Riviera blue and yellow print folding umbrella ($32) protects from the elements while evoking images of cotton sundresses and fields of sunflowers in the South of France. Persnickity Cat & Co, 2300 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota (941) 923-8340.

Let It Reign Support the Ringling Museum of Art by touting its logo in this classy silver-on-black R-print design in folding umbrellas ($19.95) with black piping dividers. Buy them for gifts and extras for the car. RinglingMuseum Store, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota (941) 359-5700 ext. 1110.

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