Five Umbrellas I Like

It’s bloody miserable in London today – and once again I am damp from head to foot because my stupid H&M cheapo umbrella is so rubbish. I’m beginning to think that these cheap brollies are a false economy – they blow inside-out and then break after about three uses and because I consider them semi-disposable, I’m always losing them. So, I may invest in a new umbrella and here are five of my favourites:

FULTON Birdcage black umbrella

1. The Fulton Birdcage umbrella, £18 from Selfridges HERE. Covers half of my body yet I can still see where I’m going and won’t walk into walls. Bonus!

MARC BY MARC JACOBS Panther-print automatic mini umbrella2. The Marc by Marc Jacobs panther print umbrella, £40 from Net-a-Porter HERE. To be honest, this looks to ‘shallow’ to be properly great at keeping off raindrops, but I like the print. So I can at least feel happy about that whilst my body from the shoulders down gets absolutely soaked!

MOSCHINO CHEAP & CHIC Romance Heart Automatic Walker Umbrella3. MOSCHINO CHEAP & CHIC Romance Heart Automatic Walker Umbrella, £65. I like the print, I like the handle, I like the extraordinarily dangerous-looking spike protruding from the top. Full marks – you can find it at House of Fraser online HERE.

4. Harrods Golf Umbrella, £21.95 from Harrods HERE. One of those purchases that would make you feel finally ‘grown up’. I’d imagine. I like the idea of this umbrella, but in reality, it’s so huge that I would undoubtedly maim passers-by and end up getting arrested on charges of assault. I can barely control my limbs let alone an umbrella with a diameter the same as the moon!

LONDON UNDERCOVER Royal Stewart umbrella5. LONDON UNDERCOVER Royal Stewart umbrella, £65 from Selfridges HERE. At first I thought this was called the ‘Rod’ Stewart umbrella, which is why I even gave it a second glance. Of all the things to have named after you! Anyway, it’s not named after Rod Stewart so pointless pondering upon that idea. I like this umbrella because it looks exactly like my husband’s Harrington jacket – it’s as though Harry Potter has turned my husband into a brolly! This one is the smartest of the bunch, but rather expensive. If it will last me for years, though, it’ll still be cheaper than the twenty-eight H&M umbrellas I’ll buy in its place!

© 2018 A Model Recommends®: all opinions are my own and any sponsored or paid posts will always be clearly marked as an AD in the title. I accept press samples and receive product and services to review as part of my job. *Outbound links are affiliate links, which means that I receive a very small percentage of any sale made. This does not affect my content in any way and does not cost you anything, but you are most welcome to Google the products on a new page if you prefer. Please see here for full "about" section and disclaimer. A Model Recommends and Ruth Crilly are registered trademarks.



  1. Karen
    August 23, 2011 / 2:14 pm

    I have that fulton one it is fab and keeps you dry – highly recommend it :) x

  2. Tora
    August 23, 2011 / 3:20 pm

    Oh, tell me about it! Rod Stewart, haha!

    For some reason those tiny umbrellas that are “purse-sized” just can’t seem to survive anything more intense than a slight breeze. It is a shame, because when the weather does clear up you are left walking with this huge umbrella with no use! Love the sound of rain on an umbrella though, like the sound of rain on a roof! So hypnotizing!

    The handle on that Moschino umbrella is incredible! (really? Umbrella-handle? Really! It’s amazing!)

  3. August 23, 2011 / 4:19 pm

    Haha, I totally read that as Rod Stewart too!
    I really like the Lulu Guinness umbrellas which have fun prints to make you smile even when it’s raining. I like that they are small enough to fit in a handbag (I’d lose a stick umbrella) but quite sturdy. Plus, (slightly weirdly) I always think the automatic pop open function might prove quite a useful defense tool if ever required!

  4. TheCosmeticCrave
    August 23, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    I Love the birdcage umbrellas, I think I may just have to get one :D

  5. mq,cb
    August 23, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    Yep, Autumn has arrived in London in August. Grim today, wasn’t it? The Queen uses the Birdcage umbrella so that the populace can see her in the rain. I giggled at the thought of your husband as a Potterfied brolly. That’s marriage for you.

  6. Liz
    August 24, 2011 / 6:43 am

    Tora — maybe this one doesn’t count, since it’s a “brand”, but I’ve used a little purse-size ESPRIT umbrella during a typhoon in Shanghai and while I still got soaking wet, the umbrella helped a lot *and* survived the whole ordeal. I’ve never had any issues with purse-size umbrellas, but then again, I’ve never used really cheap ones. I’m one from fulton atm (sooo tiny, and it has the curved handle which is cuuuute!) – I haven’t had any major crazy rainstorms with it yet but it seems to be doing fine so far.

  7. Wiebke
    August 24, 2011 / 8:41 am

    I defo vote for the moschino one!

  8. emmiesdarlings
    August 24, 2011 / 10:06 am

    I have the fulton birdcage one and it’s sooo uber cool. Uber cool in the sense that it doesn’t blow back in your face and like you said – you can see through it so you don’t look like a numpty and walk into people ;)

    Price is good and I’ve had mine for quite a long while now and no glitches. Bought a couple of handbag sized cheapies and have had nothing but problems…(M&S I’m looking at YOU!)

    Loved that you did this review though Ruth – Really are one of my favourite bloggers.

    Lots of Love,

    Emmie xxx

  9. Amigurumigirl
    August 24, 2011 / 3:07 pm

    Ooh they are lovely! Especially the Rod Stewart one (it doesn’t matter what it’s really called now it’s going to be stuck in our heads as such! Haha) I would love to see your husband’s matching jacket. Wouldn’t you two be smart walking down the street together if you had that umbrella? Haha ;)

  10. June 6, 2012 / 5:47 pm

    I find that there are few things more entertaining than watching someone (ideally at a nice distance, say from a high window) try to keep using a broken umbrella that repeatedly fails them as they make their pitiful way along a windy block.

    Though not everyone else seems to find it as hilarious as I do…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.