Marc by Marc Jacobs Floral Umbrella for Spring

by jennine on April 13, 2010

March Springs, April Showers…April has been showering quite a lot in my neck of the woods, and weather reports say it’s not letting up any time soon. Even though temperatures rise, rain does come all year around in some places, like in Germany we had intense summer rains, with thunder and lightning. Sporting  black umbrella in the spring and summer months isn’t just show lack of imagination, it makes a depressing day even more drab.

Back in college, when I lived in London, I always had a Liberty Print umbrella. Man, I carried that thing around with me until it literally disintegrated. It had a beautiful red and white swan and cherry blossom pattern, I wore often with a red mac on rainy days. It got replaced by a etoile print  umbrella that broke a year ago, but I still jimmy the wires around to make it work. Luckily, thanks to Liberty prints hitting the mainstream, US retailers like J Crew and Marc by Marc Jacobs are selling beautiful floral print umbrellas to cheer us up on dreary days.

I picked up this umbrella yesterday, not meaning to, but passing by the Marc Jacobs shop on Maiden lane, there is a rack of umbrellas of all kinds of pretty prints for $18. I stood there for about 20 minutes trying to decide which one to pick, and  finally settled on this orange and pink one. Why orange and pink? I have nothing orange and pink! But the colors just dazzled me so. I haven’t found them online, but many cities have a Marc by Marc Jacobs shop, so hopefully you can stop in if one is near by you.

Another good reason to buy pretty umbrellas for the spring and summer months is for the sunny days. I’ve had a few days out and about in the sun, where it got to harsh and a pretty umbrella helps shield the sun, plus, it kind of makes me feel like a ‘lady.’

Umbrella: Marc by Marc Jacobs • Blouse: Vintage 1940′s • Skirt: Laundry by Shelly Segal • Tights: H&M • Shoes: Vintage 1960′s • Sunglasses: Target

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verhext April 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

I walked past the MJ shop as well yesterday, but somehow didn’t notice these! How pretty. (I did, oddly enough, end up buying a marc jacobs cardigan at bloomingdales…)
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jennine April 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm

they should be there! hopefully it wasn’t jsut that one shop!

trishdarling April 13, 2010 at 11:41 am

oh yay! I need a pretty new umbrella to walk to studio on rainy days. Love the colors.

jennine April 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm

it must be so nice to walk to the studio!

Good girl gone blog April 13, 2010 at 11:41 am

I’m finding that they have tons of gorgeous umbrellas in London. Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of space left in my suitcase to bring things home. Oh the sacrifices I must make!
.-= Good girl gone blog´s last blog ..In limbo =-.

trishdarling April 13, 2010 at 11:43 am

oh yay! I need a pretty new umbrella to walk to new studio. Love the colors.
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SwanDiamondRose April 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

i saw this great clear one recently edged in white called the birdcage. so nice!
.-= SwanDiamondRose´s last blog ..flock of swans… more hints of SWANclothing spring. [2] =-.

jennine April 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

ooh, i love clear umbrellas!

Poochie April 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

I have a cute white umbrella with pink and purple butterflies from Bloomies and a big Hello Kitty pink one. I also have a bunch of parasols but that’s a whole other post!
.-= Poochie´s last blog ..Classic Comfort =-.

Robyn April 13, 2010 at 11:53 am

I love this umbrella, from its bright flowers down to its adorable lucite handle. I love those curved handles for umbrellas; they’re just so much more aesthetically pleasing than the straight ones. Plus then I can hook the umbrella onto my purse!

I’m doing a post this week about cute rain gear and dressing for the weather. Hope you’ll stop by!

.-= Robyn´s last blog ..What I Wore: The New Basics! =-.

Robyn April 13, 2010 at 11:55 am

I love this umbrella, from its bright flowers down to its gorgeous curved lucite handle. I much prefer curved handles to their straight counterparts: they’re more aesthetically pleasing, plus they’re handier since then they can hang off my handbag. Perfect!

I’m doing a post tomorrow about cute rain gear and how to dress for the elements. I hope you’ll stop by!
.-= Robyn´s last blog ..What I Wore: The New Basics! =-.

jennine April 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

curved handles are certainly prettier, and they make it easy to do a singing in the rain bit too!

Midtown Girl April 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

One day I needed an emergency umbrella while visiting the parents. My mom gave me her floral umbrella bc she didn’t want to part with her blue one (parents!). So I’ve had it ever since. Then it rained the other day in the city and bc I am so used to having a black umbrella, I used the floral one while wearing a floral DVF dress.

OMG Jennine the LOOKS I received while walking in Midtown were RIDIC…I never thought I could garner that much unnecessary attention. Holy hell.

ps - you look darn pretty ;-)

jennine April 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm

that’s so cute of you mum to give you a floral umbrella! my mom doesn’t even own one because she lives in the desert. but it really does make a difference on rainy days when you have something cheery!

Clare April 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm

That umbrella is just darling, and I LOVE how it compliments that outfit! Hope you and Rocky are both doing well!
.-= Clare´s last blog ..Tres Petite but Mucho Mighty =-.

jennine April 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm

thanks clare! it’s good to hear from you!:)

Maile John April 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Great bright colors and the price is amazing! You scored and will look darling ass you pass people by in the rain.

Hannele April 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Gorgeous retro feel to that umbrella! I like mine flashy too.
.-= Hannele´s last blog ..Sweet things =-.

Alice Olive April 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

That is indeed very feminine. I must ditch my plain old taupe one asap!
.-= Alice Olive´s last blog ..Spring sets in =-.

Eli April 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Oh man, I can already imagine how much I’m going to be using my umbrella once I move to SF too. I barely use it once or twice a year here in Vegas. There was a really pretty Target umbrella a while back from one of their collaborations, gosh I cant remember the name anymore, but it looked vintage. I keep my polka dotty red and pink H&m umbrella for these special rainy ocassions

|tex| fashion butter April 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Few things make me happier than an unbrella with fun print! Maegan April 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I love love love it! The entire look on you is fabulous. Very vintage chic! The umbrella just ads the perfect bounce of color!
.-= …love Maegan´s last blog ..Corners of Our Living Room + My New Favorite Chair + Nathalia Edenmont =-.

StacieBlair April 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I have the exact same umbrella - but in navy!! I love it. Now that it’s spring time, I can’t wait to use it.

.-= StacieBlair´s last blog ..Diva Designer: Nicole Richie =-.

Clare April 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Very cute umbrella! Perfect for keeping the sun (stay away rain!) off.

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Veronica April 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm


what a fun read - great images
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Jinah April 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

So glamourous and ladylike as a parasol! I’ll have to take a gander at those when I am near my local MJ accessories store.

Casey April 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I love your cheery umbrella! I desperately need to get a new one for myself-before rainy season really starts here. Perhaps I’ll opt to get one that is for my use only (meaning: something so girly my husband won’t steal it! lol.). Love your entire outfit too! :)

Vyque April 13, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I am totally obsessed with umbrellas, I probably own five and I just want more, more, more!
.-= Vyque´s last blog ..My Style Challenge: Embracing Color =-.

Marissa April 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I was so tempted to buy a pretty pink floral one that I spotted in J. Crew yesterday. I passed it up, and now I can’t find it online. :(

m.fay April 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm

my my oh my, those sunglasses are perfect. your style is perfect, but you already know that. keep inspiring me my dear.

.-= m.fay´s last blog ..fancy pants =-.

Style Eyes Fashion Blog April 13, 2010 at 10:46 pm

What an amazing umbrella. I love the colours perfect for brightening up a rainy day.
.-= Style Eyes Fashion Blog´s last blog ..Polka dots and pink =-.

Kristen April 14, 2010 at 6:19 am

an umbrella is an accessory (although it is very practical) so it makes sense to purchase one with style in mind instead of just one that gets the job done. I love that it would add dazzle to anything you were wearing. so bright and fun, too it brings the May flowers right into the April showers!!
.-= Kristen´s last blog ..Fashion Dare: Floral Arrangements =-.

Ashley J April 14, 2010 at 6:26 am

I want that umbrella…must have it:)
.-= Ashley J´s last blog ..Giveaway: Odalisca Jewelry Design =-.

pennerad April 14, 2010 at 7:25 am

WOOOOOOW. so pretty for spring! i’ve gotta add some sort of color to my wardrobe lol. very much a black/white girl.
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WendyB April 14, 2010 at 7:27 am

Umbrella flowers bring…April showers?
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ThatGirl39 April 14, 2010 at 8:22 am

That is such a gorgeous umbrella. You’ve inspired me to bin the black one I have - especially as it’s broken. Think I’ll investigate a Marc Jacobs one for a birthday gift… to myself!
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Mish April 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

I am living for this 40′s look on you. It is perfection! xo Mish
.-= Mish´s last blog ..French Kiss in Connecticut =-.

Abby April 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

Adorable. Love the bright color!
.-= Abby´s last blog .."Bayani" a Cool, Summer Soundtrack =-.

Wendygital April 14, 2010 at 9:12 am

Just this morning I was thinking I should go and buy a pretty colorful umbrella to help me keep the ‘happy spring mood’ on rainy days… After seeing this post, I definitely have to!
The one you chose is so lovely! I’m sure it can brighten up any grey day.
.-= Wendygital´s last blog ..A girly denim skirt =-.

Catwalk Creative Vintage April 14, 2010 at 9:51 am

Such a pretty colour and I love the print too. Must get me one of those! Thanks for sharing. :)
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girlxoxo April 15, 2010 at 3:58 am

Funny enough I never really thought to get a pretty umbrella to accessorize with but yours is beautiful.
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Dandelion Daydreamer April 15, 2010 at 4:38 am

So pretty…it would almost make you wish for rain! Lovely blog btw :)
.-= Dandelion Daydreamer´s last blog ..BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND =-.

Audi April 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Oh, this is gorgeous, and the warm orange color casts such pretty light onto your face.
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caitlin marie April 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm

this umbrelli is bananas! esp with this bipolar weather we’ve been having. i’m going to that mxmj tomorrow… if you haven’t single-handedely sold them out, maybe i should try fillmore first, haha. xo caitlin
.-= caitlin marie´s last blog ..More Miu! =-.

roni April 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

I love the styles on the MJ umbrellas I just wish they were a little more tougher! It seems as if, as soon as the wind blows your umbrella is broken. \sad face.

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