If the weather's going to keep raining on your parade like it's been doing lately (so rude!), you may as well look dashing while wet. Get yourself a cool umbrella and scandalize all the bores with their basic black.
Go Parisienne with this hand-painted scene. And, no, we don't know why the paint doesn't run (1. $295, Ice, 163 Cumberland, 416-964-6751). Retro-chick lovers will go for Moschino's designer doll pastiche. Dress her up and all she does is get wet (2. $95, Raindrops, 100 Front West, 416-203-7246).
If you really hate the weather, you can express yourself with a classic piece of angst art -- Munch's The Scream (3. $32, Art Gallery of Ontario shop, 317 Dundas West, 416-979-6610). Go superhero style (and très au courant -- the movie opens this week) with a Spider-Man kid's-size brolly (4. $9.99, Animal Kingdom, 593 College, 416-531-6067), or get into some monkey business with Paul Frank (5. $22, Ice). And who says sushi is just for throwing at your friends? This sushi-themed number will make everyone's mouth water (6. $78, Ice).
If you want something lightweight, this pretty rainbow microlite fits in your purse (7. $40, Raindrops). Or, if you must be seen at all times, get a plastic bell-shaped see-through umbrella (8. $30, Raindrops). And if you must clasp the hand of your beloved while singing in the rain, this umbrella built for two is the one for you (9. $70, Raindrops). Hey, that rhymes.
With files from Allan Wan