The Parasol Is the New Floppy Hat

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They were as ubiquitous as flower crowns and temporary metallic tattoos at Coachella this year, and designers Marc Jacobs and Tracy Reese have sent models down the runway under their protection. Delicate parasols provide stylish coverage in all-day sun—at street fairs and sporting events or during walks in the park. They’re more substantial than a hat brim, are easy on the hair, and can be quickly stashed. Find inexpensive paper versions in a prism of colors along Broadway in Chinatown. If you’re looking for something more durable, open up these options.

Pamela’s Parasols

Pamela’s Parasols

Former wedding planner and officiant Pamela Ann Noxon established her company with nuptials in mind. But don’t let that put you off while browsing the hundreds of other styles, which feature rice paper adorned with Swarovski crystals, feathers, or tulle veils. There are mommy-and-me sets, too. » $20-$478.

Penelope Parasols

Penelope Parasols

Made of 100 percent silk, with solid hardwood shafts and ornate brass-finish handles, the sun umbrellas from this L.A.-based company offer a contemporary take
on a classic accessory. With a circumference of 23½ inches, they’re perfect for navigating crowds. » $189.

Lace Parasols

Lace Parasols

The company’s Battenberg lace parasols are so authentic, they’ve appeared in Civil War reenactments. All are made of cotton lace and come in many patterns and Southern belle shades: deep crimson, violet, cream. The black options will please goths and Tim Burton fans. » $30-$48.

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