Top 10 Wettest Places in the World | Fulton Umbrellas

The Top Ten Wettest Places in the World

In the UK, we think we have it bad when it comes to rain. But it turns out, we don’t make it anywhere near the top in the list of the world’s wettest places!

Ever wondered which parts of the globe receive the most downpours every year? Here, the team at Fulton Umbrellas has brought together the ten rainiest locations in the world — and the reasons behind their disproportionate showers. Take a look to find out which countries should be investing in brollies — we’re sure there’ll be a few in here that will surprise you…

Mawsynram, India

The village of Mawsynram in the state of Meghalaya, north-east India, currently holds the Guinness World Record as the wettest place on Earth. With an average rainfall of 11,872mm, Mawsynram experiences regular landslides and residents devote hours of their time to making a shell-like cover to keep rain off their heads and legs.

According to meteorologists, Mawsynram’s proximity to the Bay of Bengal and the inability of clouds to climb over the neighbouring Himalayas are to blame for the rain. So, there’s not much the village can do about it, apart from carry on soundproofing their roofs from the torrential downpours.

Cherrapunji, India

Following very closely behind Mawsynram with a history of disputing its Guinness World Record claim is Cherrapunji. Only 15km from Mawsynram, the villagers believe that they should hold the title. However, the annual rainfall of Cherrapunji is 11,777 — painfully close, but not enough to clinch the top spot.

Like Mawsynram, the unusually high rainfall in Cherrapunji is reportedly due to monsoon winds from the tropical Bay of Bengal, which come from both the north-east and south-west. Oddly, during winter when the monsoon season is over, the residents of Cherrapunji often have to prepare themselves for drought.

Tutunendo, Colombia

With an average rainfall of 11,770mm, the town of Tutunendo in northern Colombia has two rainy seasons and is found in the state, or department, of Choco.

Tutunendo’s climate is best described as a tropical rainforest: hot and humid with a very little wind and incredible precipitation. Rainfall is year-round, but the driest months are February and March — although, rain still happens 20 days in each of these months, on average.

Cropp River, New Zealand

The place with the highest rainfall in the southern hemisphere is believed to be the 5.6km-long Cropp River in New Zealand.

Although its average annual rainfall stands at 11,515mm, an incredible 1,049mm of rain fell in this area in December 1995 — a country record. Interestingly, most of the rain in this country lands in the mountains, not the plains, with Cleddau Valley — also on New Zealand’s southern island — being another popular place for rain clouds.

San Antonio de Ureca, Equatorial Guinea

This village in the African country of Equatorial Guinea is the wettest location on the continent with an average annual rainfall of 10,450mm.

Found 32km from the western coast of Africa, the best time to visit if you want to dodge the rain is between November and March. At any other time of year, you’ll probably have heavy downpours to handle.

Debundscha, Cameroon

The next rainiest place in Africa lies on the coast at the bottom of Mount Cameroon. Debundscha receives 10,299mm of rainfall every year, on average, and sits on the Atlantic coast.

Experts believe that the location’s heavy rainfall is due to three factors: the coast, the equator and the nearby mountain. Lying on the equator gives Debundscha its hot and humid climate, while the combination of the neighbouring ocean and 4,095 peak means that rain clouds can’t pass over the area.

Big Bog, Hawaii

The most aptly-named entry in the list, Big Bog on the Hawaiian island of Maui, is considered the wettest place in the US with an average annual rainfall of 10,272mm.

Found at the edge of Haleakala National Park, it wasn’t until 1992 that scientists installed a rain gauge to check if their rainfall estimations of the location— which stood at only 4,572mm per year — were correct. They were proven wrong and the 1994 data showed that there was precipitation at Big Bog of 14,224 over the year!

Mount Waialeale, Hawaii

With an average annual rainfall of 9,7363mm, Mount Waialeale in Hawaii just misses out on the title of wettest US destination.

The summit of Mount Waialeale (1,544m) on the island of Kauai was once believed to be the nation’s soggiest place before the experiment we looked at above proved this idea incorrect. However, the reason for the immense precipitation in this area is the same for both Big Bog and Mount Waialeale.

There’s a constant easterly wind that picks up moisture from the Pacific Ocean and blows it straight onto the steep Hawaiian peaks. These cool as they rise up the mountain, causing rain. Conversely, the larger peaks of Mauna Loa (4,169) and Mauna Kea (4,207m) are among the driest parts of the island state — but this is due to their greater height.

Kukui, Hawaii

The third wettest place in the US, and ninth in the world, goes to Kukui (another, but final, Hawaiian entry). In fact, the greatest precipitation ever recorded in the US in one month happened here — 2,565mm in 1942 — as well as the biggest downpour over one year — 17,902mm in 1982.

Currently, Kukui on the island of Maui has an average annual rainfall of 9,293mm.

Mount Emei, China

Just making it into the top ten is Mount Emei, located in China’s Sichuan Province. With an average annual rainfall of 8,169mm, Mount Emei is a popular tourist attraction — despite its weather — and you can visit ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries around the area.

One of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains, Mount Emei experiences so much rain due to being partly enclosed in a broad, double blanket of clouds that collect here and cause frequent downpours.

 

We hope you’ve found this article entertaining! Browse our range of men’s, ladies’, children’s, designer, and sport umbrellas before you go to make sure you’re prepared for a heavy downpour at home.

Advantages of Fibreglass Umbrellas | Fulton Umbrellas

Benefits of fibreglass umbrellas

Fibreglass is a hugely lucrative and in-demand material that is used by multiple industries for countless products. But why is it so popular, what are its specific advantages and why should you consider it when choosing an everyday item, like an umbrella?

In this article, we’ll establish how fibreglass is made, what it’s used for and how it’s the perfect material to construct premium umbrellas.

What is fibreglass?

Fibreglass also goes by the name ‘glass reinforced plastic’ (GRP) and is created by joining a collection of very thin fibres of glass with a binding solution. The main ingredients of fibreglass are silica sand, soda ash and limestone. Each glass fibre is often flattened into a sheet and can be constructed from various types of glass, and after, the fibreglass can be moulded into multiple shapes while not compromising its strength and durability. The major types of fibreglass are:

 

  • A glass: chemical-resistant and similar to window glass, it’s sometimes used to make processing equipment.
  • AE glass: resistant to alkali.
  • C glass: this chemical glass has high resistance to chemical impacts.
  • E glass: a good insulator of electrical currents.
  • S glass: a structural glass used for its mechanical properties.

The use of fibreglass began in World War II, after glass fibres (invented by Russel Games Slaytor) and polyester resin (used since 1935) were combined to create the strong, long-lasting product. Fibreglass was an excellent alternative to metal during wartime and currently, two million tons of unsaturated polyester resin is produced across the globe.

Due to its malleability and tenacity, fibreglass is used across a wide variety of industries to make everything from kayaks and ladders, to bathtubs and circuit boards.

Beneficial properties of fibreglass

Fibreglass is an extremely versatile material which allows it to benefit multiple manufacturing sectors. But what are the main advantages of this popular material?

 

  • Non-rotting and won’t corrode.
  • Excellent thermal conductor.
  • Exceptionally strong with a resistance that is better than steel.
  • Great electrical insulator.
  • High slip resistance.
  • Easily combines with other synthetic resins.
  • High impact resistance.
  • Non-conductive.
  • Holds its shape and won’t expand or contract with heat/cold easily.

Application of fibreglass across industries

This material is commonly used by a variety of sectors, and the global fibreglass market is predicted to reach a net worth of $18.75 billion by 2022, according to a forecast report by MarketsandMarkets. The reason fibreglass is such a popular product is due to its range of abilities. Not only does fibreglass offer longevity, versatility and safety, but it also provides high thermal insulation. This makes it one of the preferred materials for industrial gaskets, which means it’s used in machinery employed by multiple industries. Here are some of the main sectors that rely on fibreglass:

 

  • Aviation
  • Boating and marine
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Food and drink
  • Housing
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Military
  • Mining
  • Motoring
  • Paper
  • Power
  • Telecommunications

From planes and boats to insulation and enclosure, fibreglass is relied on throughout manufacturing to improve safety and lower production and maintenance costs. Currently, China is the largest manufacturer of fibreglass in the world, followed by North America and Europe.

Benefits of fibreglass umbrellas

It’s clear that fibreglass offers many manufacturing advantages. But how are these relevant to protecting you from wind, rain and stormy weather?

Durability

If you want an umbrella that will last, fibreglass offers excellent longevity. Fibreglass is tougher than carbon fibre, as it has a higher breaking point when flexed, as well as the ability to bend without compromising its structure. Since it’s incredibly difficult to break fibreglass and it has such a high resistance to impact, an umbrella should last you a long time if it’s constructed from this material — no matter how often it’s used or where you store it.

Being non-conductive, fibreglass is an excellent choice as an umbrella material. A fibreglass umbrella also won’t absorb moisture and, unlike steel and aluminium, fibreglass won’t corrode. This means you can use it in heavy downpours or in places with high salt content in the air without worrying that you’ll have to replace it.

Tenacity

Pound for pound, fibreglass is tougher than sheet metal, which is why it’s used for products such as wind turbines and car bodies.

Fibreglass umbrella frames are excellent for withstanding high winds and powerful downpours. Less prone to cracking and denting than other materials, you don’t have to worry about the structure of your brolly in very bad weather. Plus, you have a far lower chance of it breaking if you pack it into a bag or keep it in the back of the car.

Many umbrellas are classed as windproof when they aren’t. However, fibreglass umbrellas are sure to offer incredible strength, which helps to lower the chance of them turning inside out during high winds. For example, the spring above the runner provides a supportive, ‘buffer’ role that works to keep the brolly’s shape, while the suppleness of the material helps the frame restore its structure without damage.

Weight

Fibreglass has an incredibly low strength-to-weight ratio — hence its use in computers, TVs and mobile phones.

Generally, fibreglass weighs about half as much as aluminium and a seventh as much as steel. So, not only is fibreglass extremely strong, but it’s also comfortably lightweight. Fibreglass is significantly lighter than wood or steel too, so it’s ideal for those days when the rain won’t stop and you need your umbrella over your head for hours.

Cost-effectiveness

Fibreglass racks up fewer maintenance costs than alternative materials such as carbon fibre, which makes them a cost-effective purchase for consumers. Fibreglass has a material cost of approximately $2-$3, while graphite racks up a price of $9-$20 and aluminium sheets carry a fee of around $4-$10.

Due to its long-lasting features, you also won’t need to replace a fibreglass umbrella as often as other types, and the materials in general is less expensive than carbon composites.

 Flexibility

While materials such as carbon fibre also have their advantages, fibreglass wins outright when it comes to flexibility.

Fibreglass is the perfect material for making umbrella ribs due to its ability to handle extreme flex patterns — such as high winds in stormy weather. You also don’t need to be concerned about your umbrella changing shape during hot and cold seasons. Fibreglass has the least contraction and expansion when compared to wood, plastic and metal. So, it maintains its shape and structure well in a wide range of temperatures.

While fibreglass often competes with materials like carbon fibre, there’s no denying its advantages. With lower retail costs, exceptional tensile strength and incredible flexibility, a fibreglass umbrella promises to keep you dry in adverse weather for potentially many years.

 

This article was researched and created by Fulton Umbrellas — a UK provider of premium birdcage umbrellas.

Tips for Playing Golf This Winter | Fulton Umbrellas

Top Tips for Playing Golf this Winter

Golfing pros can always adapt their game to suit any condition, so don’t let the dark nights and cold days put you off honing your swing technique. If you want to take advantage of the emptier courses and keep up your practice, check out our tips for playing golf in winter.

No golf buggies

Keep your body temperature up by walking around the course rather than driving. You’ll probably find that your muscles will feel more loose and flexible, which should improve your swing on chilly days.

 Realistic par

Science says that your golf ball will not travel as far in the cold, so you might have to adjust your par. As a golf ball travels through cold air, it will lose distance since air at lower temperatures is denser. Therefore, each shot of the ball in winter will give you a slightly higher and shorter trajectory, due to drag. To help counter this issue, place your golf balls on your home radiator to gently warm them around 30 minutes before you leave for the course.

Even pro golfers wouldn’t shoot under their handicaps when the green surface is poor, so don’t feel bad about adding a couple of strokes onto the par of the course for every nine, too.

 Metal spikes

In golf, you have two major points of contact when you swing — club and ground. In order to play the best game possible, you need to ensure you have a firm grip when the conditions are frosty or damp.  Switch to golf shoes with metal spikes, if your golf course allows, and give yourself more stability mid-swing for the optimum shot.

Wear gloves

You’ll notice a significant difference in your game quality and duration if you head to the course with golf gloves. Hands and feet are the first parts of the bodies that get cold, which diminishes flexibility and movement. Go for special, wet-weather gloves with added grip so you can keep a firm hold of your club when you’re taking a tee shot.

 High-vis golf balls

Even if you have customized golf balls that you love to take with you on the course, winter means the days are shorter and visibility is poorer. Yellow is the most visible colour in the spectrum — which is why New York City taxis are painted that shade — so treat yourself to a new pack of sunny, high-visibility golf balls that you’ll be able to keep in your eyeline as you move around the course?

 Widen your stance

Frosty or rain-soaked grounds equal unsteady footing and poorer accuracy. Widen the distance between both feet before each swing so that your weight is spread more evenly and you boost your overall stability. This way, you should feel more secure as you rotate with each swing, which should give you a cleaner shot.

Expect less run

Wet ground makes for a shorter run, so you need to factor this into your game strategy when you head out for a round in winter. Approach shots will potentially stop soon after landing and putts are likely to be slower, which means you need to adjust the force and angle of each shot. Try and hit the ball so that it has a softer landing with a less steep drop, and increase the power you put into your shot when you go for the hole.

 Golf umbrellas

If you’re a keen golfer, chances are you’ll already have a decent golf umbrella. If not, you definitely need one for winter golfing. Make sure you buy a high-quality design made from strong, durable materials — fibreglass umbrellas are especially sturdy — and get one with a sizeable canopy to cover you and your clubs from winter wind and rain.

 Hot drinks

To play golf in winter, you need to increase your metabolism and body heat. Take a flask of coffee, green tea or even warmed coconut milk to keep you alert, warm and energized on the cold course.

 Golf tracking in low sun

One of the major obstacles with winter golf is the low-lying sun, which can obscure your vision and leave you having to guess where your ball landed. However, there is a trick to keeping it in your eyeline. Simply track the ball from the second it takes off until a moment before it reaches the sun. Then, divert your gaze to the location on the ground where you think your ball will land — almost every time, you’ll see your ball roll into view, saving your eyes from glare in the process.

 Wear multiple layers

On very cold days, you need to dress warmly if you’re going to last on an open course. Dressing in layers is an easy trick to trapping body heat, so go for a long-sleeve thermal t-shirt, jumper, windbreaker, hat, gloves, and few pairs of socks. This way, if you start to heat up as you move around, you can always take off a layer to regulate your temperature.

 

For more choice on a range of high-quality designs, browse our ranges of sport, men’s and women’s umbrellas.

Umbrella Etiquette in Christmas Markets | Fulton Umbrellas

In the UK, umbrella etiquette is essential. Holding, closing, carrying, and shaking off your brolly is an art form if you want to avoid poking fellow pedestrians in the eye or showering them in rain. Of course, this becomes even more difficult in busy public places.

 

At this time of year, town and city centres are filling up with Christmas markets. To help you navigate your way safely through the festive crowds, read our top tips for perfecting your umbrella etiquette.

 

Public transport

How are you planning to get to the Christmas market? If you fancy a few mulled wines and are taking public transport, never place your soaking umbrella on the seat next to you — especially if it’s a sturdy golf umbrella that takes up a lot of space. This is a highway to a telling off or at least a few tuts and grumbles. Instead, shake off your umbrella outside and put it on the floor at your feet. If it’s still wet, put its cover on or use a plastic bag to make sure you don’t create a slipping hazard.

Raising and lowering

Once you’re at the market, you need to master the umbrella dance to weave your way around a Christmas market without a hitch. Basically, the umbrella dance involves lifting and lowering your umbrella in sync with the heights of your fellow market revellers — raising it to allow shorter pedestrians to pass by unharmed and lowering or tilting it away from taller people. Remember: as the holder of the umbrella, you’re in charge of avoiding clashes.

 

Mobile in pocket

Accidents happen and almost everyone you might catch with your umbrella will tell you it’s fine and merrily carry on. However, if you poke a bystander in the forehead because you were too busy texting on your phone to notice them, they might not be as forgiving. If you need to take a call or answer a message, stand at the side or between the festive stalls to make sure you’re safely out of the way.

Opening and closing

Putting up and closing your umbrella is another crucial part of umbrella etiquette — and can make all the difference between causing fury and having an incident-free evening.

 

Christmas markets have a mix of shops, cafes and stalls, so chances are you’ll head inside to look around or enjoy a hot drink. Before you step inside, shake off as much water as you can, avoiding any passersby, and (if possible) leave it at the entrance or put it into a plastic bag so you don’t wet the floor and cause anyone to slip. Remember to also move to the side of the path to close your umbrella if the rain stops mid-walk. As for opening your brolly, just make sure there’s nobody within touching distance, either in front or behind you!

 

Reliable designs

It’s Christmas, so treating yourself is necessary. Avoid flimsy, cheap brollies — that’s the last thing you need on a windy, rainy Yuletide evening — and opt for a sturdy design. Keep an eye out for umbrellas made from fibreglass, as these are especially strong and lightweight for carrying all day and evening. Top designers, such as Cath Kidston and Lulu Guinness, create a range of high-quality brollies, and you can get designs featuring automatic openings, which makes it easier to use in the middle of a shopping crowd.

Holding your umbrella

If you or the person you’re with are big on Christmas, it’s likely that you’ll be stopping at nearly every stall on your way around the Christmas market. When you’re getting free gingerbread tasters and browsing the glass tree ornaments, it’s easy to lose the optimum umbrella stance.

 

Ideally, you need to hold your brolly so that you can easily see who is approaching, so keep it straight over your head and never:

 

  • Rest it over your shoulder — this only takes up space, which means less walking room for people behind you.
  • Let it dangle (canopy open and facing the floor), just because you happen to be under an awning or roof.
  • Hold it horizontally under your arm.
  • Spin it between your fingers at your side — Christmas markets are full of kids, so you have a good chance of catching one of them at this height.

 

If you’re carrying your brolly closed, make sure you hold it vertically with the pointed end closest to the floor.

Brolly in the middle

Good umbrella etiquette on strolls around Christmas markets isn’t just about dodging mishaps, it’s also about sharing. If you’re with your partner, child or best friend; place your brolly between you both while you’re walking to reduce the chance of catching somebody walking to your left or right. Letting kids share a children’s umbrella between them is also a good way of keeping them together in a busy public space. Plus, it’ll help to create the right cosy and cheery atmosphere to enjoy your festive outing!

 

Bear these umbrella etiquette tips in mind to avoid apologizing for yourself at this year’s Christmas markets. Browse our range of premium-quality men’s and women’s umbrellas to get you through the season.

 

Top Hi-Tech Umbrellas and How They Work | Fulton Umbrellas

Technology has changed everything, from how we work to what we do in our spare time. At Fulton Umbrellas, we wanted to see how the ever-changing world of technology has changed the traditional umbrella and what the future holds for its use, shape and function.

Check out the top hi-tech umbrella designs we can find that might move from idea to reality soon…

 

Bulletproof umbrellas

Imagining that you could stop an assassin with a simple flick of your umbrella is an exciting idea. This James Bond style gadget was used in the film ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ and now many people are wondering how — and if — bulletproof umbrellas work.

We, of course, already have bulletproof fabrics that prevent fatalities and could, in theory, be used in umbrella form. However, there are snags that need fixing first before this hi-tech umbrella design can get off the ground.

  • You’d still feel the tremendous energy and impact of the bullet, which might make it difficult to hold onto an umbrella during multiple shots.
  • The dome shape would cause any bullet to ricochet in all directions, making it dangerous for people standing around you.
  • The weight of a bulletproof umbrella would be much greater than a standard umbrella, so it’d be hard to hold up in the first place.

Windproof umbrellas

We all know how frustrating it is when an umbrella turns inside out on a windy day, which is where the practical wind-resistant design steps in. This hi-tech umbrella, like the windproof types we have in our Sport Umbrellas range that can withstand up to 78mph, is designed to maintain its structure even in terrific winds and sudden gusts. To do this, windproof umbrellas typically feature:

  • Double canopy: the canopy on the inside has vents that even out the pressure on the outer canopy and lets air pass through, which eases the strain on the umbrellas support structure.
  • Elastic: a cord built into the canopy that prevents it from ripping and helps to retain the overall shape.
  • Durability: very tough materials, polycarbonate joints and fibreglass shafts that can take more stress and strain than standard umbrellas.

Parachute umbrellas

 

If you needed to make a quick escape from a multi-storey building, what better tool to have in your arsenal than a parachute umbrella? Parachute umbrellas would allow you to land safely from a great height when danger is close. This is a great idea, however, to make this design functional, the canopy would have to be several metres wide. Although this isn’t practical right now, who knows what future designers will come up with to get around the problem.

 

Web umbrellas

 

Taking technology up a level, there are also rumours of an umbrella that can project the Internet. Using embedded cameras and Wi-Fi, this design can upload photos and videos to the web, before showing you them online via the underside of the umbrella’s canopy! This means you can browse the Internet when you’re waiting for a taxi or bus, and there’s even scope for integrating GPS sensors to help you find locations in your local area.

 

Browse our wide range of men’s, women’s and children’s umbrellas.

Incredible Umbrella Halloween Costumes | Fulton Umbrellas

Finding the ideal Halloween costume isn’t always easy. There are so many possibilities, but how do you decide on just one? And, how do you actually put the outfit together once you have?

The easiest thing to do is start off with a theme and build your costume around that. So, why not umbrellas? To help you look the part this year, we’ve found the most famous umbrella-holding characters in film and literature to bring you the best umbrella costumes for Halloween. Easy to make and ideal if you’re trick or treating with the kids in bad weather, check out these creative Halloween costumes.

Willy Wonka

 

Getting free sweets is a huge part of Halloween, so why not be the world’s most famous fictional confectionary craftsman? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of those films that everyone knows, but few people seem to copy because they think it’ll be too hard. So, you’re sure to get recognised if you dress up as the leading man.

It’s up to you whether you want to go down the Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp route, but we’ll stick with the original. All you need for the clothing part of this umbrella costume is:

  • Purple blazer or long jacket.
  • Flower or paisley patterned shirt.
  • Beige chino pants and matching bow tie.
  • Brown top hat.
  • Plain brown or black dress shoes.

For the umbrella, get a plain design and use paint to recreate the famous mushroom parasol carried by Willy Wonka in the ‘Land of Candy’ scene. In the film, it’s a yellow background with large lime spots. Children’s umbrellas are a good option, as the prop is quite small in the film, and we suggest painting your design the night before to make sure it dries in time.

Jiminy Cricket

 

Who wouldn’t want help being the voice of conscience on hectic, sugar-loaded Halloweens? Jiminy Cricket is one of Disney’s most loved characters and this creative Halloween costume is a great idea if you’re hosting a kids’ party. For the outfit, simply get:

  • Red/orange waistcoat.
  • Beige chinos or plain trousers.
  • White shirt with turned-up collar.
  • Long black blazer or coat.
  • Yellow/gold ascot.
  • Blue top hat with a gold band (use ribbon if you like).

Jiminy uses a crimson umbrella in the film and wears cream-coloured gloves. If you want to go all out, get some olive face paint for the full Jiminy Cricket effect. Even better if you can get someone to partner up as Pinocchio.

Christopher Robin

 

There’s a chance it might rain on Halloween — which is another reason these umbrella Halloween costume ideas should be a hit. One of the most famous Winnie the Pooh tales is Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, which is when the woodland gang are hit by a storm and are rescued by Christopher Robin. This creative Halloween costume is simple but effective and kids tend to love it — whether they’re wearing it or you are.

For the Christopher Robin costume, get together:

  • Long, bright yellow raincoat and matching rainhat.
  • Navy shorts.
  • Black wellies.
  • Plain yellow polo top or t-shirt to wear underneath your coat.

Christopher Robin uses a black umbrella to save his friends, which is easy to find online. And if you can, turn this upside down and fill it with Winnie the Pooh soft toys to recreate the flood rescue!

Mary Poppins

 

Who can forget when Mary Poppins glides on screen hanging onto her umbrella? Not only is Mary Poppins one of the most popular ‘World Book Day’ characters for pupils and teachers across the UK, but she also makes a practically perfect umbrella costume for Halloween.

Easy to do and guaranteed to get the praise she deserves; start your outfit by getting a black ladies’ umbrella. If you can, customise this using the head of a soft toy parrot to stick on the brolly’s handle to represent the talking bird she has in the film. Then, grab:

  • Long, black formal coat.
  • Navy maxi skirt.
  • White blouse.
  • Black tights.
  • Black, patent leather shoes with a short block heel.
  • Red and orange knitted scarf.
  • Carpet bag.
  • White gloves.

Mary Poppins’ hat is black with flowers around the rim. If you don’t have one of these around, make one with using a straw boater hat, black spray paint, artificial flowers, and glue. Be sure to pin your hair up to properly replicate the stern-but-sweet nanny look.

MARY POPPINS, Julie Andrews, 1964

Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain

 

A rundown of umbrella costumes wouldn’t be complete without a nod to 1952 musical, Singing in the Rain. If you’re looking for a creative Halloween costume, there’s plenty you can do with this one. In the iconic scene where Gene dances in puddles, he uses a dark-coloured man’s umbrella with a wooden handle. For the outfit, it’s even simpler:

  • Short grey belted coat.
  • Grey dress trousers.
  • Light blue shirt.
  • Black tie.
  • Plain formal shoes.

Slick back your hair and put on a trilby hat to finish the outfit.

Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady

 

If you’re headed to an adult party and want a creative Halloween costume that makes you look elegant and sophisticated, what better than the outfit Eliza Doolittle wore for the Ascot races in the 1964 classic? In fact, this iconic dress, worn by Audrey Hepburn, sold at auction for £2.9 million in 2011!

For the outfit, you’ll need a long, high-collar, figure-hugging, white-lace dress that trails along the ground after you topped off with a huge feathered hat. Although this might take more time than the other umbrella costumes, it’ll be worth the effort and you’ll feel like a star carrying the stunning white, frilled parasol made famous in the film.

Umbrellas are an every-day, handy prop for creating a stand-out Halloween costume. Browse the range of umbrella styles and designers we have here to help you make your outfit in time for the big night.

London Fashion Week Trends SS18 | Fulton Umbrellas

The trends that feature on the London Fashion Week catwalks are normally a clear indicator of the styles we’ll be wearing a few months down the line. As the fashion shows draw to a close, what have we learned from London Fashion Week 2017? Here, we outline the trends that we predict will go from the catwalk straight into your wardrobe, and how you can incorporate them through your accessories:

Pink

Many catwalk models looked pretty in pink, featuring heavily in catwalk shows by Preen, Emporio Armani and JW Anderson. While brighter shades did make an appearance, pastel pink dominated, featuring on everything from shoes to dresses.

How do you wear it? Unlike some catwalk trends, this colour is very wearable. For a fashion-forward look, choose a pale pink dress, top or skirt. To incorporate the shade more subtly into your look, use it as an accent colour through your accessories, such as a handbag or umbrella. Our Kensington pale pink umbrella is a great choice, with its ruche and bow detailing adding a sophisticated touch.

Transparency

Sheer fabrics and clear plastics were worn by models for many fashion houses, including Burberry and Emporio Armani. While models weren’t afraid to flash the flesh, you’ll need to layer up this trend to make it wearable on a day-to-day basis.

How do you wear it? Choose dresses and tops with tulle detailing or sheer panels. Don’t be afraid to layer a simple vest top or dress underneath for additional coverage. To channel the clear plastic trend, keep it simple with a clear umbrella. For a more daring look, experiment with clear or frosted plastic rain coats.

Ruffles

Ruffles were another popular London Fashion Week trend. Naturally, catwalk styles were a lot more dramatic than the versions you can expect to see on the high street — Simone Rocha’s designs featured some of the largest ruffles we’ve ever seen.

How do you wear it? When ruffles hit the high street, we can expect to see them toned down a lot—think delicate detailing on dresses, jumpers, tops and skirts. Ruffles are likely to make an appearance on our accessories too, including clutch bags and shoes.

As the excitement of London Fashion Week comes to an end, we can expect to see the above trends — amongst others — making their emergence onto the high street. Stay a step ahead and incorporate these styles into your wardrobe now.

Shop Fulton Umbrella’s collection of designer umbrellas and add a piece of LFW style to your outfit.

AW17 Wardrobe Essentials | Fulton Umbrellas

September has arrived. While some of us are mourning the loss of the summer, many are celebrating the shopping opportunities that the new season brings!

Autumn winter 2017 calls for a wardrobe refresh, but what new season essentials should we invest in? Here, we provide an overview of the key pieces that will see you through the cold snap, whatever the weather throws at you!

Umbrella

We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, so don’t leave home without an umbrella. It’s always worth spending a little more on an umbrella you can depend on — you don’t want to be caught out mid-downpour with a broken umbrella.

Our golf umbrellas are ideal when the wind is against you too. Our Cyclone umbrella, for example, has been wind tunnel tested to 78mph. For the fashion forward, our new collection includes all of the latest trends, from dark florals to rich checks. Who said an umbrella can’t be a fashion accessory?

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Scarf

During autumn, temperatures remain quite mild, so you don’t want to be reaching for your thick woolly scarf just yet. Instead, choose a lightweight check scarf in an autumnal shade — think red, navy and green. Perfect for men and women, you can wear the scarf loosely around your neck with an open coat or jacket for effortless early season style.

Coat

For men and women, there’s only one coat that will help them transition from summer to autumn: the classic trench coat. They’re thin enough to keep you cool in milder weather but still offer enough protection from those pesky showers.

The trench coat is super versatile; perfect when worn over your suit or smart dress for work or with a relaxed check shirt and jeans for those off-duty days.

When winter finally arrives, it’s time to swap the trench coat for a super-cosy down jacket. These padded jackets are well-insulated, providing exceptional warmth in even the coldest conditions.

Knitwear

We ditched it in the summer, but knitwear comes back with a vengeance in autumn winter. Choose finer knits for early autumn, before digging out those chunky winter cable-knits in time for the colder weather.

Don’t shy away from patterns, especially near to Christmas time. Fair Isle jumpers are cute and cosy, helping you to get into the festive spirit.

Key Trends For AW17 | Fulton Umbrellas

A new season means new style — but just what should we be wearing in autumn winter 2017? In this blog post, Fulton Umbrellas outlines the key colours, prints and styles that are poised to be huge this season.

Raw nature

AW17 is all about natural prints and textures. Complement autumnal hues like rich reds and deep browns with a statement print—we’re taking everything from bold leopard and snake prints to floral and leafy patterns. Textures are important too — think natural materials like tweed and wool.

How to wear it: Because raw nature is such a bold trend, choose one standout statement piece like a skirt, coat or umbrella and keep other aspects of your outfit muted. Alternatively, introduce prints subtly through your accessories — an umbrella or handbag is the perfect place to start. If you’re not ready to embrace animal prints, go for a chunky woollen coat or jumper.

Mystical grunge

We’ve seen the revival of grunge in recent seasons and AW17 is set to be no different. With a colour palette of grey-greens, dark blues and rich purples, look out for dark and dramatic prints with Victorian and Gothic influences. Of course, darker floral prints, metallic tones and galaxy patterns remain staples of this grungy trend.

How to wear it: Don’t leave more dramatic prints just for the night. Incorporate them to your daytime wardrobe, whether it’s through a scarf or a dress that can be worn with chunky tights, boots and a cardigan.

Modern nostalgia

If you’re already a fan of quirky, vintage-inspired styles, you’ll love the modern nostalgia trend that is set to be huge this season. Combining patterns of the past — like tweed, herringbone, dogtooth and chintzy florals — with the shapes of the present day, this trend combines the best of both worlds for one effortlessly stylish trend.

How to wear it: Vintage patterns can be incorporated into almost any outfit. Go bold with a dogtooth coat or introduce vintage inspiration subtly through accessories.

Expressive innocence

Playful prints will be huge in AW17. With a focus on sustainable fashion, look for fun prints and textures, such as spots, doodles and brushstrokes. Prints should be composed from darker colours like navy, grey and green, with brighter accent colours.

How to wear it: This trend is perhaps the most wearable of all of AW17’s trends. Whether you’re going to work or out with friends, this print can be effortlessly incorporated into your wardrobe through dresses, blouses and more.

Find the latest umbrellas for the new season in Fulton Umbrellas’ collection of ladies umbrellas.

Britain’s Windiest Places | Fulton Umbrellas

Nobody likes the wind — it covers our gardens with leaves, makes keeping our hair in-place almost impossible and is just generally a nuisance! But where in Britain is the windiest? Fulton Umbrellas, creators of windproof umbrellas, explores…

The windiest place in Britain

If you’re not a fan of the wind (or flying a kite for that matter), you might want to stay clear of these places — they’re amongst the windiest in the UK.

It’s unsurprising that some of the UK’s highest wind speeds have been recorded in mountainous locations. The highest wind speed was recorded in 1986 at Cairngorm Summit in the Scottish Highlands, when wind whipped up to 150.3 knots!

Aside from one-off gusts, where is the windiest place in the UK? Using data from 1981 to 2010, the Met Office places the Shetlands as the windiest location in Britain, with an average wind speed of 14.7 knots. This is followed by Buteshire (14.5 knots) and Orkney (14.3 knots).

When you consider that the average wind speed in UK cities is 8.1 knots, the above regions are certainly windy!

The least windiest place in Britain

Now we know where to avoid, where should wind-haters visit instead? Of all of the cities in the UK, St Alban’s receives the least wind, averaging at just 5 knots. Following in second is Hereford with 5.3 knots and Durham at 6 knots.

The windiest time of year

As you would expect, winter is the windiest time of year in the UK. This is because our weather system’s jet stream is further back, meaning the UK is more vulnerable to storms from the Atlantic. Typically, January is the windiest month in a year.

In 2015, Britain experienced its windiest year since 1995, with no ‘calm’ days in a three-month period. Calm days are days where gusts of 11mph or less are recorded by a minimum of 20 weather stations.

Dressing for wind

  • Avoid floaty clothing — tight-fitting dresses are a better choice than floaty styles, as there is less chance of them blowing up.
  • Wear a scarf — tuck your face into a cosy scarf for additional protection from the wind.
  • Tie your hair up — keep the tangles at bay and tie your hair up when heading out into the wind. You’ll thank us when it comes to brushing your hair later!
  • Invest in a sturdy umbrella — a windproof umbrella is a great investment for when the elements are against you, avoiding any embarrassing umbrella mishaps!