As we leave summer behind and embrace the cold snap, it’s the perfect time to up your umbrella game. From colourful prints to compact designs, here are some of the best to buy for winter.

Marimekko Unikko mini umbrella

For this winter’s happiest umbrella, head to Marimekko’s extensive, light-filled store in Emporium. The Unikko is named after the iconic poppy design featured in bright red across the top, and transforms into one of this season’s smallest umbrellas. Perfect to pop into your bag without adding unnecessary bulk.

An orange and pink floral umbrella.
Image via Marimekko website

Colour changing umbrella

Just because your kids are having fun in the wet weather, doesn’t mean you can’t too. Head to Readings in Carlton to pick up this little gem. The adult take on a colour changing umbrella sees its sleek black exterior transform in the rain to reveal a rainbow of tiny raindrops across the top. Turns out magic can be for adults too.

Aboriginal artwork umbrellas

Shield yourself from the elements with a literal piece of art. Museums Victoria Store has a stunning range of umbrellas featuring paintings by First Nations artists. Royalties from each umbrella sold go straight back to the artist and their community. We love how the reverse-folding Alma Granites style has the print hidden on the inside.

A black and purple umbrella with a hook handle and Aboriginal artwork on the inside.
Alma Granites umbrella. Image via Museums Victoria Store website

Cult-status Blunt umbrellas

At North Melbourne’s Make Designed Objects you’ll find everything chic in the world of design. So it’s no surprise they carry one of the most coveted umbrellas – the uniquely shaped Blunt Coupe. Touted to be the world’s strongest umbrella, it's rated to a Force 11 wind tunnel. Blunt umbrellas come in a range of pop colours and fun designs from leopard print to classic houndstooth. Head in store to see what's on offer this season.

Magical umbrella for kids

Keen to get your kids their own umbrella when the rain sets in? Struggling to keep them under it, and out of puddles? Try this cute Floss and Rock colour changing umbrella from Stranger Than Paradise Gifts in North Melbourne. The patterns change when it gets wet, then change back again when it’s dry. It’s a little bit of magic for a gloomy day.

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