Besides brand shops (as I don't have $100 for one at the moment), is there anywhere else to get a nice black or white parasol that's waterproof? I heard Bodyline used to sell them, but I can't seem to find them on there now. I wanted to get one for a Christmas Parade that's coming up in 2 1/2 weeks and it tends to rain here at this time of year, didn't want to get my Lolita gear soaked! :o
Bodyline doesn’t sell them overseas anymore due to them getting damaged in shipping. If you want one cheaply and quickly that you can be sure is waterproof, the easiest thing you can do is to modify an umbrella yourself. I recommend this because most of the other parasols I’m finding that are inexpensive aren’t made to stand up to rain.
Where can I get a good parasol that works in the rain when I live in a place with harsh weather sometimes and I don't want it to break?
I really like Innocent World’s parasols. I’ve had mine for a few months and have used it in pretty heavy rain and it’s still in perfect condition. The best part is it’s collapsible so I can fit it in my medium-large purses. Lumiebre has great parasols, many of which are waterproof, but they’re a bit pricy. A few brands sell parasols that work in the rain, I would just look for reviews before buying to make sure.
What do you recommend for parasols? I heard that Baby's prints run, and I really wanted a Lumiebre one, but after I added shipping from Japan, it turned out to be over 80 USD, when the umbrella itself was 46 USD.
I have an IW parasol and I really love it for the rain and the sun. I’ve actually heard good things about BABY’s parasols though, but just used as parasols, not for rain. You can easily modify a regular umbrella to have a more Lolita look too just by adding a ruffle to it.
i don't quite understand baby's websites since they're in japanese but do they ship umbrellas overseas?
I believe so but I’m not completely sure. If you go to their Overseas page they give you an email address to contact if you have questions so I would suggest asking before you make the order just to see if they recommend ordering it overseas or not.
What lolita brands ship parasols/umbrellas to Europe?
Most of the major brands do but some don’t ship full sized parasols because they tend to get damaged in shipping. I know Innocent World ships their collapsible ones though. Just look at what brands have parasols and they should tell you if they can ship them to your location or not.
Hi! I am going to a convention today and I was planning on wearing a angelic pretty dress, but now it's pouring rain outside! What should I do?
Just use an umbrella. If you don’t have a pretty one it’s okay, it’s more important that you and your clothes stay dry. Oh, and take hairspray with you because rainy weather can be bad for pretty hairstyles.
Summer is coming and I need a good parasol (preferably in lace); could you suggest me a good site for it? And also, i'd like a pair of gloves and socks to match it; any suggestions?
Most Lolita brands carry parasols and you can often find gloves and socks to match there as well. Lumiebre also has very nice parasols that are easy to coordinate with a lot of Lolita pieces from different brands. You can also make your own by decorating a regular umbrella.
You can typically find lace umbrellas such as this or this in Victorian reproduction shops if that’s the sort of look you’re going for, but I don’t particularly care for them because they still let light through which just bothers me and I can’t use them as an umbrella in the rain like I can with my waterproof IW parasol.
Hi, I want to buy an cute classic umbrella but when I want to buy on some say is not to be use on rain. So I don't understand, which one is good for a nice day and for a raining day?
Most brands will tell you if a parasol is waterproofed or not. Some will not be because they have embroidery or something like that that could be ruined in the rain. Just read the description. For example, I just bought this one when I was in New York and if you read the description it says it can be used in rain and sun.
Another way to tell is that usually if it is not waterproof it will be called a parasol and if it is waterproof they will call it an umbrella, that isn’t always the case though.
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A tip for lolitas in rainy weather - you should take a look at umbrellas from Lisbeth Dahl! Here they are in the online catalogue:
(If you look around, you can find more loliable items, both for yourself and your home~!)
The site also has a list of webshops that carry their things.
Note from Lolita Tips:
How cute! Thanks for sharing!
I'm the anon about the umbrella. Would Ivory match sweet, classic, AND gothic?
Possibly depending on the coord. But umbrellas aren’t very expensive anyway so why not just get one of each? Unless you were planning on getting a brand one or something like that. Maybe you could get a more expensive one in a color that you think you would wear more often and then a cheaper one of the other color.