April showers abound this time of year, naturally. But the rain doesn’t have to get him down or give him the blues – especially if he’s a man of style who enjoys shopping for the perfect accessory. An umbrella isn’t just a throw-away necessity; it can also be the completing touch to a well put-together look for him. From serious to classic to whimsical, we have five favorite umbrellas to keep him dry and stylized (and of course paired cufflinks) this April.
The Classic Black Umbrella: Paul Smith Black Telescopic Umbrella with Signature Stripe Trim
No matter whether he’s pairing it with a black trench coat and a well fitted suit or a rebel leather jacket and some distressed jeans, nothing creates a more streamlined look than the classic black umbrella. But there’s a noticeable difference between the classic black umbrella made poorly and one that’s done to perfection. The Paul Smith classic black umbrella is a collapsible umbrella is finished with a black wooden handle and a gunmetal ‘Paul Smith’ signature-embossed button. A matching sheath with ‘Paul Smith’ signature tab is also included. It finishes both casual and formal looks with classic elegance.
Pair It With: Jan Leslie Silver Dotted Square Cufflinks
Equally capable of completing casual denim and leather as well as finely tailored suits, and doing it with understated style, are Jan’s Silver Dotted Soft Square Cufflinks. The intersection where round and square meet – That’s where these unique cuff links live. Subtle enough to be worn for daily suited-up occasions but sophisticated enough to easily transition to after-five events, these essential cufflinks are crafted in 925 sterling silver with an anti-tarnish rhodium finish
Be a Rebel: The Alexander McQueen Red Painted Skull Umbrella
This umbrella may make you think it will pair itself better with his roughest leather jacket, jeans and boots – but it’s also a way to add a little edge to a trench coat and suit combination. This designer collapsible automatic umbrella in red features gold-tone hardware with antiqued effect, tonal stitching and a wrap-around button claps. But of course the piece de resistance is the 3D skull shaped handle with logo engraving. Most importantly, however, it’s a chance to complete his closet with one of the final pieces designed by the genius of Alexander McQueen.
Why stop with just one skull accessory when you can accent with sterling silver skulls on his cuffs as well? He’s a weekend warrior who lives for the sound of his tailpipe gunning. But during the week he’s strictly style. Instead of your run-of-the-mill skull cufflinks, upstyle his rebel style with these tonal sterling silver skulls that are accented with a bit of bling in the form of black Austrian crystal eyes. He gets to keep his edge while also being undeniably put together. A perfect complement to a fitted suit and perfect tie. Shop the Look
Classic Burberry: The Trafalgar Classic for the Dapper Gentleman
Burberry is the iconic style of the dapper gentleman, with its signature House of Burberry tartan plaid pattern in traditional colors. The most classic, however, is the Burberry camel tartan plaid. Whether it’s paired with a softer, warm toned spring jacket or to provide a lighter, print accent to standard spring black raincoats, it’s sure to turn singing in the rain into “looking dignified in the rain.” If we were to recommend only one umbrella for him from this list, it would be the British refinement of the traditional Burberry.
Pair It With: Jan Leslie Rectangular Tartan Plaid Cufflinks
Why make his umbrella the only accent of tartan plaid? Jan’s tartan plaid cufflinks are an understated way to carry the note throughout his look. Put away your ideas of the boring plaid shirt (or worse yet the Hipster plaid shirt). Plaid doesn’t need to be boring. In fact, it can be full of bling. That’s the spirit behind these unique sterling silver cufflinks that feature a tartan plaid detail in marcasite stones. Not only are these an outstanding accent piece for both business-day and after-five events, we assure you that they’re a conversation starter. Shop the Look
Keep It Fun and Retro: The Bubble Umbrella
You don’t need to shop on Fifth Avenue for every accessory, and we’ve found a great retro umbrella for him at Target! This bubble umbrella has a retro feel and, as an added advantage, keeps him incredibly dry when the April Showers come thundering down. As an added bonus, this fun umbrella not only looks clever but it’s see through so there’s none of that “umbrella vision impairment.” We like this when paired with something a little more playful – like a bright rain jacket or a colorful shirt. It feels a touch Mad Men, but also a touch “fun guy.”
Pair It With: Jan Leslie Winking Eye Frog Cufflinks
Keep the whimsical feel going with rain’s favorite buddy – the frog. These cufflinks are for the bright, bold and playful personality. A fun frog crafted in sterling silver is hand-painted with vibrant green, red and yellow enamel for a refreshing splash of color. But it’s the moving winking eyes on these cufflinks that the ultimate fun touch. A whimsical accessory for the man who doesn’t take himself – or life – too seriously. Shop the Look
Modernize. Really, Modernize. The Senzumbrella
For the main who’s painfully modern, effortlessly sleek and somehow always just ahead of the curve when it comes to fashion, this era-forward umbrella is ideal. Crafted with aluminum and steel for an industrial edge, it’s the futuristic (yet also practical) shape of this umbrella that stands apart. Pair it with skinny jeans or tightly tailored pants and a well-tailored jacket. Modern doesn’t have to be sterile. It can also be artful – just like this unique and geometric umbrella.
Pair It With: Jan Leslie Rectangular Buckle Cufflinks in Gunmetal
The geometric lines and negative space center on these stylized sterling silver rectangular buckle cufflinks are unapologetically modern. But we’re also sure that they’ll be instant classics in his style ensembles. Simple enough for daily business wear but fashionable enough for after-five, he doesn’t live in the past and neither do his accessories. Available in gunmetal finish or sterling silver finish with mother-of-pearl or black onyx accents. Shop the Look
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