No one would say that sunscreen is a fashion statement.
But a parasol certainly is.
Of course, a sunshade doesn’t replace your SPF, but it makes a very chic adjunct.
Popular for centuries as a symbol of status and refinement, the parasol is reemerging as effective sun protection from skin-damaging rays. Modern versions have a UPF coating that imparts an SPF to the fabric.
We rely on stationary umbrellas on the patio to stay cool and avoid sunburn, so toting your own in the form of an elegant accessory makes marvellous sense: it’s easy and practical.
You need not look like you’ve stepped out of a Merchant Ivory movie, because parasols come in many styles.
You could even build an umbrella wardrobe to coordinate with what you’re wearing.
WOULD YOU USE A PARASOL?
I would. Living on the west (wet) coast I am very accustomed to carrying a rain umbrella, so using a sun parasol would be an easy transition. Happily, you don’t have to be burdened with a huge, heavy umbrella since many new SPF models are durable, well-made, and conveniently fold down to fit in your bag. Ideal when going in and out of doors when shopping. You’ll likely want a shoulder bag so you have one free hand. Just think, hat hair will never be an issue either.
With a parasol, you can be both walking in sunshine,
and walking in shade.