When picking an umbrella, you ultimately want one that will do its job and keep you dry - but we’re guessing most of you will want something that isn’t too garish and that is easy to use, too. That's why we’ve picked a range of smart and stylish brollies that are perfect for the businessman, and thrown in a few novelty options for good measure.
Most brollies these days come with an automatic opening function, and there are plenty of compact options that are ideal for keeping in your glove compartment, briefcase, or slipping into your coat pocket when heading out for the evening.
If you’re a man who takes pride in his hair, there are plenty of canopies that will keep your 'do in place, and durable materials specifically designed for strong blustery winds. Our list has umbrellas to suit all styles and budgets, but for a decent umbrella that will stand the test of time with regular use, we recommend spending between £20-£40. If you just want a brolly for the odd occasion, we have some basic budget options that will get the job done nicely.
1. Fulton Magnum Automatic Folding Umbrella
A classic black umbrella that is ideal for businessmen
Best for: Classic style | Folded Length: 104cm | Colours: Black
If you need an umbrella for everyday use, then the Fulton Magnum Automatic Folding Umbrella is an affordable option that will serve you well. This umbrella is quite large, so you will have to carry it, but it is great for tall men who often struggle to get enough coverage. It opens easily at the touch of a button and has a comfortable wooden handle that also looks smart.
2. Senz Smart Umbrella
A quirky umbrella that is great for guys who take pride in their grooming
Best for: Funky design/wind protection | Folded Length: 82cm | Colours: Black, red, silver, blue, yellow
People either love or loathe this design, but one thing that can’t be denied is that this brolly is extremely effective. If you want to protect yourself from the wind, then this uniquely shaped umbrella will stop you looking windswept by the time you reach the office. It comes in at a mid-range price but claims to withstand up to 50mph winds, and comes with a 12 month guarantee.
3. Hunter Original Moustache Umbrella
A reliable brand that will keep you dry on those rainy dog walks
Best for: Dog walking | Folded Length: 91cm | Colours: Red, black, green, yellow, orange, blue, pink
For those country walkers who already have a trusty pair of Hunter wellies, this umbrella will complete your look nicely. This is a large plastic umbrella with a dome canopy that is guaranteed to keep you dry (and maybe even the dog, too!) on rainy day walks. The choice of colours available makes this umbrella a solid choice for both men and women.
4. Tumi Large Auto Close Umbrella
An automatic open and close brolly that can easily fit in your briefcase
Best for: Business | Folded Length: 33cm | Colours: Black
Okay, so we know £80 for a brolly may sound a bit absurd, but this umbrella from well-known luggage brand Tumi will provide a reliable service and make sure you look the part in the office. You can get this umbrella in small, medium and large, with the smaller one easily fitting into your briefcase. It is said to be a little heavy, but is sturdy and wind-resistant which will keep you dry and looking smart on your way to work.
5. Fulton Stormshield Men’s Umbrella
An extra-large umbrella for wet and windy weather
Best for: Golfers | Folded Length: 94cm | Colours: Black, blue
For those golfers out there who won’t miss a game no matter what the weather, you can stay dry right through to the 18th hole with this large umbrella. This brolly has a non-conductive frame for safer use when out in storms and is large enough to fit more than one person underneath. Due to its size it can be a little heavier than others, making it difficult to control in high winds, however the vented canopy helps with unexpected gusts and does a good job of keeping you dry.
6. Suck UK Colour Changing Umbrella
Looks cool and will help you dry your brolly properly
Best for: Novelty | Folded Length: 24cm | Colours: Black/white/rainbow
This colour changing umbrella just had to make the list because it really does keep you dry in style. When this brolly gets wet, rainbow colours appear, which is also really handy for making sure it’s aired out properly when you get home. This will help you avoid any damp smells or mould. It’s a compact size that is easy to carry but not ideal for very high winds.
7. Star Wars Episode 7 Stick Umbrella
A cheap and fun umbrella that is a must-have for Star Wars Fans
Best for: Budget buy | Folded Length: 25cm | Colours: Black
Okay, so this umbrella isn’t going to protect you in a storm, but for everyday use during showers, this is a cool umbrella that stands out from the crowd. If you are a lover of Star Wars or know someone who is, this is one of the best umbrellas for gifting. It is affordable and would make the ideal stocking filler this Christmas. Simply keep it in the car for use when you need it most, or break it out for the daily school run.
Now you've got all you need to keep you dry on your next rainy-day walk, why not kit out your feet with our pick of the best men's walking boots?