The weather forecasters got it absolutely spot on this weekend. It was 18C and pouring with rain at Cowdray Park for the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo Final on Sunday. I went with the outfit I was mulling over last week – a lined, wool Whistles dress from the first drop of their AW collection, and tan leather wedges from Comptoir des Cotonniers. As I watched my friends in their flimsy florals teetering through the mud and sinking in the grass the length of their 4″ stilettos it was difficult not to feel smug in my toasty warm dress and stable shoes.
I added Dries van Noten for Linda Farrow sunglasses, my new Whistles bag, a cream parasol & orange-y red Revlon nail varnish. I do like a proper umbrella. I have never really understood why one would go to all the bother of dressing up, only to unfurl a plastic Disney or black exec pop-up umbrella in the rain. Equally I’ve found at festivals like the Big Chill when the plan is to do lolling on the grass in the sunshine (as opposed to frantic dancing), that a parasol is perfect for those with a morgue-like pallor – like myself – to protect themselves from the heat).
My umbrellas of choice would come from James Smith & Sons in London but, given my tendency to lose anything that isn’t tied to my body, my compromise solution is to buy my supplies on-line at a tenner a pop from whoever is selling them cheapest that day. (I’ve seen this style or similar on sale for upwards of eighty quid at specialist umbrella suppliers, so it’s worth doing your research: keywords are parasol umbrella). I found these ones for £9.49 each (free delivery) on eBay.
Added: Lots of queries as to the provenance of the brown leather bracelet: it’s the Bianca Cuff in Bronze from Desa. Amazing leather & an absolute steal at £20.