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The 10 Best umbrellas

With winter rains on the way, now is the time to invest in these wet-weather shields that will keep the damp away in style

1. London Undercover Brussels Sprout

£30, liberty.co.uk

Endearingly kooky and light enough to slip into your bag. Has a wooden handle and cotton strap.

2. Brooks Brothers

£59, mrporter.com

Brooks Brothers are renowned for their brand of leisured elegance – and this jet-black, push-button contraption is no departure.

3. Jeffery West Devil's had

£250, jeffery-west.co.uk

Fancy yourself as a latter-day Beau Brummel? Then this black number with its massive devil's head is for you.

4. Fulton Slinger

£20, selfridges.com

It may be grey out but it's always bright with the Fulton Slinger, with its luminous day-brightening trim and flexible fibreglass ribs.

5. Senz Smart

£24, senz.co.uk

This has the aesthetic of a space rocket and is so aerodynamic that the wind won't invert it, even if it is blowing at 50mph.

6. Jeffery West Classic

£125, jeffery-west.co.uk

The detailing of the handles, the silver choker and the capacious tightly-rolled canopy are a wonder of British workmanship.

7. Polka Dot Umbrella

£15, theholdingcompany.co.uk

This is small, cheap and clever. It's octagonal in shape, light and has a very handy mechanism that allows it to slip inside out in a high wind.

8. GustBuster Metro

£29.99, shopsportsbrands.com

An umbrella for your very own windy city. It's made of a hardened steel and has a hexagaonal ribs and a reinforced shaft.

9. Ella Ella LED

£24.99, viewquest.co.uk

This umbrella with its acrylic central column full of multicoloured fibre optic lights is goodfor those forbidding winter evenings.

10. See-Through Deluxe

£19.50, lemy.co.uk

The Queen uses transparent umbrellas so we can see in, but they are just as useful for us to see out. It's tougher than it looks, too.