A couple years ago, the Boston Globe wrote an article about how “Parasols Are Now Trendy”. For years we’ve learned about the problems of sun exposure, and people have opted for high-SPF sunscreens, wide-brimmed hats, and even long-sleeved bathing suits to protect their skin. “Now, some are going one step further: toting an umbrella or parasol to shield themselves from the sun, especially the strong summer rays. It’s not uncommon to see women — and it is mostly women — on shopping excursions or walks through the park, shading themselves under umbrellas or parasols”, said the Globe.

Persolé Red Leopard Parasol

Parasols are defined as a lightweight umbrella used, especially by women, as a sunshade. Developed nearly many millennia ago,  the parasol evolved into modern form around 4000 years ago in ancient Egypt, Assyria and China. At the time, because of their high cost and limited manufacture, parasols were used almost exclusively used by nobility, royalty and clergy, symbolizing wealth and power. Today’s Persolé parasols are modern day symbols of luxury. Crafted in Italy by expert manufacturers, Persolé umbrellas and parasols are made with the finest of materials to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Persolé’s double-layer Italian sateen canopy is rated UPF 50+ (the highest protection available for fabric) blocking out 99.7% of harmful UVA/UVB rays.

While parasols have continued to remain popular in Asia, parasols have begun to trend in the American and European markets as well.  Seen in the hands of celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, these sun protectors are a way to stay stylish and cool even in the hottest of weather.

According to the Boston Globe article, David E. Fisher, chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Dermatology, said umbrellas can also be effective sun protectors.

“If the shielding is strong enough to remove the ultraviolet rays, it is a fabulous way to protect one from the sun,” he said. “One could argue that it may even be better than sunscreen — although our advice would be to use both.”

Whether you want to look stylish or protect yourself from the sun, parasols are a great addition to your spring wardrobe.