Anyway, what I meant to say was that I love a good umbrella and/or parasol. Unfortunately though, my ability to sail through life just beyond the brink of functional retardation has led me to lose nearly every pretty umbrella I've ever owned. My favorite kind of umbrellas are the kind that can be swung around or used as a cane (which you might need in case a car tries to mow you down on your way to work). However, I've never used an umbrella on a sunny day. That is, I've never carried a parasol à la this guy, whom I just spotted going into the Giant located near my office:
He'll see the sun in hell.
Yes, e-friends, DC is ahead of the fashion curve! If you'll recall, the parasol hit it big last fall when designers were showing their Spring '08 collections. Check out Anna Sui and Tracy Reese, respectively:
Yes! Pasty white is in!
Wait, no. No it's not.
So there! Who says this city has no fashion sense?! And so what if the man I saw shuffling to the grocery store was possibly either a) homeless, b) crazy, or c) some combination of the two. That man clearly knows the parasol is hot this season and he is making that sh*t work! In fact, he's practically a goddamn Monet painting: