Best Bet: Clear Skies

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Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

With the constant flow of rain this summer, a protective, sturdy umbrella is a necessity. This clear plastic version is perfect because it forms a bubble around the head and shoulders, protecting hairdos and outfits from the elements. The style comes trimmed in four different color options: sky blue, a bright cherry red, and classic black or white. Best of all, the transparent dome allows you to pull the umbrella down close over your head and still see, preventing slips or awkward crashes with other pedestrians.

$18 at Urban Outfitters, 536 Sixth Ave., at 14th St.; 646-638-1646; or online.