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A spring accessory history lesson! Mention reading this article and receive 20% off your purchase of a Galleria collapsible or stick umbrella!

Umbrellas -

The history of the umbrella doesn't start with a story of rain at all. Rather, the current day rain umbrella was fashioned for protection against the sun, tracing all the way back to ancient China. These ancient versions were designed and built with completely different materials such as feathers, leaves or leather but the canopy shape is similar to products seen today. The more common use of the rain umbrella didn't appear until the late 17th century in such countries as Italy, France, and Britain leading the way. Now, who's to say an umbrella can’t be a fashion accessory? After all, if it's going to be a gray and rainy day, why not brighten it up with fashionable umbrellas! From bright spring colors such as lavender and pink to adding a little floral design with daisies and sunflowers. Sure to bring out your inner artist we have Van Gogh's Starry Night, Monet's Water Lilies, and other well-known masterpieces printed on Galleria Umbrellas. Whichever one you decide on, you'll be sure to brave the rain in style!

Rain Boots-

Countless amounts of us grew up with a pair of rain boots in the coat closet. For those spring days where we would beg our mothers hoping to hear that thin yes allowing us to go out and play when the puddles needed stomping. Many of us are unaware of their rich history or the fact there was a time they did not exist. Rain boots were forged less than 200 years ago, in early 19th century England. The First Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, wore Hessian boots. Hessian boots were tall, tasseled boots for men, brought to England by the Hessians. The beloved Duke asked his shoemaker to change up the boots some, by cutting out the trim and creating them to be more form-fitting. The boots from then on became known as Wellingtons. It wasn't until 1853, that through the creation of rubber did industrialist Hiram Hutchinson offer the first rubber Wellington boot to farmers in France. Immediately they were a success, keeping field workers feet from getting wet and muddy. Now, of course, this doesn't mean you haveto sacrifice style for practicality. Rain Boots come in all different styles and sizes. It's easy to merge fashion with function. On those wet dreary days where you'd rather stay inside snuggled up with a warm cup of tea and book but have errands that need to be done. Try going for something simple with leggings, knee-high socks, a soft tee and a cute hat. Finish it off with a pair of your favorite rain boots. You can also match your boots to another accessory, such as a scarf or a hat, for a streamlined look. Have a date with the girls, but can't wear thosecute suede boots for fear of them getting soaked? Opt for an all-black outfit with black rain boots. It'll keep you looking glam and dry! 

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