Vogue 1959

The Subtle Sexiness of . . . Parasols

These small umbrellas do more than throw a little shade. Here, a user's guide.

Always Choose a Parasol That Matches the Color of Your Beach Towel Yet Contrasts with the Color of Your Refreshing Snack. Frances McLaughlin-Gill Always Choose a Parasol That Matches the Color of Your Beach Towel Yet Contrasts with the Color of Your Refreshing Snack. Remember: Sometimes the Sun is Behind You; You Should Carry Your Parasol Accordingly. Henry Clarke/Conde Nast via Getty Images Remember: Sometimes the Sun is Behind You; You Should Carry Your Parasol Accordingly. Should You Find Yourself Standing Adjacent to Someone Else with a Parasol, Quickly Look Away. Frances McLaughlin-Gill Should You Find Yourself Standing Adjacent to Someone Else with a Parasol, Quickly Look Away. In Areas Known for High Winds, You Are Wise to Employ a Smaller-Than-Average Parasol in Order to Avoid the Embarrassment of What Parasol Pros Call "a Fly-Away Situation." Henry Clarke/Conde Nast via Getty Images In Areas Known for High Winds, You Are Wise to Employ a Smaller-Than-Average Parasol in Order to Avoid the Embarrassment of What Parasol Pros Call "a Fly-Away Situation." Because Parasols are Too Small To Share, it Is Considered a "Best Practice" to Provide Every Beachgoer with His or Her Own. Manners Count — Especially with Parasols. Clifford Coffin Because Parasols are Too Small To Share, it Is Considered a "Best Practice" to Provide Every Beachgoer with His or Her Own. Manners Count — Especially with Parasols. Keep in Mind that Carrying a Parasol Will Draw Attention. If You're Trying to Blend in with the Crowd — as These Women No-Doubt Are — Best to Leave it at Home. Clifford Coffin Keep in Mind that Carrying a Parasol Will Draw Attention. If You're Trying to Blend in with the Crowd — as These Women No-Doubt Are — Best to Leave it at Home. Whenever Possible, Carry Your Parasol in Front of Large, Hulking Rock Formations. The Delicate, Even Ephemeral Nature of the Umbrella Contrasts Nicely with the "I've Been Here Forever" Quality of the Stone. Jerry Schatzberg/Conde Nast via Getty Images Whenever Possible, Carry Your Parasol in Front of Large, Hulking Rock Formations. The Delicate, Even Ephemeral Nature of the Umbrella Contrasts Nicely with the "I've Been Here Forever" Quality of the Stone. Parasols Are Not Strictly for Overhead Use; if Your Knees, Shins, or Ankles are Exposed, You May Use Your Parasol to Protect Them. Richard Rutledge Parasols Are Not Strictly for Overhead Use; if Your Knees, Shins, or Ankles are Exposed, You May Use Your Parasol to Protect Them. Worried About Dropping Your Parasol? It's a Common Concern. The Answer: Wearing Gloves Can Provide You with Additional Grip. Horst P. Horst/Conde Nast via Getty Images Worried About Dropping Your Parasol? It's a Common Concern. The Answer: Wearing Gloves Can Provide You with Additional Grip. The Right Way to Hold Your Parasol: Dominant Hand on Top, Thumb Pointed Straight Up. Sante Forlano/Conde Nast via Getty Images The Right Way to Hold Your Parasol: Dominant Hand on Top, Thumb Pointed Straight Up. Remember: Parasols Can Help You Stand Out From the Crowd. Sante Forlano/Conde Nast via Getty Images Remember: Parasols Can Help You Stand Out From the Crowd. When Your Skirt Matches Your Top Which Matches Your Parasol, You Are Doing it Right. Frances McLaughlin-Gill When Your Skirt Matches Your Top Which Matches Your Parasol, You Are Doing it Right. If You Are Posing in Front of a Painted Background, a Brown Parasol Can be a Lovely Choice. If You're Not, Proceed with Caution. Serge Balkin If You Are Posing in Front of a Painted Background, a Brown Parasol Can be a Lovely Choice. If You're Not, Proceed with Caution.