Problem: Summer showers can strike at any moment. You may leave the house to a sunny, cloudless day and come home in the pouring rain. Keeping an umbrella in your purse at all times is a good idea, but they're usually bulky, awkward, and hard to keep track of. The smaller models solve some of those problems, but raise them up in a strong wind and you're likely to end up with a mess of metal and fabric you'll have to abandon.
Solution: The Davek Traveler compact umbrella. This 9" umbrella was designed specifically with women in mind. It fits into a small purse or jacket pocket, comes in several cute colors, has a leather wrist strap, and a clip for securing it to your bag strap, if you need to. Plus, like the other Davek umbrellas, it's super strong, opens and closes at the push of a button, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Find it: $95 DavekNY