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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been noticing a lot of large cuffed, pirate-inspired boots this season. I’ve always been a pirate-loving girl, and I was hoping you could suggest a pair.


Manolo says, Yo Ho! Yo Ho! The pirate’s boot for thee!

Apparently it is that time again, the time for the cyclical return of the pirate fashion, which comes back every few years dragging its puffy shirts, floppy boots, and crazy teased hair with it.

Yes, these things they look good on the Johnny Depp, who may best be described as the “master of his own fashion ship,” but trust the Manolo, such things will not look good on you. Unless that is, you avoid combining them all at the same time. If you wear the boots do not wear the buccaneer shirt. If you wear the buccaneer shirt, do not wear the Deppian mascara. This is the only way in which you can avoid looking exactly like the Adam Ant, circa 1981.

And so, with this warning in the mind, the Manolo would still recommend the purchase of the piratical boot, but only those that are not ridiculous in their swashbuckling exuberance.

Thus he would suggest the ironically named, Overthetop from the Stuart Weitzman, as being the pirate boot that would not cause your co-workers to snicker and call you Captain Morgan behind your back.

Overthetop by Stuart Weitzman    Manolo Likes!  Click!

10 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. prettysmart September 29, 2006 at 7:50 pm #

    This principle holds true for so many things. The hippie beads, the peasant blouse, OR the prairie skirt – the discreet Sanrio accessory, the bright plastic ponytail holder, OR the lunchbox-as-purse – the cowboy boots, the cowboy hat, OR the bolo tie – no, no, never the bolo tie. There are limits.

  2. Phyllis September 29, 2006 at 8:24 pm #

    Prettysmart you are so so right…the camo look is right up there too.

  3. Jillian September 29, 2006 at 11:30 pm #

    Oh I love Adam Ant. He is my favourite exhibitionist.

  4. toad September 30, 2006 at 1:34 am #

    Ah women’s boots. Boots were considered a sign of emancipation when women first started wearing them. The Pirate boots are based on riding boots. Usually in the 18 th Century boots were also a sign of class distinction.


    In most locales the wearing of the cutlass will get you in trouble.

  5. Dani September 30, 2006 at 7:46 am #

    Aye, lassies, just the thing for the drinkin’ o’ the grog and chasin’ o’ the sailors-
    Ooops- Talk Like a Pirate Day is over, isn’t it?

  6. Katie September 30, 2006 at 10:43 pm #

    Why is it that everytime I come out here, I get prompted to run an ActiveX application? This is getting highly annoying…

  7. Monica May 24, 2007 at 12:13 am #

    haha you are funny, talking about Johnny Depp check out this creepy photo

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