In the Land of the Pajamas Clad Peoples

The Peoples of Shanghai Love the Pajamas!

Manolo says, the peoples of Shanghai, they have surpassed the Americans in the race to ultimate in slovenly casualness..

ONE hundred thousand fireworks lighted the sky over Shanghai on April 30, marking the grand opening of the 2010 World Expo. For the city’s many pajama wearers, it also signified the start of a nightmare.

After pumping $58 billion into staging this mega-event, which is expected to attract more than 70 million visitors over the next six months, city authorities started a campaign to suppress one of Shanghai’s most distinctive customs: wearing pajamas in public. Just as Beijing discouraged men from going shirtless during the Olympics, Shanghai wants everyone to wear “proper attire” for the Expo.

Catchy red signs reading “Pajamas don’t go out of the door; be a civilized resident for the Expo” are posted throughout the city. Volunteer “pajama policemen” patrol the neighborhoods, telling pajama wearers to go home and change. Celebrities and socialites appear on TV to promote the idea that sleepwear in public is “backward” and “uncivilized.”

Finally, the perfect explanation for this…


The Web Snob

Manolo says, here is the best of the week from the Manolo’s Web Snob friends…

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Who’s the “least sexy” Sex and the City character? Allie is Wired reports the surprising results.

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Manolo the Columnist: Vineyard Air Sandals from Cole Haan

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m looking for a pair of sandals that would be suitable to wear to work in an office, but also comfortable enough to wear to and from the bus stop, which is several blocks from my apartment. Please help.


Manolo says, on the one of the hands, the Manolo appreciates the new democratic informality of the American workplace which encourages the employees to dress in the more practical manner.

And yet, on the other of the hands, freed from the commonsense guidelines of the previous generations, some have taken the notion of sartorial liberty too far, wearing to the office the sort of clothing ordinarily favored by carnival workers and oilfield roustabouts.

For the examples: Wearing the smart and attractive sandals at the place of the work?

Not just acceptable, but perhaps appropriate and welcome.

Wearing, the muscle shirt that reveals your homemade juggalo tattoo?

Not so good.

Deciding to no longer wear the pantyhose?

Acceptable by the new standards of our modern age.

Wearing the mini-tiny-micro skirt that allows the regional district manager to see your hidden balance sheets?


Here is the Cole Haan Air Vineyard, the handsome sandal that incorporates the special comfort-making technology. The Manolo is partial to the deep red patent leather, but it is also available in four other handsome colors.

Vineyard Air Sandals from Cole Haan