Friday, February 17, 2012

I blame Adam Ant

I have a confession to make. It is one that only a few people in my life know, but sometimes confession is good for the soul. Okay. Here goes. I love knee boots, leather britches and white puffy shirts. No, not on me, on men.

I think my affinity for this particular outfit began when I was just a little girl and I watched all those black and white films of Errol Flynn and Tyrone Powers. They were swashbucklers and princes, and I loved every minute of those movies. I can still see Flynn, his rapier in one hand, the other raised above his head, as he forced his foe down a flight of stairs.

As I grew up, it seemed there was a movement in music where the musicians brought to the forefront the New Romantic Movement. There was Flock of Seagulls, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Spandau Ballet and lets us not forget - Duran Duran. Nick Rhodes always dressed the coolest though my crush was Simon LeBon.

But at the top of my list of New Romantics, the man who made being a pirate in the 20th Century truly sexy, was Adam Ant. He could prance around in knee boots better than an man I know, except maybe Johnny Depp.

Adam Ant was the first concert I ever went to. 1984 The Strip Tour. It was awesome. He was awesome. Knee boots and puffy shirts - still awesome.

(Click photo to see Adam Ant - Strip video)


  1. I have a little love affair with Adam Ant too so I totally get this confession!

  2. Adam Ant was the hottest thing ever, with the white stripe, puffy shirt, leather pants and all!

  3. I actually liked his music . . . but was afraid to admit it. He also played a great bad-guy on The Equalizer.

  4. Love the picture, especially the knee boots.

  5. Gary, that was Adam Ant?????? Awesome! Joan, he was definitely the "it" guy at the time.

  6. I remember adam and the ants on american bandstand- they were great and yes, the clothes were so throwback sexy- and back then i was the supreme "goody two shoes" at the time- alas, that did pass