+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/JOE McGLYNN: talks about his 2nd outfit. #2 in eleven acts




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
We are both wearing authentic late 30s/early 40s items:
Joe: wool patterned sweater by Jersild
Brown wool button-fly trouser, no pleats, light cream stripe,
Brown suede oxfords by Davins Shoes NYC

Heidi: plaid wool skirt suit (jacket not pictured)
Rayon blouse
Brown hand-knit wool sweater with orange accents and bakelite buttons
Celluloid collegiate football player pin
…and the best part of all, an unusual pair of spectator heeled oxfords in brown leather and white buck

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I’m excited to show a collegiate look from the late 1930’s/early 1940’s.  The college campus had its own clothing trends, as seen in many entertaining movies.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
His: Planned
Hers: Unplanned- pulled together minutes before the shoot

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 
10-  Big man on campus chats up his favorite bookworm!

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The collegiate style of the 30’s and 40’s is a favorite, with the long pleatless trouser, the pant cuffs of generous circumference and width, and the youthful and sporty sweater.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I’ll repeat this formula in fall and to a lesser extent in spring.  It’s a fun look that’s clean and professional enough to wear to the office.  The sweater gives a relaxed, “comforts-of-home” feeling while still being the centerpiece of a pulled together look.

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
When I wear this look, I feel snappy. When I wear a thick sweater I’m usually enjoying the last autumn days before a winter coat is needed.  I also think of my grandfather who wore sweaters in this style- a look he may have carried over from his youth.

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14 Responses to special guest/JOE McGLYNN: talks about his 2nd outfit. #2 in eleven acts

  1. Bobby says:

    That. Sweater. Is. Awesome.

    • Joe McGlynn says:

      The location choice and framing (colors of the autumn leaves overhead and afoot) make it seem like the sweater and clothes are mimicking nature.

      The sweater was made by Jersild Sweater Co. Neenah, WI. which was founded by a Danish Reverend who began selling his hand-knit sweaters as early as 1885. While researching I found some 1920s ads for Jersild’s knit jackets… oh baby!!

  2. Marcie Adler says:

    Perfectly rah rah couple.

  3. Voon says:

    If there ever was a picturesque Fall photo depicting a striking couple…this would be it! Such vibrant colors – the 1940s knit on Joe really packs a visual punch in gorgeous yellow and greens and Heidi makes for a delicious arm candy!!!!

  4. Joe,

    You always look so smart. You and Heidi are not only inspirational in your clothing, but in your wealth of knowledge of 20th century clothing. I can always count on both of you for expert advice on my vintage purchases!

    I’m so glad that the Chic Index is showcasing your style. Bravo!


  5. Laura Auricchio says:

    What I love the most about this photo is that, although I know it’s on the wall of Riverside Park, it actually *looks* like a painted backdrop of the kind you might find in an old-time photo studio. Kudos to the photographer!

  6. Don says:

    This is a great series, I’m looking forward to part three!

  7. B.R. Hubbard says:

    This is what happens when two fine-looking individuals brimming with style and class come together!

  8. Definitely the most adorable and well-dressed couple on the planet!

  9. The Vintage Maven says:

    Love this look on you Joe! Such a dapper fella!

  10. Laura says:

    Love the look! bmoc Giuseppe ! Bellissimi! Heidi the jacket is great and looks very wearable and comfortable. Congrats to you both can’t wait to see the next outfits. Laura

  11. Mary says:

    The BMOC and Homecoming Queen are true fashion plates of the era.

    You remind me so much of great folks from the glory years! WOW.


  12. Cheryll says:

    I just don’t know where to begin. I’m in love with everything about this image. Fantastic setting, colors and patterns of nature echoed in outstanding apparel. Frick and Frack captured so casual yet elegant. That’s what I love about this era…casual is still smart, classy, conscious, but not conscientious. People of today could take a page out of the Frick and Frack fashion playbook (myself included!) Do you sell autographed 8×10 glossies? Proud to say, I’m an unapologetic fan of these folks!

  13. gretchen says:

    The perfect Fall picture! I love it.

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