+  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 3rd outfit. #3 in eleven acts

BY POPULAR DEMAND: (detail of the “missing” now legendary cap-toe oxford; by the balustrade is draped the three-piece suit’s jacket).




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Late 1930s three-piece suit, grey herringbone with red flecks labeled Jacobs Oregon City; (jacket features notched lapel and belt back).
Non-pleated trouser
Red wool cap (contemporary),
Wool tweed tie
Burgundy cap-toe oxford by Salamander with continental heels.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I wanted to give an example of tweed/woven fabrics and to show the overall silhouette created from a fitted vest down to a long straight leg.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Planned- but I grabbed the flask of hooch as I left.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 
9 (I wish I had worn a shirt with more fitted sleeves).

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
I appreciate the overall shape, the fit, and shortness of the vest.  How high up the trouser meets the vest is important to the look.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
The winter-weight suit is a perfect option for a cold, wet day.  With its sturdy wool, I would wear the suit from fall to early spring.  I’ve worn this to dance events for the look and baked in it.

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?
This suit is rich in spirit and makes me feel that way.  And speaking of spirit, I’m a bit thirsty…


POSTSCRIPT: Although a three piece suit, the jacket part of it hung on the balcony-like balustrade that let to the considerably raised building’s entrance, to the right of Joe. I’d initially photographed him from that right side, not quite satisfied, I went to the relatively steeped left side and saw him towering like this James Cagney sort of screen hero—flask in hand, was  it Absinthe?—there and then, I realized that I have the exact enigmatic/dramatic composition that I’d sought, albeit without the jacket in the picture, although one somehow feels and senses its implied absence; hence a perfect blank for the use of one’s imagination!   —iké udé

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6 Responses to special guest/JOE McGLYNN: talks about his 3rd outfit. #3 in eleven acts

  1. Voon says:

    I’m obsessed with fabrics with fleck! Way to tie in the red in the flecks with the red beret. It’s a shame the cap toe oxfords are playing hide and seek. Great perspective Ike, from a balcony. Feels otherworldly.

  2. Breanna says:

    I, too, would love to see those hiding oxfords! And a better shot of the tie. But I lovelovelove the grey herringbone, so I’m satisfied no matter what 🙂

  3. Jenni says:

    Put me down for a third member of the chorus asking,”Where are those shoes?” Great hat, love bright colors paired with neutrals.

  4. Makaga says:

    That tie is great!

  5. Mary says:

    You were born to wear that suit!
    Love the shoes, cap & tie…and the flask put it over the top…


  6. Cheryll says:

    Thanks for the addition Iké!

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