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special guest/JOE McGLYNN: talks about his 4th outfit. #4 in eleven acts

Above, a still from Lindy Hop scene from the Marx Brothers 1937 film “A Day at the Races” Trousers of this shape and proportion worn in the film is the same as worn by Joe McGlynn above immediate picture.




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
White shirt with tab collar,
1939 NY Worlds Fair tie by Arrow with Worlds Fair tie clip
Paris suspenders,
High-waisted, pleated wool trouser,
Octagonal rimless glasses,
Nunn-Bush ankle fashioned cap-toe oxford

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I wanted to represent the style of those who danced at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom.  I am celebrating the fact that jazz is America’s gift to the world and honoring the Savoy dancers who did the Lindy Hop on stage at the NY Worlds Fair.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Planned (in hand, one of my many acetate records collection).

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 
8 (Suspenders with fresher elastic would have held the trousers even higher)!

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The top edge of the trouser rests well above the waist, so wearing a belt will actually push these pants down. Extra room in the seat and legs allow for movement.  (Trousers of this shape and proportion are worn in the iconic Lindy Hop scene from the Marx Brothers 1937 film “A Day at the Races”

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I’ll wear these pants within a few months, perhaps to a social event where I could discuss them with friends.  I would not wear these out dancing though for fear of ruining them.

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?
I appreciate what the Savoy Ballroom represented, an oasis of integrated dancing in the 1930s, the best Jazz bands and music of the day.  I feel like I’m honoring those who danced at the “Home of Happy Feet” and other Harlem ballrooms. With jacket off, I’m going to spin this new shellac before going out…

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8 Responses to special guest/JOE McGLYNN: talks about his 4th outfit. #4 in eleven acts

  1. makaga says:

    Fresh braces!

  2. Breanna says:

    ’39 World’s Fair tie! Geezalou!

    I’m always a fan of the high-waisted trouser and the short vintage ties. Love the proportions here, Joe.

  3. Joe McGlynn says:

    Thanks Breana and Makaga, Some say braces are the only way to properly wear trousers- it certainly applies here. I like the play on proportion when the trouser sits way high on the chest.

  4. Bobby says:

    With the weight of a belt, I wonder if that was yet another reason to wear thin belts or cloth belts (like ties) on high-wasted pants.

    • Joe McGlynn says:

      Great question- since they sit above the narrowest part of the waist I found even a light belt won’t keep them up. I like the look of thin belts and find the belt loop’s size will often dictate what thickness belt will be worn (i.e. with Hollywood-waisted trousers).

  5. Matt Deckard says:

    I just love Hollywood waist trousers, and those shoes with the wear on the toe give an atmosphere of adventure.

  6. Heidi says:

    This has made me think a lot about my high-waisted pants, which don’t necessarily ride where I want them to on their own. I guess I also need suspenders to get that line and the nice leggy look….but my vintage ladies pairs don’t have suspender buttons with which to afix them, alas. What’s gal to do?

    Heidi, wife of Joe.

    PS: additional Worlds Fair (39/40 NYC and SF…and Chicago 33) items abound…ie the clock visible in this picture.

  7. Cheryll says:

    I love the ring detail on the braces (I’m learn’ lots here)… I’ve not noticed that before on others I’ve seen out in my little world. So fun too to get a glimpse into su casa 😉

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