+  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 8th outfit. #8 in eleven acts




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
c. 1940 striped shirt, Sportswear by Allendale
Mauve wool trouser (1940s)
Triple-stitched saddle shoe: The Edgerton Shoe with Essex sole
Look magazine September 1938, Swing cover story

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I wanted to pay tribute to a style I have coopted from dancer friend Ray Hirsch. Ray attended Hollywood High School—along with Judy Garland and Lana Turner—and danced in films in the late 1930s and 1940s (see him at CollegiateShag.com).

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 
9!  Listening to the latest shellac 78 & following my favorite screen stars!

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
This is meant to be a young look, with its bright colors. The fitted tee is shorter than modern ones and is very comfortable and breathable.  It is good for sitting around or wearing during athletic dances like collegiate shag.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wear this practical look frequently.

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 feel like I’m twenty years younger and in Southern California when I wear this.  Thanks, Ray!

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

  1. Voon says:

    It’s amazing how much the warm yellows and red on the Look magazine cover complement the 40s striped shirt and even the warm mahogany on the chair and the gold brocade on the curtains, tie in with it. As if it were all planned.

    Saddle shoes!

    Thanks for the exciting story about referencing Ray Hirsch!

  2. Makaga says:

    Mad Youth! Great TShirt, Joe!

  3. Breanna says:

    I lovelovelove the framing and composition of this shot! I think it really helps to add to the vintage aesthetic being referenced. And like Voon said, the tonal matching throughout really makes it.

    Dig those trousers, again. Mauve! SO fabulous, especially with the beautiful leather of those shoes.

  4. Mary says:

    Imbued with the Look!

    A 1938 illustration presented to the viewer perfectly.
    You’re really caught up in that story…and
    I can hear the music playing from here!

  5. Marcie Adler says:

    Did they say, ” I DIG IT!” back then?

  6. Meral says:

    These articles are fantastic! You look great, Joe! And so does Heidi 🙂 xxxxx

  7. Cheryll says:

    Wow, I looked up vintage Ray Hirsch images and that shirt could be straight out of his dresser drawers! Belt, trousers and shoes included 😉 The vintage records and portable record player are great additions to this photo essay as they highlight the dancer in (what appears to be) a simple yet smart dance friendly outfit. (My take away from the Frack playbook for modern men of any style- tucking in shirt and adding a belt can do wonders to clean up a look.) This chick digs it!

  8. kalia says:

    very cute ready t go to class

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