Clothes maketh the con man. Just ask Matt Bomer, the criminally handsome actor who plays Neil Caffrey, the master scam artist turned F.B.I. consultant on USA Network’s breakout dramedy, “White Collar.”
Bomer’s character struts around, unraveling the lies of the rich and famous, in slim-line, single-breasted Devoré suits (in the script they’re vintage threads made by Sinatra’s tailor), club-collar shirts, Dapper Don accessories and a fedora.
“Neil’s expertise is maneuvering through the upper echelons of society,” Bomer says, “and there is a certain uniform for navigating these waters smoothly. So his look is somewhere between the Rat Pack and Marcello Mastroianni, with a bit of Jack Kerouac’s swagger thrown in for good measure.”
In addition to stealing the show in his immaculate retro get-ups, Bomer’s polymath character possesses the kind of sprezzatura that would make even Castiglione proud. “Neil is certainly esoteric,” Bomer says, “from knowing the fibers used in Canadian currency to how to play Pai Gow” — a Chinese domino game — “and using a lot of sleight of hand. He’s an interesting guy.”
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