There are plenty who attempt to emulate the Rat Pack, but few can pull off a fedora quite as well as American actor Matt Bomer, star of stateside show White Collar. Effectively Catch Me If You Can has a Thomas Crown Affair, Bomer plays ex-con Neal Caffrey, who benefits significantly from his character’s gruelling wardrobe – in Paul Smith suits or Hugo Boss casuals he helps the FBI track down art thieves. GQ.com decided to find out what we could learn from this modern-day cad, and Bomer was only too willing to share his thoughts on seduction, surviving New York City in style and channelling Paul Newman…
GQ: Who did you base your character’s style on?
MB: Dean Martin specifically was a big influence – both in style and personality. That’s why there’s a bartender at craft services. Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief is someone else we borrow from. Even Alain Delon in Le Samourai.
What did you learn from Caffrey’s style?
The most important thing I’ve learned from the entire experience style wise is that every man should have a great tailor, and visit him or her often. If you’re wearing suits and you want to create your own sense of style, get to the tailor. Our costume designer (Stephanie Maslansky) always pays close attention to the colour of the shirts, pocket squares, vintage cufflinks, tie bars, and fedoras. And, of course, the tailoring. Those are all very specific to the Rat Pack style. As are cigarettes and gin.
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PS: Matt is also featured in the upcoming issue of TV Guide.