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Poll – Who wears a suit better: Barney, Patrick or Neal?

How I Met Your Mother's Barney Stinson, White Collar's Neal Caffrey and The Mentalist's Patrick Jane all favor suits for specific, character-driven reasons. Who do you think wears their suit the best?

I admit it, this is a question that’s been rolling around in my mind for a while now. You may think I have far too much time on my hands, but the question, dude — it’s deep. Deeper than the deepest ocean, deeper than my father-in-law’s spoon in his ice cream sundae, deeper than the black hole into which all important Lego pieces find their way.

There are very specific, character-driven reasons that Barney Stinson (HIMYM), Neal Caffrey (White Collar) and Patrick Jane (The Mentalist) wear suits.

For Barney, the suit makes the man and casual clothes are a travesty. You show the world who you are — or who you want to be — by your appearance. No one can deny that Barney is his suit incarnate and I’d be hard-pressed to picture him without it.

Neal, on the other hand, is personified by his spiffy vintage suits, which came to him by way of his landlady’s dead husband. Nothing else would set off his quirky charm as perfectly, and I for one am really glad there was a trilby fedora amongst the hand-me-downs.

Finally, there’s Patrick Jane. I read an interview some time ago with the creator of The Mentalist, Bruno Heller. I never would have made this connection myself, but Patrick’s suits are rumpled and worn for a very specific reason. They are the same expensive suits (and vests … we can’t forget the vests) he wore with pride in his heyday as a fake psychic. Now, he’s far from that lifestyle and he’s a broken man because of his conning days, and his attire reflects that. Deep, dude. Then there’s Ivey (a little less deep) who just thinks “Jane should introduce his suits to an iron every once in a while.”

Now, to the question: Whose suits do you prefer? Vote in the poll and leave details in the comments. In case you’re confused by the question, like Julia was: “Are we talking about how good these guys look in a suit, or how much the ladies (and gay men) in the audience want to rip that suit off of them?” Suffice it to say that you can interpret the question in any way you wish … it’s more fun that way!

Photo Credit: David Giesbrecht/USA, Monty Brinton/CBS, CBS

29 Responses to “Poll – Who wears a suit better: Barney, Patrick or Neal?”

May 27, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Is this for real? These 2 average joes can’t compare the the dreamy Neal Caffrey/Matt Bomer. It’s not even fair to them…

May 28, 2010 at 12:45 AM

Matt has redefined the meaning of hot!

May 28, 2010 at 6:46 AM

Can’t wait ’til season 2 of White Collar starts. I need some Neal Caffrey charm in my life!!

May 28, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Neal Caffrey is my hero! Yummy..

May 29, 2010 at 4:31 AM

Neal Caffery/Matt Boomer, is the best!

May 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Looks like a bunch of old ladies with internet access voting for this old Janey guy – who is he?

May 29, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Neal Caffrey (Mat Bomer) by a longshot.

May 29, 2010 at 11:41 PM

I would definitely vote for Neal Caffrey if I could figure out how to vote…

May 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

You should just be able to go into the body of the post and the poll is at the end — just click on your choice.

If you — or anyone else — is having trouble voting, email

May 30, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Neal all the way! They just suit (pun intended) his personality perfectly. He’s so charming and…awesome and the suits complete him.

May 30, 2010 at 1:26 AM

The beautiful Bomer!

May 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I convinced all my friends from the rest-home to vote for Patrick Jane; he is more classy than these young boys.Lol

Kindest regards from “the old ladies”.

May 30, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Patrick Jane is for us like Edward Cullen for pre-teens!

If i wasn’t 70 years old, i would propose him.

Kindest regards from “the old ladies”

May 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Patrick Jane must win this poll.

You can’t fight old ladies in heat!

Kindest regards from “the old ladies”

May 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Matt Bomer is a major talent, the classiest guy in h’wood easily, and obviously the most physically beautiful.

May 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

@Terry : i disagree with you.

And i must admit i think about Jane when i play with my s__-toy at night.

Kindest regards from “the old ladies”

June 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Your comments are kind of gross. It’s one thing to support a character, it’s another to hang around polls all day defending him with weird comments.

May 30, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Matt’s eyes, face, hair, velvet voice, bod – omfg.

May 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

My mother and grandmother love the mental guy – he’s a hottie for the elder set. Matt hands down for anyone under 50.

May 31, 2010 at 7:06 AM

I’m gently warning you, young people; don’t say bad things about Patrick Jane or you’ll get your knuckles rapped.

Kindest regards from “the old ladies”

May 31, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Jane’s okay for an older dude I guess…but he’s not up on the Matt level.

May 31, 2010 at 11:17 PM

I think Neal Caffrey makes the other two pale in comparison. His trim body looks even more polished in a vintage Dior suit topped off with a black fedora which he looks likes he was born wearing, he pulls it off so well. Not to mention his bold hat tricks which he pulls off with such ease. It is not only how he wears the suit to perfection it is how he carries himself in it, very confident & cool, savvy and sophisticated. I think we have the next modern day Bond in the making…add the combination of those wickedly stunning crystal blue eyes, high cheekbones and a killer smile…

May 31, 2010 at 11:51 PM

@ Dee – you go girl, you hit the nail on the head!

June 1, 2010 at 1:33 AM

Neal Caffrey and Barney Stinson are good looking but i’m not that much on sissy boys.

June 1, 2010 at 3:09 AM

Regarding your ignorant comments, let’s see Matt Bomer was/is an athlete, did his own stunts in his series Traveller, Chuck and now White Collar, and currently has the hottest career in hollywood being showered with leading man movie scripts. Maybe you should check your issues at the door.

June 1, 2010 at 2:47 AM

@Jaqueline – sounds like you come from a trailer park with comments like that.

June 1, 2010 at 3:36 AM

I hope you already realised that Jacqueline is not my name and that i just want to have some fun.

Playing this poll is a real pleasure and i love your comments; but don’t take mine too seriously.

Have a nice day.

June 1, 2010 at 2:40 PM

I wish I could vote for each one of them. They each have a great reason for getting a vote.

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