Neal Caffrey, of USA’s White Collar, is the king of prime time television style (besides our favorite 1950s ad executive). Matched with his irresistible and sophisticated charm, his style shines forth in a way that no one can ignore. And sure, not everyone can be Neal Caffrey, but with these tips, you can at least mimic his style.
1. The Fitted Suit
Neal Caffrey always sports a fitted suit. This creates a sleek look that accentuates his trim torso and broad shoulders. He plays with pattern and color, wearing everything from solid suits to pin stripes and even a thin, checked pattern to replicate a 1930s-50s look. Navy suits are making a comback right now, so be sure to consider this Caffrey-color as your next suit option.
You might not be able to find a Caffrey-quality fit at a department store, so you should always get your suit tailored to your shape (no matter the cost of the suit). For tips on going to a tailor, check these out.
2. The Dress Shirt
If it doesn’t have a button, he doesn’t have it on. Neal deals particularly with solid and striped dress shirts. (For tips on how to mix and match dress shirts with your suit, be sure to read up on this post.) The up-and-down stripes that Caffrey wears help that sleek look, and he’ll show off his class with traditional solid white. Just like his suits, his shirts are slim fit, too.
To find slim fit shirts for a man on a budget, it’s as easy as a trip to Macy’s. Check out this this shirt for under $30.
3. The Tie
Neal Caffrey has a parade of ties, and each one is paired with the perfect tie clip. (For those of you just diving into the world of tie clips, be sure to read up on how to wear one so you don’t mess it up.) Neal is a classy fella, so no duck, Looney Toons, or American flag prints (unless it’s the Fourth of July). He usually keeps his ties solid or striped (just like his shirts), and they always complement the outfit as a whole.
If you’re looking for an affordable place to find both a tie and clip, we love this site.
4. The Little Things
There’s a lot going on in Neal Caffrey’s wardrobe, and it’s hard to keep up (in a good way). So here are all the small details that matter so much: the watch, pocket square, cuff links, and the seemingly permanent five o’clock shadow.
For an inexpensive watch that you’ll be sure to get compliments on, Target has a great selection between $30-$40, and pocket ties and cufflinks are usually inexpensive. As for the five o’clock shadow, you can get that for free.
5. The Hat
Neal Caffrey is one very good reason why fedoras are coming back. He wears them in all colors, from steel gray to sleek black. And lucky for you, we know where to find the perfect topper.
Take a peek at our fedoras, and you’ll definitely have a little Caffrey pep in your step the next time you suit up.
Here are two fedora hats that are very similar:
Henschel Melton Wool Gentleman Fedora Hat
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