We aren’t going to lie here — we watch White Collar, but we’re a bit hazy on the plot lines. It’s hard, really, to focus when hottie Matt Bomer, who plays con-man Neal Caffrey with such devious aplomb, is on screen. So, color us amped when we got the chance to chat with the suited-up smokeshow at last night’s Park & Bond dinner; the intimate three-course meal at Minetta Lane’s cozy Perla celebrated the shopping site’s “NYC’s Most Stylish Dads” feature — and, no brainer, Bomer really leads the Big Apple pack. And, when he wasn’t schooling us on “satorial porn” (his words, not ours….swoonage), Mr. Matt proved that he’s way, way more than just a pretty face. Read on for our quick-hitting Q&A, where Bomer talks all things children (he has three kids with husband Simon Halls), menswear, and his perfect Father’s Day present.
Tell us about how you find a suit — a lot of dudes don’t know how to find the perfect one.
“Well, one thing I’ve certainly learned from being on the show is the importance of a tailor. If you like a suit, just because it doesn’t fit you off the rack doesn’t mean that you should give up on it. A good tailor can make anything work. For me, it depends from designer to designer: I feel like a lot of times I’m picking something for a specific event so that will be my guide process to which designer I wear. If I wanna pop of color, I’ll go Paul Smith; if I want something a little more traditional that I’ll feel more confident and comfortable in, I’ll go Tom Ford… it just depends.”
And what about for everyday wear, who are some of your favorite designers?
“Casual look? I love the stuff that Michael Bastian does for GANT. Especially in the summertime, the colors he uses…it fits well and it’s fun, you know? It says summertime to me. But in my personal life, I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy. I really like hoodies and jeans and tees, but when I’m stepping it out, it just depends. I love Billy Reid, he has a lot of great stuff this summer.”
Do you have a stylist?
You do it all yourself?
Where else do you shop?
“I used to live in the West Village so a lot of my life — because I’m so busy shooting most of the time — was confined to Bleecker Street, between Ralph Lauren, James Perse, Marc Jacobs, GANT, Jack Spade, and Brooks Brothers.”