Barney Stinson: The Suited Man of Style

“Suit up, because tonight is going to be LEGEN – wait for it – DARY!”  We rarely discuss men’s fashion on this blog, but when a man dresses well enough for us to notice, we can’t ignore it.  Barney Stinson, the womanizing, blog-writing, moneymaking machine on TV’s How I Met Your Mother, is played by the hilarious Neil Patrick Harris.  Barney Stinson has two great passions: 1) women, and 2) his wardrobe.  Stinson is just utterly, completely, head-over-heels in love with suits.  He is rarely seen wearing anything else, and is completely dedicated to maintaining his stylish appearance.  Stinson does everything in suits – he eats, drinks and sleeps in suits.  No, seriously.  He has a silk pajama suit he wears to bed in case he’s ever interrupted by a beautiful woman in the middle of the night (pictured, right).  Even his Halloween costumes revolve around suits- flights suits, penguin suits, etc.  The only time he will not wear a suit is to a funeral.  This perplexes his friends, until he explains: “Suits are full of joy.  They’re the sartorial equivalent of a baby’s smile… Suits are for the living.  That’s why, when it’s my time to R.I.P. I’m going out of this world the same way I came into it.  BUCK NAKED.”  Our favorite look of his has to be his navy suit paired with his Burberry tie (pictured, top right).  On the Season 4 episode “The Naked Man,” Barney ended up roaming the streets of Manhattan completely nude, until he came upon a clearance rack of suits.  His face lights up as he darts for cover – until he realizes it’s poorly-made suits.  Barney decides to stay naked instead of wearing an ugly suit.  That commitment to style is just unparalleled.  In the 100th episode, he meets a sexy bartender who isn’t into suit-and-tie guys, so he has to make a “Sophie’s choice” between his two favorite things in life…  Barney’s selection is summed up in the video shown below.  We’ll give you a clue on his decision- the theme song is entitled “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit.”


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