Happy 43rd birthday to Neil Patrick Harris, the man who celebrated suits even better than Don Draper…
While we got to know Neil Patrick Harris as the lead in Doogie Howser, M.D. back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the actor made his true mark as Barney Stinson in the most excellent 2005-2014 sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
Barney’s rapier wit, raffish charm and total dedication to being a chick-chasing cad made him the star of the ensemble.
But we loved the character most because his mantra was… wait for it… “Suit up!”
This legen-dary catchphrase went with all manner of suit wisdom.
“Suits are full of joy. They’re the sartorial equivalent of a baby’s smile.” — was one of Barney’s best proclamations.
Here’s another bit of undeniable Stinson smarts: “A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men.”
Neil Patrick Harris’s Barney did more than talk the talk.
He walked the walk by always looking immaculate.
For a masterclass in how to choose and wear suits—sharp shoulder fit and silhouette, jacket length covering butt, sharp dress shirt with cuffs exposed and worn with classily knotted tie, pocket square in place, square-cut pants—you could do worse than watch a few eps of How I Met Your Mother.
But Barney didn’t just rock classic suits.
In various episodes, he also turned up in a snow suit, flight suit, green suit for St Partick’s Day, revealed he had a special sleeping suit and even bought a designer suit lined with diamonds so he could “glow in the dark”.
Barney famously loved his suits even more than his ladies.
The show’s 100th episode saw him faced with an utter babe who made him decide “me or the suits”. The answer was comic gold in the musical number “Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit”.
For that sir, we suit-salute you.