Call me shallow, call me simple, but there is nothing I enjoy more than a well dressed television character. It doesn’t take much for an actor/actress to be dressed flawlessly on the small screen as wardrobe budgets usually allow for the finer threads in life. Designer clothing is a staple across television. However, it takes a special person to pull off the classic look of the suit. So, who does wear the best suits on television? That’s a tough one as so many shows on television today feature characters donning the professional staple.
5. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) – Hannibal
If there’s one thing Dr. Hannibal Lecter is good at, besides murdering and cooking folk up for a delicious dinner, it’s wearing a suit. Mikkelsen’s take on the infamous serial killer is so chilling and frightening it’s easy to forget you’re watching an actor on a television show. If he has to murder and eat peeps, at least he can look impeccable while doing so.
4. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) – House of Cards
Not far behind in the calculating, murdering character pattern of wearing dapper suits is none other than (SPOILER)
Vice President Frank Underwood. This White House master manipulator always looks handsome. You don’t know whether to root for him or against him as he unapologetically fights for power.
3. Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza) – Law and Order: SVU
Over 15 seasons, SVU has gone through a handful of ADA’s. None have looked as good in a suit, tie, and suspenders as Rafael Barba. What makes Esparza’s appearance even more delectable is the pop of color his character isn’t afraid to sport. Pink, purple, pastels, you name it and this ADA is ready to wear it. He may be one of the best additions to the SVU cast in recent years purely for his characters likableness, but looking damn good while arguing through a case doesn’t hurt.
2. Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies) – The Originals/The Vampire Diaries
The TV vampire looked so damn good in a suit that the creators of The Vampire Diaries centered an entire spin off around it. Okay, I may be exaggerating, but Daniel Gillies’ portrayal of Elijah Mikaelson did spark the creators of the show to keep him around, tie him into some important plots, and lead them to ultimately create the shows popular spin off, The Originals. Elijah has flawlessly worn a suit, his signature look, continuously on both shows. It’s become an eye candy staple for fans.
1. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) – Parks and Recreation
Okay, okay. Enough with all these men. It’s time for a badass, suit wearing woman. Good thing she also falls in the number one spot because she looks so perfect in a suit. Leslie Knope could out suit even the smartest of men. She is strong, independent, and looks beautiful while kicking butt and taking names within the Pawnee government.