Pairs Division: Bomer and Manganiello

Posted on October 09, 2012

Darlings, let’s all look at two stunningly gorgeous men in fitted 3-piece suits who need to shave.

Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello attend the 8th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills.

Le sigh.

And now, let’s judge them. Be firm, kittens.

BOMER: Is giving us all kinds of life. There’s nothing like a black pinstriped suit to instantly make a man look better. That thing is fitted to within an inch of its life, but it’s just on this side of correct. If he gained an ounce, it would be too tight on him. We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that the sleeve is a skosh too long. We love the purple tie as his pop of color and we REALLY love the cut of that vest, which is only going to work on slim guys. Barrel-chested guys could never get away with it. But we have to admit, we’re kind of over the trend of wearing brown shoes with black or grey suits. It works, but it’s getting overdone and we think the classic black shoe would have been perfect. Hair looks great, but he NEEDS TO SHAVE. Score: 8.5/10.

MANGANIELLO: Looks great, but we’re tired of him constantly wearing grey suits. We’ve seen him a couple of times in person at Fashion Week, and he’s not nearly so massive-looking in real life. He’s crazy-tall, of course, but slim like only a celebrity can be. This suit fits, but it looks like it’d burst if he took a deep breath. If Bomer’s just this side of correctly fitted, then JoeMan is right on the line – or possibly over it. It really looks like he can’t close that jacket. We’re please to see the black shoe, but find ourselves wishing for a more colorful tie. He also NEEDS TO SHAVE. Score: 7.5/10. Don’t be so afraid of color, Joe.

Combined Score: 8/10. You both would have gotten a perfect score if you’d turned to each other and started making out.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Jennifer Coleman

    Gorgeous Grizzly Gentlemen.

  • Bozhi


  • Bomer with facial hair looks a bit like Eric Dane. 

    The two of them shouldn’t be standing next to each other in those suits. Too much stripe!

    • Stuck_on_Mute

      I prefer to believe they called each other up to make sure they didn’t wear the same striped suit. Then acted all ‘surprised’ when they saw each other at the event ‘OMG, you’re wearing a striped suit, so am I!’ They would then go on to discuss their currently unfortunate state of facial hair

    • Rand Ortega

       I was thinking Mark Ruffalo.

      • kolokOlchik

        Me too!

  • Loving Bomer’s suit, especially with that purple tie.  The beards look terrible. At least trim them up or something, you’re in a 3 piece suit for god’s sake.

  • Wow. That was a needed dose of man-meat this morning. Mr. Bomer looks absolutely divine. We all know how I feel about Manganiello, so I’ll drool quietly.

  • Nicholas

    Their beards make them look like villain CEOs-slash-scientists of a superhero comic.

    Their only excuse for looking like that is a role in an upcoming Marvel movie with a horrible script.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Both of them are wearing too tight clothes. I love Manganiello’s tie, but the fabric of his suit looks like something from the 70’s

  • Tapetum

    No! Don’t make Joe shave!

    Now a beard trimmer would be entirely appropriate, but shave?

  • jmorino08

    Bomer looks pre-adolescent standing next to Manganiello!  But those are still two mighty fine looking men…

  • afabulous50

    “You both would have gotten a perfect score if you’d turned to each other and started making out.”  I think even I, as a straight woman, can appreciate that line!  I burst out laughing at my desk…not good!

    BTW – yes – please shave – pretty please!  But, who am I kidding?  I do them both in a second…hopefully it would last longer.

    • sweetestsith

       I would give them 10+bonus points for making out…

      Bomer looks awesome, I love the purple tie & the stripes in the shirt. Mangeniello looks good, but not as striking.

  • Both men, gorgeous. Mr M, tall as he is still needs to hem those trousers, and get his hand out of his pocket.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I know that Mr. M’s suit might be a tad snug, but I cannot help but love that pattern-and he fills it out so well. Yes, please, hand out of your pocket…and get thee to a barber for a proper beard grooming.

    • librarygrrl64

      And put YOUR hand in his pocket instead? 😉

      • What kind of boy do you think I am?!!!!

        • librarygrrl64

          Oh, I believe we know EXACTLY what kind, sir. 😉

  • Judy_S

    Feel Daddy’s Scratchy Face. 

  • Is the belt supposed to show beneath the vest? Because it’s making my eye twitch.

    They do look fine, but what the hell is wrong with shaving? 

    • No, it’s not supposed to show. Now I can’t stop looking at it.

    • librarygrrl64

      That’s why I prefer suspenders with a vest.

      • Pinup Ghoul

         Trousers and suspenders over an undershirt is the hottest thing a man can wear, in my opinion.

  • PastryGoddess

    I second that making out thing

  • BuffaloBarbara

    At least Manganiello’s facial hair looks like it’s there deliberately and not pasted on for the evening.  Bomer looks like he just got out of make-up for Magic Mike 2: Full Moon Surprise.  Neal Caffrey would be scandalized. ;p

    That said, the fit of Bomer’s suit is great, even if I’m not a big fan of pinstripes (they take my brain to a mob movie place), and shows off the gentleman underneath to great advantage.

    • librarygrrl64

      “Magic Mike 2: Full Moon Surprise.”
      Will you marry me?

  • hyperionic

    Hmm. I actually think the vests look dumb on both of them. Don’t get the point of wearing a vest that exactly matches your jacket especially if you’re wearing your jacket done up. Although maybe it’s just because they’re too tight because I do like vests sometimes. Matt would look great without the vest. Grey suits really don’t look that good on Joe or anyone really.

  • Nelliebelle1197

    I totally think they coordinated their outfits ahead of time, on purpose. 

  • lalahartma

    Matt looks good, Joe looks bad.

  • kayleymaybe

    No comments about the hands in pockets TLo??

  • mjude

    TLO SAYS: “Combined Score: 8/10. You both would have gotten a perfect score if you’d turned to each other and started making out.”

  • Janet B

    I’ll get a razor and help them shave.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Didn’t they share a dorm room in college or something? Now THAT is an image.

    • Apparently so.  It boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

      • Pants_are_a_must

        Among other things.

    •  What? THIS IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION! Intriguing…

  • I feel like the 5% of men that can pull off a beard ruin it for that segment of guys who see that 5% and think it’s a good idea for themselves. Because the reality is that most guys don’t look that great with messy facial hair. Case in point, above. I agree, please shave gentlemen.

  • MilaXX

    Combined Score: 8/10. You both would have gotten a perfect score if you’d turned to each other and started making out.
    This is why I love you guys.  However I completely agree. The scraggly beards these guys are wearing is taking away the pretty. if these things aren’t for movie roles then they deserved to be slapped.

    • I know this is a late reply, but: In his defence, Matt’s beard WAS for a movie role.

  • nannypoo

    I hate facial hair. Joe Manganiello also needs shampoo and a haircut. He looks like a greasy, messy version of Harry Connick Jr., except that Harry is a lot hotter.

    • e jerry powell

       Rest assured, facial hair hates you back.

  • BazoDee

    YUMMY Tuesday! But yes please hand Mr. Bomer a razor. STAT! And OMG yes on the making out – I’m going to be picturing that for the rest of the day. Thank you T-Lo -Thank YOU!!

  • In_Stitches

    Bomer is wearing boot-cut suit pants.  That’s gotta cost another point. 

  • snarkykitten

    ugh, Neil. You’re off the island and back in NYC. Did the completely uninspired season finale spur you into a weird rebellion against shaving?

  •  I still think Bomer would be the perfect Christian Grey. Yummy!

  • “You both would have gotten a perfect score if you’d turned to each other and started making out.”

    And half of my salary in singles.

  • alyce1213

    Bravo Matt Borner for wearing a perfectly fitted, modern suit that has no shirt, belt or anything else sticking out at the belly.  It can be done! (The suit is so well cut and fitted, he can put his hand in his pocket without pulling everything out of place.)  I give him 9.5, only for the slightly sloppy beard.
    For Joe, I agree with a 7.5, for reasons stated.

  • Lisa Dugan

    Bomer looks gorgeous (as always) but it is way too much facial hair for him.  At least IMO.  

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m with you on the facial hair for Bomer-he’s one of those men who to me should alway be clean shaven.

  • I haven’t seen Bomer with facial hair before, so he looks fresh and kind of retro-suave at the same time. And I like that both are letting the gray in their beards show.

    • RebeccaKW

       I like his facial hair, too.  I just wish it was a little neater and didn’t creep down onto his neck.

  • Hetha Innis

    “You both would have gotten a perfect score if you’d turned to each other and started making out.” Fucking hilarious!

  • SublimatedRage

    Call me old-fashioned, but black suit + brown shoes = abomination!  Brown shoes with navy or gray — sure, but never with black.

    Why can’t hes find a kick ass pair of Italian dress shoes with a semi shine finish on them?  Look at Manganiello.  Nothing like a well-crafted and moderately shined pair of black dress shoes!

  • formerlyAnon

    “gorgeous men in fitted 3-piece suits who need to shave”
    Summing it up perfectly!

  • yulaffin

    I love beards!

  • leftcoastpickle

    oh, if only they’d gone for the perfect score!

  • VioletFem

    Roaring with laughter at the last line! 

  • I thought the headline said, “Boner and Manganiello.” Ha!

  • There are two things in the world that instantly up the sex appeal of even the most plain-of-face gentlemen. 1.) A well fitted suit. ….check.  2.) Facial hair. checkkkkkkkkkkk ….although I do agree they both should have groomed their fur a little better, especially when dressing up….I love me some testosterone. 

  • kschwarting

    Is that some seriously odd body language in the first photo?

    • I think it’s just the height difference.

  • padma sallah

    I was always of the opinion that Matt Bomer was flawless 24/7. For some reason his beard is destroying that notion like a wrecking ball. His suit-wearing ability though will always be flawless.

    • kimmeister

      Right?  I just started watching White Collar and am bowled over by how perfect-looking he is.  He literally could not be more gorgeous.  He is, however, less gorgeous with the scruffy facial hair.

      I’m not against gray suits at all, but this one is picking up the gray in Joe’s beard and aging him.

  • jw_ny

    Matt…looks great.  Love the pop of purple.

    Joe…beard looks shaggy and that suit is hiddy.   He always looks douchey to me.

  • Agreed on all accounts. I’m over the facial hair. Also, you two never cease to crack me up. 

    “You both would have gotten a perfect score if you’d turned to each other and started making out.” BEST THING EVER. If only…

  • librarygrrl64

    Oh, no! Bomer caught the Manganiello Mange!!!!!

  • Firm indeed.

  • Trisha26

    Totally agree, TLo, especially about the shaving! Now about their dreadful performances in Magic Mike…

  • e jerry powell

    “You both would have gotten a perfect score if you’d turned to each other and started making out.”

    Why stop at perfect?

    I’m a dirty boy, and I am really appreciating the way Manganiello’s pants are fitting.  Thing is, though, judging from the skin under his eyes, he was up too late the night before.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Beards can be a nice look for certain men, but these two are not working it.  It’s just off putting.  They would look stunning if they just took a razor to the face.  So much younger, too. 

  • I think that if they’d traded suits it would have been 10/10

  • Thank you Uncles T & Lo for distracting me from how aggravating this morning has been.  Lots of hotness going on here.

  • Best intro line ever. Also, best exit line ever.

  • PrunellaV

    With beards like that, they need to be naked. Picture it.

  • glennethph

    If they’d made out, they’d stick together like velcro.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    I was definitely firm.

  • TSkot

    Like hell they need to shave!  2 hot men even hotter with the beards.

  • Le_Sigh

    WOOF.  Man, if they’d shaved, I’d be licking the computer screen.

  • B_C_J

    Bomer’s jacket is definitely too tight. It is pulling at the button and creasing what should otherwise be a smooth expanse of fabric.  The sleeve is also too long. He looks engulfed by it.  His beard could have used a little cleaning up.
    The choice of fabric for Manganiello suit is a bit questionable.  It looks dated. The fit looks good but then again the jacket is unbuttoned so that remains to be determined.  The length of the pants could have been a tad shorter.  I hate puddled pants. His beard looks great.

  • Zippypie

    I’ve been stuck in a bus all day.  This was a perfect pre-work pick-me-up.  Now if only they would shave and make out, that would be PERFECTION.

  • couldn’t the facial hair be required by the roles they are playing?  i know that manganiello’s is; not so sure about bomer’s, but i’d give actors a break for that.  

  • elzatelzabelz

    I know I shouldn’t objectify… but hott damn, YES! 

  • guest2visits

    The stripes on Bomer’s suit work beautifully; the stripes on Manganiello’s lighter suit do not look nearly as good.

  • Dear Joe – 

    You know, I really love you.  You’re totally hot.  I’ve thought about plenty of filthy things I’d like to do to you.  So I say this with love – trim the fucking beard and hair, mountain-man.  You look like you smell bad.



  • butterflysunita

    Two blindingly beautiful men, in beautiful suits, for some reason sporting scraggly beards that hide their lovely faces and make them look like bums.  

  • CarolinLA

    What’s with the conquistador facial hair on men lately?

  • ccm800

    That beard looks RIDICULOUS on Bomer and the one on the other one is just hideous. I really think he is insecure about his face or something  –  which frankly is not great but nothing to necessarily hide ALL THE DAMN TIME

  • trisker

    laughed out loud at your last comment, TLo!

  • hailtree

    Facial hair is sexy…but these are too much. Especially Joe’s.

  • Carlos Abreu

    that was a pretty gay post

    • Melvis Velour

      and your point?

  • jjfg

    “You both would have gotten a perfect score if you’d turned to each other and started making out.”  Now THAT would have been a red carpet moment…

    Beards with lots of grey slap a decade on guys in their 30’s.  You’d think that alone would get these vain hollywood types to SHAVE.

  • Oh, Matt. That beard does NOT suit you.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Shave, schmave — they both look lovely!

  • It’s hard to get past the chin pubes.  And I DESPISE brown shoes!!!

  • I’d take 1.5 off Joe because THE VEST IS TOO SHORT! I cannot stand that much visible belt buckle under a vest, in a 3-piece suit, totally reads “I’m back from collidge and I’m wearing the same suit I wore to my graduation as a H.S. senior” to my eye. It’s all kinds of awkward.

    Also can’t help it (professional editor), I’d add a comma the intro, otherwise to my eye it looks like you’re saying the SUITS need a shave…

    Darlings, let’s all look at two stunningly gorgeous men wearing fitted 3-piece suits, who need to shave.

  • AnnPopovic

    Matt makes me wish I was a gay man and I love White Collar but he still gets a 0 from me ’cause even in that delicious suit all I can think is ‘itchy itchy itchy itchy’.
    *sigh* This beard trend is killing me. It’s like dumping cement over a mosaic. Putting a garbage bag over a McQueen gown and wearing it out. With flip-flops. I would like to point out: DAVID didn’t wear a fig leaf and he DIDN’T HAVE A FUZZY FACE. There’s a reason for that.

  • Beautiful suits nearly ruined by gratuitous facial hair. Kissing them must feel like a jaunt through the jungle.

  • No, Joe’s facial hair is JUST GOOD AS IS, thank you.