TV Fashion: Horatio Caine from 'CSI: Miami' (CBS)
Hot and never bothered
Luckily, he grew up to be the very well-dressed and well-respected head of the Miami-Dade Police Department's Crime Lab, solving crimes and driving Hummers. He also grew up to look a lot like David Caruso, which, if you ask most women, is a good thing.
Even so, Miami is a tough place to be fair-skinned and not look as if you just got off a flight from Montpelier, Vt. Aside from the requisite SPF 50, Caine takes the luxurious approach to attire that says, "I had no intention of sweating anyway." Nicely fitted single-breasted suits and sport coats in navy, black or deep slate gray - we're sure he'd be quick to point out that dark colors help hide blood spatter - add an air of authority in a town where Bermuda shorts and a simple smile would be much more appropriate for the climate. And humidity? Caine smirks at the very thought of humidity.
Labels of choice for "CSI: Miami" costume designer Andrea Federman include Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Prada. She adds a dress shirt either emblazoned in blue or, at the very least, hinting at his eye color with pencil-thin blue stripes that help balance his skin tone - which, for those of you just joining us, is frighteningly fair. A tie is not part of his ensemble, because hey, he's hip to the streets and not part of the machine. He's his own man - and it's way too hot out there for a tie.
As for accessories, even though Miami embraces hot flashes of gold and silver, Caine plays it cool with a minimalist approach; sunglasses are his only noticeable embellishment. Small, simple shades with superdark lenses add to the mystery and provide the necessary protection from those Dade County ultraviolet rays. Plus, when he slips them on, slowly and deliberately, they add to that dramatic moment when he's solved the crime and gets to unload an eye-rolling cliche. Somehow they actually add to his smugness.
How can it be so hot and Caine remain so cool? The fact that he looks as guilty as any of the criminals he catches certainly must just be a weird coincidence, right?