My Man is Fashion Impaired

“Are you really going to wear that?” This is the age-old phrase heard around the nation from women of all ages desperate to enhance their man’s wardrobe. Whether it’s acid-washed tapered jeans, plaid shirts or an addiction to the standard polo shirt, history (and dating) has proven certain (alright, most) men have a noticeable lack of fashion sense.

Despite some men’s shortcomings as a fashion maven, there is help readily available in the form of men’s fashion magazines, Web sites offering advice and tips on the latest looks and makeover shows on TV. But the most important remedy for the male fashion crisis is the in-house stylist, also known as their better half (ie: their girlfriend/wife). That’s right ladies, the editors at Men’s Vogue and Esquire might not be able to get through to your man but chances are that you can.

Behind every great man is a great woman. That means that if a man looks sharp, he probably has his girlfriend or wife to thank. Purchasing a tie, wallet or shirt for your man might even be the ultimate act of women’s lib. Or it may just be an easier way to be seen in public with your man; you decide.

According to Anna Miller, owner and CEO of eFashionHouse.com, which was named “Best of the Web” by People Magazine StyleWatch Fall 2006 for discount high-end designer accessories, there has been a jump in men’s accessory sales. “I have women contacting me all the time to purchase a designer wallet or tie for their guy,” says Miller. “They tell me they know their husband or boyfriend won’t wear the pants or shirt they buy them, but they will use the wallet, tie, belt, cufflinks, etc.”

You can help too, whether it’s starting out with a nice Calvin Klein leather wallet or the ever-stylish Gucci version (for the less budget-conscious). This subtle enhancement can slowly evolve into an entire wardrobe makeover. What starts with a wallet can progress into a new tie and belt and eventually become a new shirt, sweater, pants and suit. Your man will appreciate your interest in his appearance, and he’ll be very happy once he sees the results.

You know your man’s Velcro contraption (When did he buy that? The ’80s?) or that wallet he’s had since college? Imagine having it replaced by a gorgeous black leather Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein. These choices won’t break your budget and will help make him look fashionable. How about accenting that boring black suit (at least it was black when he bought it) with a silk grey Armani tie?

With the online holiday shopping season just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to help your man. If you don’t want to lose precious shopping time hitting the streets, online shopping is the perfect alternative for shoppers who seek comfort (from their own home) and time conservation (traveling time not required).

When looking for perfect holiday gifts at discount prices, shop early for the best deals. Discount designer men’s accessories are perfect gifts and just the right size for stocking stuffers. Here’s some nifty inexpensive designer man-things. Search Google for Burberry designer cufflinks, Paul Smith designer cufflinks, Armani designer silk tie, Ralph Lauren designer wallet, Gucci designer key ring, Dolce & Gabbana designer key ring, Burberry designer silk tie, Hermes designer silk pocket scarf, Latico designer briefcase, Burberry designer belt, and the list goes on and on.

Some men’s designer accessories to can help save your partner (and maybe even your relationship) can be found online at prices that don’t break the budget. Below are some of the best fashion gift ideas at perfect price points (below retail) for the man in your life. Copy and paste the search terms listed below into the Google.com search function for the best prices online:

o ARMANI silk tie in cream – $77
o BURBERRY golf balls and case – $99
o CALVIN KLEIN designer travel bag – $24
o PRADA designer tie mens designer silk neck tie wine – $139
o HERMES silk tie neck tie mens tie. Style 5062 – $139
o GUCCI designer wallet mens wallet GG black denim – $210
o GUCCI designer wallet black leather bi-fold wallet mens – $209
o DOLCE & GABBANA Bi Fold Wallets for Men – $79
o BURBERRY mens neck tie designer tie check pattern light blue – $119
o LATICO designer handbags black leather laptop brief case – $182
o BURBERRY Designer Mens Belt. All Sliver Buckle – $88
o RALPH LAUREN designer wallet mens ID case black – $39
o PRADA designer wallet Saffiano Leather Wallet M1077 – $249

These are merely suggestions and helpful hints. The rest is up to you. It’s time to get to work ladies! Fill those holiday gift requirements with something designer for your man. You’ll both be glad you did.