On a related note, I recently saw this letter in GQ's excellent Style Guy column and loved the reply:
I work at a men's clothing store, and I've noticed that before any major purchase, almost all of my customers tell me they have to come back with their wives or girlfriends to make sure they approve. What's that about?
It's about the sad state of manhood in America. Some would call the male wearers of female-managed wardrobes whipped or de-balled...But anyway you look at it, these men are lost boys. As tots they were dressed for warmth, comfort and durability and were never given the slightest sense of occasion by their parents or the T.V that raised them. When they outgrew the boy uniform, they had no clue what to do. American old-boy culture tends to see aesthetic sensibilities (other than in areas such as automotive) as symptoms of the gay gene... But this is not all the fault of the ladies. Men have willingly abdicated much of their turf, including, frequently the pants.
So Man Up Men! There's nothing wrong with taking pride in your appearance and ownership in your wardrobe.