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It’s not what’s in your wallet that matters the most

By Megan Collins
Megan K. Collins
Megan K. Collins writes Style Girlfriend, a weekly column dispensing sartorial advice to guys who want to look good.

Megan Collins

What matters most to women about your wallet?

I’ll give you a hint: It’s not the contents.

I recently met a male friend for dinner. At the end of the meal, we both reached for our wallets to split the check. As I rooted around the cavernous depths of my purse looking for mine, he flung a wad of cash, along with a few credit cards and a Metrocard on the table – all held together in a binder clip.

Surprisingly, this wasn’t the first time I’ve seen a guy substituting office supplies for real accessories. Another male friend once tried to defend his use of paper clips for collar stays. He did not win that argument.

Guys, you may think you’re being pragmatic, inventive, and saving some money to boot with these quick accessories fixes. I’m here to tell you how your “ingenuity” looks to a woman. It looks cheap. Immature. Unprepared for manhood. Women do not want to see you MacGyver’ing your wardrobe. We are not impressed by your resourcefulness; we are put off by, well, by your using a binder clip as a wallet!

You have money – you must if you are carrying it around in binder clips, rubber bands and who knows what else. Why not use some of it to buy a wallet – a necessary accessory that also allows you to show off your personal style.

Try, for instance, a nice leather number from Chester Mox ( The Los Angeles-based brand uses almost exclusively Horween leather, the color and texture of which gets deeper and richer with age. Like your favorite baseball cap, a wallet or card case made from this material will look better over time, and it won’t break like a binder clip will (and probably at the most inopportune time, too).

If you’re looking for something that really hews closely to the binder clip heritage, a money clip will suit your purposes. Go for one that’s monogrammed, or sided with an interesting material to lend visual interest.
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