A wallet is a necessity for most men. It’s an accessory that keeps your cash, credit cards, and other forms of personal identification organized. A wallet can also be a fashion statement – something that represents your style and personality.
Whatever function it serves and what style or design it comes in, most men wouldn’t think of leaving home without their wallet. At least not on purpose.
We hope to provide you with a broad enough overview of wallets that makes it easier to find one that suits our lifestyle and needs.
Who knew that choosing a good wallet could be so hard? Well, it’s really not that hard but we encourage you not just to grab the first wallet that appeals to you (probably because of how it looks) and then toss it into your shopping cart. So, slow down a bit, and consider the basics of finding the right wallet for you.
A simple, neat wallet is usually the best buying option for many men. Wallets come in a wide variety of colors, designs, and styles, but a wallet in a plain color is good for casual and formal events. A cheesy wallet won’t reflect as well on your personality.
Choosing the right size wallet is another important part of the buying process. Again, don’t go overboard, because a fat wallet filled with stuff isn’t necessarily an attractive look. It’s also harder to fit into your back pocket and creates a bulge in the wrong area of your trousers.
Buying a smaller wallet means, for many men, scaling back on what they usually carry, i.e., credit cards, receipts, restaurant gift cards, library cards, ID … you name it. In most cases, you’ll be surprised by how much less you can carry and how nice it feels to have a slimmer, uncluttered wallet.
Wallets come in many types and the type you choose generally depends on how you plan to use it. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the more popular styles:
The classic bifold is one of the most commonly used and popular wallets available. A bifold allows you to access your cash and card with the lift of a flap. Bifolds have a slim design and don’t feel as if you’re sitting on a brick all day.
What sets the trifold apart from other types of wallets is the multitude of compartments contained within it. If you carry more cards than the average person, a trifold is an excellent choice. However, be wary of stuffing your trifold too full of stuff because it can become uncomfortable to sit on for long periods.
If you prefer a minimalist design and carry a limited number of items, then a money clip is a good option. Money clips are small pieces of plastic or pliable metal designed to hold a wad of cash together. If nothing else, using a money clip is a great way of organizing your cash. The downside is that money clips generally don’t protect your money as well as other types of wallets.
Modern minimalist wallets combine the best elements of money clips and credit card holders. They’re designed to reduce the number of items that can one can jam int a wallet.
Wallets come in a variety of materials: leather, canvas, cotton, polyester, etc. Each type of fabric has its pros and cons, but we think leather is best. And leather wallets typically consist of two types of leather:
Full-grain leather is thicker and more durable than other types of leather because it’s not overly-processed.
Split-grain leather is lower quality than full-grain leather and consists of a composite material in which the top layer closely resembles full-grain leather while the bottom layer is a thinner form of leather (split-grain). Split-grain wears more easily than full-grain and isn’t as durable.
A wallet’s functionality is determined, in large part, by its compartments. Determine how much you tend to carry in a wallet before you buy. If you carry a lot of items – remember, the simpler the better – then look for a wallet that has all the necessary slots. Another nice feature you’ll find in many wallets are transparent pockets in which to hold your identification cards, such as your driver’s license.
Choose your leather wallet to best match what you wear most of the time. If you wear suits, then a wallet with a darker finish adds an element of sophistication. If you wear jeans most days, go for a lighter leather wallet.
No one dresses the same all year round, especially if you live in a region in which the four seasons often bring radical weather changes. In the summer, for example, you should carry a slimmer wallet that will keep your shorts and pants from sagging (if you’re not wearing a coat that has pockets for storing your wallet and other items). And sitting all day on a fat wallet can wreak havoc on your lower back and spine alignment.
RFID technology protects you from credit card and identity theft. Many wallet manufacturers now include it in their product designs. You’ll pay more for a wallet with RFID, but it can save you a lot of money and aggravation in the future.
There are wallets to fit every man’s budget and it’s important to determine how much you want to spend before selecting your wallet. While a higher price doesn’t ensure a better wallet, you also shouldn’t cheap out and by a wallet of clearly lesser quality. Instead, think of your wallet as a long-term investment that will last many years.
Choosing the wallet that’s right for you is challenging when given all the brand and options for you. We hope our list of the best wallets for men will help guide your decision-making.
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