A man’s wallet is more than just a way to carry your cash and cards; it is a piece of his identity. In the past and even today men have lugged around large, heavy leather wallets which have more card slots than a Kardashian has selfies.
These dinosaurs of men’s fashion are archaic and work against the minimalist movement one should embrace today. A slim wallet is not only in-fashion but it’s generally better for your way of life than the old bulky bulges.
Slim-line wallets force you to carry what you need and not live for the potential of using that library card you took out four years ago because it got you a free sub. These modern wallets are effectively card and note holders; they provide enough space for a card and some cash.
"...These dinosaurs of men’s fashion are archaic. A slim wallet is not only in-fashion but it’s generally better for your way of life than the old bulky bulges..."
The benefits of having this type of card carrier is firstly that it is lightweight, whereas the increasing number of cards and receipts you never file in the old wallets cause such a weight that it can ruin the line of your suit, and generally look a bit odd.
Secondly, with most men putting their wallets in their back pocket, sitting down actually becomes a matter of health; the bulbous wallets cause the spine to twist and rotate out of its most comfortable and safe position, causing back pain. Finally, taking out a smaller more discreet wallet implies a look of modest confidence.
What to consider when choosing a wallet
The question now turns to how one picks a slim wallet; what do you look for? What shouldn’t you choose? What size does one go for?
- Accepting the minimalist movement means you have to be more selective in your wallet choice; the number of slots and the thickness of the wallet is important. If there is room for more than five cards then you will be encouraged to fill the space with as many as you can, it's human nature don’t worry, and at that point you might as well have one of the bigger wallets.
- The next thing you want to consider is the length of the wallet; too small and it won’t hold much, too long and it won’t fit in your pocket properly. Opt for a carrier which is a bit larger than the cards you want to carry.
- Finally you want to think about either the thickness or how much the carrier has to fit more than one card in and the cash and coins which will also be accompanying the cards. The average bloke has around 3-5 essential (debit, credit, license etc) cards on him, meaning you need the wallet to be able to fit all your particulars. This is perhaps the most important thing to consider, because if the wallet doesn’t hold enough and you think you’ll “make it do” you’ll end up using it three times and then give up and go back to the bulky one.
Now let’s look at the best contenders for your new wallet.