The wallet. If there is one thing that every man carries around with him, and 99 percent of men get wrong, then it is their wallet.
You might not think of it as a big deal, but having a stylish, presentable wallet is more important than you think.
A good wallet isn’t just a nice accessory that levels up your style and gives you the opportunity to stand out. It is an essential part of your daily life and gives you the chance to make a good impression.
If you are still carrying around one of these big, fat wallets stuffed to the bottom with old receipts and useless cards that you might need “just in case” then you are harming yourself and it’s time to change that.
In this article, you will learn everything you need about wallets – what makes a good wallet, what type of mistakes you have to avoid, how to take care of your wallet and what wallet is the best for you.
Deadly Wallet Sins That Are Killing Your Style
Before we take a look at what makes a good wallet, and which wallets I recommend, you first have to know what mistakes you absolutely have to avoid when it comes to your wallet.
Nearly every man I know makes these mistakes and they aren’t just killing your wallet – yes, they literally kill your wallet – they are also killing your style and you are denying yourself a smooth wallet experience.
Wallet Commandment 1: You Shall Never Fatten The Wallet
The biggest mistake that I see most men do is carrying around a lot of useless shit in their wallet. Let’s be honest: you don’t all that stuff you carry around “just in case”, do you?
Imagine this scenario: You have a life-changing business dinner coming up. Obviously, you want to make a good impression. You dress in your finest navy suit and your grooming is on point. But then you take out your old, overstuffed, gunky wallet and it ruins your whole impression.
Overdramatic? Maybe. But you still wouldn’t want to such an important with a shitty looking wallet just as you wouldn’t to a date.
A big fat wallet like this just doesn’t look good and is impractical as hell. You will be spending too much time searching for things you need between all the useless stuff you have buried in your wallet.
So wallet rule number 1: Only carry the most important things in your wallet and nothing more.
Simplify your wallet. Go through it right now and take out all the things you don’t need on a daily basis. If you have to ask yourself if you need it, it’s probably an indication that you don’t. Leave it out.
You should really only carry around a couple of things: Cash (don’t go overboard, you can always get more), credit card, debit card and your ID. That’s it.
Don’t carry any cards or documents you don’t use, receipts and no condoms.
Wallet Commandment 2: Sitting On Your Wallet Kills Your Spine Fast Like A Rocket
Another deadly mistake guys make is sitting on their wallet.
This isn’t just totally uncomfortable, it’s also killing your posture.
Most men walk around with such a stuffed wallet that they have no other choice than to carry it around in their back pocket (hello pocket thieves!!!) and then sit on it.
The solution? Get yourself one of the super thin wallets that I recommend down below that you can put in your front pocket or pull it out before you sit down. Trust me. It makes a huge difference.
What Makes A Good Wallet
There are only really 2 key features that make a great wallet:
Your wallet has to look clean, professional and stylish and at the same time not be a hindrance when you need it. It’s really that simple.
You probably have seen some super slim, awesome looking wallets, but when it comes to real life use and practicality, they don’t really make that much sense.
At the same time, you might have seen some super practical wallets that can carry soooo many “important” things, but they just look completely ridiculous.
You want to find the fine balance between aesthetic and practicality.
So when your current wallet doesn’t fulfill any of those requirements, such as it looks totally beat up, it’s time for a new one.
In terms of looks, you can’t go wrong with a classic leather wallet (preferably black). It will fit any outfit and will never go out of style.
In terms of functionality, look for a wallet that can carry all your important stuff (remember, only the most important stuff) while still being as small and thin, but practical as possible.
If you keep these two rules in mind when purchasing your next wallet, you will be good to go.
The Best Wallets For Men
Wallets differ mostly in size, material (e.g. leather, nylon etc) and construction of the wallet, so their functionality.
As I said before, the goal is to find a wallet that is both stylish and presentable and at the same time functional and practical to use.
Still, not every wallet will be right everyone. We all have different tastes and needs for our wallet in terms of our own lifestyle.
Here are the most common types of wallets with recommendations and pros and cons for each type of wallet.
You can’t go wrong with the classic bi-fold wallet. A nice, sophisticated leather bi-fold wallet looks professional and is as practical as it can be.
A bi-fold wallet usually has a cash compartment for carrying around bills, a few card compartments for your most important cards and often a coin compartment (skip if possible).
When searching for a new bi-fold wallet, look for one that is as thin and small as possible. Keep in mind that all wallets are thicker when filled so try it out and choose the one that is as thin as possible while remaining practical to use.
This timeless type of wallet should fulfill all your needs – except if it is too big in which case your best bet is the next type of wallet.
Pros of bi-fold wallets
- timeless design
- professional look
- plenty of safe storage
- easy and practical usage
Cons of bi-fold wallets
- doesn’t fit into front pocket
- often still too big and thick
The best bi-fold wallets
- Bellroy Note Sleeve
- Allett Leather Wallet
- Taylor Stitch Minimalist Billfold Wallet
- Danny P. Leather Bi-Fold Wallet
On my search for finding a new wallet that should be very slim, I found “the world’s thinnest wallet”, the Allett Slim Leather Wallet. Even though I was kinda skeptical of the design at first, it looks amazing and unique in person.
What I like about the Allett wallet is the amount of storage for cars and cash. You can store tons of cards if you want to and you have two cash compartments while the wallet still stays nice and slim.
At the end of the day, the Allett wallet was still too big for me and I wanted an even slimmer wallet. But in terms of classic bi-fold design, this will be one of the best-quality, slimmest wallets you can find.
If you are looking for a super slim wallet that doesn’t just look unique but is also functional, then your best bet is the slim wallet.
A slim wallet is a minimalistic wallet, leaving out all of the unnecessary stuff and focusing only on the most important things while trying to put into a small package.
The result is usually an extremely thin wallet that fits in your front pocket and doesn’t take up any space. Most of the time that means you’ll be missing a coin compartment.
I always wanted to have a slim wallet because I hate carrying lots of stuff in my pockets. But in my experience, most of these so-called slim wallets don’t look very appealing, more like some kind of funny gadget and aren’t actually as practical, as they are made out to be.
There are some cool gadget-type slim wallets (linked below) but I was always more of a leather guy.
So on my search for a wallet that was a mix of classic, leather style, and super slim functionality, I found the Bellroy Slim Sleeve.
When I saw the pictures online I thought that the Bellroy Slim Sleeve might even still be too big but boy was I wrong. In person, this thing is so fantastically small while still remaining practical and it looks very high-quality and very stylish.
To demonstrate the size of this thing, here is a comparison to the already slim (but still big) Allett bi-fold wallet.
As you can see, the Bellroy Slim Wallet is still a lot smaller than the Allett wallet. It easily fits into the front pocket of my jeans (and they are tight) and you don’t even notice it is there.
For comparison, I also ordered a couple of cheaper leather slim wallets from Amazon.
The difference in quality is huge. With the budget slim wallets, the card compartments were so annoyingly tight, I could’ve never got out a card in a real-life situation. The money clip also felt very flimsy and the leather didn’t feel as nice as the Bellroys.
I can only recommend the Bellroy Slim Sleeve to any of you that are looking for a high-quality slim wallet that is practical and looks good. Below are some more of the best slim wallets I can recommend.
The Best Slim Wallets
Pros of Slim Wallets
- super slim
- intuitive and modern design
- unique and eye-catching
- fits in front pocket
Cons Of Slim Wallets
- possibly lack of storage options
- often no coin compartment
If even slim wallets are too big for your liking then maybe a money clip is the right thing for you.
Money clips are for the super minimalists. They don’t take up any space and fit into every pocket.
You can store money clips perfectly in your jacket or front pocket and they are optimal for carrying bills and even some cards.
There are lots of different variations of money clips ranging from leather to wood or metal. From an aesthetic point of view, you can’t go wrong with money clips. Maybe think about matching metals with your other jewelry if you go the metal route though.
Money clips really fit with business and formal attire and leave a professional impression.
If you are someone who often pays cash and maybe carries around a couple of cards, then maybe the money clip is the wallet solution for you.
Pros of money clips
- perfect for cash
- minimal design
- eye-catching design
Cons of money clips
- lack of storage options
The Best Money Clips
- Carbon Fiber Money Clip (CL-Carbonlife)
- M-Clip Ultralight Aluminum Money Clip
- Silver/Gold Money Clip
If you are traveling your needs for a wallet change. You need to carry around more documents like passports and thus, you also need more space.
Enter the travel wallet. Having a dedicated travel wallet for your travels is the optimal way to go about these things. Travel wallets have more compartments like a special compartment for your passport.
A travel wallet should never be your primary wallet though. It should only be used when you actually need it except if you are a constant traveler.
After my positive experiences with my Bellroy Slim Sleeve and seeing their Travel Wallet, I will get myself one of those in the future as well.
Pros of travel wallets
- extra storage for documents
- organized and practical
- optimal for traveling
Cons of travel wallets
- big and spacey
- sub-optimal for day to day use
The Best Travel Wallets
There is only one scenario where you can get away with one of these velcro wallets – sports.
These type of sports wallets are optimal for outdoor activities when you need a secure, waterproof wallet.
The synthetic material will keep the insides safe from water and the velcros and zipper keep your stuff locked in place.
Pros of sports wallets
- perfect for outdoor activities
- secure storage
- durable material
Cons of sports wallets
- not suitable for daily usage
- meh looks
What To Do With Coins?
Maybe it’s not so much of a problem in the US but here in Europe, coins are often an integral part of daily transactions and cashless payment methods aren’t as widespread as in the US.
If you are looking for a new, slim wallet, you will often find wallets without coin compartments. Coins are often one of the main contributions to a bulky wallet so leaving them out in a pursuit of thinness makes sense.
If you can’t imagine a life without a coin compartment, take a deep breath and a step back for a moment.
Living without coins is totally possible, even in Europe. What I do is pay everything with bills and cards, and if I get any change I simply store it in my front pocket until I get home where I empty everything out in a jar.
When I leave the house, I sometimes take a couple of coins with me in my pocket or car, but only if they don’t annoy me.
You will quickly find how comfortable it is to rely on cashless transactions and you won’t even notice the missing coin compartment. Coins are annoying anyway and I found that even when I had them with me, I often still paid with bills just because of the convenience.
The Perfect Wallet For You
You are a man who knows what he wants. And if you are reading this site, chances are you are on your path to becoming the absolute best badass version of yourself in all areas of your life.
And one of those areas is style. So stepping up your wallet game is part of improving your overall style.
Having a nice and clean awesome looking wallet won’t just lead to other people noticing you – be it potential business contacts, clients or ladies – it will make you feel better about yourself.
Relieving the clutter out of your life makes you feel lighter and gives you the ability to focus on the important things in life – relieving the clutter out of your wallet is part of that.
So now you are equipped with the knowledge to choose the right wallet for you.
Choose wisely, go slim, and find the perfect wallet for you. You will never look back!