Wallets are one of life’s little pleasures. While most people don’t think they have strong opinions about wallets, the size and shape of a wallet can really tell a lot about a person’s personality. I used to only carry large, rectangular wallets that I could shove bills and receipts into until it got to a point where my wallet was fuller the bag I used to carry it. Now, I have a small card holder with a couple of credit cards, with a zip pocket that only holds important things like insurance cards and punch cards for coffee shops.
Finding the right wallet for your everyday needs is as easy as just figuring out what those needs are. Smaller wallets obviously hold fewer things, so if you’re a minimalist (or aspire to be one) get one that’s slim in stature. If you need something that holds anything you could possibly need, find one that caters to that. There are not cut and dry rules for finding a wallet you actually enjoy having on you, but there are a couple styles you should keep in mind based on how much you plan on putting in it.
A billfold wallet is a classic shape that tends to skew towards menswear. These are the wallets that are stuck into back pockets and leave wear marks in jeans, the ones that you picture dads pulling five dollar bills out to give to their kids for ice cream. Most are leather, but you can get them in practically any fabric.
A minimalist wallet is one that’s only recently come into style. These wallets are all bite and no bark, with basically no superfluous designs or embellishments. They hold your credit cards and bills and that’s about it. If you want to keep a low-profile when carrying your currency, a slim, minimalist wallet is a great thing to just toss into a pocket or bag without much thought.
While the aforementioned billfold wallet skews male, the larger rectangle (aka checkbook) shape is very female. These are the wallets that go best with larger bags so that they don’t get lost. They can carry bills, multiple cards, receipts, and more. If you’re the kind of person that needs to hang onto many things at once, this is the shape you should look into.
A square wallet is a great halfway point between a billfold and a rectangle. They hold both bills and cards, with some (but not a ton) of room for other necessary paper goods. It’s a great option for someone attempting to downsize from a larger wallet to a small one, without going overboard on getting rid of things you may need later one.
After going smaller and smaller with my wallets for a while, I finally settled on a Marc Jacobs card holder that has a zipper compartment for a small amount of peripherals. Cardholders like this are great for people that hold next to nothing but want something more substantial than a minimalist wallet.
Want to hold onto anything and everything you could possibly need? A clutch wallet is a great option. You can use it on its own to take with you if you just need your essentials (phone, cards, keys), but it’s also great to keep in a larger tote bag for work or travel so that you can slim down your pack.
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