BEFORE YOU BUY: 7 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A EXOTIQUE WALLET ONLINE
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.
1. SIMPLICITY IS BEST
A simple, neat wallet is usually the best buying option for many men. Wallets come in a wide variety of colours, designs, and styles, but a wallet in a plain colour 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.
- Money Clip
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
Full-grain leather is thicker and more durable than other types of leather because it’s not overly-processed.
- Split-grain leather
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.
4. WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET?
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.
5. MATCH YOUR WALLET WITH YOUR WARDROBE
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.
6. THERE’S ONE FOR EVERY SEASON
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.
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.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR LEATHER WALLET SO IT LASTS A LONG TIME
It’s important to look at your wallet as a long-term investment and not a product that you’ll have to replace frequently. While you may spend more on a quality wallet, your return on investment is much higher.
But you have to do your part.
Getting the longest lifespan possible from your wallet also comes down to how well you take care of it. A well-maintained wallet can last you many years and save you hundreds of dollars. Here are some things you can do to make sure that you’re getting the most life from your wallet:
DON’T OVERLOAD IT
Stuffing your wallet full of everything that fits in it, from credit cards to year-old receipts to business cards, wreaks havoc on it and will decrease its lifespan. Overloading your wallet stretches out the leather grain and may cause irreparable damage.
The only way to avoid wallet-overloading is carrying only the most necessary items. Give it a good cleaning once a month, or even more frequently, to keep it from becoming too fat.
DON’T SIT ON IT
OK, so those pockets in the back of your pants are ideal for carrying a wallet. But that doesn’t mean you have to use them for that purpose. Sitting on your wallet all day puts undue pressure on it while causing it to wear out prematurely. Besides, sitting on a wallet becomes a pain in the ass (literally) and can mess with your back and spine alignment. Try carrying your wallet in a front pocket of your pants and notice the difference.