Wallets are quite a modern thing in terms of fashion history. In the past, people did not use bills so there was no need for a wallet. Now, wallets have become more than just a necessity, they are almost indispensable for modern living. Besides money bills, wallets carry your driver’s license, ID, credit card etc.
So, we have already established the first thing you are looking for when choosing a wallet: and that is organization. You want a wallet that fits your needs, not a wallet you adapt to. A piece with many layers and holders is useless if you carry less things in your wallet. The same goes for the size. If you need to carry small stuff, there is no need to carry around a bag (we will write an article about that too) and call it a wallet.
Besides from functionality, wallets can, and actually are, a fashion statement. The wallet you have speaks volumes about you. Maybe it’s because it represents your finances and most important valuable things that need carrying around, like documents and photos.
So, to have a good overall experience, here are the things you need to look for in a wallet from design and fabric to personal touch.
1. Tri-fold or Bi-fold
When making this choice, think of what you want to carry with you. Tri-folds are usually bigger and give you more space. They can also carry a variety of items and have compartments in more sizes. Bi-folds are thinner and can carry less diverse items. Think about the comfort you will feel when carrying your wallet. A tri-fold can be bulky and more uncomfortable in your pocket.
Some wallets have two compartments for your money, which is ideal if you want to separate your bills. Also, if you are in a situation where you carry different currencies, this type could be useful. If you prefer to have all your money in one place, go for a one-compartment wallet. Also, we would recommend that you choose a wallet with a compartment for coins, as otherwise coins can be quite annoying. In case you only carry your credit card with you, there is no need for a coin compartment.
When speaking of compartments, you also have to have in mind the card slots. If you have just a credit card, you don’t need many, but if you are a person who carries around many discount cards, gift cards, etc, you want a wallet that can offer you the space in which you can organize these according to your needs.
With wallets, just as with clothes, the fabric they are being made out of is very important. Most wallets usually come in leather, as it is the most durable and strong fabric for this accessory. However, we need to remind you that there are many types of leather, from thinner to thicker leather, and the way it has been stitched is also important, so you need to have a good look before you buy it. Nylon or plastic wallets can also be an option if you are a young athlete or something similar.
Always when buying a wallet, ask if it is water proof, as it’s essential to keep your documents as safe as possible.
Most wallets are brown or black, but there are many wallets that come in more diverse colors. In Feng Shui, the color of you wallet is important, and it believed that the color of you wallet can influence your finances. Black or dark blue correspond to water, which in Feng Shui is responsible for wealth and prosperity. Black is considered to be the best color. Gold, silver, white and grey are associated with stability, gold especially is associated with wealth, so carrying a wallet in this color could attract wealth into your life. Red is the color of the Feng Shui Fire element. Red is said to activate and energize the positive flow of money into a wallet. If you like green, you should know that in Feng Shui it is associated with wood and symbolizes growth and development, so a green wallet can help to influence your financial wealth. Brown or yellow are associated with the Earth element in Feng Shui and are said to add confidence, reliability and stability to your wealth building skills.
5. Types of wallets and message
The wallet you have is a statement whether you want it or not. A wallet with a big logo on it is more appropriate if you are in high school, while a more elegant one is best for an older man.
For those who like to keep it really simple, they can wear a breast wallet, which is light and simple. If you have a life where you can easily lose things from your wallet, or you wallet is really stocked, you can choose a piece that closes with a zipper. A very stylish option is a money clip. Just like most very stylish runway things, it can be impractical, as it has no room for documents or cards. The most common wallet type is however the billfold wallet, which is the most common. It has appeared in the 1950s and has suffered small changes, as our culture changed and cred cards started to be popular.
So, now you have all the tools, you just need to apply them to your personality and style. Wallets are a great way to add a touch of style to your personality; they help you send out the right message and improve your appearance and level of organization, so we encourage you to get the best wallet for you!
Fraquoh and Franchomme
P.S. What kind of wallet do you prefer? A you a bi-fold or a tri-fold person? Do you carry many things with you? Share your feedback, questions or thoughts in the comments below! For more articles on style, fashion tips and cultural insights, you can subscribe to Attire Club via e-mail or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!