How often do you carry a wallet? What do you keep in it? Of everything you keep in your wallet, what do you use every day? Is your wallet in your pocket right now? Can you feel it wedged between you and your seat?
Most men carry their wallets all day, every day. And most men carry too much wallet. The thing is, you don't actually need that heavy duty trifold with the extra flap for photo ID and zip up change pouch.
At least I don't! But then again, I'm somewhat of a minimalist. Which is why I'm going to try to convince you to trade in your oversized, George Costanza wallet for a sleek, modern, slim alternative.
There are so many great slim wallets to choose from, and I'm going to show you three of my personal favorites. But first, why go with a minimalist wallet? Here are three compelling reasons:
1. Slim wallets are good for your back.
You see, sitting with a thick wallet in one of your back pockets throws off your posture. I'm not going to go into the physiology behind this, mostly because I don't know it, but research shows that, over time, sitting lopsided can cause sciatica, which is basically pain in your lower back.
This means that thick, bulky wallets are literally a pain in the ass.
(Someone should probably Tweet that.)
2. They're more convenient.
Ever run into this situation? You're shuffling through a crowded line, maybe at the grocery store or the subway station. Things are busy but moving until someone throws a wrench in the whole system because they can't find their ID, credit card or fare card.
We've all been there. Maybe you've even been that person. I know I have, and it's not a good feeling.
Slim wallets only allow to you carry the essentials, so you never have to dig through them to find what you need.
3. Slim wallets are safer.
You can keep a slim wallet in your front pocket, which makes it much harder to steal. Granted, most of us don't have to worry about pickpocketing on a daily basis, but it is a concern while traveling or in certain areas, and it's good to know that you can move your wallet into a front pocket without sacrificing comfort.
Plus, when is the last time something fell out of your front pocket? Exactly.
If these three reasons don't convince you to switch to a slim, minimalist wallet, then I don't know what will…
Well, maybe more photos will do the trick!
My Favorite Slim Wallets
I've tried a bunch of minimalist wallets over the past few years. There are so many great options to choose from, so it's hard to know which one to buy.
These are three of my current favorites (in order from lower to higher price):
This is an amazing wallet for the price. Of all the wallets I've used, it's got the best layout. Three card slots in the front, a space for your photo ID in the back, a middle section for cash, and an extra slot for that other stuff (health insurance card, etc.).
My only problem with this wallet is the construction quality. After a couple of years of heavy use, it will start to fall apart. But at less than $20, I really can't complain about that.
Linjer makes some awesome leather goods. I reviewed one of their slim briefcases a while back and was really impressed with its style and quality.
Their vertical wallets are perfect if you want a slim wallet, but you don't want to sacrifice the storage capacity of a bifold.
This vertical bifold is slim enough to fit in your front pocket or even your shirt pocket. I keep it in my back pocket, and I barely even feel it there.
Unlike the Dopp Regatta, this thing is built to last, but it's still priced pretty affordably compared to other premium leather wallets.
This Linjer wallet comes in several amazing colors, including navy blue, which is very unique. They're currently available for pre-order right here.
This card case is even classier than it is slim, and that's saying something. It's a bit stiff when you first start using it, but it breaks in nicely over time, and I get the impression that it will last forever.
This one is a deep burgundy color, a refreshing alternative to the standard dark brown leather wallet.
If you want a slim wallet that people will notice, this crocodile card case is for you. I mean, how often do you someone pull out a wallet made from genuine crocodile leather?
It's more expensive than the Dopp or Linjer wallets, so it's definitely more of a luxury item (i.e., not for everyone).
But then again…crocodile leather. Check it out right here.
Regardless of which one you choose, I hope you consider buying a minimalist wallet. I can say with confidence that I will never go back to a traditional bifold or trifold.
In other words, #slimwallets4life
What kind of wallet do you own? Let me know in the comments!