Men’s Wallets – How To Buy The Right Wallet – Billfolds – Money Clips – Travel Bill Folds

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Men’s Wallets – How To Buy The Right Wallet – Billfolds – Money Clips – Travel Bill Folds

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Men’s Wallets – How To Buy The Right Wallet – Billfolds – Money Clips – Travel Bill Folds

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Hi. I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real Men Real Style. And today we’re going to be talking about men’s wallets and choosing the right type of billfold.

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Okay. So, this is a question that came in. “Antonio, do you have any suggestions in terms of wallets? I tend to wear pants a lot and in some cases, the eventual wear of the wallet is visible on the back. Are there any brands or types that have a high amount of carrying capacity but are still slim and not visible? Thank you.”

All right. It’s kind of a trick question and I’m going to use a little bit of an analogy here. So in 1997 I bought my first vehicle, a Chevy half-ton pickup. It’s a great truck. I still have it and I still love it. And it did everything I needed as a young marine officer moving across the country. I could throw everything I own in the back and be able to travel around. I also picked up a motorcycle. That was, you know, great too because it fit in the back of the truck. And I used that because it got a much better gas mileage than the truck. And it had a much lower profile.

Now I have a family. I’ve got three kids and a beautiful wife. And neither of those vehicles are whole around my family. In fact the motorcycle is gone. I don’t even – not even own a bike anymore. What we have is a mini-van because it suites our needs.

Now, what it has to do with wallets? Well, think about it with wallets. You have different needs and you’re going to need different wallets to suit those needs. And there isn’t a wallet that has a huge amount of carrying capacity that is almost invisible. It’s just can’t happen.

But what I will tell you is that the bigger the wallet you have, the more you’re going to stuff into it. And so I suggest that most men actually, the first thing that they should have, one thing they should try to use more of, is a billfold. And I’m sorry, you know, if Texas A&M fans [0:02:17] [Phonetic] don’t get scared. Don’t ran off to the SEC [0:02:19] [Phonetic] on what your already did. But know it has Texas long-horn there? No. I know a lot of great Aggies, served with many in the Marine Corps.

But now here you can see my billfold — or I’m sorry, my money clip. And what I’ve got here of course is my money and I got my driver’s license and a credit card. And this goes in my front pocket and it won’t appear right there, it stays out of the way, it doesn’t have much for profile. And that’s the best way to not get a mark on the back of your pants because you do not want to have the George Costanza wallet. Just do a search you’re going to see the image of the George Costanza wallet. No. You do not want that. What you want is a classic wallet.

This is what I use whenever I’m wearing jeans denim. And I need to carry around a basic amount. You know, it’s not a huge wallet. Here, you can see I carry a very minimal amount – two credit cards, my ID, a few, you know, probably about 100 dollars cash and what else do I have? Oh, I always have business cards, always have business cards in the wallet, maybe, only five. You know, these are – when you don’t expect to meet somebody and you want to give them some way to stay in touch with you, unless you got an iPhone with Bump and chances are, that person doesn’t, business cards are still useful. So that would be the other item you want to have.

Now if you travel a lot, and you travel in a suit, I would recommend having a very thin passport wallet. Now these are really nice because they’ve got room for a credit card and a room for your passport. And that’s it. And this fit very nicely right here and they don’t put a whole on a bulk on you and you keep it small.

Now, if you’re traveling a lot, and you’re not necessarily in a suit, let’s say you’re in a little bit more casual gear, you don’t want to go for a wallet like that. You actually need to carry a bit more. You can go for a three-fold wallet. And most of my wallets are made by Sams, and that by the way, good company. I think, I mean, they specialized in making this. And this one right here is more casual. It’s made from lighter material. I used to use this one whenever I would travel very casually, a number of years ago. And you know, not only it will fit a passport, you can put your driver’s license, you can put multiple other pieces of paper, your ticket, a few dollars, various amounts of money. Okay.

Now that I travel with the family and I carry quite a bit. I carry not only my passport but my kids’ passports, my wife’s passport, multiple tickets, you know, baby pacifiers – no, actually they don’t fit in this. But you can see this is my big travel wallet. And it looks nice. It holds a lot of information – credit cards, passports. It got zippers. So if I want to carry some loose change or I’ve got, you know, something small – I actually…

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…used – I carry sim cards in it whenever I’m traveling in countries in which I’ve got a phone that, you know, I want to be able to work and instantly be able to put a sim card into.

So what I’m getting at in the analogy I used in the beginning is that there isn’t going to be one wallet that fits all of your needs if you have a wide variety of needs. So invest in a wide variety of wallets and use them as you see fit.

Nowadays, I pretty much use, again, this wallet right here, my money clip. And occasionally, when we travel, I use this one. I will say these big wallets though, you’ve got to be careful because you’re going to find that you’re not used to using something this big and you may, and I’ve done this numerous times, I’ve left it on the ticket counter, walked away, probably got — and I don’t know, maybe feet and I realized, “Oh my gosh.” I left the wallet, ran back. Everytime it’s been that, I’ve been very fortunate.

But you probably want to – one thing that was really nice about this casual wallet is it had a land, you know, basically a string that I could just put this thing around my neck. And I know it looks silly but it’s a lot – I don’t mind looking silly and always having my wallet on me versus looking great and losing all of my money and all of my IDs and having to cancel my trip.

Okay. So hopefully that answers the question. And I wish the best of luck with whatever wallet you decide to pick up.

Final advice again, go with a small of a wallet as you can because the bigger wallet you get, the more you got to put into it, the more you’re going to stuff into it. Keep it small. Keep it light. And you’ll find that that pretty much…

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