What your wallet says about you
Why is it so many men attempt to transport more paper and cards in their limited wallets than some women in their larger purses? Two weeks ago, I happened upon a perfect example. I watched as a man wriggled a billfold out of his back pocket. It was so packed it could provide shade for a small family in the hot sun. He had crammed his wallet with what looked like no less than thirty cards as well as papers and cash and photos. I bet the price of an organization seminar – he somehow jammed his high school transcripts in there.
Why the giant paper stash? You probably will never call that phone number of an acquaintance written on a napkin. Easy access to info? Make a mental note: a huge wallet overflowing with clutter looks especially terrible. Picture a first date. You pull out your mobile filing cabinet. Most likely, your date will notice. She’ll think it’s tacky. Sure, the weight will build your bicep strength, but the negatives outweigh the positives.
Maybe you can relate. Or, maybe you own a wallet so old and tattered, you couldn’t give it away even if it were filled with money. So, what do these wallets tell the world? It says you live a cluttered and possibly messy life. It may say you don’t care about your appearance.
Now, before you become a traveling version of Hoarders or your billfold literally disintegrates from age, you should bear a few things in mind. I suggest you:
1. Go thin. This prevents unsightly bulging pockets. Fill your wallet with only the most essential cards. I talked about this in one of my most popular posts, The 4 don’ts of cell phones.
2. Keep your wallet understated. Not flashy or Marvin the Martian themed. Simple and classic.
3. Own a new wallet. Or at least maintain your wallet’s new appearance. Once it starts looking weathered and worn, change it out.
In my mind, the ideal wallet is leather, made simple yet stylish, and does not interfere with the lines of a properly fitting pair of pants. More than a decade ago, I owned a terrible wallet for some time. You can see it in the photo below. It caused my pockets to bulge and my overall fashion display to suffer. Today, I own several fashionable Coach versions (shown above). If you wonder whether or not you should replace your wallet, ask an unbiased person. Chances are, if you have to wrestle with the question, you require an upgrade.
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