Men’s Fashion – Sometimes It’s Not About What’s Inside Your Wallet

As the UK continues to move out of recession, many of us are still conscious about how much we can afford to spend and how much we should be saving – especially after such tumultuous economic times. Unsurprisingly, much has been written recently about what your wallet can say about you and your ability to plan financially.
However, for some it may not even be necessary to focus on the number of receipts and scraps of paper clogging the thing to bulging-point – nor the impractical amount of 2p pieces clogging up the change compartment. So what does the style of one’s wallet say about its owner?
Nothing says sensible and serious more than a traditional brown or black leather wallet. Not only does leather bear certain connotations of quality – but a subtle bi-fold or tri-fold item for the neat storage of notes, some plastic and a minimal amount of change gives the impression of forward planning and care when it comes to the practical details of the way an individual spends and keeps his money. Of course, genuine leather is likely to prove the most aesthetically pleasing – and will no doubt last longer too. But simplicity is the key to true wallet longevity.
However, it must be acknowledged that the men’s wallet industry is a vibrant and forward-thinking place – and subsequently, the durability of leather has been combined well with modern-day designs and colours to offer more choice for men. So what do these say about their owners? Modern wallets come in a range of styles but one overarching trend among the designs available today is the necessity to follow a retro style or pattern, whether it’s a simple bold colour, perhaps accentuated with stripes or trim, or the addition of a faded pop-culture image such as Ché Guevara. New leather wallet owners are seemingly embracing the staying-power of traditions while shoving them into a new context – perhaps they are sensible with spending when it matters most, but are more than happy to defy expectations when it comes to the latest ‘Big Thing’.
The final style that I see very often is the novelty wallet. Often using cheaper materials and featuring sometimes absurd (the local monkey sanctuary?) or subverted designs or images (Burberry is a favourite of mine) these statements of recklessness go against everything endorsed by the above styles. These are domains of ancient indecipherable receipts, ex-directory phone numbers written on scraps of paper and drivers licenses that have been put through the wash too many times. And somehow their owners still manage find a fiver from somewhere deep in there, I suppose you’ve just got to know where to look.