Trends are constantly changing, but it seems that tight-fitting pants – skinny jeans in particular – aren’t going away any time soon. Somehow, though, clothing designers just can’t seem to get pockets right.
Even skinny jeans cut for men have this problem: putting anything other than the slimmest wallet into the front pockets feels uncomfortable and causes an unsightly bulge next to your crotch. Sometimes, the top edge actually protrudes a little, making a pickpocket’s job that much easier, while form-fitting slacks don’t allow you to carry even a fraction of what you need for a day or night out.
Unless you have the sewing skills to make a few judicious alterations or you’re willing to lug a purse around, the best solution may be to buy a slim-line wallet. Rather surprisingly, the thickness of most wallets doesn’t depend only on how much you cram into them; how your pants look with them inside just isn’t an issue for whoever manufactures them.
This wallet, on the other hand, is only a quarter of an inch thick when empty and shouldn’t expand much unless you really stuff it. It holds credit cards and bills, and includes a clear pocket for a driver’s license, but the coin purse has been left out in order to save bulk. Most importantly, one corner is rounded so it fits better into front pockets. Just the fact that it doesn’t dig into your inside leg when sitting makes it much more comfortable, while your profile also looks much better this way.
Aside from its size and shape, the best things about this wallet are its rustic look and strong leather construction. Unfortunately, it also has two major flaws you should know about. The first is that it’s designed to hold U.S. dollar bills, which are all the same size. Most currencies’ notes get larger as the denomination increases, so you might struggle to make these fit without folding.
Secondly, although some women will find this to be a great accessory, men will probably like this better – shorter and smaller women will probably see a noticeable outline. It would be difficult to make a curved wallet shorter than this one’s 5 inches and still let you store banknotes without folding them.
If you really want the smallest possible size (or you just don’t like leather), the good news is that there are certainly other options out there for you.