Types of Wallets
A wallet is a wallet is a wallet. Well, not really. There are many types of wallets out there. Certainly men’s and women’s wallets are popular types, but do you know the difference between checkbook wallets and breast pocket wallets? Are you asking yourself, “What wallet should I get?” Can you name some brands of wallets that can be carried by themselves like clutches? Well, this post will help answer these and other wallet related questions. Here is a rundown of some of the types of wallets out there today.
Bifold Wallets: A bifold is a wallet that folds over once - usually in half. Typically, bifold wallets have room for cash as well as a few credit cards. Some have pockets or areas for coins. Bifold wallets tend to be a little less bulky than other types of wallets.
Trifold Wallets: A trifold is a wallet that folds over twice (so you have three folds). Trifold wallets have even more room than bifolds for money, cards, photos, and sometimes even checkbooks. Trifold wallets are usually more bulky than bifolds, but they are perfect for people who like to carry a lot of stuff.
Coat Wallets or Breast Pocket Wallets: These are longer, often thinner wallets that are designed to fit in the inside pocket of a dress coat or overcoat. Sometimes these are called billfolds. In a coat wallet, the wallet folds the long way so that the cash in the money pocket lies flat (and doesn’t fold). These rarely have any room or pockets for coins. The Bosca Nappa Vitello Flight Attendant is a great example of a breast pocket wallet.
Credit Card Wallets or Credit Card Holders: Just like the name suggests, these are wallets that hold credit cards - lots of them. Sometimes sites will lump in card cases with credit card wallets. Card cases are designed to hold only cards and very little else. At eBags, you’ll find credit card wallets from brands like Johnston & Murphy and Bosca and card cases from brands like Ogon and Clava.
Checkbook Wallets: Sometimes called checkbook covers, checkbook wallets hold your checkbook, cash, and cards all in one. They are obviously longer than other wallets to hold standard checkbooks. Look for stylish checkbook wallets from brands like Anuschka, Buxton, and Osgoode Marley.
Money Clip Wallets: You’re probably familiar with money clips. Well, money clip wallets are wallets that incorporate money clips. So now you can visibly carry that wad of cash and have room for your credit cards and ID. Brands that offer money clips wallets include Tumi, Lodis, and Derek Alexander.
Clutch Wallets: Stylish women’s wallets that can be carried by themselves, instead of inside another bag, are often called clutch wallets. That’s because they look like clutches but incorporate the features of a wallet including credit card and ID slots. Clutch wallets are perfect if you tend not to carry or don’t want to carry a purse but you still need something nice looking and functional. Look for beautiful clutch wallets on eBags from brands like Lovcat, La Diva, Cole Haan, and Anuschka.
Front Pocket Wallets: Slimmer and sleeker than your average bi-fold or tri-fold wallet, front pocket wallets are designed to fit in your front pocket (not a huge surprise). Why would you choose a front pocket wallet? Because they are harder for pickpockets and thieves to steal. Look for leather front pocket wallets from Royce Leather and British fashion front pocket wallets from Ben Sherman.
Travel Wallets: Travel wallets can refer to anything from wallets designed to protect your money from thieves while out and about to wallets designed to hold travel documents like passports and airline tickets. However, all travel wallets do one thing - they keep you organized while traveling. For travel wallets that’ll hold your travel documents, you should shop passport wallets and document holders. For wallets to carry with you while sightseeing, look for neck wallets that keep your valuables close to your body or security wallets that have features that make them less prone to theft.