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10 Best Men’s Wallets That Are Slim, Stylish, and Practical

10 Best Men’s Wallets That Are Slim, Stylish, and Practical

Think about these two situations: in the first one, a man takes out his wallet. It’s old, frayed, held together with a rubber brand, and bursting with receipts. In the second one, the same man takes out a wallet but it’s sleek, black, slim, and looks both stylish and expensive.

Even though it’s the same man in both cases, wouldn’t you make assumptions about the background, career, and priorities of the man based on the two different wallets? This might be even more true in a romantic context.

A men’s wallet needs to be functional (transport everything the man would need to be in a wallet) and have some degree to style to convey how the man in question wants to be perceived. Yet, it doesn’t need to be very expensive to fit these criteria.

If you’re looking for men’s wallets at the intersection of slim, stylish, and practical, here are 10 options.

1. Bellroy Slim Sleeve

    This wallet is made from environmentally-certified top grain leather and comes with a three-year warranty, which is great if you care about both the environment and your own financial stability. There are two “quick access” slots for cards you need every day (credit card / public transportation / etc.) with the rest of the available cards operating on a pull-tab system. The wallet can hold 4 to 14 cards with folded bills, and overall the design is super slim.

    Best for: Minimalists who generally don’t carry a lot but still want quick access to core cards and a stylish design

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    Bellroy Slim Sleeve, $79

    2. Front Pocket Wallet by Rogue Industries

      These 100% leather wallets feature a full-size banknote divider, three credit card slots, and an ID pocket. The wallet can overall hold up to six credit cards. It’s also a front pocket wallet, which can help with sciatic nerve pain (often sitting on your wallet in meetings or on planes causes issues for men)—and front pocket wallets are much harder to steal when you visit crowded urban areas.

      Best for: The man constantly on the go who still wants a sense of style

      Front Pocket Wallet, $40

      3. NOMATIC Men’s Slim Minimalist Wallet

        This wallet can hold up to 15 cards, and is also built to last a lifetime— it’s developed using medical-grade elastic as well as a genuine leather pull-tab. The pull-tab allows you quicker access to your four most-used cards. There’s also a 2.2 inch by 1.0 inch pocket to store cash, coins, and keys. The product development cycle on this wallet was lengthy in order to make sure all features being asked for were included.

        Best for: Anyone looking for an affordable, classic, and functional option

        NOMATIC Men’s Slim Minimalist Wallet, $20

        4. RFID Blocking Bifold Slim Genuine Leather Thin Minimalist Front Pocket Wallets

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          This is well-designed and made with full-grain genuine leather. It has Quick Access ID Windows, can fit 6 to 8 cards plus US bills with no bulk, and also features a minimal Pull-tab design to reduce bulk. The overall wallet size is 4″ in. x 3″ in. .4″ in. There’s a front pocket for your most-used card, and a money clip, and a smart pull strap for access to everyday cards. RFID blocking is a new trend in wallets designed for increased security.

          Best for: The man worried about security, style, and sleek sizing.

          RFID Blocking Bifold Slim Genuine Leather Thin Minimalist Front Pocket Wallets, $29

          5. ROCO MINIMALIST Aluminum Slim Wallet RFID BLOCKING Money Clip

            This is an ultra-slim, high-grade aluminum wallet designed to keep your credit card info safe through RFID Blocking. The flexible silicon band across the middle is patented and was designed to not lose strength and stability. Despite its slim design, it’s very functional—can hold up to 20 cards and is well-sized for business cards. You can also use wider silicon bands to take further advantage of the design.

            Best for: A man that needs to carry a lot of cards but wants a stylish, almost-futuristic design along with security

            ROCO MINIMALIST Aluminum Slim Wallet RFID BLOCKING Money Clip, $15

            6. alto Handmade Premium Italian Leather Phone Wallet

              This one is actually dedicated for shelled smartphones and passports under 5.5 inches. Essentially, it’s a phone case and a passport holder but it also has space available for cards, name cards, coins, bank notes or any other portable small objects. While it holds most major smartphone brands, the optimal size is 160mm x 81mm x 10 mm.

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              Best for: People who consistently need their phone to be accessible at the same time as wallet items

              alto Handmade Premium Italian Leather Phone Wallet, $119

              7. CHAARGO Wireless Charging Wallet

                You charge your cellphone by placing it on top of the wallet. It has standard wallet dimensions of 115mm x 95mm x 15mm so that it’s not extra bulky. The charge is as fast as standard USB charging. It’s an 4000mAh Li-ion battery which can take an iPhone 7 from 0% to 125% quickly.

                Best for: People always on the go who consistently find themselves with lots of the day left and no phone power

                CHAARGO Wireless Charging Wallet, $99

                8. Tan Leather Bifold Wallet by Grovemade

                  While it’s a bit smaller—30% smaller than a traditional wallet, in part because it’s made from a single piece of Japanese leather—the design still allows for easy access to core elements of the wallet. It doesn’t include a coin pouch, but can contain 4 to 8 cards, folded bills, and several American-sized business cards.

                  Best for: The true minimalist in terms of size need and card hold need

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                  Tan Leather Bifold Wallet by Grovemade, $99

                  9. STAK Spring-Back Minimalist Wallet

                    Made of sustainable cork leather and nder 5mm thick, it fits comfortably and almost invisibly in any pocket. It’s also extremely flexible. That was accomplished through a unique mechanism to achieve the perfect springiness to grip the cards securely and return to its original shape. It also prides itself on being unisex—easy for women to carry as well if you want to your significant other to carry the same wallet.

                    Best for: Those seeking minimalism and function at a solid price point

                    STAK Spring-Back Minimalist Wallet, €25

                    10. DJIN Compact Carry-All Wallet

                      Currently a Kickstarter project, this can hold 10 cards and 20 bills with flexibility. It has a magnetic cover for secure closing, but the cover doesn’t de-magnetize any of your cards. Much of their product development is around the idea of your wallet being with you all day, so it should be something that makes you happy.

                      Best for: Those looking for high-volume carry and a new approach to the wallet in general

                      Pre-order DJIN Compact Carry-All Wallet on Kickstarter

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                      Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                      There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                      More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                      Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                      You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                      During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                      Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                      Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                      The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                      This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                      Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                      The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                      This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                      This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                      Conclusion

                      While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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