The classic bi-fold remains by far the most popular style of wallet for men. One large bill compartment with inner slots for cards and identification stores all of the basics. Some have an outer snap or clasp, some incorporate a change purse, and all are roughly square in shape. They are usually leather, though canvas and other vegan materials are also common.
Tri-folds offer a longer cash slot and additional card slots to the wearer. Cards are oriented vertically in a traditional trifold wallet as versus the horizontal layout of its bi-fold counterpart, although there are extra-wide horizontal tri-folds as well. While bulkier in a pocket, a tri-fold's extra storage is worthwhile for many men. Leather is common, including by Pierre Cardin and other designers, while canvas tri-folds with hook-and-loop closures are popular amongst boys, athletes, and outdoorsmen.
A bi- or tri-fold wallet with a zippered closure brings wallet style closer to the functionality of a purse or clutch. The all-around seal allows men to carry loose coins, receipts, and additional cards more securely. This is ideal since a wallet kept in a bag or glove compartment is vulnerable to jostling around. Alpine Swiss makes an attractive zippered wallet.
A slim cardholder wallet is lightweight and efficient. A single layer of slots holds identification along with one or two cards, which is typically enough for a single night on the town for a man that does not carry cash. These fit well in the pockets of form-fitting pants without bulging. A bi-fold with an exterior money clip is a popular variant of the cardholder design. Alpine Swiss offers very functional designs while James Delacruix and other designer labels also look great.
Business men and professionals enjoy the spacious luxury of a clutch wallet, sometimes simply referred to as a bag or handbag. A sophisticated clutch has room for a checkbook, pen, notepad, plenty of cards and currency, and possibly even a cell phone or small tablet. Luis Vuitton and Cartier are two top designers that make clutches for men.
Classic biker style, chain wallets are also popular amongst skaters and counter-culture types. Usually a leather trifold, and often with a snap or other closure, a chain wallet has a sturdy eyelet with a chain attached. The chain is typically stainless steel and hangs down for a fashionable effect, fastening either to a belt or belt loop. Generics abound with images and logos, while Giorgio Armani is one example of a designer chain wallet.
For durability and security, a steel or aluminium wallet is best. Shiny and attractive metal wallets prevent high-tech thieves from scanning credit cards through pockets in crowded environments. Some are fully waterproof, and some sport artful designs in mother of pearl.
Some men eschew wallets altogether in favour of old-fashioned money clips. A precious metal money clip is a status symbol, while steel and other common metals are still slim, practical designs. Montana Silversmiths offers a number of ornate money clips as do many top jewellers.
As device-oriented NFC payment schemes propagate, smartphone and tablet owners gravitate towards cases for their devices that double as wallets, as a protective case with slots for cash and cards is a pocket-liberating convenience. Hugo Boss and Gucci both make handsome phone-case wallets.
Money belts wrap around a wearer's waist, underneath one's clothing. A must-have for travellers, they keep extra money, cards, and identification cards hidden from thieves and assailants. Breathable cloth, elastic straps, and slim fasteners are optimal.