eBay, one of the largest online stores, states that the most common mistake women make while wallet shopping is picking up the wrong size, usually small. Always pick a size bigger than what you think is right.
Darlings, remember, we are women, and tend to carry a variety of things along. Always go for a wallet that has enough room to accommodate the things we have, and might have in the future. You see, unlike most men, for whom a wallet is merely a means of utility, we women value it more than that. It not only keeps our valuable gift cards, credit cards, visiting cards, and of course, cash, safe and organized, it also carries a sense of style, class, and is a fashion statement in itself.
While not every woman is a fashionista, but every woman 'looks' what every other woman carries with her, be it her clothes, shoes, jewelry, purse, or wallet! As bitter as the truth may sound, we are judged by the things that we possess. Living life has become more like living a lifestyle, and accessories such as purses and wallets, are an integral part of it. We are not trying to imply that the best wallets are only those that come from luxury brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. While these brands will definitely make you feel like a star, realistically, if these are not within your budget, there is no point making a hole in your existing wallet. The following section will give you some useful tips to choose a wallet that fits your needs and budget.
Essential Tips for Buying a Good Wallet
You may want to buy a wallet with different motives―for a high-end get-together, a long-lasting everyday accessory, or as a spacious-yet-trendy accessory. A good wallet is one that fulfills most of your needs in an economical manner. When going for wallet shopping, you are bound to come across endless options in terms of brands, colors, shapes, sizes, designs, and the like. You need to do some homework beforehand, if you don't want the multiple alluring offers to bedevil your sanity―the last thing you want is to realize later on that you've spent a bomb on something that is not worth it.
Determine the kind of wallet person you are
When it's made for women, it has to have unlimited options! There are different types of wallets available in the market―long, compact, opera, wristlet, trifold, and more―that cater to different needs. For those of you who tend to misplace the wallet, perhaps the left-and-forgot type, wristlet wallets come with a loop hanging that could be worn on the wrist so that you don't misplace it. Long wallets, such as the opera or the envelope-shaped rectangular wallets are ideal for those who want a lot of space to accommodate their cards, cash, and coins. For the tomboyish women who tend to carry the minimum burden with them, compact wallets that pretty look like men's wallet would be a good choice.
Evaluate the durability of the fabric
The material of the wallet would heavily depend on your budget. Wallets are made from materials varying from the commonly-used nylon, synthetic, and natural fabrics, to the exotic fine leather and animal skins. If you are certain that your wallet is going to face the stress that you face in your everyday life―the folding, friction, dropping, and crushing―then go for a fabric that will last you long enough. Leather wallets seem to be our favorite when it comes to class and durability. It stretches to accommodate the cards and other items, and doesn't go out of shape. Nonetheless, if you tend to buy a new wallet quite frequently, just make sure that the fabric isn't harsh enough to damage your cards, and the wallet you choose is worth each penny spent.
Choose an appropriate size
We've already warned you on that one, haven't we? Here's the thing: We often tend to fill our wallet/purse with unnecessary items such as old receipts, expired gift cards, notes that were kept as reminders, a small mirror, makeup, perhaps; but when we plan to buy a new wallet we tell ourselves that we will not stuff it with the not-so-important items. But trust us when we say this, if it's your lifelong habit, it is likely to remain the same way. Bottom line: Always buy a size bigger than what you think is right, the space will be used no matter what you think.
Pay attention to the wallet closure
Wallets, especially women's wallets, come with different types of closures―zippers, Velcro, buttons, snaps, magnets, kiss locks, and more. While this may not seem to be an important feature to look for, you might want to consider the noise that a Velcro wallet would make while in a meeting, or the snap of your opera wallet while meditating in a group. Another facet of this point is accessibility. With our cell phones occupying one of the two hands almost all the time, you may want to go for a wallet that can be opened easily with even one hand. Check the condition of the closures thoroughly; Velcro may wear out overtime, zippers may break if they are of poor quality. Consider all these aspects before making a choice.
Choose the design and color that suits your persona
As mentioned earlier, the things you own speak a lot about you; they reflect your taste! If you're a vibrant and enthusiastic woman, we suggest to skip the neutrals and go for some funky colors and designs. Again, the choice would depend upon the usability. For instance, if you wish to use the wallet on a daily basis, go for dark shades of black, red, and brown with a classy pattern, or perhaps a design that is not in-your-face. See to it that the wallet should look new and not wear out. Go for one that is easy to maintain till you want it to last.
Explore the market, both physical and virtual
You have endless choices, especially when online shopping can help you browse through different retail websites within the comfort of your home sweet home. If you're looking for a specific brand, you can directly go to their website. In case you're looking for used branded wallets, eBay is a good option, provided you carefully scrutinize the pictures of the wallet, and inquire essential aspects such as the age, usage, and wear and tear (if any) of the wallet. Many websites also have reviews of buyers, to give you an idea of the deal's feasibility. However, the one advantage of making the purchase from a brick and mortar store is that you can physically inspect the wallet and its functionality.
Apart from the aforementioned points, another important aspect of any purchase is the budget. If you have a fixed budget, don't deviate from it. Be clear of the purpose behind this purchase, and the associated features you want. Don't let the fancy expensive options astray you from your money-saving goal (in case you have one).