Every wallet you see on the market is not designed to go in your front pocket, and sometimes if you are purchasing online, it gets a little frustrating to identify if a wallet will sit well in your front pocket or not. We are going to shortlist a few features and traits that will help you evaluate if a wallet is designed for front pocket use or not.
What is a Front Pocket Wallet? A perfect front pocket wallet is slim and minimalist, smaller than 4 x 3 inches to fit properly in a standard jean's front pocket, is thinner than 1-inch when fully packed, and is flexible enough not to cause any problem when you sit.
Due to plenty of advantages a front pocket wallet offers, everyone claims their wallet to be one. We have developed criteria to identify a front pocket wallet. If a wallet has these features, it is a perfect front pocket wallet that you can buy.
Features of a Front Pocket Wallet
Let's go through the features which make a wallet front pocket friendly. Some people will also keep their wallet in the front pocket of a shirt. The features we are shortlisting will work for both. However, for the front pocket wallet to be carried in the shirt front pocket, it needs to be ever slimmer.
Let's look at the features.
The most important feature of a front pocket wallet is its size. It should be small enough to fit in the jeans or shirt's front pocket. The average standard size of a jeans' front pocket is around 6 inches wide and 9 inches deep for men, and 6 inches wide and 5.4 inches deep for women.
Almost every wallet on the market is smaller than these dimensions. Does that qualify it for a front pocket? Certainly not.
As you know that a pocket is stitched with a flat piece of fabric without any expandable border, which makes the usable space extremely limited.
Length & Width: We tested different wallet sizes in front pockets and found a wallet should be 25% smaller than the pocket to sit comfortably.
Not all front pockets are made the same. Some are slightly larger than the others and vice verse.
Since all pants don't have the same pocket-size, we have defined a safe upper limit to look for if you are considering a wallet for the front pocket. We recommend a size smaller than 4 x 3 inches to fit perfectly in your front pocket.
Thickness: As far as thickness is concerned, we experimented with different sizes. We found that a thickness of more than 1 inch starts to feel uncomfortable, especially when you are sitting. The ideal thickness should be less than an inch.
A stack of 10 credit cards in roughly 0.5 inches. So when you put these many cards in the wallet, it should be thinner than 1 inch in total. A wallet with a thickness less than 0.5 inches when it's 'empty & closed' will work great for your front pocket.
Stiffness & Material
A wallet's construction material is an important thing to consider when purchasing a wallet for your front pocket. A wallet made of hard material like metal, carbon fiber, or composite material will hurt when you sit, and it bends.
Money clips with sharp extruded cash holders will also make it uncomfortable. However, if the wallet made with these materials is ultra slim and compact, the stiffness won't be a big issue.
The best front pocket wallet is made from leather, fabric, natural rubber, or soft plastic. These materials can bend in any shape without making you uncomfortable. Leather is our favorite material because of its longevity and graceful aging.
Category & Purpose
You will also find wallets that are designed for a specific purpose. We are discussing a few types of wallets which are not suitable for the front pocket. You should cross them away if you are considering these for your front pocket.
Passport Wallets: These wallets are very common and generally very large in size. A passport booklet is around 5 x 3.5 inches. Therefore, a passport holder wallet will be slightly larger in size. So, it's clearly a misfit for the front pocket due to its larger size.
Long Wallets: The second one on our list is a phone wallet or long wallet. These are generally large wallets in size to accommodate a smartphone, making them very inconvenient to put in your front pocket. These wallets are also hard to put in back pockets and mainly kept in hand.
Phone Case Wallets: Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, so does the cases to protect them. You can easily find cases with slots for putting in some cards and cash. These phone case wallets are tough to keep in the front pocket. You can still stick it inside as the jeans' front pockets have plenty of depth, but the fit will be uncomfortable, especially when you are sitting.
Diary Holders: Another popular category is Diary Holders with card & cash pockets. They are not wallets technically, but if you are ultra-minimalist and love journaling, you should be aware that most of the diary holders won't fit in your front pocket due to their size.
Keychain Wallets: These wallets can come in different sizes and may or may not be able to fit in your front pocket. Again, the rule is the same; It should be no larger than 4 x 3 inches and should not be thicker than an inch.
Why should you get a front pocket wallet?
Keeping your wallet in your back pocket can be a health risk, and you should get a wallet that fits snugly in your front pocket. A wallet in your back pocket can not only cause health problems associated with back pain but also a pain in your leg muscles.
A Fat Wallet Can Trigger Piriformis: You might not think of too much cash as a source of pain, but a fat wallet can trigger piriformis syndrome. The condition can affect men who wear their wallets in the back pocket of their pants. This puts chronic pressure on the piriformis muscle and can aggravate the sciatic nerve over time. You can avoid this problem by keeping your wallet in a front pocket or jacket pocket.
A bulky fat wallet will cause back pain known as Fat Wallet Syndrome, a term introduced in the 60s. When you fill-up your wallet with a ton of stuff and credit cards, and you sit on it, muscles in your buttocks will get strained, putting pressure on your sciatic nerves. This will start a mild lower back pain, which can worsen over a long time.
Keeping your wallet in your front pocket will solve this problem in totality. We also wrote another blog post to outline features of a good wallet.
How to fit your current wallet in your front pocket
The good news is, you may be able to manage to keep your current wallet in your front pocket. Try these methods to see if it helps you to keep your current wallet.
All you need to do is declutter your wallet. A wallet slightly larger may still fit in your front pocket, but a thicker one definitely creates problems. To declutter your wallet, follow these steps.
Step 1: Remove everything currently in your wallet and put them separately on a clean table.
Step 2: Identify the most important cards you need to use or the cards you used recently. Only keep those cards in your wallet and put the remaining cards in your drawer or carry bag. You do not need to carry a discount card in your wallet if you have never used it in the last three years. The same goes for the famous gym membership cards (no judging).
Step 3: You will most likely find a lot of receipts that you may never use. Just throw them away. These useless receipts end up in our wallets because most of us suffer from something known as decision paralysis - our inability to decide if the receipt is important or not, so we put off the decision and keep the receipt in our wallet "for now."
Step 4: After putting all of the stuff you have identified as essential in your wallet, try it in your front pocket. If you can sit without feeling your wallet, you definitely do not need to get a new front pocket wallet.
Are Minimalist wallets good?
A minimalist wallet does not mean it can accommodate less or lack any feature a traditional fat bulky wallet will have. These wallets are built to have fewer layers of leather or fabric used in their construction, hence more space for your cards and stuff. These wallets are well-optimized for space, are stylish, and practical. They tend to be very comfortable, as well.
Why do we tend to keep our wallets in the back pocket?
Naturally, it is far easy to put in and take out a wallet from the back pocket than your front pocket. The reason for this is the alignment of your hand's curvature with your butt making it easy to slide it in and out. The hand's curvature miss aligns with the leg joint where the front pocket is, so it's hard to use it.
Where should I keep my wallet at home?
We recommend fixing a spot for all important items like your wallet, keys, bag, and water bottle. It would help if you keep all of this stuff back in the same spot when you come back, This will also become a habit, and you will rarely forget your wallet at home.