If you’re making a significant investment in your clothing, of course you’ll want your outfits to look their absolute best at all times. A lot of that comes down how your clothes fit and the lines that a proper fit creates, and bulging pockets can definitely disrupt those lines. Here are some ways that you can keep pocket bulk to a minimum and move things around to less problematic places, so that your clothes look as good as they possibly can.
Always keep your back pockets empty. Carrying your wallet in your back pocket is a bad idea for several reasons. One, it opens you up to pickpockets. Two, it creates an unsightly and asymmetrical bump in the back of your trousers. It can even cause health problems – sitting on your wallet all day, every day can exacerbate back pain and even lead to pinched nerves. Move your wallet into the inside chest pocket of your jacket instead and it’ll be less visible, less accessible to strangers, and less likely to cause you any physical damage.
And while we’re on the subject of wallets… it’s time for a clear-out. Wallets have a tendency to fatten over time as we hoard old receipts, business cards, and various other things that have no business in there. Give your wallet a good clean-out every once in a while, or you might even consider switching to a money clip if you really want to slim things down and discourage yourself from carrying extra stuff.
Weed out your keys. Keyrings also have a habit of growing into a jangly mess, especially when things like bottle openers and other gadgets end up on there. Most of us only have two or three keys that we really use on a regular basis, so separate those out into a “daily essentials” keyring and leave the other keys and extras in a safe place where you can easily access them if need be.
Be brutally honest about everything else. Are you carrying around a lot of stuff you don’t need simply because you’re on autopilot? Perhaps shoving things in your pockets in the morning has become such a habit that you don’t even really think about it anymore. Empty your pockets out onto a table and ask yourself how much of that stuff you really need to have with you at all times. You might be surprised at how much stuff could be stored elsewhere or even discarded entirely.
Invest in a bag. It seems obvious, but even now some men still hesitate at the idea of toting a bag around. A bag is a practical solution to a common, everyday problem, and there are many nice-looking bags out there that are designed specifically for men who have more to carry than pockets will allow. Some men prefer to carry a briefcase to work, and then perhaps switch to a messenger bag for going out in the evening or on weekends. The right bag can be a great accessory to any outfit, so have fun choosing!