- A good wallet should be simple and stylish in a way that doesn’t impede function.
- The Kate Spade Spencer Zip-Around Continental Wallet, with its generous number of card slots and soft yet durable leather finish, is our favorite.
- If you’re looking for men’s styles or just want a sleeker, simpler wallet, check out our guide to the best men’s and masculine-style wallets.
- Some of our picks might go on sale during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so make sure to bookmark this guide for future potential savings.
It all comes down to what you want in a money holder — whether it’s holding multiple cards or a slim silhouette. Just keep in mind that a good wallet is an investment piece. Spend a little money upfront, and you could have an accessory that lasts for years and years.
Here are our top picks for the best women’s and feminine-style wallets:
- Best wallet overall: Kate Spade Spencer Zip-Around Continental Wallet
- Best wallet for holding cards: Travelambo RFID Blocking Bi-Fold Wallet
- Best wallet clutch: Bellroy Leather Clutch
- Best wallet for minimalists: Madewell Leather Card Case
- Best travel wallet: Cuyana Classic Passport Case
- Best card case: Dagne Dover Accordion Card Case
Updated on 11/17/2020 by Maria Del Russo. Updated links, prices, and the wallets we’re looking forward to testing next.
The best wallet overall
Kate Spade’s Spencer Zip-Around Continental Wallet holds up to 12 cards, plus all your cash and other necessities, and it’s the perfect size for tossing in your work bag.
Pros: 12 card slots, multiple pockets, roomy, quality design
Cons: Might be too bulky for smaller purses
If my bag can accommodate it, I prefer a larger wallet. They’re harder to overstuff and they typically come with extra compartments that make organization simple. Take the Spencer Zip-Around Continental Wallet by Kate Spade, for example.
It has 12 slots that hold everything from credit cards to the punch cards from your local coffee shop, an interior zippered pocket that makes a solid change purse, two sections for cash, and an outside pocket to hold essentials that you need close at hand. The 7.67″ x 4.33″ x 0.98″ wallet is large enough to store phones up to the size of an iPhone XS Max.
This is a great pick if you’re a Kate Spade fan who doesn’t want to splurge on one of the brand’s quirkier designs. The Spencer Zip-Around Continental Wallet has a timeless one- or two-color body adorned with the Kate Spade logo. You can choose from classic neutrals like black and dark blue or brighter colors like mint and red. The interior style is subtle as well, with a floral jacquard lining.
Its Saffiano leather construction is notable for being both pliable and durable against scratches, so you don’t have to be particularly careful when you’re throwing it in your bag. However, you’d never think it’s this practical and functional when you look at its sleek, composed design. Overall, it’s a safe but reliable choice for a wallet you can carry in most day bags.
$188.00 from Kate Spade
$139.99 from Amazon
The best wallet for holding cards
Do you never, ever turn down a loyalty card? The Travelambo RFID Blocking Bi-Fold Wallet is about to be your new best friend.
Pros: 16 card slots, multiple zipper pockets, RFID-blocking feature, comes in many colors, great deal for the price
Cons: Reviewers noted the card slots are stiff
We’ve all had that moment. You’re in a coffee shop or a big-box retailer or a restaurant. The person assisting you says these eight words: “Do you want to join our loyalty program?” Even though you know the chances of ever stepping back into the store are slim, you nod. And next thing you know, there’s another mostly useless card taking up precious real estate in your wallet.
If this sounds like you, consider the Travelambo RFID Blocking Bi-Fold Wallet. It has 16 card slots, a clear slot to hold an ID card, plus two cash compartments that zip shut. This wallet also comes equipped with RFID-blocking technology. As Wirecutter reports, “you’re far more likely to be affected by a card skimmer at an ATM, or a breach of a major retailer” than by someone trying to scan your cards while they’re in your wallet. Still, it is a cool feature if you’re into doubling down on security.
The Travelambo RFID Blocking Bi-Fold Wallet is made of real leather and comes in tons of colors, including a fun, metallic rose gold. You’re sure to find one that suits your vibe.
$14.99 from Amazon
The best wallet clutch
If you prefer not to carry a large purse but still want room for essentials, you’ll love the spacious and thoughtfully designed Bellroy Leather Clutch.
Pros: Comes with a wrist strap, slim design, has a compartment with magnetic closure, made from durable leather
Cons: Limited color options
Carry Bellroy’s slim Leather Clutch when you want to travel light. It’s a simple clutch that’s the easy, practical choice for days spent running errands, nights dining out and dancing, and anything in between.
It has three card slots, which sit side by side instead of stacked on top of each other, so your cards won’t get stuck together. There’s also a pocket for cash and two roomy main compartments where you can store makeup and other small accessories.
One of my favorite features of the clutch is the central divider that has a magnetic closure. I store my tiny apartment key in here for extra peace of mind, but you can also use it for any valuables or spare change.
To keep both hands free, slip the wrist strap on. This wristlet wallet is comfortable to carry and the strap ensures your valuables won’t go flying in case someone bumps into you.
It’s made from premium leather that’s been certified by the Leather Working Group, which maintains environmental standards for leather products. This leather ages well according to many Shopping team members who have been carrying Bellroy’s wallets for years. In case you experience any defects with the clutch, Bellroy offers a reasonable three-year warranty. —Connie Chen
$129.00 from Amazon
The best wallet for minimalists
The Madewell Leather Card Case is the perfect choice for anyone who hates clutter and loves a streamlined wallet.
Pros: Sturdy leather, fits multiple cards and cash, fits in clutch bags or pockets
Cons: Leather takes some breaking in, very small so it’s just for the basics, colors may vary due to natural dyes (according to the brand)
I’ve always wanted to be one of those people with a perfectly organized wallet that somehow never gets stuffed with two-year-old Starbucks receipts and euros from that one time they went on vacation. I’m not one of those people, but perhaps the answer is simple: less space.
This Leather Card Case from Madewell doesn’t leave much room for clutter. It has a few card slots big enough to hold the absolute most important essentials — credit card, ID, maybe a $20 bill or two. The card case will come in handy any time you feel like carrying a really tiny purse. Or no purse at all — It’s small and flat enough to comfortably slide into a tight pocket.
Although card cases are a dime a dozen, the Madewell version gets high marks for its quality leather and the fact that you can personalize it with a monogram.
$24.50 from Madewell
The best travel wallet
The Cuyana Classic Passport Case is an attractive, functional, expert-approved wallet that won’t cramp your style when you’re jet-setting.
Pros: Fits all your travel essentials (including passport and airplane tickets), quality leather, sleek design, monogram option available
Cons: While it’s great for travel, it might be a little too big for everyday use
I always wonder how bloggers and celebrities look so put together when they travel. My vacation style, no matter the destination, tends to be slightly disheveled. Maybe I just need the right travel wallet, like Cuyana’s Classic Passport Case. It keeps all your important documents and money safe without ruining your outfit.
At nine inches long and four inches wide, this case holds your passport, ID, credit cards, even airplane boarding passes. Considering those always wind up crumpled into a ball under my seat on long flights, that’s a major plus.
The Insider Picks team loves the Cuyana Classic Passport Case so much that we’ve featured it twice, in a dedicated review, and on our list of the best travel wallets. “I’ve rarely been so glad so frequently for any item while traveling,” writes Insider Reviews senior reporter Mara Leighton.
Choose from four classic colors in pebbled leather — stone, black, red, or navy — or a metallic champagne leather.
$95.00 from Cuyana
The best card case
The Dagne Dover Accordion Card Case holds more cards than you’d expect it to, but it’s small enough to carry anywhere.
Pros: Easy to carry, holds more cards than expected, high-quality leather, durable
Cons: On the smaller side, so it might get lost in your purse
If you hate big wallets as much as I do, but you want something that’s more secure than a normal card case, Dagne Dover has the wallet for you. The Accordion Card Case has three card slots inside and one on the outside.
You can fit multiple cards in each interior slot, and the slot on the outside is perfect for your go-to credit card, metro pass, or anything else you need quick access to. All your cards are secured inside the wallet, thanks to the top flap that covers them and closes magnetically on the front.
Dagne Dover uses high-quality leather that’s strong and well made. It comes in beautiful colors, too, so you’re sure to find one you like.
I’ve been using the card case daily as my main wallet for nearly a year now, and it’s excellent. It keeps my cards organized, takes up almost no space in my bag, and prevents any accumulation of receipts and other non-essential items. The only downside is the price, but this is a card case that will last for decades. It’s just that well made.
Dagne Dover also makes a wonderful traditional wallet that’s much larger and has many more card slots. It’s called the Slim Wallet, because it has a very svelte profile compared to other wallets with the same amount of storage. —Malarie Gokey
$55.00 from Dagne Dover
What else we’re testing and considering testing:
We’re always looking to keep our guides updated with fresh picks. Here are some products we’re looking to try out soon:
- Cuyana Small Classic Zip Around Wallet ($125): This itty wallet holds everything you need — cards, bills, and coins — all in a slim, minimal silhouette. It seems ideal for mini bags, or for when you just want to run out the door with your wallet in your pocket, but it could get lost in a large tote.
- Lo & Sons The Leather Wallet ($188): You’ve probably seen the now-Internet-famous diagram showing how much this ultra-slim wallet can hold. It’s got an internal zip pocket, multiple slip pockets and card slots, and enough room for both US dollars and non-US currency.
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