The 8 Best Women's Wallets of 2021

Carry the essentials with style

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Every woman needs a good wallet. But choosing the right one can be hard as function and style are often equally important. Whether you need something large to carry around credit cards and cash or more minimalist options, here are the best women’s wallets to consider. 

Best Overall: Cuyana Zip Around Wallet

Cuyana Zip Around Wallet

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The Cuyana Zip Around Wallet features a timeless design and practicality that most women can appreciate. Made of sustainably-sourced leather, it’s durable and won’t fall short of your expectations.

It also wins points for style with various two-tone colors available including Black/Red, Merlot/Blush, and Blush/Ecru, along with a solid red option; just keep in mind that some colors may be sold out. Plus, monogramming is available with this wallet, making it a great gift idea.

Measuring 4.5 by 7.75 inches, it's perfectly sized and has eight card slots, two bill slots, and a center coin zip pocket. The zip closure also adds a level of convenience and assures nothing falls out in your bag.

Best Small: Kate Spade Leighton Small Slim Bifold Wallet

If you’re looking for a wallet that’s small in size but big in style, look no further than Kate Spade's Leighton Bifold Wallet. Measuring just 3.2 by 5.5 inches, it will fit any size handbag, clutch, or even your pant pocket.

Despite its size, this wallet has lots of storage. There are five credit card slots, an ID window, two slip pockets, and a zip coin pocket that’s smartly accessible on the side. Even if you don't carry around a lot of coins, this pocket can be useful for stashing receipts. Everything stays shut with the snap closure.

Related: The Best Bifold Wallets

Best Leather: Tory Burch Fleming Quilted Leather Continental Wallet

Tory Burch Fleming Quilted Leather Continental Wallet

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The Tory Burch Fleming Continental Wallet is an excellent leather option because while it's reasonably-priced, it has the look of an expensive designer accessory. The classic style of the diamond-quilted pattern is versatile, easily complementing both casual and formal looks. 

This wallet is well-organized, too, thanks to a divided interior with a center zip pocket that's useful for papers, fobs, and coins. There are also additional pockets for bills, as well as eight card slots. Even more, the zip-around closure makes accessing all of your things fast and easy. 

Best Passport Wallet: Dagne Dover Accordion Travel Wallet

Dagne Dover Accordion Travel Wallet

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If you travel for work, opt for Dagne Dover’s Accordion Travel Wallet. It measures 6.75 by 4.25 inches, so it won’t take up too much space in your carry-on bag or pant pocket. Still, it holds everything you'll need with six card slots and two internal pockets to stash extra cash, tickets, and your passport. The external card slot adds convenience, and the magnetic closure makes it easy to open while keeping everything safe and secure.

Made of 100 percent genuine pebbled leather, this wallet also comes in several colors including Onyx, Oxblood, Bone, Graphite, and Ash Blue.

Related: The Best Front Pocket Wallets

Best Minimalist: Bellroy Slim Sleeve

The Bellroy Slim Sleeve is a nice-looking yet smart, minimalist wallet. Measuring 95 by 80 millimeters, it surprisingly holds up to eight cards, but won’t create a bulge in your pocket or take up excess space in your bag. 

With two quick-access slots for cash or the cards you use most often, it also has a pull-tab for cards you rarely take out, like frequent flyer and store membership cards. Made of premium, environmentally-certified leather, this wallet is available in colors like Black, Navy, Racing Green, and Marine Blue. Best of all, the brand backs this product with a three-year warranty. So if for any reason it rips, tears, or falls apart, you will be covered.

 Related: The Best Minimalist Wallets

Best Splurge: Longchamp Le Foulonne Leather French Wallet

Longchamp Le Foulonne Leather French Wallet

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If you’re looking to splurge on a wallet that'll last for years to come, Longchamp's Le Foulonne Leather Wallet won’t disappoint. This French brand is known for its excellent small leather goods. 

Measuring 4 by 4.25 inches, this is a great compact option. Still, with two slip pockets, a large clasp compartment, nine interior card slots, and an ID window, this wallet has enough space to fit most women's needs.

It's available in various colors, including a chic dark pink. The pebbled leather is durable yet luxurious looking, which makes the wallet worth the money. The snap closure also ensures it stays shut. 

Best Clutch Wallet: Madewell The Leather Pouch Clutch

Madewell The Leather Pouch Clutch

Courtesy of Zappos 

A clutch wallet is ideal for those who don't want to carry around a lot of things, but need to carry more than what the average wallet holds. One such option includes Madewell’s The Leather Pouch Clutch.

Sold in black or brown, it’s made from vegetable-tanned, sustainably sourced leather. Measuring 6 by 9 inches, it’s large enough to double as a casual clutch, making it an excellent value.

Smartly designed, it has several credit card slots as well as a coin pouch on the inside with plenty of room for a phone, cash, or makeup. Plus, the clutch can be personalized with up to eight characters in a variety of fonts and colors.

Best Budget: Rifle Paper Co. Meadow Travel Wallet

Rifle Paper Company Meadow Travel Wallet

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If you're looking for a no-frills yet stylish wallet, Rifle Paper Co.'s Meadow Travel Wallet is an excellent choice. This limited edition accessory was designed in honor of the brand’s 10th anniversary. It features the signature Meadow print with vibrant flowers against a black background.

At 8 by 4 inches, it’s a nice size that’s ideal for every day. The only minor drawback is that this wallet doesn’t have slots for credit or ID cards. But with two larger pockets, it easily holds all of your cards, documents, receipts, or anything else you need. Magnetic snaps help you open and close it quickly. 

This wallet also has a removable pink strap that claps to the side, so it can double as a wristlet.

Final Verdict 

Our best overall pick is the Cuyana Zip Around Wallet (view on Cuyana) for its classic design and functionality. It comes with plenty of pockets to store your cash and cards as well as an interior zip pocket to keep loose coins. It’s also sustainably made of durable leather so it won't fall apart easily. If you tend to carry a lot, then Madewell's Leather Pouch Clutch (view on Zappos) isn't a bad choice either.

What to Look for in Women's Wallets

Material

Most wallets are typically made of leather, polyester, cotton, nylon, and metal. While leather is a popular choice for many because of its durability, each material has its pros and cons. Leather, for instance, tends to cost more than the average wallet and requires extra maintenance as opposed to polyester, cotton, nylon, or metal. 

Wallet Type

Women's wallets come in a variety of styles, though the right one will depend on your lifestyle and needs. Here, we break down the most popular options:

Bifold: a two-part wallet that folds in half and is usually on the smaller side. Ideal for everyday use, it typically comes with one ID window, a bill compartment, and a handful of slots for credit cards. 

Clutch: a hybrid between a wallet and a purse; some come with shoulder straps while others are carried by hand. Compared to the average wallet, a clutch can hold more items like lipstick, hand sanitizer, and keys.

Money Clip: a metal clip that is typically made of aluminum that is used to secure loose bills together (some can even be clipped to your pants).

Phone Wallet: this is typically a phone case with built-in storage for a few cards, an ID card, and some cash. Alternatively, there are also small wallet pouches you can attach to the back of your phone, as well as phone cases that you can hang around your neck.

Travel Wallet: typically larger than a traditional wallet, it's specifically designed to carry your essential travel documents like a passport and credit cards as well as different kinds of currencies.

Wristlet: though similar to a clutch, a wristlet has a short strap that goes around your wrist. It's a stylish, compact option for storing cash and a few essentials, and some wristlets even come with a phone pocket.

Zip Wallet: as its name implies, this is a wallet that zips close. It is usually bulkier than other wallets as it typically comes with several pockets for loose bills, coins, cards, and more—all divided by a partition.  

Meet the Expert

This roundup was written by Amanda Lauren, a lifestyle writer who covers fashion and office accessories for The Balance and The Balance Small Business.