The 12 best wallets that keep your cash and cards well-organized

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  • We tried out some of the best wallets on the market, including bifold, zippered, and travel styles.
  • Form, function, and storage were all considered in determining which wallets are worth purchasing.
  • Some wallets include special features such as RFID-blocking technology and water-resistant fabrics.

If you’re the kind of person who’s stored every credit card you have in your smartphone and can’t remember the last time you counted exact change at a bodega counter, perhaps your need for a highly functional wallet is quite low. For everyone else, keep reading.

While it may be temptingto purchase a new wallet based on aesthetics alone, those who rely on the functionality of the accessory know the best styles offer a decent amount of storage space, make its contents easily accessible, and fit well into most styles of handbags. The specifications change still when it comes to travel wallets where a sleek design should ideally house a passport (or two) as well as travel documents, so that you never have to fumble around at TSA.

Therefore, in deciding which wallets made the cut, we based our judgment on aesthetics, fit, and the convenience of its use. We inspected, primarily in person, the feel and look of the materials, while also filling up the interior and exterior storage space to determine how functional the items would be with extended use. We also took into account which wallets have the most thoughtful organization, how the product looked and felt in person, the overall value, as well as other features such as radio-frequency identification (RFID) blocking, water-resistant finishes, and sustainably-sourced materials. With all this in mind, the below 12 options offer superior design and function across bifold, zipper, and travel styles. It doesn’t hurt that they’re nice to look at too.

Here are the best wallets for women in 2021:

Style & Beauty Banner Best bifold wallets

Mansur Gavriel Trifold Wallet

Mansur Gavriel Trifold Wallet

Trifold Wallet (small)

Pros: Soft, high-quality leather and pretty color options in a minimalist design

Cons: Limited interior storage space for those who tend to use their wallet as a workhorse

Mansur Gavriel is a fashion brand that’s known for its minimalist, chic designs and the viral success of its leather pieces. This trifold wallet is a small, simplified design that keeps you covered on the essentials: three credit card slots, interior coin pocket, and a place to keep a few dollar bills secured. It’s for those who want to keep the contents of their bag as pared back as their style.

The wallet really nails the first impression with its soft-to-the-touch leather. It feels luxe (and admittedly, the price reflects this) but is also durable and can be coaxed into holding a few extra items if need be. Also worth calling out are Mansur’s not-quiet-neutral-but-incredibly-cheerful palate of pink, blue, and yellow, as well as sweet personalization options such as hand-painted monogramming.

Coach Wyn Small Wallet

Coach Wyn Small Wallet

Wyn Small Wallet (small)

Pros: Scratch-resistant leather, convenient single-card slot under the envelope snap

Cons: None to speak of.

Iconic leather goods brand Coach makes this list with its small envelope-style wallet. The leather is not quite as buttery to the touch as other brands, instead, it’s made of cross grain leather that’s a bit stiffer but also scratch-resistant — good news for when your wallet and keys are jingling around in the same handbag. The interior pocket space fits a bunch of essentials: six credit cards and eight bills, with quite a bit of space to comfortably add more of each. There’s an exterior coin pouch, as well as a single card slot right under the envelope flap. Consider this the perfect place for storing your go-to credit card or ID card that you can conveniently grab in a rush without rummaging through the rest of your things.


Tory Burch Perry Bi-Fold Wallet

Tory Burch Perry Bi Fold Wallet

Perry Bi-Fold Wallet (small)

Pros: Soft leather, extra-large coin pouch that’s separate from bills and cards

Cons: For some, it may be a slightly bigger design for a bifold

This wallet’s leather feels similar to Mansur Gavriel: super soft and durable. One of its key features is an exterior coin purse that takes up the entire backside of the wallet and offers the most storage for whatever you may need to stow away — a loose button, safety or bobby pins, a mint, etc. Despite its chunkier size and ability to hold so much, the exterior remains quite minimal and the pockets are compact. The interior has six card slots and two separate spaces for bills or anything similarly shaped.


Maison de Sabré The Slim Bifold

Maison De Sabré The Slim Bifold

The Slim Bifold (small)

Pros: A slim design that has an inconspicuous, NFC-compatible card slot on the back

Cons: No coin pouch and the folded shape may not be the right fit for those who prefer a snap or zipper to keep the wallet closed

If you’re into a folded design that doesn’t have a closure, Maison de Sabré’s bifold is an excellent choice that’s compact enough to fit into the vast majority of  handbags, as well as some evening clutches. There’s no compartment for coins, but the interior comfortably fits six cards and seemingly quite a lot of bills. The style also houses one very inconspicuous, NFC-compatible card slot on the back that makes the wallet especially convenient for any on-the-go purchases.

Maison de Sabré’s design also comes in a soft, pebbled leather that will wear well over time. For a personalized touch, add a message or initials in silver or gold detailing.

Style & Beauty Banner Best zipper wallets

Leatherology Windsor Flat Zip Wallet

Leatherology Windsor Flat Zip Wallet

Windsor Flat Zip Wallet (small)

Pros: Ample storage space for cards, bills, and more. It has soft leather and can be converted into a wristlet bag

Cons: No coin pouch

Leatherology is a Dallas-based, vertically integrated brand that creates highly impressive leather goods, especially given its affordable price points. The wallet — tested in a truly optimistic shade of turmeric — has a super supple leather exterior and ample amount of organization for anyone who finds their wallet to be consistently packed. The inside holds six credit cards, two bill slots, andtwo other open pockets to fill as you see fit. There isn’t a designated coin purse, which could be a deterrent for some.

The zip-around wallet also might be too large for those who wear a smaller everyday bag. However, since it can carry quite a decent amount — it zipped right up with passport, keys, or phone — Leatherology sells wristlet straps if you prefer to use this piece as a bag itself.


Lo & Sons The Leather Wallet

Lo & Sons The Leather Wallet

The Leather Wallet (small)

Pros: Tons of storage space, including a spacious interior coin pouch. There are both horizontal and vertical credit card slots

Cons: The wallet may be too large for some smaller everyday handbags

There are pockets galore inside this wallet by direct-to-consumer line Lo & Sons, yet its exterior does nothing to suggest there’s a world of organizational possibilities within. An especially nice touch is the inclusion of horizontal and vertical card pockets — something no other wallet tested included — which made for easier insertion and removal. 

The style we tested was a stiffer Saffiano leather, although Nappa is also available. With the Saffiano, the leather has been treated to resist scratches and water damage. The options also include a range of leather-and-metal-zipper combinations. Overall, this is a larger wallet well suited for those who prefer a maximalist approach to packing a bag. It’s sturdy, practical, and luxe-looking sans any major branding details.

Royce New York Continental RFID Leather Zip Wallet

Royce New York Continental RFID Leather Zip Wallet

Continental RFID Leather Zip Wallet (small)

Pros: RFID-blocking fabric, 12 credit card slots, and an extra exterior pocket on the outside of the wallet

Cons: The wallet may be too large for some smaller everyday handbags

Made by long-standing family business Royce New York, this zip-around wallet is one we haven’t tried in person yet. This wallet, however, is known for its high-quality leather and RFID-blocking finish that is great for everyday protection. It also comes with a 12 credit card pockets and two bill slots. In spite of its brag-worthy storage, it has a  minimalist look. Complimentary monogramming is available too.

Cuyana Classic Zip Around Wallet

Cuyana Classic Zip Around Wallet

Classic Zip Around Wallet (small)

Pros: Ample storage space. The leather has been audited by Leather Working Group, an organization that works with brands, tanneries, suppliers, and more to create a responsible global supply chain

Cons: The wallet may be too large for some smaller everyday handbags

Cuyana is a direct-to-consumer brand committed to ethically produced products. Quality over quantity is a priority of the company, suggesting this practical, clean-lined wallet will serve the buyer well for years. The company, including the community of makers it supports and the quality of materials it uses, are on track to be 100% sustainable by 2022. While we weren’t able to test the wallet, the style is an instant classic piece with a rich, textured leather finish, simplistic gold hardware, and ample interior space. 


Style & Beauty Banner Best travel wallets

Kate Spade Spencer Passport Wallet

Kate Spade Spencer Passport Wallet

Spencer Passport Wallet (small)

Pros: Has vertical credit card holder slots which are a bit easier to insert and remove cards from than horizontal ones. Can quickly and easily remove passport from the convenient flap

Cons: Fastens with a very small snap that could be challenging to keep closed if you fill the wallet to the brim

This black-and-pink wallet, classic Kate Spade, is pretty, timeless, and able to carry all the essentials for travel. The exterior has a subtle glossy finish and a stiff leather texture. The interior storage features about the same capacity as a zipper wallet — including five credit card spaces arranged in vertical slots, easier than horizontal slots for card retrieval — in addition to a leather flap, ideal for tucking a passport. 

Should you need additional space, there’s a coin pouch — just look for the inconspicuous zipper along the top of the wallet.  That said, we caution against over-stuffing this piece out of concern over securing the petite snap closure.

Bellroy Travel Portfolio

Bellroy Travel Portfolio

Travel Portfolio (small)

Pros: Can fit multiple passports, has hidden pockets for secure storage, features RFID-blocking technology, and comes with a mini travel pen

Cons: Has three credit card slots, which is fewer than other styles. Also, it doesn’t have a zippered coin pouch

The exterior of Bellroya’s Travel Portfolio is smooth and sleek, with a zip-around closure, and RFID-blocking technology. Meanwhile, the inside houses a ton, including at least two passports. The design only includes a couple of card slots and doesn’t have a coin purse, but it makes up for these potential inadequacies with its many organization pockets. Some of these slots are even hidden, making them great for safety and ensuring your belongings never spill out in your carry-on bag. Plus, a super slim pen is included  inthe center crease, ensuring you always have one on hand to fill out a customs form. Combined, these considerate touches will speak right to the heart of the most organized travelers you know.

Dagne Dover Accordion Travel Wallet

Dagne Dover Accordion Travel Wallet Lead Image

Accordion Card Case (small)

Pros: This is a slimmer design that holds bills, cards, and a passport and can still comfortably fit in almost any everyday handbag

Cons: It doesn’t have a coin pouch

This Dagne Dover design lies somewhere between a passport holder and wallet, offering just a small bit of additional storage for frequent flyers. The direct-to-consumer, waste-conscious line is no stranger to organization and pieces for on-the-go, but the wallet stands out for its looks and function. While it’s a much slimmer travel wallet than the others we tested, it still includes six slots for credit cards and one for bills. The magnet closure is also a thoughtful choice as it eliminates fumbling often caused by zippers. 

Unlike bulkier travel designs, this wallet is also a good size for slipping into everyday handbags, not just larger travel carryalls. Plus, the leather is soft and comes in lovely shades of cream, gray, and blue. 

Fjällräven Canvas Passport Wallet

Fjällräven Canvas Passport Wallet Lead Image

Canvas Passport Wallet (small)

Pros: Made of durable and water-resistant canvas

Cons: It’s a more casual wallet style, so it may not fit all manner of occasions

Swedish brand Fjällräven’s travel wallet should not be overlooked. While so many of the other wallets we tested were mostly leather, this style comes in a more casual canvas with all the necessary storage space included. It holds everything you could possibly need — cards, bills, passport, even a phone  — and manages to zip up compactly and conveniently. The design is minimal and light, and the material is durable and water-resistant, making it ideal for confidently storing in the same pocket as your travel-size shampoo or contacts solution. 

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