There’s something about the simple luxury of a designer wallet. “Designer wallets are one of those investment purchases you’ll never regret, because they’re an absolute necessity,” Tara Gonzalez, BAZAAR.com‘s senior fashion editor, says. “You can always argue you don’t need another designer bag, but you do need a place for your all your credit cards and IDs—so you might as well buy something you know you’ll have forever.”
Designer wallets are also made from the same high-quality materials and fabrics as their bag equivalents. “I used to have to buy a new wallet every year until I finally just splurged on a nice designer option, and now it’s something I look at every day that brings me joy,” Gonzalez says. “And I think there’s something really special about an everyday luxury that goes through life with you.” The best designer wallets offer a little bit of everyday luxury that is more than worth the investment, considering you’ll use it more often than your favorite bag.
Investing in a designer wallet that fits your lifestyle isn’t just smart—it’s indispensable. The right style should be equal parts functional and chic, something that most luxury brands have down to a science. Still, the best designer wallets run the gamut between slim and minimalist to roomy and practical, so choosing the perfect style can be tricky.
“I think the most important thing to consider when buying a designer wallet is size. Make sure the wallet you buy fits into the bags you use most frequently, so you don’t have to constantly be moving everything around,” Gonzalez explains. “I also think people get hung up on having a very simple classic wallet, but it’s something you’re carrying in your bag, so you don’t really have to worry about whether it works with your outfit or not. It’s the perfect place to have some fun and maybe go more bold or colorful than you would with a bag.”
From a timeless classic like Chanel’s Small Flap Wallet to an of-the-moment must-have like Maison Margiela’s Glam Slam Leather Pouch, shop the 21 best designer wallets for women ahead.