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How to Buy the Perfect Wallet


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A wallet is one of the most important accessories a girl can own – after all, you use it multiple times a day, every single day.

When picking out a wallet, there are a lot of factors to consider: Do you prefer a wallet that zips shut, or would you rather have something with a snap closure? Is it important that your wallet be a neutral color, or do you prefer something more fun?¬†Wallets are meant to be practical, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!

Below, we’ll guide you through the process of investing in a new wallet, plus show you some adorable wallets for every budget.

If you’re ready to pick out a new wallet…

1. Consider the Size

You should first think about what size is best for you. Do you want something that folds up, or do you prefer a long wallet? Are you going to be carrying around a checkbook? What about your passport? Does folding your money bother you? Do you plan on carrying your wallet in all your bags, clutches and small purses? How many items are you planning on keeping in your wallet?

If you’re not sure if a specific wallet will meet your size needs, it’s a good idea to test it out in the store (assuming the sales associates are OK with it!): bring everything you plan on keeping in your wallet, as well as the smallest bag in which you plan on carrying it, and try before you buy.

2. Consider What Currency You’ll Carry in It

If you usually carry coins and don’t want to use a change purse, make sure the wallet has a compartment for keeping coins so they don’t fall to the bottom of your bag – or worse, all over the floor whenever you take out your wallet!

Coin compartments are especially important if you travel outside of the US,, since many countries use coins more frequently than we do in the states – for example, the UK uses one-pound coins instead of notes, so you’re probably going to end up carrying around more coins than you’re used to!

3. Think About Storage for Cards

Make sure you pick a wallet with a ton of card slots; this is especially important if you carry around a ton of important cards!

Stuffing one slot with a bunch of cards will stretch it out and make it more likely that your cards will fall out. Plus, it’s simply a lot more convenient to know exactly where your cards are located, instead of having to dig through your wallet to find out in which section a certain card is hiding.

If quality and durability are important to you…

You may want to think about spending more money on one wallet, rather than buying multiple cheaper wallets. It’s really a pain to switch out cards and everything else you carry around every time you want to wear a new bag!

If you can afford to spend a little extra cash, a wallet is a great accessory to invest in. A well-made wallet will last you ages, and it’s something practical that you’ll use literally every day.

Want a nicer wallet, but convinced you can’t afford one? Don’t forget to check outlet malls! Stores like Coach, Kate Spade and Saks (“Off Fifth”) have many outlets across the US where you can find great deals. If you live in a city like NYC or LA with tons of sample sales going on, those are also great ways to find a quality wallet for cheap.

Not sure where to start looking?

Here’s a few cute wallet suggestions that’ll meet a variety of budgets and variables!

Long wallets

Long wallets
Top row: 1. Madewell, 2. Topshop, 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bottom row: 4. Rebecca Minkoff, 5. Coach, 6. Kate Spade

Short Wallets

Short wallets
Top row: 1. Coach, 2. Kate Spade, 3. Folli Follie
Bottom row: 4. Rebecca Minkoff, 5. Topshop, 6. Comme des Garcons

What about you?

What’s the most important thing you look for when picking out a wallet? Do you use the same one all the time, or do you switch out depending on which bag you’re carrying? In your opinion, what’s the most useful feature a wallet can offer? Leave a comment and let us know!

Posted on on November 3, 2011 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , ,

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19 Responses to “How to Buy the Perfect Wallet”

  1. 1
    November 3rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I totally believe in investing in a quality wallet, especially considering that it goes everywhere with you and gets pulled out multiple times a day. Kate Spade is definitely my favorite wallet brand. They come in cute colors and patterns which won’t get lost in the giant black hole that is my purse. :)

  2. 2
    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Great post! I always find myself looking for a new wallet because the ones I buy are always too small. I have a lot of cards and carry a lot of change, so size is definitely important.

  3. 3
    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Something I’ve found to be really important in a wallet is whether or not it can double as a clutch, preferably with a wrist strap. That way if I don’t feel like hauling around my bag, I don’t have to fuss with transferring things over into a different clutch, I just pull the clutch/wallet out of my bag and go.

  4. 4
    November 3rd, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I really recommend the Vera Bradley wallets. Especially the ones you can wipe down because the cloth is almost like laminated. When I bought mine it was part of the Frill collection. They aren’t calling it that anymore but still make it out of that fabric. I’ve used my wallet every single day for a year and a half and it still looks like I just bought it. I’ve never had anything show so little wear in my entire life. They are indestructible.

  5. 5
    November 3rd, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    One of my best Salvation Army finds was a brown leather Coach wallet for 25 cents. I didn’t event realize it was Coach til after I bought it. It’s great quality!

  6. 6
    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I rarely carry cash so having my cards handy is critical. I actually use a cute old fashioned cigarette / card case as a wallet.

  7. 7
    November 3rd, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    This was a fantastic post, super relevant. I like a long wallet with tons of card slots, since I always have my debit card, library card, rewards cards, gift cards, etc.

  8. 8
    November 3rd, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I like long wallets! The Madewell and Coach ones are my favorite on your list. I’m in the market for a new one, so thanks for the suggestions!

  9. 9
    November 4th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I use the same wallet and I buy my wallets at Guess:) They are brand name and are cheap on sale always for only 38 dollars!

  10. 10
    November 4th, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I really needed this post, that was super informative. I’m currently shopping for a new wallet and although I would like to get a more interesting one, I always end up thinking that this is an investment and it has to go with everything anf ended getting something boring, but safe. LOL

  11. 11
    November 4th, 2011 at 3:29 am

    It was really fantastic and a cheerful range of different sizes wallets. its a great problem not only for girls also for boys. I was really worried when bought old fashioned wallets causing no more choice. But now i feel very lucky to see this article.
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    November 4th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    My wallet is my purse. It’s got a wrist strap and most of the time it’s all I carry. I’ve realized that all the stuff I used to lug around in my purse was completely useless. I got it at charming Charlie’s they really have some cute ones there!

  13. 13
    November 7th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I don’t have an expensive one. I have a cute zebra long wallet that cost me 3 dollars and it still new : ) That’s must be because I take care of my stuff : ) I use it to everywhere I go and zebra is my favorite design to wear and not saying that every time I wear a black t-shirt it looks AWESOME.

  14. 14
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I’m currently using a ‘Short wallet’ but I’m thinking of upgrading to a long one because my cards are increasing and I don’t have storage for them! And I pretty much love how the bills in the long ones are not folded!

  15. 15
    December 22nd, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I recently got a Marc Jacobs look alike long bright red wallet shown above and I am very happy with my purchase. I can put a strap and use it as a clutch and remove the strap and carry it in my bag. I use a two wheeler and need to carry my license, bill book, debit/ credit cards, Id cards, my locker keys, mobile recharge cards, a small hankerchief and many more needed by during the day. This wallet I bought has so many compartments, card holders, zippered pocekts and a big space, Really loving it………….and final note I loved the long wallets shown here, would like to buy one of them……so will start saving from today……

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    May 14th, 2012 at 10:26 am

    loved this article. i struggle with having the right handbag and wallet, and as a result, i have a lot of them. what’s the name of the wallet on the right? i love the color, and it has a lot of room.

  17. 17
    June 25th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I had this beautiful red armarni wallet what was given to me as a birthday present. A couple of weeks ago, my staff puppy decided to eat it for his tea! I cried for hours! Thank you for posting this as now I think I may be able to move on! (yes, I live in the UK and I’m English!) – British Bombshell Daisy

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    January 12th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I am about to purchase a nice wallet myself, I would rather invest than buy a cheap one. I am thinking a Marc by Marc Jacobs, I usually always get everything in black, but I want to do a neutral (like #5 long). Great article, I love this website!

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