Plus, what happened when I tried it.
When I was in college I didn’t go anywhere without my magenta Kate Spade Continental Wristlet Wallet. It was such a large wallet that it worked perfectly to double as a clutch, fitting all my cash and cards, as well as lipstick and my phone. (Of course, that’s back when phones were much smaller). Eventually I started carrying shoulder bags and small crossbody purses, and my beloved continental wallet was simply too large. It was then that I began my never ending hunt for a wallet that helps me feel organized and prepared—without any of the bulk. Read on for a few of the best slim wallets I’ve tested lately, as well as how to choose the right one for you.
The Best Slim Wallets, at a Glance:
- Best small and slim: Thread Wallets, Emmeline Vertical Wallet, $25
- Best leather: Madewell, The Leather Post Wallet, $78
- Best vegan: Dagne Dover, Slim Wallet, $80
- Best nylon: Big Skinny, Women’s Trixie Tri-Fold Slim Wallet, $30
- Best with a zip compartment: Coach Outlet, Slim Zip Wallet, $94
- Best budget: Universal Thread, Women’s Trifold Wallet, $15
- Best bold: Kurt Geiger, Soft Leather Wallet, $95
- Best card case: Hobo, Euro Slide Card Case, $78
Reasons to Consider a Slim Wallet
Slim wallets come with a variety of benefits. Most notably, they take up very little room in your purse, bag, or pocket. Additionally, slim wallets are less unwieldy to pull out while in a rush, whether you’re checking out at the grocery store or booking it through airport security. Lastly, they’re not as heavy, so they won’t weigh down your bag as much.
I set out to find a smaller wallet when I lived in New York City and was constantly on the go. I found it easier to run around with a small wallet, as opposed to the aforementioned chunkier continental wristlet. And, now that I carry my Calpak Luka Belt Bag more than any other purse I own, I realized that I had a few options: I could opt for a small wallet or a slim wallet. Where small wallets take up little space length-wise, slim wallets fit snugly against the back of the bag, occupying hardly any of the bag’s capacity. Knowing this, I expanded my search and