Ask Belle: Small Wallets

Sep 29, 2014

Dear Belle,

I have a question about wallets.  I know you carry a long wallet, but I’m searching for something smaller.  The smaller the better, really.  I would love some ideas on stylish options in the under-$150 or so price range.

Thank you, hope that you can help, Lizzie

When buying a wallet you have three things you need to decide: size, material and color.  I like a larger leather wallet in a metallic or bright color for versatility.  Metallics and bright colors can be carried with almost any neutral handbag without clashing.

If you want something smaller, you can choose a compact version of a fold-over or zip wallet or you can go all-in on small with a card wallet.  Here are some options.

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Kate Spade Cedar Street Wallet ($78)

This gold wallet from Kate Spade would be my number one choice for a small wallet.  It has a few credit card slots, an ID window and a small zip pocket on the rear.  Other options include this bright, zip-up Barney’s New York wallet that comes in several colors and this Lodis fold-over wallet that has a classic look.

Need more storage in a small package?  This Michael Kors Saffiano wallet has several card slots and an internal zip pocket.

If I’m carrying my laptop bag, I keep things more streamlined with an Everlane card holder (I love the dark plum).  J.Crew’s magic wallet is also a good option because it has space inside for a little bit of cash.  They make it in a metallic combo ($15!) and an embossed python.  I also like this forest green card holder from Dorothy Perkins for $6.

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