The 12 Best Wallets for Women in 2021

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

Wallets are the unsung heroes that keep our day-to-day necessities organized. They hold all of our MIVs—most important valuables—and the trusty accessory doesn't often get the credit it deserves. Think about it: A good wallet protects and guards your IDs, credit cards, commuter passes, etc. from prying hands or eyes, and keeps everything conveniently at hand for you.

The kind of wallet I use depends on what I'm doing that day. Sometimes I'm on the go and reach for my compact and handy cardholder. Other days, I want my jumbo wallet with a million slots that weighs approximately 100 pounds, thanks to all my coins and euros from a trip three years ago. Can't decide where you fall on this scale? I rounded up some cool wallet options that fulfill all your needs for any type of day, below. You'll find every option on this list, from a bright bifold wallet to spice up your neutral wardrobe to designer cardholder options that will turn you into a wallet-obsessed person. Peruse all the options at your leisure, ahead.