Kate Spade Cabana Tile Lacey Wallet

Confession: I don’t carry a wallet. I haven’t in years, perhaps even since college. In my bag, I have a slim Proenza Schouler billfold for cash and a Marc Jacobs card case that’s attached to my keys, and because I’m something of a minimalist when it comes to what I put inside my handbag, I usually leave it at that. I did not inherit this trait from my mother, who carries no fewer than four wallets at a time, but I feel as though I’m qualified to pontificate on the subject anyway. She raised me, after all.

Yesterday, a friend asked if I had any leads on a good wallet under $300 that would hold all the essentials, and I realized that, actually, I didn’t. That seemed to mean that I was in dereliction of duty as an accessories writer, so I set out on the journey to the perfect (and perfectly accessible) wallet yesterday, and this is what I found. These wallets are all “long” or “continental” – the most space for your wallet dollar, as it were. If you prefer something more compact, the good news is that basically all these brands make similar styles in a smaller footprint. Check out the spoils of my search below.

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  • sara

    The Jonathan Adler Crab Continental Wallet is now $52.26 (33% OFF) on Nordstrom’s website!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Oooh, it went on sale after I wrote this post yesterday afternoon!

  • Amanda

    That longchamp wallet is TDF!

  • Joanna

    Coach and Michael Kors are cute.

  • FashionableLena

    I haven’t carried a wallet in almost a year because I’d rather have the space for other things. However, I do like the Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade wallets. I could be convinced…

  • Nadezhda Ivanovna

    Living without a real wallet is inconceivable to me, but then I live in a country where the smallest note is $5, you have to have a real wallet with a coin section or its useless.
    Love the Longchamp Gatsby and the Rebecca Minkoff Luma, they’re gorgeous and classy and will survive more than one season.

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