Posted on: December 10, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

I don’t know about you, but these days I don’t have much of a need for a full-size purse. Maybe it’s with cards very much taking over from cash in a contactless world, or perhaps it’s because my handbags seem to be getting miraculously smaller and smaller. Either way, I’m all about carrying just the essentials whenever I leave the house, which is why I’ve become a pretty big fan of the card holder.

Slim and compact in design, card holders are a genius solution for keeping all your many cards—credit, debit, ID, memberships—organised and in one place (I know I’m guilty of letting them slip out of my pockets regularly if I’m carrying them separately). They’ll also fit into the tiniest handbag, or make it much easier to grab your cards in a rush if you’ve got a, shall we say, ludicrously capacious bag. And when you’re popping to the shops or running out to the gym, a card holder even slips easily into the pocket of your coat or the slimmest of workout leggings. And whilst they’re practical and functional, they can also be pretty. Of course, we have our favourite luxury designers to thank for that.

Looking for a space-saving wallet option for yourself or even as a ridiculously chic gift idea? Keep scrolling. I’ve rounded up 21 of the best designer card holders that money can buy. From buttery-soft leather to fun textures, prints and colours, there’s something for everyone. And for those who still carry pennies for eventualities (those pesky supermarket trollies and gym lockers always get me) some even feature a bonus coin compartment—very convenient indeed. The best part? They’re just as fancy, but much less of an investment than a designer bag. You’re welcome.

Saint Laurent’s signature YSL logo gets a mini makeover in this luxe card holder.

Simple and chic, this colourful cardholder features Loewe’s iconic puzzle detail.

In addition to your cards, you can slip a few notes or coins into this zippered option from Bottega Veneta.

You can even get the full set including cardholder, lipstick and airpods case, all in the brand’s signature woven leather.

A heritage classic. 

Can’t afford to splurge on a Prada bag? Reach for this sleek card-case counterpart instead.

The very definition of quiet luxury. Thank you, Chloé.

Such a dinky little holder in a beautiful shade of forest green (it comes in other colours too, though). 

Loewe’s signature details, but make it mini.

This classic Gucci card case is truly a stunner.

A more affordable leather option courtesy of Tory Burch.

The steep price tag is explained by this sleek case’s modern design, money clip and conveniently concealed mirror. Oh, and the fact that it’s Cartier.

Another classic style you’ll cherish for years.

If you (or they) are a fan of Alexander McQueen, this feels incredibly cool with an embellished skull and the brand’s logo on the other side. 

Take a walk on the wild side with this slim cardholder.

How handy is this wristlet strap? No more worrying where you left your purse. 

For quiet luxury fans. 

Barbie, eat your heart out. 

I love the size and extra compartments of this bigger option. Plus, it’s on sale. 

Metallics are always a great choice.

No one will believe this is from the high street. 

This bag in this colour is next-level luxury.

Our editors’ favourite affordable bag is back in a new colourway. 

This bag was love at first sight for me. 

Just look at this luxe suede finish.

MAssimo Dutti bags always look so premium.

I’ve never seen a more perfect shoulder bag.

All woven everything, all year round please. 

This is real dedication to the quiet-luxury aesthetic.

I’m ready for anything with an XXL tote.

The post was previously published on Who What Wear US and has since been updated. 

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