While modern life mandates that we always carry more stuff, we think it’s best to occasionally do with less. That’s why we rounded up our favorite minimalist wallets, a.k.a. the best slim wallets on the market.
Gone are the days when you need to carry around the kitchen sink in your wallet. Membership cards can be accessed on your smartphone as can most other things. In addition, fewer and fewer people are using cash, meaning it’s almost not necessary to carry any bills or coins. In reality, you probably only need your ID and a credit/debit card on your person at any given time.
In terms of slim wallets, there are generally five designs to look out for:
- Card Wallet: These wallets hold a few cards and do not fold. They may or may not have space for cash in the middle.
- Billfold: Similar to the traditional leather wallet, slim billfolds are usually made out of nylon or, occasionally, thin leather.
- Trifold: Although rare, some slim wallets might have a trifold design in which the wallet folds into itself.
- Metal Plates: Newer minimalist wallets feature a small metal box or two metal plates in which you can place your cards. These usually have some sort of mechanism built-in for accessing your cards.
- Phone Wallet: While not slim by definition, phone wallets allow you to attach your cards and cash to your phone, eliminating the need to carry both your phone and a wallet, too.
Whether you need a sleek space to stash your cash and cards, a dual-function phone case, or even an RFID-blocking wallet for travel, we’ve got you covered. Check out the list and click through to learn more.
1. Buffway Slim Minimalist Front Pocket Wallet
With an amazing number of five-star reviews on Amazon, the Buffway Slim Minimalist Front Pocket Wallet takes the top spot on our list. This wallet is just over one-tenth of an inch thick, yet it boasts six card slots, including one for your ID, as well as a pocket for bills. Even when fully packed, you will hardly notice the Buffway in your pocket. As an added bonus, it’s RFID-blocking and is available in seven different materials and 31 different colors.
2. Travelambo Minimalist Leather Slim Wallet
Similar in stature to the Buffway, the Travelambo Minimalist Leather Slim Wallet can hold up to 12 cards and several bills securely. It also is rather innovative in a world of really similar card wallets in that the bottom slots have finger holes for easier access to your cards. When fully loaded, the wallet is just over half an inch thick. Plus, the genuine leather wallet is RFID-blocking and available in six different materials and 14 different colors.
3. CardNinja Self Adhesive Credit Card Wallet
BEST WALLET HACK
With enough space to accommodate eight cards, cash and even earbuds, the CardNinja Self Adhesive Credit Card Wallet makes your minimalist dreams come true. Just attach it to the back of your phone and go about your day while you enjoy the slim convenience of this innovative cardholder. The CardNinja is available in seven colors and designs. And, when you’re ready to remove it from the back of your phone or phone case, it comes off cleanly.
4. Leatherette Wallet Case
BEST PHONE CASE WALLET
Handcrafted from premium leatherette, this phone case by FYY has space to store your cards, cash and ID. Plus, the kickstand design lets you set it up to watch videos and Facetime without having to hold your phone. It also boasts a handy strap for carrying, but you can remove it if you are using this wallet in your pocket rather than carrying around town on its own. The FYY case is available in 28 colors and designs, and the company makes versions of the wallet for various models of smartphones.
5. Conceal Plus Card Blocr
BEST RFID BLOCKER
Crafted from aluminum for identity theft protection, this minimalist wallet features a trigger that automatically fans out your cards for quick and easy access. It’s so slim that you’ll hardly notice it in your pocket, and it comes with a two-year risk-free money-back guarantee. Furthermore, the aluminum case comes in five different colors, and you can even add a money strap to the back for holding your bills if you occasionally visit cash-only businesses.
6. Herschel Charlie RFID
BEST CARD ONLY
Herschel may be best known for their backpacks, but their Charlie RFID Wallet is very attractive, too. This minimalist accessory can hold eight to nine cards comfortably in its four card slots as well as several bills folded up in the middle section. The black exterior is complemented by a red-and-white-striped pattern inside the pockets and on the small tab on the side. The design is finished off by the classic Herschel label on the front.
7. Access Denied Trifold Wallet For Men
If you’re in love with your traditional trifold and want a slimmer wallet but don’t want to give it up, consider the Access Denied Trifold Wallet for Men. This trifold still has seven card slots, two money slides and three slide pockets, yet it’s only three-quarters of an inch thick. It’s also RFID-blocking to protect you from identity theft and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well as a lifetime warranty.
8. Fidelo Minimalist Wallet for Men
Similar to the Conceal Plus Card Blocr listed above, the Fidelo Minimalist Wallet for Men takes things a step further by providing a removable leather case for the card wallet. The interior, aluminum, RFID-blocking case can hold up to five cards and has a trigger on the bottom that pushes the cards out the top when you need to access them. In addition, the leather cover can be used as a standalone wallet without the aluminum interior if need be.
9. SlimFold Minimalist Wallet
Serious adventurers will see the value in carrying a minimalist waterproof wallet. The SlimFold Minimalist Wallet can go wherever you want and won’t get in the way. Made from vegan, non-leather materials, this wallet can hold up to eight cards and cash, yet it’s still two to three times slimmer than a traditional leather wallet. It’s also RFID-blocking and available in eight different colors and designs.
10. Tumi Alpha Slim Nylon Billfold
At just one-quarter of an inch thick, the Tumi Alpha Slim Nylon Billfold is one of the thinnest bifolds on the market. The ballistic-weave nylon gives the wallet a sturdy build, while the leather trimming adds a touch of class. The wallet itself has six card slots and a space for cash, so you can still carry quite a bit even if you’re trying to downsize. This would also make a great gift for a teenager who needs his first wallet or even a partner whose old leather wallet could use an upgrade.
11. Coach 3-in-1 Canvas Wallet
Crafted from canvas and genuine leather and styled with a varsity stripe, this three-in-one billfold from Coach has eight card slots and a removable ID insert for added convenience. The full-length bill slot is especially convenient when compared to many other minimalist wallets, and the sturdy build quality is backed by Coach’s usual guarantee. This really is the perfect wallet for liquor store runs and Sunday brunch.
12. The Ridge Titanium Wallet
One of the most popular slim wallets on the market, The Ridge Wallet is available in titanium, carbon fiber or aluminum. These wallets can hold up to 12 cards between the two plates of metal which are held together by an elastic band. To access the cards, simply push them up using the finger hold and squeeze the plates together to fan the cards out. In addition, you can customize these wallets to include a money clip, money strap or both.
13. Boostcase Carte Blanche Utilitaire Portefeuille
Crafted from premium Napa leather and outfitted with silvertone hardware, the Boostcase Carte Blanche Utilitaire Portefeuille boasts five internal card slots, two interior full-length pockets for cash, one vertically zippered pocket and a horizontal zippered exterior pocket. This may not be the slimmest wallet on our list, but it allows you to carry your phone, money and cards in the same place. Plus, it has a coin slot that many other slim wallets exclude to save space.
14. MCM Logo Leather Card Case
Just because you’re slimming down your wallet, doesn’t mean you can’t do so in designer style. MCM has created this leather card case to make carrying your cash, ID and necessary cards a breeze. It can hold four to eight cards comfortably as well as a few bills. In addition to being quite thin, this card wallet is also small when measured by width and length. It’s only four inches by 2.75 inches. And, to ensure no one mistakes this card case for any old wallet, it’s stamped with the MCM monogram logo across the front and the back.
15. Givenchy V-Shape Bifold Leather Wallet
The Givenchy V-Shape Bifold Leather Wallet is a thing of beauty. The wallet is constructed from lightly grained Italian leather set off by a contrasting V-shaped inset on the front. Inside, you’ll find eight card slots, a currency pouch and two slip pockets for holding all your essentials. However, this wallet still only measures three-quarters of an inch wide. While the Givenchy slim wallet might be more expensive than the average wallet, it oozes style and class in a compact accessory.