Bigger is Better

Since I happen to be someone who’s overly obsessed with organization, it has been a challenge to find a wallet that doesn’t stress me out every time I open it. I tend to carry my life in big handbags, so space is in abundance. I don’t like to dig through stacks of cards squeezed into a confined pouch, so it’s important that everything have its own perfect place. Because of this, over time my wallets have grown drastically in size from one to the next. When I finally ditched the accordion style always-stuffed-to-the-brim continental wallets and graduated to a bigger version with more card slots and an all-access layout, my eyes were opened. So for those of you who are like me and love to have your cards laid out perfectly with plenty of real estate for everything from business cards to receipts, might I suggest you go big or go home. It’s all about the travel wallet ladies, and I promise you’ll never go back. I just picked up this Kate Spade version at the outlet near Palm Springs this weekend, and if the electric blue ostrich wasn’t enough to win me over, I couldn’t wait to get home and fill its many slots with every last card. I find it keeps my life in order while still having ample room to accommodate those extra cards and papers we tend to collect from the people we meet and the places we go, so they don’t end up sinking to the bottom of that black hole of a handbag. Keep in mind though, having a big wallet doesn’t mean we’re exempt from clean-out time, so you have to go through and purge the pile-up at least once a week so it doesn’t get out of hand. Wallets of this oversized, open fold design can be hard to track down, so I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite options for you. Many of them I have carefully tested and approved, so I can vouch for their obsession worthiness. Think about it.


Bigger is Better - The Life Styled
Comme Des Garçons, Henri Bendel, Halogen, Kate Spade, Abas (the “valet clutch” is no longer available online but you can call to order one custom for a very reasonable price), Prada, Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler



  1. Nice picks, I too have that same problem of finding the perfect wallet.

  2. I’m a little organization obsessed too so I’m always on the hunt for a great wallet + purse pouches for storing odds and ends. Love the gold Kate Spade version! These are fabulous options and how much fun would they be when you opened your handbag?!

    Chelsea & The City

  3. I’ve been on the hunt for a great wallet just like these! I’m definitely going to check these out. :)

  4. Love this post – I have the same Kate Spade wallet in yellow and I can’t tell you how much nicer it is to go bigger.

  5. I am a total freak for big travel wallets like this. Currently, I carry a Tumi Capra in an amazing bright green, and I have a bright orange (almost Hermes orange) as “backup”. Now that I am seeing that divine blue ostrich you so beautifully displayed above…well let’s just say that salivating for a few weeks and really not being able to get it out of my mind since, I just had to have it and went on a mission to obtain it, despite the fact that I do not NEED a wallet…I have so many wallets it’s ridiculous. And yet, this new Kate Spade should arrive this week.

  6. Where is your iphone case from? it is so cute!

  7. What is the exact name of that kate spade wallet. The link you have is outdated. Really need that wallet in my life!!! Been looking everywhere