Comparing Designer Chain Wallets and Clutches
Which wallet on chain would you choose?
Surprisingly roomy and eternally organized, a wallet on chain can hold your cash and cards, your lipstick, your phone, your passport, and even your compact and a little pen. They are all about hands-free luxury and minimalist chic. Use them as clutches for formal events, as cross-body or shoulder bags for casual wear, or even as travel wallets for multiple currencies. But with so many chain wallets available from different designers, which one should you choose? Weíve compared a handful of these cute little things to help you choose your favorite based on style, price, and size.
Prada Wallet on Chain
Pradaís Saffiano chain wallet is available in a range of colors, from nero to fuxia (fuchsia). Theyíre made of calf leather and feature a logo on the center of the flap front. Inside youíll find 3 slots for cash, 6 card slots, 1 zip pocket, and 2 open pockets.
Why we love it: Itís virtually indestructible!†
Drawback: Itís smaller than other wallets on chain.†
Dimensions: 4 inches H x 8.25 W
Mulberry Bayswater Clutch Wallet on Chain†
Combining the elegance of a slim clutch with the practicality of a classic wallet, this relatively affordable Mulberry is perfect for a Sunday market run and looks proper enough for meeting with the parents. The chain strap can be tucked inside for an understated, slim-line clutch. It has one external slip pocket, one internal zip pocket, 4 card slots, and 2 internal slip pockets for your passport or train tickets.†
Why we like it: The iconic Mulberry postman's lock closure screams luxe.†
Drawbacks: The fabric lining makes it feel a little less luxurious. There are only 4 card slots, though you can put your other cards in the internal slip pockets. †This Mulberry wallet on chain is also on the smaller side.
Price: £495 ($700+)
Dimensions: 4.3 inches H x 7.4 inches W x 1 inch D†
Strap drop: 49cm
Chanel Wallet on Chain†
Itís the priciest of all chain wallets, but itís also one of the cheapest Chanel leather items you can buy. The Chanel WOC is available in quilted lambskin and features 6 credit card slots, an exterior back pocket, and an interior zipped pocket. The chain link leather shoulder strap is as iconic as the snap-button closure with CC detail. †Adjust the strap to make it a shoulder bag or a cross-body bag. Tuck the chain inside and carry it as a clutch.
Why we love it: Itís Chanel, and if you donít carry around a lot of stuff, itís a cheaper alternative to the classic flap.
Dimensions: 4.9 inches W x 7.5 inches H x 1.4 inches D
Ferragamo Miss Vara Wallet and Clutch†
The grosgrain bow and snap-flap closure are undoubtedly Ferragamo. This surprisingly roomy choice is both girly and practical. Remove the chain and carry it as a clutch with your evening gown.
Why we love it: The material is virtually scratch proof! This wallet on chain is thick enough to hold a phone.†
Drawbacks: It only has 7 card slots (we need more).
Dimensions: 8 inches W x 4.5 inches H x 1.5 inches D
Strap drop: 22 inches†
Rebecca Minkoff Studded Wallet on Chain
The most affordable option, this Rebecca Minkoff envelope-style wallet is made of grained leather embellished with polished studding. It comes with a detachable chain shoulder strap and features 12 card slots and 2 bill compartments, plus a zip pocket across the center.
Why we like it: Cheap and chic!
Drawbacks: The leather is not supple.
Dimensions: 4.75 inches H x 8 inches W x 1.75 inches D
Strap drop: 22 inches
Published January 27, 2016 by Carine Ferguson