Ron got me an iPad for my birthday/Christmas. Okay, yeah, so my birthday isn't until Thursday (Dec. 2), and Christmas isn't for another 23 days or so after that, but I think he wanted me to be distracted so he could get work done, so he gave it to me early.
Anyway, I went ahead and bought the official Apple iPad case (because it's nice and minimalistic, and it was on sale -- we went on Black Friday), but I'm still looking for something a little...sexier. Like something pink, or with crystals on it. Also, I'm trying to distract myself from Michigan's horrible game against the Buckeyes this morning.
Without further ado, here are 10 sexy, fashionable iPad cases:
1. iPad Sleeve in Teal and Brown Damask ($25)
I love the teal and brown -- so chic these days! This iPad sleeve comes in a variety of patterns, and can be customized to your tastes -- snugly fitting or looser, and with a zipper, button/elastic, or hook and loop closure. It's lined with soft minky fur, but can also be upgraded to foam inner core or water-resistant cell foam ($5 extra). Sold on Etsy by UrbanMetro.
2. MORE "Shocking" Patent Faux Leather Flip Case ($49.90, crystal screen protector incl.)
I'm not entirely sure whether I prefer sleeves or cases -- especially because a lot of cases are "flip" cases, and provide some sort of stand for the iPad (which, quite honestly...is pretty necessary). The "Shocking" patent faux leather flip case by MORE is one of the most stylish flip cases I've seen -- it comes in hot pink, neon yellow, white, or black patent leather, and features a magnetic closure. The pink is particularly awesome -- so far, all I've seen in the way of pink has been that non-intense, Susan G. Komen For The Cure pastel pink. Vivid, hot pink is so in right now. Sold by MORE.
3. Dupioni Silk iPad Case in Lime Green ($90)
This is one of those iPad cases that is just gorgeous, but may not be as durable as some of the others (I'm not sure, as I haven't tried it out yet). This case comes in lime green silk, and features "whimsical buttons" in complementary colors. The iPad is secured by elastic straps on the inside, and the case can also be folded over to make a table-top stand -- here's where I'm a little wary, as the table-top stand looks like it won't work quite as well as stands where the cover tucks into a flap located elsewhere on the case. Check it out for yourself at Etsy (by MadObsession).
4. MORE "Safara" Reversible iPad Sleeve ($22.90)
Yeah, MORE did such a good job at designing its iPad case collection that it's getting mentioned twice. The "Safara" line features reversible neoprene iPad sleeves in fun colors and prints. As you might be able to tell, I love the dark purple/zebra print one, but the cases also come in black/camouflage and neon yellow/blue camouflage. This sleeve is also rather decently priced at $22.90, compared to most other sleeves (anywhere from $25 - $50, on average). By MORE.
5. iFrogz Luxe Lean iPad Case in Teal ($29.99)
All right, so this is technically not a case so much as it is a skin. However, the iFrogz Apple accessories are, simply put, awesome. A few months ago, when I bought my iPhone 4, I ran over to Best Buy to pick up a case -- any case -- for it, as I was leaving the country and I wanted to make sure it was at least moderately protected. The only iPhone 4 cases left were the iFrogz cases in dark pink, so I grabbed one of those. It was a tad expensive, but really, really worth it. The iFrogz Luxe Lean case for the iPad comes in a variety of colors, including teal (pictured), pink, black, red, royal blue, orange, gray, and black. The hard polycarbonate shell snaps on super-easily, and has a velvety texture that resists scratches and scuffs. There's also a thin piece of velvet inside to help keep your iPad in place and scratch-free. Sold at iFrogz.com.
6. Zagg Embossed Leather Skin ($49.99)
Admittedly, $49.99 is a lot for something that doesn't even cover the entire iPad (it just skins the back), but the Zagg embossed leather skin is very subtle and sexy. Plus, it's real leather! If the embossed leather is not your thing, you can also get it in ostrich, alligator, or lizard patterns. Pick one up at Zagg.
7. Leather iPad Case in White Lace ($90)
Even if you're not a big cowhide fan, you can't deny that this leather iPad sleeve from Etsy's tovicorrie is just gorgeous. The white lace print is just on the front of the case, which is made of 100% leather. At $90, this leather sleeve isn't the most absurdly-priced thing I've seen...but it does ship from England, so that'll be an extra $15 in shipping (unless you live in England). Find it at tovicorrie's Etsy site.
8. Chanel iPad Case ($1,555)
Usually, people buy cases to protect their expensive electronics because if something happens to the case, well, you can always replace it -- it's a lot cheaper than replacing the gadget, right? Not in this case (haha...case), however -- the Chanel iPad case is for people who bought an iPad and had enough money left over to buy not one, but TWO more iPads...and instead decided to spend it on a $1,500 case. Woohoo! Luxury at its finest. The Chanel iPad case is made of quilted lambskin and features the signature Chanel logo zipper. Buy it at Chanel. (If you're looking for more designer iPad cases, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, and Gucci are also offering sheaths and sleeves, though they're unsexily less expensive than the actual iPad. Yves Saint Laurent has one for $795, though, and Tod's has one for $4900.)
9. Monster iPad Sleeve ($30)
This cute, pink monster iPad sleeve is brought to you from the same weirdos who make the mustache iPad sleeve (no offense, but I hate mustaches and their hipstery undertones and how everyone who has a "mustache" sleeve spells it "moustache"). This one is cute, though, and sooooo pink! It's only made of felt (two layers), though, and it has no closure...so perhaps not the most protective of cases. You can grab it at yummypocket's Etsy.
10. Gradation Crystallized Swarovski iPad Case - Purple ($440.63)
Yes, that's right, for nearly the price of an iPad, you can have this incredibly not-tacky, not-gaudy, not-overwrought Swarovski crystal iPad case from DS Styles. It's handmade and apparently quite fragile -- the website warns that improper handling and/or collision can cause the crystals to peel off (so, in other words, you'll probably need a case for your case). You can pick it up at DSStyles.com -- or, if you like the look but would rather not have to worry about damaging your $450+ case, pick up this cheap knockoff from Sears for just $17.99.
Obviously, I'm leaning toward the $5,000 Tod's case, but I suppose we'll see ;)