ipadGetting your iPad was a total no-brainer.  Choosing the right case is the really hard part.  Do you go strictly utilitarian and get a super protective, missile repelling hard case, or break the bank and check out what Louis Vuitton or Fendi has decided to chuck down the tech runway?  Our suggestion, as always, is to go with something fashionable with lasting appeal, and with just enough high-tech protection to keep it from being totally frivolous.  Don’t leave your iPad out in the cold this season, keep it as well dressed as you are!  To that end, you can’t go wrong with any of our Top 5 super stylish iPad Cases.

UNDERSTATED LUXURY

American purveyors of fine leather goods, Dooney & Bourke have been plying their craft since 1975, and this holiday season offer up the luxurious leather Python Case for your iPad ($125).  A simple, no frills, leather, notebook style case embossed with a python print that looks sleek and expensive at a great price.

BRO LUXURY

Silver Lake, CA based Killspencer has been making a name for itself with its line of hand made case goods, and their woven cotton Jacquard Camo print case ($149) for iPad mini is no exception.  A zippered pocket style case lined in black faux fur provides a snuggly home for your iPad mini.  An integrated outer webbing strip provides a place to clip a pen or your sunglasses, or their optional Accessories Case ($69).  The case is also available in black, grey or burgundy leather ($169), in the regular iPad size.

SCHOLARLY LUXURY

DodoCase’s scholarly line of Color Block Cases for iPad are inspired by Northern California and offer a handmade, bookish appeal to the iPad.  Hand crafted in San Francisco by traditional bookbinders, the handsome two-tone case looks and feels like a quality, hand bound book.  Crafted with an eco-friendly bamboo tray at its core, the Dodo Case Color Block Case (we love the orange and grey combo), offers up a lot of style at a great price. ($79.95)

IRONIC LUXURY

Riffing off of Apple’s iconic TV commercial introducing the MacBook Air in an interoffice memo envelope, Boxwave has created the Manila Leather Envelope case that is a high style copy of its office stalwart cousin ($29.95 on sale!).  Crafted from high quality leather with the familiar twist tie closure, and fully padded and lined inside for safety, the Manila Leather Envelope iPad case wins this battle for the most stylishly cheeky case available.

CONSCIENTIOUS LUXURY

Started by an ex-professional traveler who could never find the just-right accessories for her many travels, all of Plaid Doctrine’s travel products are made in the USA from recycled plastic bottles with durability and functionality at their heart.  Their handsome, plaid iPad Sleeve features two outside pockets, with a foam-padded lining.  A high performance fabric made from recycled plastic bottles keeps it eco-friendly and durable as a brick.  ($59).