The most stylish cases
Incipio Esquire Wallet Series Case
This wallet case combines style and substance. The black shell is made from impact-resistant TPU, and it’s partially covered in a dark gray leather material. Flip the back open, and you’ll find space for two cards. The door can also double as a landscape stand. There are tactile button covers for the volume and power and an opening for the switch. You’ll also find accurate cutouts for the camera, port, and speakers. It’s a good-looking case, but it’s also a practical choice.
Mikol Carrara White Marble Case
Marble has been a sign of opulence since antiquity. It’s usually found in pillars, statues, and tiles for the wall or floor, but Mikol has expanded that list to iPhone cases. These svelte shell cases are hard plastic with a real marble panel inlaid on the back. It’s cool to the touch and the veining is unique in each case. Mikol has combined fiberglass with the marble to prevent it from shattering if you drop it, but it’s certainly not rugged, so don’t expect much drop protection. It’s a very slim case with generous cutouts for all your iPhone’s features, but it will set you back $100.
Nodus Shell Case
Purveyor of the finest Italian leather cases, Nodus is a brand that deserves to be on your radar. The Shell case has a strong polycarbonate core with a microfiber lining on the inside to cushion your iPhone 7. It’s covered in gorgeous full grain leather. There are subtle button covers for the volume and power controls, and cutouts for everything else. You get a small magnet dock with the case and it can be fixed anywhere you want to be able to attach your phone. It comes in brown, black, or gray, but our favorite color is the dark teal. It’s a minimal case from a protection point of view and it costs $66, but it’s super-stylish, comfortable to hold, and the magnet dock is handy.
Pad & Quill Woodline Case
These real hardwood cases are made in Minnesota and every one features its own unique wood grain. You have four choices: American Cherry, Rosewood, Zebra, or American Walnut. For extra strength, the wood has been combined with a polymer core. It’s a simple design. You snap your iPhone into place and there are generous openings for full access to the camera, port, and buttons. It will guard against bumps and scuffs, but we wouldn’t rely on this case for drop protection. It costs $50.
Carved Traveler Case
At Carved, you’ll find a wide range of gorgeous cases that you can’t get anywhere else. There are plain finishes in different types of wood and loads of eye-catching designs to choose from, many of which are the result of partnerships with talented artists. They set the wood inlays into basic, black plastic shells that have accurate cutouts for the camera and ports, as well as thin button covers. There’s also a ridged texture on the sides to enhance grip. Even the interior has a stylish Carved design. If you want something beautiful with a natural feel, then you should check them out.
Urban Armor Gear Monarch Series Case
UAG has stepped up its design with the new Monarch Series, bringing real leather panels and aluminum screws to its classic industrial aesthetic. You’ll still enjoy rugged drop protection, with a protective lip around the screen and oversized button covers, but the Monarch also looks and feels a bit classier. The textured pattern on the sides adds grip, and there are accurate openings for the camera, ports, and switch. This case is surprisingly light and comes in a silvery platinum finish or darker graphite.
Dodocase Bookcase Metallics Collection Case
You can’t help but be impressed by the craftsmanship of these San Francisco-made cases. The folio style provides all-around protection, and the cases look like cute, little books. There’s a fabric finish, a leather spine, and an elastic closure to keep them secured. Your iPhone 7 slots into a thin shell, which has generous openings for easy access to controls and ports. There is also a cutout on the back, so you can use the camera. The color options are copper satin, pewter satin, and graphite satin.