Technology is great and all (and we couldn't survive without it), but let's be honest: it's not always great looking. Touchscreens, portable readers and laptops have traditionally been boxy and boring. While that trend is slowly changing as tech becomes sleeker, fashion is helping to speed the process up a bit. Luckily, designers know that we, as both technology and shopping addicts, want to make our handheld devices look just as cute as our outfits, and there are tons of great items out there that do the trick.
Take my phone, for example. It may be smart, but its design is fairly uninteresting from a fashion standpoint. So, I keep a collection of cases in rotation and change them up to match my outfit or mood. After all, a phone is the one accessory you're never, ever without--why should it look the same every day? You can find covers in almost every store, from reusable sticky skins to heavy-duty hard cases (for us accident-prone users), to make your phone a little less basic. My favorite idea? Reusable stickers--Chanel makes adorable lipstick print ones. It doesn't stop there though; what about your headphones? You wouldn't leave your ears naked on a night out--your earbuds deserve the same treatment. Toss those boring factory-issued buds for something crazy; the studs on these Lady Gaga's Heartbeat 2.0 could just about function as earrings.
You might not be changing up your laptop as frequently, but who says you have to stick with that plain white fruit-shaped logo? You can get customizable skins from SKinIt in almost any style or color. Really obsessed with Miu Miu's prints? Copy, paste and print--you'll have the coolest laptop at #FW. Don't forget to get a good carrier too, like this Marc Jacobs galaxy-print tote; you don't want to just chuck your laptop in your purse!
The best cover selection though, hands down, are available for tablets. From the books and movies you store on them to the games you play and RSS feeds you read, your tablet is of the utmost importance. Show it some love with something pretty to keep it safe. Any brand worth it's logo has a reader case, done in any material from leather to an ironic marble notebook slip.
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