Once I found out my iPhone 4S was shipping, I started searching for the perfect case. I loved the ones I saw at Kate Spade over the summer, but none of their current styles for sale were flipping my switch. Then, I thought to do a search at Etsy, and voila: seriously cute cases from shop Pencil Shavings.
And there are many other punchy patterns in the Etsy store, like chevrons, stripes, polka dots, and a variety of geometric prints—all of which are customizable—with no text, text of your choice, color, or a monogram.
After much deliberation, I went with a blue Trellis print (center) with my initials, just for fun.
I don't know that it will do much to protect my phone if I drop it from standing height, but it's certainly protecting me from looking at a boring phone case.