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15 phone cases the Fashion Journal team has their eyes on

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WORDS BY TESS FISHER

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If you’ve spent more than you care to admit on mobile phones over the years, you’re not alone. The smartphone industry is worth more than $500 billion Australian dollarydoos, and with good reason. Not only are these fragile but valuable little bricks your connection to friends, family and the outside world, they are also a chance to flaunt your personal style.

Not to sound like my dad hammering home the importance of function AND form (“No Tess, you can’t just bring a suitcase of crop tops on your trip home to Tasmania this winter”), but investing in a stylish yet protective phone case is a seriously wise decision. 


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Chances are you’ve made a four-digit investment when you bought your last phone, and if you’re letting that spenny bit of tech freeball it in your pocket, you’re not afraid to die. If you fall into that category, I respect your bold decision and wish you luck in your future endeavours. I, however, did not wake up and choose violence.

Instead, I remain one of the biggest advocates out there for putting safety first and protecting your precious smartphone with a hardy, sartorially-savvy case. So here are FJ’s favourite 15 cases on the market – just don’t blame us if you spend more time taking pics of the covers than actually having them on your phone!

TDE

 

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Headlining this round-up is the phone case I’ve had for the last three years. TDE’s sleek black saffiano leather design boasts two card slots (perfect if you’re sick of cancelling lost bank cards) and can be monogrammed with your initials, name or fave emojis in a range of fun fonts and colours.

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Mimco 

Your mirror selfie just got a glow-up with Mimco’s Classico Case. The pretty pastel check design comes accented with rose gold hardware and is vegan friendly.  

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Casetify 

Give a subtle nod to your favourite hue with Casetify’s drop-proof clear coloured cases. Made with mostly recycled and plant-based materials, the cover is available in a range of shades, weights, and durability grades. 

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Wildflower

 

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Embrace this season’s favourite colour (brown, of course) with Wildflower’s Latte Love case. The hypnotic, retro heart design is handmade, and your purchase is supporting a female-owned company. And if brown’s not for you, this style is also available in blue, red, green, pink and orange (and Wildflower has a huge range of other fun patterned cases to choose from).

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Burga 

Burga’s green zebra print hard-shell Free Spirit case comes with a 12-month warranty, high-shine fade-free print, and shock-absorbing technology. Plus, it looks pretty cute.

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Maison de Sabre 

Looking good in leather isn’t just reserved for Cody Chestnutt, let your phone in on the action with Maison de Sabre’s sustainable pebbled leather cases. It’s the little touches that make this design stand out from the crowd, like complimentary monogramming, suede lining to prevent micro-scratches, and a slim fit with raised edges to protect your phone when it’s face down. 

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The Dairy 

 

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The Dairy’s Nardurna collection features a selection of vibrant prints and colourful patterns from talented Gudanji Wakaja artist, Ryhia Dank. Each of the bright designs tells a story of the people and places that are important to Ryhia, and the 3D printed, high-gloss polycarbonate cases are fade and rub-resistant, meaning the cover will stay looking just as good as the day you bought it.

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Pela Case

Pela is the plastic-free brand pioneering the world’s first compostable, transparent and plant-based iPhone covers. Smooth and soft to the touch, our pick of the litter is Pela’s daisy-adorned Lavender Flower Power Case.

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Urban Sophistication

If, like every other Melburnian, the puffer jacket is your unofficial uniform, Urban Sophistication’s Puffer Case is about to be your phone’s number one wardrobe staple. The kitsch design is squishy, super protective and comes in a range of colours; opt for Hot Chocolate if you want to channel your inner Kendall Jenner or orange for a Dua Lipa moment.

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Flaunt 

Better than a glass of pulpy OJ, Flaunt’s shock-absorbing, slim-line Neon Orange case deserves to be your new squeeze. If the oversized square design looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it in the manicured hands of Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Charlize Theron. 

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The Golden Boheme

This Etsy small business owner handmakes dreamy cream cases using collected seaside treasures uncovered on Perth’s beaches. The free-spirited designs are perfect for sun-seekers who never want summer far from their fingertips, and punny-people looking for endless excuses to say, “You used to call me on my shell phone”.

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Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety’s sophisticated Who’s Who phone case comes with an in-built card slot, meaning you’ll never get caught short at the club looking for your ID again. Complete your monochromatic Melbourne uniform with the cover in classic black.

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Carrie Case

 

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100 per cent plant and 0 per cent plastic, Carrie Case designs are compostable, weather-proof and compatible with wireless charging. For the ultimate hands-free fashion statement, turn your phone into a crossbody accessory with the brand’s detachable utility lanyards and paracords.

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July

Whether you want to personalise your case with big bold initials, colour-drenched emojis, or elegant script, July has you covered. The brand’s MagSafe cases are made using soft full-grain leather and come printed with top-of-the-line, long-lasting ink. 

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Vertigo 

The Vertigo Tropical Flowers phone case gives me flashbacks to my first ever wallet (a hibiscus-covered velcro number from Roxy), in all the right ways. It’s no surprise these ultra-affordable, beachy designs are a regular sell-out, so be sure to hit up the website to get your paws on one. 

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