Wired headphones are cool again and vintage according to it girls everywhere

Wired Headphones Are Cool Again, & It Girls Are Calling Them “Vintage”

Wired headphones are the key to being a “Wired It Girl” according to this Instagram account having a moment…

What is this trend? (It was started by Vogue)

Celebrities like Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid are identified as trend setters in a new internet frenzy: the revival of wired headphones. These simple tech accessories may consequently be the most casual, affordable, it girl trend to ever make a comeback. Vogue reported at the precipice of this fall season that wired headphones are in fact back, and no less, replacing Apple AirPods.

Instagram’s @wireditgirls

In response a hoard of wired fashion folk took to the gram to showcase their own tangly headphone looks. In no time an Instagram account was dedicated to immortalizing them. Welcome @wireditgirls, an Instagram gallery where you can join the ranks of wired celebrities and fashion icons like Lily-Rose Depp, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, and Zoë Kravitz. All you have to do is fish your old headphones out of the junk drawer and snap a selfie.

Vogue’s Liana Satenstein

It was the last day of September when Cool-girl-Vogue-writer Liana Satenstein aka schmattashrink analyzed an Instagram photo of Dua Lipa in Italy, following the pop star’s runway debut at the Milan Fashion week. Lipa, as Satenstein affectionately refers to the singer in her Vogue article, is seen stretched languorously in front of clear blue waters, wearing a butterfly crop top and a metal choker embellished with none other than a pair of wired headphones. The piece, reports Satenstein, is by designer Corrina Goutos.

TikTok’s @thedigifairy

Satenstein declared upon closer inspection that Lipa was making a statement of security and ease, by resurfacing the inexpensive lo-fi tech look that found its origins in the Tumblr era. Not sure what she means? TikTok has it explained. In perfect timing, content creator @thedigifairy, aka, The Digital Fairy, posted an explainer video on her TikTok account which forecasts ‘internet and youth’ trends. Her theory of this particular resurrection, is that wireless headphones “destroy the aesthetic of listening to music”.

2010s Tumblr Aesthetic

The music decorum which she refers to garnered popularity in the 2010s Tumblr era, and is once again seeing a revival, says the TikTok creator. At the time, images of girls in wired headphones were all over Tumblr. Now we’ve come full circle as the humble wire joins the ranks of vinyl records, tape recorders, CDs and boom boxes. You heard it here: wired headphones are now “vintage”. They’re also your ticket to “cool girl street style“.

The @wireditgirls Admin

24-year-old writer Shelby Hull is the admin behind @wireditgirls. She can be found casually strutting her own wires around LA. Hull says “the wire is a perfect indicator for identifying the ‘it girl’. [Because] it exudes an effortless kind of energy, something that you can’t describe.” The fashionable trend watcher goes on to explain that wired headphones are a chic signal that the wearer does NOT want to be spoken to. “Keeping them looking and staying unbothered”, Hull tells me over Instagram DM, “thereby adding an air of mystery to their already alluring, laid-back exterior”.

Hull concludes with some advice for me: stick to a trend long enough and it will have its comeback moment. Just like the juicy couture velour tracksuits and low rise jeans. Stay wired!

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