They've been stored in the back of our drawers since 2016, when Apple relegated them to the realm of uncool with the release of its Airpods. But now it's quite possible that we'll have to dig them out again to be on the cutting-edge of cool (even if we have to untangle them to do so). Trendsetters like Lily-Rose Depp and Zoë Kravitz were recently photographed on the streets of New York City decked out with their best-wired headphones.
It's becoming a genuine phenomenon to the point that an Instagram account, called Wired It Girls, dedicated to the most "wired" celebrities, was launched in October. Its creator, Shelby Hull, posts inspirational shots of how headphones and earbuds have made their way into pop culture over the past 30 years. A black and white portrait of Janet Jackson in a recording booth sits alongside more recent photographs of Dakota Johnson, Hoyeon Jung and Jennifer Lawrence, all with cords dangling from their headphones.
Some even see it as a true retro movement. "Girls are replacing AirPods with wired earphones. My theory is that wearing wired earphones shows the aesthetic of listening to music. Listening to music was a literal aesthetic in 2010. Now that 2010 Tumblr culture has made a huge revival, it makes sense that wired earphones would be a part of that," explained TikToker @thedigifairy in one of her videos. An analysis that many internet users seem to agree with: the video accumulated more than 2.3 million views, before being removed from the platform on Tuesday, November 23.