All the hotties wear wired headphones, or so argues the fast-growing Instagram account Wired It Girls.
Launched in October, Wired It Girls is a carefully curated grid featuring women from all over the world (plus a lone Jake Gyllenhaal) proudly sporting wired headphones. In some pics the subjects are looking right at the camera, others are candid pics, or paparazzi shots, taken while they are out and about. Regardless, the point the account is making is crystal clear: Forget wireless, retro-tech is all the rage.
It seemed everyone was lusting over AirPods just a few years ago, but if you’ve spent some time on the internet in the past few months, you probably noticed that trend starting to decline. Instead of acquiring new AirPods cases, people are reverting to the basics and opting out of the wireless life, whether for practicality, aesthetics, or maybe both.
The wired headphones trend might seem new to the untrained eye, but Shelby Hull, the creator of Wired It Girls, tells Teen Vogue that she’s actually been following this resurgence for some time. “I read Liana Satenstein’s Vogue article in 2019 about Bella Hadid ‘bringing back the humble wired headphone.’ She captured exactly what I had been seeing in blurry IG stories and Twitter selfies from hot girls on the internet,” Hull recalls. “After that, I couldn’t help but notice all the hot girls who were still committed to the wire.”
Satenstein’s article was polarizing, to say the least. Some criticized it, some even laughed at it. But it was just the start. In a short time, the article inspired countless memes and much discourse, and it has not died down over a year later.
“Committed to the wire” is a wonderful phrase for the slew of It girls (deemed so by the internet and high-fashion Twitter) who have traded any up-to-date listening devices for something with a wire. Hull says that when she read Satenstein’s article, she was immediately reminded of multiple paparazzi shots of Lily-Rose Depp, Zoë Kravitz, and even old pictures of the Olsen twins sporting their wired headphones. When Satenstein tweeted “some idiot/genius please start a hot girls with wired headphones page,” Hull instantly jumped on the idea, and Wired It Girls was born.
At barely a month old, the account continues to grow as more and more people catch onto the trend, sharing their selfies and tagging the account to be featured on the Wired It Girls’ IG stories. “I didn’t think it would gain so much attention,” Hull says now. “I thought it would remain a niche corner of the internet, but people really love knowing which It girls are wired.”
It might have surprised Hull, but, according to fashion historian Rachel Weingarten, this trend has been a long time coming. There’s a well-known fashion philosophy that says what’s old will become new again. The Y2K revival over the past few years is arguably one of the strongest fashion has seen recently. Relics from the early aughts (low-rise jeans, trucker hats… you know the vibe) and once-forgotten brands (think Juicy Couture and Abercrombie & Fitch) suddenly became must-haves again. Fashion’s cyclical nature is well explored, but where do we draw the line between fashion accessories and technology in our ever-so-connected world? Well, it looks like we don’t. That’s how, somewhere in between the two, wired headphones found their place in the zeitgeist.
Source by www.teenvogue.com