Whether you’re tuning into an addictive new podcast on the go or power-walking to Beyonce’s new album, having a trusty pair of wireless headphones or earbuds in your arsenal has become a modern necessity. While battery specs, sound quality and Bluetooth codecs are vital factors to take into consideration when searching for a personal listening device, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for less when it comes to style.
The key to finding a pair as easy on the eyes as they are on the ears? Go for one that suits your personal style in its design and colour palette. If you’re a minimalist dresser with Matilda Djerf on your Pinterest board, then consider the chic new Beats Fit Pro True wireless earbuds, specially designed by Kim Kardashian. True to the lifestyle mogul’s signature style—and her cult-favourite line of intimates, Skims—the buzzy new release is available in three tones of nude, firmly bringing the earbuds out from the realm of tech gadgets and into accessories territory.
If it’s over-ear headphones you prefer—both for their comfort and the sense of effortless cool they lend—then look to Apple’s candy-coloured range of AirPods Max. With a sleek metallic finish and a plethora of pastel shades to choose from, this is a device that scores in quality and style. Below, find a full list of Vogue-approved headphones and earbuds that will elevate both your outfit and your listening experience—sans cord for a fuss-free experience, of course.
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Beats Fit Pro True wireless earbuds (Kim K Special Edition)
The earbuds of the moment are most definitely Kim Kardashian’s brand new collection with audio brand Beats by Dre. Stepping outside of the cold metallic hues ordinarily associated with tech gadgets, Kardashian has transformed the devices into veritable accessories with the simple introduction of a nude colour palette—bringing them into her own recognisable aesthetic wheelhouse. Boasting secure wingtips that flex to fit your ears and keep the buds in place even when you’re on the move, these athlete-tested earbuds will sound and look good at the same time. And if it’s styling inspiration you’re after—make like Kim K, and wear them with Skims.
$199.99, available at apple.com
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Sudio T2 Jade wireless earbuds
Products from Swedish brand Sudio clearly display the minimal and clean approach you could expect of Scandinavian design. For an earthier take on pastel tones, look to the T2 wireless earbuds in Jade. The look of the device may be softened by round edges atypical of tech gear and a soothing sage green colour, but don’t underestimate its prowess—the earbuds are both sweat and splash-proof, and boast up to 35 hours of listening time on a single charge. Other notable features include a beamforming microphone that controls environmental noise for clearer audio reception—perfect for seamlessly taking calls on the go.
$149, available at sudio.com
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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX wireless earbuds
On the luxury end of the listening device spectrum is premium audio house Bang & Olufsen. With products that exist in the intersection between design and tech, each B&O product is a carefully-crafted work of art you’ll want to display on the daily. Their latest launch is no different. With its sleek bronze finish and glass touch surfaces that catch the light on every turn, the Beoplay EX wireless earbuds punch well above their weight when it comes to power, backed by 9.2mm driver in each earbud producing a full thrumming bass sound that will supercharge your workouts, every single time.
$629, available at bang-olufsen.com
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Apple AirPods Max wireless headphones
The hype surrounding the Airpods Max that Apple launched this year is earned through its superior noise-canceling properties, with the uniquely-crafted mesh canopy and memory foam ear pads ensuring an “optimal acoustic seal” suited to a wide variety of head shapes. With cinematic spatial audio delivering immersive crystal-clear quality that transports you right into the song you are listening to or film you are watching, this pair will be the crown jewel in your collection of devices. Available in five pastel options, we suggest the baby pink—a reliable pop of colour to your outfit.
$849, available at apple.com
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Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones
Minimalist and chic, the new WH-1000XM4 contains all of the benefits of its predecessor (the Sony WH-1000MX3) with none of its cons. It boasts a 30-hour battery life, sensational audio performance and pragmatic new features such as ‘Speak to Chat’—which pauses tracks that are playing automatically so users will be able to talk to someone around them without having to remove their headphones—and Adaptive Sound Control, which automatically adjusts ambient sound settings to suit your location.
$499, available at sony.com
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Marshall Major IV wireless headphones
When it comes to endurance and power, it’s hard to beat industry favourite Marshall. Having been on tour with artists like Jimi Hendrix, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar and Lana Del Rey, the brand’s audio engineers have a trick or two up their sleeve. Accordingly, the Major IV wireless headphones offer up to a staggering 80 hours of listening time—alongside roaring bass, smooth mids and brilliant treble. If you’re pressed for time, a quick 15-minute charge will have you juiced for up to 15 hours, making the stylish headphones easy to grab and go. We recommend them in this rich chocolatey brown shade for a vintage look and feel.
$250, available at marshall.com
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Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 wireless headphones
While professional audio brand Bowers & Wilkins delivers robust and flawless sound quality in every product, their most design-forward offering comes in their latest headphones, the Px7 S2. Crafted from sturdy woven carbon fibre composite arms immune to wear and tear, the pair also flaunts custom-designed 40mm drive units, carefully angled inside each ear-cup for a deeply immersive listening experience. The brand’s promise? You’ll hear music exactly as the artist intended.
$600, available at bowerswilkins.com