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Best Fashion Headphones for Men and Women
UPDATE [March 2022]: We’ve put a pin on this best of post. We recommend that you prioritize sound and functionality over looks. So have a look at the best ANC headphones, best Sony headphones, and the best Bluetooth headphones instead.
Sometimes it’s not enough to have the best sounding headphones, but you need the best looking cans to complement your style. Not to worry: this market has exploded in the last ten years, and there’s never been more ways to combine your personal audio with your style.
You and I both know that sometimes the flashiest veneers of fashion can sometimes hide a lack of quality underneath, so we’ve compiled a list of headphones that sound as great as they look. Just be aware that you can’t always avoid tradeoffs, so if there’s something you need to know: we’ll point it out.
So if you’re an image-conscious man or woman with a flair for the fashionable, take a look at this list and see what you like. We selected the headphones below primarily for their form, but your tastes may differ from ours. That’s okay! Sound off in the comments if you know of another set that appeals to you—we’ll be updating this list periodically, and your suggestions might make their way into the article.
If you’re a fan of a retro look, there’s nothing that quite scratches that itch like the Bowers & Wilkins P7. Though huge, it has the right combination of classic art deco-ish design cues and modern convenience features (like magnetic earpads and a removable cable). Really, there’s very little to dislike about this set of headphones, unless you’re not a fan of black leather and metal. Still, the P7 is worth every penny.
If you aren’t exactly the type to carry around a bag (or stuff things in your pockets), how do you carry around your headphones? Well, Ashley Chloes Kickstarter-backed wearable is one of the more intelligent solutions to this problem I’ve found. Debuted at CES in 2015, the Helix Cuff hides a set of Bluetooth earbuds within the body of its fashion-forward wristlet. When you want to listen to your tunes, all you have to do is pull out the earbuds and pair with your phone. Because they’re not stuffed in a purse, messenger bag, or pocket: they’re very easy to reach at a moments notice, and there’s no ugly wires everywhere to deal with. The wristlet itself comes in several colors and metal finish options, including white, silver, gold, and all black—meaning anyone can find one that looks good on them. The all-black option just looks a bit like a FitBit, and the others can easily pass as jewelry.
It’s no secret that we love V-MODA’s Forza Metallo, but it’s for good reason: they’re superbly well-designed, and sound great too. They have something to offer most people, especially the fashionistas in your life looking for a set of in-ears. The earbuds ability to sport custom 3D-printed caps that make the Forza Metallo stunners in their own right, using high-quality materials. It’s just gravy that these great-sounding earbuds also come with V-MODA’s standard 2 year warranty, should you do the impossible and manage to break the reinforced wires.
Sure, its almost cliche now to mention that Beats have a now-iconic design. Despite the fact that they’ve become sort of a status symbol, Beats have come a long, _long_ way from the days of their ultra-bassy first generation of cans. The Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones are a step in the right direction. Now owned by Apple, these headphones have the guts and finish to tag-team your personal tech needs with an iPhone of any color—even rose gold.
If you want audio quality in a chic package, there’s really not much out there to compare to the Audeze Sine. Boasting a metal and leather design by BMW and top-of-the-line transducer technology, these on-ears sound don’t make any sacrifices. However, it all comes at a price: these are not cheap at $400+, and you’ll need an iPhone to get the best performance out of them. While these headphones can use a standard 3.5mm jack, the CIPHER cable uses a lightning port to connect to Apple devices. But the payoff is huge: 24-bit audio is unlocked with the cables onboard DAC chip, which sounds absolutely fantastic.
Know of any headphones we missed? Share your favorite fashion-forward designs! We’ll be periodically updating this list if we find anything better, or if more prominent models come back in stock. The fashion world moves quickly, so expect to see a lot of cool designs out there.