How to Wear a Bandana—Plus 7 Sustainable Options to Try
Bandanas are a functional, multi-purpose, and seriously cool accessory. Here are seven ways to wear a bandana for an instant outfit upgrade.
Bandanas are a forever accessory. Though the staple found popularity with America's Western set, bandanas were used to disguise unsightly snuff habits, the handkerchiefs dyed in India and imported to England. The word "bandana" comes from "bandhani," the Indian word for the method of coloring.
The square scarves serve a protective purpose, guarding against dust and other unwanted realities, and a stylish one, too. A bandana tied around the neck, wound through hair, or even in the stead of an actual shirt makes an enduring statement—big stuff for a small square!
Want to build a bandana collection, or start making use of an existing one? Here are seven ways to wear a bandana—and the sustainable scarves to match.
How to Wear a Bandana: 7 Must-Try Looks
1. As a Neckerchief
Whether coupled with your favorite denim or a simple slip dress, the neckerchief is a timeless styling note. Play around with fabrics, prints, and textures for extra eye-catching intrigue.
Patagonia Bandana, $19
Patagonia's bandana is made from organic cotton and is Fair Trade Certified, minimizing your impact on the planet and maximizing your eco ethics.
2. As a Hair Ribbon
A ponytail becomes an updo when finished in a prettily printed bandana.
Centinelle Cotton Silk Bandana, $60
Centinelle's collectible silk scarves are ethically sourced and hand-painted in California. Plus, the brand is a member of 1% for the Planet, meaning that a portion of all proceeds benefit eco-initiatives.
3. As a Headband
Create your own knotted headband with a patterned scarf. Tied loosely over an equally undone updo, a bandana becomes a must-have cottagecore accessory.
Centinelle Silk Medium Square Scarf, $110
Another from Centinelle, this time cut in a classic bandana shape. Thoughtful design and quality production mean that you can enjoy this scarf for a lifetime (and it can enjoy several).
4. '90s Style
Embody the spirit of the '90s hip-hop-inspired pop culture scene with a halved bandana tied over your head.
Outerknown OK Bandana, $14
A planet-friendly take on a tried-and-true classic. Outerknown's go-to blue bandana is made from organic cotton—and ready pair with practically any outfit.
Eco Raw Studio Classic Patterned Raw Silk Bandana, $36
Get earthy with this green bandana. Eco Raw Studio's scarf is made 100% silk and hand-colored using plant-based dyes and motifs.
6. As a Shirt
The balmiest days call for a bandana blouse in an equally sunny hue.
7. On Your Dog
Bandanas aren't just for humans! Dress up your dog with the timeless accessory and they'll be the coolest kids at the pup park.
Vintage 1980s Paisley Bandana, $26
Gift your pup some vintage flair! A classic bandana is the perfect collar cover for the stylish dog in your world.
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