12 Ways to Wear a Bandana
Who knew this tiny piece of material was so versatile?
Out of all the accessories in our collection, bandanas have become one of the most reliable. No matter what we're wearing — a dress, a jumpsuit, a T-shirt and jeans — this tiny piece of material always provides a bit of flair. And, although we've officially stopped using them as face masks (turns out they aren't the safest), there are a ton of different ways to style a bandana, proving that stocking up was well worth the money.
If you're in need of some inspiration, take a look at the 12 street style photos ahead. These must-try outfit ideas showcase a few ways to wear a bandana and are worth keeping in mind the next time your outfit is missing a little something.
As a Classic Neck Scarf
Whether your bandana is average-sized or extra-large, the easiest way to style it is by folding it in half to resemble a triangle. Then, wrap it around your neck and tie a knot, creating a quick, casual statement.
Knotted and to the Side
If you're looking to add some glamour to your look, wear your bandana like a neck scarf. Simply roll the material to create one long strand, and while knotting, be sure to shift it to one side. Very Audrey Hepburn!
Knot your bandana around your neck and let the two ends hang down in front, giving off a sailor vibe. Make your look even more eye-catching by picking a color that provides a bit of contrast.
We love how sleek a turtleneck looks underneath a button-down, and this way of styling your bandana gives off a similar vibe. Simply tie it the classic way, then tuck it into your shirt.
As a Top
The '00s have returned and with it comes the scarf top. Instead of investing in a brand new item, you can create this look by wrapping a large enough bandana around your upper body.
As a Bralette
It's the same idea as the scarf top only the knot is in the front. This styling choice even works for cooler weather if you layer it under a jacket.
Looped Around Like a Belt
No belt? No problem. A bandana or scarf provides the same support while adding something fun and unexpected to your outfit.
As a Head Scarf
Playing around with a bandana is also a great way to switch up your hairstyle. Simply tie it around your head, knot it under or over your hair, and wear it like a headscarf.
Tied Around a Ponytail
Give your scrunchie a break and use this accessory instead. You can wrap it around multiple times or just do it once, leaving the ends long and letting them hang out.
Of course, a bandana can easily double as a headband. Wearing the knot at the top of your head will add a playful element to your look, while leaving it around back is simple and sleek.
Like a Bracelet
If you're looking in the mirror and wondering if your outfit needs a fresh new twist, try tying a bandana around your wrist, or better yet, your ankle.
Added to a Bag
Adding bandana to your bag strap will give it a personal touch, or help transform old, basic pieces into something new and improved.