Who knew this tiny piece of material was so versatile?

By Samantha Sutton
Updated Sep 02, 2020 @ 12:45 pm
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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

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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

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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!

Sailor Style

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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.

Tucked In

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Headband Style

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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

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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

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Adding bandana to your bag strap will give it a personal touch, or help transform old, basic pieces into something new and improved.