A simple bandana might be one of those accessories you haven't given a whole lot of thought to before, but this season, we're encouraging you to think of this handy little item in an entirely new light. Much more than just a nod to Western style, a bandana can bring new dimension to a look, brimming with color and patterns that are more versatile than you think. There are endless ways to wear a bandana, but here we've gathered seven of our favorite examples, according to the street style experts who mix and match theirs with enviable ease.
Keep reading to learn how to wear a bandana seven ways and explore some of our favorite shopping picks along the way.
Knotted Behind the Neck
A bandana print can add a vibrant look when tied around the neck like a scarf. Tamu McPherson of style blog All the Pretty Birds styles hers with a large knot around the back of her neck, creating a bold focal point with her bandana. Use a bandana the next time you want to eschew the usual necklace to bring a unique edge to the way you accessorize.
Cinched Around the Waist
A bandana doesn't have to be worn around the neck, and writer Pandora Sykes proves it here with her choice in styling. Break up the look of a patterned outfit while also cinching in the midsection by tying a bandana around the waist. Wear it loose like Sykes does or twist the bandana to create a belt.
Worn Under the Collar
We love the way designer Lilia Litkovskaya styles a bandana under the collar for a subtle peekaboo effect, similar to an ascot. The black bandana adds sharp focus to her otherwise breezy spring ensemble. Like McPherson, Litkovskaya adopts a bandana in the place of jewelry for a burst of unexpected color.
Tied to a Bag
Accessorizing an accessory? Yes, please. Editor Jessica Minkoff wraps a bandana around the handle of her purse, one of our favorite ways to wear this stylish piece. Choose a contrasting color to your bag, like Minkoff does here. To get the loose, flowing effect, choose a bandana that's made out of lightweight material like silk.
Replace a Scarf
A bandana perfectly complements model Constance Jablonski's grunge attire with this styling, wearing hers loose around the neck in lieu of a scarf. The vivid color perfectly balances her stark white tee while tying in the blue of her denim jacket. Fresh but with an edge, this looks speaks to the versatility of a bandana.
Wrapped Around the Ankle
For a more adventurous take on wearing a bandana, look no further than Carlotta Oddi's creative styling. The fashion assistant ties her bandana as an anklet, pairing it with high-rise jeans while contrasting its bright red hue with gold slip-ons. Oddi keeps the rest of her outfit's color palette subdued in contrast with her bright footwear.
Layered With Jewelry
Stylist and editor Viviana Volpicella knows that one of the best ways to wear a bandana is to add a rock 'n' roll edge to your look. She ties a thin bandana around her neck, knotting it loose in the front and layering it with jewelry. The red and white perfectly complement her Rolling Stones tee while distressed white denim and a jacket tied loosely around the waist continue her ensemble's grungy style.
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