What is a Bandana?
Also known as a kerchief, a bandana is a large triangular or square piece of cloth. Bandanas are traditionally worn around the neck or head for protective or decorative purposes. However, today, both men and women wear them in a variety of ways, including around the wrist, from the waist, and even as a pocket square. Classic bandanas are coloured and generally feature a white paisley print, but there are many more options available today. As such, when shopping for a bandana, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of colours, patterns, fabrics, and sizes.
How to Wear a Bandana
Around the Neck
Around the neck is one of the easiest ways to wear a bandana. The look can suit just about any gent and can work for both casual and smart casual occasions. To keep the appearance subtle, opt for a small bandana. Twist it, place it around your neck and tie a knot at the front. Alternatively, for a bolder look, you can try knotting it at the back of your neck with a corner left loose at the front. Or, if your bandana is large enough, you may even be able to wear it as a scarf. But, no matter how you wear it, be mindful of your bandana’s colour. Choose bold hues like red to add excitement to otherwise neutral ensembles and softer tones for outfits that already contain colour.
Around the Head
For a bolder and more rock-and-roll look, you can try tying your bandana around your head. This look is a favourite of musicians and perfect for achieving a statement style. It’s also an excellent choice for gents with long locks. Try it for yourself when attending your next festival or gig. To achieve the look, start by choosing the perfect bandana. You can either keep your appearance subtle with a neutral colour like black or go bold with a vibrant hue. Once selected, lay your bandana flat. Then, fold it lengthways multiple times into a long rectangle. Finally, tuck in any loose corners and tie it around your head. To complete your look, pair your bandana with a casual and cool streetwear outfit.
Around the Wrist
Another simple yet stylish way to wear a bandana is to wrap and tie it around your wrist. Doing so will add a subtle dose of attitude to any outfit. Perfect for edgy casual looks, wearing a bandana around the wrist projects an instant rockstar vibe. As such, this look works best with darker bandanas and striking prints. For instance, a black bandana with white skulls will appear much more appropriate than a traditional red style with a paisley design. Also, remember that a bandana around the wrist looks best when worn a little messy, so don’t get caught with yours perfectly folded and tied.
From the Waist
If you’re looking for a subtle way to incorporate a bandana into a casual outfit, wearing it from your waist makes an excellent option. When you wear a bandana near your face, such as on your head or around your neck, it instantly becomes a statement accessory. But, when worn low from your waist, it can gently accent your outfit and provide it with a pop of colour without appearing overly bold. Additionally, you may also find wearing it from your waist much more comfortable and easy. After all, all you need to do is tuck it into a pocket, your belt or waistband or tie it to a belt loop to attach it.
As a Pocket Square
A simple bandana can be incredibly versatile. You can even use it as a backup pocket square in a pinch. Perfect for smart casual occasions, a bandana can easily be folded and placed in your jacket pocket for a quick and easy dapper touch. To rock the look, select a bandana that matches your outfit. One with a pattern or bright hue will stand out while subtle designs will blend in. Also, note the size and fabric weight of the bandana. Ideally, you want the bandana to be thick enough to poke out of your pocket stylishly but small enough to avoid adding too much bulk. It’s also essential to iron your bandana before using it as a pocket square to ensure a neat appearance.
When to Wear a Bandana
Bandanas are a fantastic accessory to add to your casual wardrobe. They can work for any season and can complement a variety of outfits. For a laidback look, select a lightweight cotton bandana in a classic colour, such as blue or red, or pattern, like paisley or camo. Wear it around your neck, head or wrist or from your waist. Then, you can style your bandana with jeans, sneakers and a T-shirt for a stylish and straightforward appearance or add your own unique spin. Just remember to keep the overall vibe relaxed and confident.
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