90s¬†trends¬†get¬†revived every now and then.¬†Especially¬†those¬†go-to-accessories¬†(Cool bandanas and¬†chokers;¬†all the way!)¬†that¬†get¬†you to spend¬†no¬†more than a tenner, are¬†easy to¬†wear and can¬†almost¬†always be found¬†in your closets accumulating¬†dust¬†by the¬†years. Though¬†you refuse to throw them¬†out, because one never knows when¬†the on and¬†off mania of the given¬†fashion item¬†gets¬†all the way turned on (Yes! It saves a fortune. One of the more¬†reasons¬†to love these old trend pop-ups).
Bandana fashion has almost always been an in-fashion item. Sometimes it is considered a too masculine accessory, in spite of that cool bandana headbands can be worn by women the right way to look soft and trim. The good¬†old headgear called ‚Äúbandana‚ÄĚ,¬†is¬†something that can retrofit any outfit and give it a new dimension¬†to¬†make you look¬†chicer¬†and more¬†put together. For¬†a¬†simple¬†square shaped,¬†thin and 20√ó20 inch¬†cloth‚Äď¬†that was used to just be thrown on the shoulder and used as a headdress and¬†neck kerchief¬†to remain clear of the dust‚ÄĒbandana headbands have definitely evolved as a famous retro rockabilly¬†adornment.
The¬†word¬†bandana is coined from¬†Hindi¬†word¬†‚ÄėbńĀndhnńĀ‚Äô,¬†meaning¬†‚Äúto tie‚ÄĚ. It was¬†first¬†originated¬†in India as¬†a colorful silk handkerchief. At present,¬†the term refers to any¬†square¬†shaped¬†fabric having¬†various¬†colors and¬†designs.¬†A cool bandana can be used as a hobo bag, a sling¬†for a broken arm giving it¬†a¬†burst¬†of¬†colors,¬†a modern¬†face¬†mask or¬†as a fashion¬†statement.¬†The cloth¬†has gone through history being worn by farmers, cowboys, gang members,¬†LGBT¬†supporters,¬†political¬†campaigners,¬†and¬†now¬†by the¬†in-style¬†fashionistas.
The¬†two-dimensional¬†item is so versatile that it can¬†easily be¬†manipulated to be¬†thrown¬†over the¬†head, to¬†have it¬†twisted¬†around the neck,¬†or to¬†just hook it on your belt-loop. It can give your monochrome outfit a dash of color and give it a bold focal point, or if matched correctly it can be¬†accessorized¬†to give¬†you¬†an entirely different look.
From the endless list of ‚Äúhow to wear a bandana‚ÄĚ, we‚Äôll be discussing some of the c00l bandana fashion that¬†can be¬†emulated with an enviable ease. Here is the list:
You can simply wear the bandana by¬†tying¬†it up in one or two¬†loops. You can have the knot in front,¬†back or side¬†(keeping in mind¬†the length of your hair).¬†For longer hair, the front knot will look¬†exquisite.
You¬†can either tie your hair in a ponytail or arrange it in a bun. Loose¬†or tight? Who cares. Just improvise.
Do it in the cool biker style!
For the biker style or urban look,¬†you¬†need to¬†fold the¬†bandana in half.¬†Wrap¬†it¬†around your head and tie the¬†loose¬†ends¬†together in the back, near your¬†occiput. It suits¬†both long and short hair and keeps¬†your hair protected from¬†dust in long¬†drives.¬†You¬†can¬†keep your hair loose or tied and you are on your way to rock this style.
If you want to flaunt¬†your¬†hair in¬†the open car or bike, let your hair loose¬†and hold your cool bandana in the air to make it fly like your hair. Just like in the movies, eh?
The traditional style is done by folding the square shaped cloth¬†diagonally¬†in an¬†upside-down¬†triangle. After taking care of the creases, fold in the pointed end¬†first and then keep doing it¬†in layers till you have¬†a rectangular piece of cloth of your desired dimensions. Now flip it over and wear it across your forehead and tie in the back.
For short hair with longer¬†bangs, you can throw your bangs on one side over the bandana,¬†it will give¬†you a¬†cool hip look. It‚Äôs¬†how¬†K-pop¬†idols are using bandana fashion these days to look dapper than ever.
Tie it like¬†a bandana headband!
You can also use it as a bandana headband. Fold it in a rectangle and tie the¬†knot¬†on the occiput, or make a bow of the loose ends in the front. It will¬†give you an¬†edgier and¬†retro look. You must have seen Rihanna wear the bandana headband like that, a retro¬†rockabilly¬†style.
You can wear the bandana headband a bit lower¬†on¬†the hairline¬†while working out. It will keep your hair and sweat out of your face. Looks tasteful and is functional too.
Pollution in the air?¬†Wear it as a¬†face mask!
Like the traditional style, you will have to fold the bandana in a¬†triangle. Then by folding the base of the triangle as many times as you want, you will get a rectangle with a triangular piece of cloth jutting out. You¬†can spread the triangular part on your lower face and¬†tie the loose ends of the rectangular part around your head.¬†In the end,¬†check¬†the knot if it‚Äôs tightly put¬†together¬†or¬†not.¬†(You wouldn‚Äôt want your bandana falling off. Right?).¬†Voila! Now you are wearing the bandana¬†like¬†a face¬†mask.¬†Or was it¬†ninja¬†style?
Wear it around the neck as a choker!
Wearing the bandana around the neck in¬†lieu of scarf has always¬†been one of the most famous bandanas fashion styles.¬†For¬†this look, fold the cloth¬†in a rectangle shape like¬†described¬†above and tie the ends¬†on¬†the nape. To give it choker look, tie it tightly.
You can also¬†make it a triangular bandana choker. Fold it¬†diagonally in a triangle¬†and loosely fold the base in few layers. Loose ends¬†go¬†back and triangular part in front. Now you can show off this ghetto look and impress your peers.¬†(‚ÄúMy¬†pleasure‚ÄĚ in advance for the gratitude you must be feeling by now.¬†Haha!)
You can also wear it like an ascot, with your bandana tucked under the collar.
Accessorize your bandana:
Want to forgo your usual¬†jewelry¬†items? For¬†a pristine¬†and¬†laid-back¬†look,¬†use a bandana.
Fold your bandana into a rectangle and wear it around your wrist in two or¬†more loops. Tuck any extra cloth in and tie the ends in a bow or a knot. You can wear a bandana like this along with your other wristbands too, for a fresh¬†look.
You can also use it as an¬†anklet, paired with high-rise jeans and canvas or low top shoes.
Tying a bandana is pretty easy.¬†You just need practice and you can do¬†it¬†like a pro. I¬†hope¬†I could¬†help¬†you out with¬†styling your outfit using bandana fashion.¬†Do try it!¬†Also,¬†remember¬†that a bandana¬†is just a piece of cloth that can be molded and styled easily. Play with it, improvise and try different styles. Good luck!