Get on the bandana bandwagon: 7 cool bandana styles for everyone
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:
Knot¬†it!¬† ¬† 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?
Simple¬†traditional¬†style!¬† ¬† 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!