We’ve all got bandanas—most of us probably have about 10 of them, because that’s how many times we’ve changed our style and gone back to our tried-and-true headgear. But unless you’re wearing your bandana tied around your neck like some sort of high-fashion scarf, there are some other cool ways to wear it to spice up your look and make it feel fresh again. Here are some creative ways to wear a bandana when you want something different than just the same old square tied around your neck.
The bandana is a style staple that can be worn a million different ways. But sometimes, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with this versatile piece. If you’re looking for some new ideas on how to wear a bandana, read on for some creative ways to style this fashion favorite.
Tying it around your neck
Traditionally, bandanas are tied around the neck. This is a great option for hot days when you want to keep your hair off your neck but don’t want the heaviness of a full scarf. Plus, it’s easy to do! Just fold the bandana in half, then tie it around your neck, adjusting the knot to be tight or loose as desired. You can leave the ends hanging down or tuck them into your shirt for a neater look.
If you’re wearing a solid-colored shirt, you can also try tying your bandana around your shirt, just under your collar. Just make sure that it isn’t too tight against your neck; otherwise, it can look a little bit off. Plus, if you tuck it in all the way, you’ll end up with an extra layer on top of your shirt. We do not recommend that look! If it’s not tucked in at all, however, don’t expect it to stay in place forever. It’ll inevitably slide out with any quick movements or rough surfaces that come into contact with it. But we think it’s worth the risk for this super cool style!
Adding it to a choker
The bandana choker is a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit. To make one, simply fold a bandana in half and tie it around your neck. You can adjust the tightness by pulling on the ends of the bandana. This look is best with a smaller bandana that sits close to your neck. Tie a knot at the back of your neck to ensure that it stays in place! If you want more coverage, tuck the excess fabric under your shirt collar or shirt sleeve. For an extra style boost, tuck a bobby pin behind your ear to hold up loose hair while adding an accessory.
The Girly Headband
Take a bandana and fold it in half. Tie the middle of the bandana around your head, making sure that the pointy ends are hanging down in front of your ears. Then, take the two ends and tie them together at the back of your head. Voila! You’ve made a cute girly headband. Wear it with jeans or leggings for a more casual look, or wear it with a sundress for something more formal.
Around your wrist as an armband
This is a great way to show off your bandana if you’re wearing a sleeveless shirt or dress. It’s also perfect for hot days when you don’t want anything clinging to your skin. To do this, simply fold your bandana in half and tie it around your wrist. The tightness can be adjusted depending on how fitted you want it to be. If you have an extra-large bandana and would like to wear it as an armband, just fold it into thirds before tying it onto your arm. In this instance, it’s best to tighten the knot so that there isn’t too much slack left. The last step is making sure that the two ends are hanging at even lengths so they cover your entire forearm. Once you’ve got your hands wrapped with one end over the other, grab both of them and twist them together. Once twisted together, tuck them back under the first loop and then tie a simple knot.
Tie it into your hair
A bandana is the perfect accessory for a bad hair day. Just tie it into your hair, like a headband, and you’re good to go. You can also use a bandana to keep your hair out of your face when you’re working out. If you have long hair, a bandana can be used to keep it from getting tangled. For something more fancy, try tying it into a high ponytail or put in loose braid and then securing with another bandana. To create an accent around your neck or collarbone, simply tie the bandana loosely around your neck or shoulder in a knot and tuck one side under the other.
Tying it into your shoes as an anklet
The next time you go on a hike, try tying your bandana around your ankle as an anklet. It’ll add a touch of personality to your outfit and can help keep your socks from getting too sweaty. Plus, it’s a great way to show off your unique style.
Here’s how to do it
1) Take your bandana (preferably one with some color), and fold it in half horizontally so that one side is longer than the other.
2) Tie a knot just below where the short end meets the long end, then tie another knot at the top corner closest to where you started.
3) Tie both ends together in a knot at one end (make sure they’re tight). Now take both ends again and tie them together in another knot at their other end. Your anklet should now be nice and secure!
Around your waist like a belt
A bandana around your waist is an easy way to add a pop of color or pattern to any outfit. Plus, it can come in handy if you need an impromptu belt. To rock this look, fold your bandana in half diagonally and tie it around your waist, letting the ends hang loose. You can also try tying it in a knot or bows for a more feminine touch. If you want to go all out, pair your layered skirt with a statement bandana tied into multiple knots at the side.
Wrapping it around your handbag
Tying a bandana around the handles of your handbag is an easy way to add a touch of personal style to an otherwise mundane accessory. Plus, it’s a great way to keep your bag from getting dirty when you set it down. Here’s how to do it Fold one side of the bandana over your handbag handle and wrap it up and around, tucking in the loose end into the wrapped part. Take one corner and fold that over too before tying a knot to secure everything in place. Finish by tying off any remaining ends with another knot or leave them loose for an added bohemian vibe!