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How to Style a Bandana: 6 Fashion-Forward Styles

Like many other trends that were popular in the 1990s and 2000s, bandanas are back! Bandanas are more wearable than ever before, and have been rising steadily in popularity due to their versatility. Bandanas were seen among the spring-summer collections of high-end fashion brands including Alexander Wang, Chanel, Chloe, Gucci, and Valentino.

If you want to embrace the bandana trend but aren’t quite sure how to style them, we’ve got you covered. Here are 6 ways to style a bandana which are both stylish and practical.

1. Face Shield

A face shield is an essential accessory in 2020, and a bandana is a great way to create a comfortable face shield that will keep you and others protected whilst adding the finishing touch to your outfit. Simply fold your Shyface bandana diagonally to form a triangle and tie it around the back of your head for a loose, breathable face shield. It’s a great way to stay safe, but with a more stylish look than many of the face masks on the market.

To create a more compact face shield for additional protection, lay the bandana out flat in front of you with a corner pointing to you, and the opposite side away from you. Next, fold the top corner into the centre, and the bottom corner up to meet it. Then continue to fold the top and bottom into the middle until it is just the right “thickness” to cover from your nose down to your chin. Then simply tie around the back of your head as usual.


2. Headband

Wearing your bandana as a headband is another popular way to style a bandana. Not only is it stylish, but it works to keep your hair out of your face and can turn a bad hair day into a fashionable one. If you wear hats most days, bandanas can help you mix it up or keep cool on hot days.

No matter whether you have short hair, long hair, no hair, or braids this is the perfect accessory. Either leave the knot around the back of your head for a more edgy look or tie the knot around the front of your head for something a little more feminine. Style with chunky gold jewellery to make your look even more put together.


3. Neck Band  / Necktie

Bandanas aren’t only made to be worn on your head you know! Why not wear your bandana as a neck band to add a pop of colour or pattern to your outfit, or simply to keep your neck warm on cooler days?

Fold your bandana into a wide band and tie it around the back of your neck or fold it into a thinner band and knot to the side for a vintage 50’s look. Change up the pattern depending on the look you want: red paisley bandanas are perfect for rockabilly or 90s styles, while something like our black skull bandanas are best paired with an all-black or white outfit. Of course, experiment and find what works for you!


4. Wristband

A new way to wear a bandana is to turn it into a wristband. Simply wrap and tie your folded bandana around your wrist or forearm to add a statement accessory to your outfit. Opt for a darker colour for an edgy biker style or go for softer colours and patterns for something a little more girly. This is also a great way to take your bandana with you on the go if you plan to use it as a facemask.


5. Hair Band

Bandanas also make the perfect accessory to any up-do. Just tie your bandana around a low or high ponytail or bun to instantly upgrade your look. Either wrap the bandana around your hair multiple times for a more traditional hairband or tie it around just once to leave long ends for a glamorous, Parisian style.


6. Beanie

The final way to wear a bandana is as a beanie or skullcap – this style can take some practice to get right, but looks killer when you master it. If you have hair long enough to tie back, then tie it in a tight bun at the nape of your neck. Tie the bandana around your head, tucking the ends under the knot to ensure that your head is completely covered. Another option is to use a small elastic band to secure the knot tightly, and then tuck it under.

As you can see, bandanas are extremely versatile and work for a range of styles, weathers, ages, and genders! No matter how you plan to style your bandana, we’ve got the pattern to suit you. They’re all made from 100% cotton, which is one of the most skin-friendly fabrics available. See our full range of bandanas here.

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