My earliest memory of a bandana was watching my favourite TV show stars like Hillary Duff (Lizzie McGuire), Raven Baxter (That’s So Raven), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex And The City), the Olsen twins, and Paris Hilton wear this trend in the early 2000s. The accessory was styled with bell-bottom jeans and tie and dye tops, followed by which bandanas were only seen on band members and painters. So as I was scrolling through my favourite fashion pages on Instagram, I had a Déjà vu moment seeing the same bandana tied over and around the heads of top models, fashion bloggers, and TikTok stars.
Love it or hate it, this head accessory trend has made an official comeback. Not just our timelines, Bandanas have also made an appearance in the spring-summer collection of luxury design powerhouses such as Chanel, Valentino, Chloe, Alexander Wang and Gucci. With trends from the early 2000s and ’90s making a come back I was not surprised to see this revival. Like most 2000s trends, bandanas too, have got a chic upgrade, moving on and away from the cliche’ paisley prints.
Often synonymous with bigger and bolder prints such as paisley and Aztec, this season we are seeing more feminine prints like disty, abstract and oriental floral print.
Turn this head accessory into a neck accessory. Tie the bandana around your neck, instead of over your head to create a unique look. Also, this helps add colour and print into a monotone or neutral outfit. This style is also known as a neckerchief. Pick the classic red one to compliment your white shirt.
An excellent way to use your bandana is also to wrap it around your summer hat to give it a chic and easy makeover.
A new and improved way in which fashionistas are wearing bandanas is by wrapping the colourful piece of cloth around their wrists and forearms. This styling trick works best with a smaller size bandana. Match the colours with the rest of the accessories in your outfit, to make them look more cohesive.
One of the trendiest DIYs you can do using a bandana is making a handkerchief hem, strapless top from it. This is an excellent look for the summer months, style your bare neckline with layers of accessories to glam up the look.
The bandana is also associated with the whole “Instagram baddie” look, but if your style is more preppy or feminine, pick a chiffon one and wear it with gold or pearl accessories to make it look polished.
Bandanas are not just a high-street trend; they were also featured in the collections of many luxury labels. So do a subtle flex, with the monogrammed ones that have a designer logo printed all over it. Some of the designers who made monogrammed pieces include, Fendi, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.
This also doubles up as a moldable waist belt. Fold yours into a thin belt, and use it to cinch your waist.
Jazz up your arm candy by looping a bandana around the bags handle. This trick works best with summer bags such as fishnet bags or cane totes.
Last, but certainly, the most important way to use a bandana is to make a face mask. People are pulling their cotton bandanas out, to make DIY face masks at home.
These reasons are enough for me to pull my dusty old bandana out of my closet. Plus, it also helps keep your hair away, just what is needed for the summer. What do you guys think of the resurgence of this trend? Let us know in the comments below. And do follow @missmalinifashion, for latest updates on style.