By Indira Midha
Bandanas have become a must-have accessory this season. This is awesome news for college students on a budget, since you can purchase them anywhere like Walmart or Target for 99 cents. Here are my suggestions for how to wear them.
1.) “Flight Attendant” Necktie
I love this one because it adds a touch of classic elegance to any look with minimal effort. I enjoy pairing red bandanas tied like this with a plain white tee and ripped jeans for a casual look, or with a black faux-leather jacket over a dress for more of a dressed-up-rocker kind of look.
2.) Western Around-the-Neck Triangular Scarf
This one is quite simple, but it works nicely as a casual touch of accessory. I like pairing this with a solid-colored swing dress and a messy ponytail for a festival kind of outfit.
3.) Simple Thick Headband
I like wearing bandanas like this with athletic or athleisure outfits. This is probably because we wore our bandanas like this for marching band and tennis in high school. I like pairing this headband style with a solid-colored sweatshirt, leggings, and Converse. It’s a simple, comfy outfit, and adding the headband to a messy bun makes it look effortlessly put together (and if you have curly hair like me, it helps keep the baby curls under control!)
4.) Rosie the Riveter Bow-Style
I also like wearing this in more casual contexts, but I think pairing a red bandana in this style with a denim shirt makes for a super confident outfit. I usually go for a pair of black leggings with this look, so it’s pretty comfy. Adding the bow to the headband adds a bit more detail, so this can be an age-appropriate way to spice up your messy bun.
5.) Extra Flair for Your Bag
This one is cool for when your outfit is solid and simple, but you want the overall look to have a bit of a pop. I recommend staying away from doing this with printed bags, just because I think it would be too busy to mix prints in such a small amount of space. But if you’re daring with prints – by all means go for it, my friend!