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7 Fashion Blogger-Approved Ways To Rock A Bandana

Or how to complete every summer outfit.

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We can’t figure out what we love most about summer fashion: the clothes themselves (all hail red wrap dresses and velvet bikinis) or the totally glam form-meets-function accessories. Sunnies that provide UV protection while making you look like a model-off-duty, stylish hats that throw you some much-needed shade and what is without a doubt this season’s ultimate, all-in-one summer staple, the bandana. 
 
If the mere mention of a bandana only conjures up mental images of a cloth headband, the fashion set have a few tricks up their sleeve (or wrapped around their ankle) to convince you that this simple accessory is a must-have:

Like a bracelet


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For a boho-chic take on the bandana, you can either fold it like you would a headband and tie it to your wrist, or twist up the entire fabric so it forms a thinner bracelet. To complement the fabric, add a wristwatch or some stylish jewelry for some extra sparkle to elevate the look. Just be sure to not tie the bracelet in such a way that it forms a tight cuff around your wrist – it may look a bit more Orange Is The New Black than bandanas are my new thing.
 

Tied Around A Bag Handle


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For those of you obsessing over this summer’s hottest tote bags and basket bags, take the trend to the next level by styling yours with an extra pop of color. The combination is most effective when you pair a bright bandana with a relatively neutral bag. More vibrant bags can also work just as well, but always make sure that the colors compliment rather than clash with one another. 
 

Around your Ankle or Arm


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If the bandana fits, wear it! Whether you want to rock the bandana-as-an-anklet look, or tie two to your upper arm for a makeshift Bardot top, the key here (once again) is make the fabric pop by pairing it with more neutral pieces. For the anklet, try it out with the classic blue-jean-and-summer-mule combo, making sure to knot the scarf tightly so you don’t trip over it, and for your arms, make a bold statement by pairing the bandanas with an all-white or all-black strapless top.

Like A Belt


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A leather belt may seem a bit too structured for a breezy summer outfit, so why not switch it out for a patterned bandana? A dash of color around the waist can help break up a monochrome outfit and complete an interesting color story, and using a silk scarf in lieu of a belt will give you that nonchalant-yet-endlessly-creative vibe we wish we could channel with every look. Bandana not long enough for your waist? Just tie the fabric around one belt loop on the side on your jeans and ta-da: you've got yourself an effortless accent piece.

Around your neck


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Whether you’re more of a choker person or alternatively, a free-flowing, loop-it-around-and-go bohemian, you can do both (and many more) with a bandana. Pair it with an off-the-shoulder top, add a vintage flair to your outfit with the tried-and-true combo of bandana plus sunhat, worn loose with a silk shirt for a chic and classy summer ensemble, or position it under the collar of your chambray shirt with a triangular, paisley bib protruding from beneath, for a classic cowgirl look. With the fabric so close to your face, just keep in mind how important it is that the colors complement your skin tone. Even if you need to try a few to find your perfect match, this is where it pays to be picky.
 

In Your Hair


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We’ll admit it: out of all the places we could tie a bandana, our favorite one is still in our hair. It’s a great way to keep greasy bangs out of our face and keeps our strands from blowing every which way in the summer breeze. If you’re going for a more vintage-inspired look, put your hair up in a bun or a ponytail, tuck a folded bandana under your ‘do, and tie it into a knot on top – bonus points if you add a pair of cat-eyed sunglasses for that retro Grace Kelly look. But you can also wear it tied around a bun, as a headband with your hair down, or in Tupac-eat-your-heart-out do-rag style. To prevent it from slipping, make sure to position it close to your forehead and secure it with a few bobby pins.

Ready to get crafty with the summer's ultimate 7-in-one accessory? Shop our selection of the most beautiful bandanas this season has to offer:
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Pomme Chan x UO Nika Head Scarf - $16
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Urban Outfitters Bandana Headwrap - $12
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Zara Scarf Pack - $10
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Free People Little Star Print Bandana - $28
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Free People Acid Wash Beaded Bandana - $38
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Free People Beach Club Bandana - $18
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Free People Silky Mixed Print Bandana - $28
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Wren Silk Print Bandana - $28
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Chelsea Printed Silk Bandana - $38
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Topshop Paisley Print Bandana - $10
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Topshop Cotton Bandana - $10
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Silk Philosophy Lauren Silk Scarf - €49
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Silk Philosophy Florence Silk Scarf - €49
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Silk Philosophy Gia Scarf - €49
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Nasty Gal Tie The Knot Paisley Bandana - $8
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ASOS Paisley Bandana - $10
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ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Red Patterned Bandana - $10
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ASOS Glamorous Printed Bandana in White with Rose Embroidery - $8
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ASOS Bold Paisley Print Square Bandana - $13
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ASOS Paisley Print Bandana & Headscarf - $8
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A Peace Treaty Rattan Silk Bandana - $88
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Revolve Americana Doodle Bandana - $30
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J.Crew Ratti Painted Pineapple Bandana - $50
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J.Crew California Map Silk Scarf - $50
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Rebecca Minkoff Silk Scarf - $35
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Shein Chain Print Satin Bandana - $5
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Rag and Bone Floral Print Bandana - $95
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Madewell Bandana - $12.50
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Madewell Fringe Shadowpetal Bandana - $12.50
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Kate Spade Hot Pepper Silk Bandana - $48
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