Bring on the Bandana. It seems to be everywhere at the moment. The bandana is flashing up on Instagram outfits and Pinterest pins daily.
As soon as I spotted Kate Moss in the British press snapped on her way to lunch, a couple of weeks ago, I knew the neckerchief was onto a winner. Her style never tires.
I’m really drawn to the simplicity of it and love the way it works with classic and simple wardrobe pieces. Perfectly compliments denim, whites and blacks of the wardrobe. A big check mark for that box alone! It’s a versatile little gem and the more you think outside the box, the better!
- The Necktie whether it be the classic, the french twist or the cowboy.
- The hair tie whether it be the hair band, the bun tie or the classic ‘Rosie the Riveter’.
- The wrist tie makes the perfect arm candy statement.
- The bag accessory to add that pop of colour or print.
I adore the amazing Leandra Medine from the fab Man repeller blog. I loved her use of the bandana or small square scarves. She’s always one to think outside the box. A bonkers but brilliant beauty.
All the above images were found on Pinterest
Bring on the neckerchief
A few weeks ago I was running late in the morning. Amidst making the boys lunches, a much-needed coffee and checking Instagram (since when did Instagram take priority over getting in the car and driving to work?? Ok……it just did!! Lol) I ran upstairs and grabbed something to wear. It was a scortchio day, so on went with the comfort zone uniform of denim shorts, black and white striped tank and black birkenstocks. Looked in the mirror and thought red lippy will brighten my tired looking Wednesday morning face. But what else? Jewellery?….. No, too casual. Jacket? No, too hot. Scarf? Which one??? I grabbed my Madewell French bandana that I bought a while back in the sale. I only bought this as was looking for something to put in my online basket to add up to the ‘free shipping’ mark. The black and white contemporary French lettering appealed to me. Anyway, I quickly folded it up and tied it round my neck. Closer to a rotund, rustic French farmer than the lovely Jane Birkin…..but it would have to do! Alas, I had a crazy amount of compliments that day – ranging from people at work, to shopping in my lunch break, to the lovely stylish Mum’s/older sisters at my kiddliwinks evening soccer practice. Bingo…..the bandana neck scarf works for me!!
Wearing: Madewell neck scarf, Gap stripe tank, Gap denim Bermuda shorts, Birkenstock Arizona sandal
Wearing: Madewell neck scarf, Gap white tee, All Saints black ‘Carina’ blazer, Levi’s jeans, Asos Cat eye sunglasses
Working the bandana in the Barnet
For those with lovely long locks (not me! The Bob bird nest is my signature!) Asos photographed their bandanas worn as headbands. They look great.
I did however manage this headscarf look. Fuelled by wine and sunshine! done and dusted.
Wearing: Gap cotton pocket tank, Gap denim boyfriend shorts, Missoni sunglasses, Cath kidston red rose earrings, Red bandana (Michaels)
Bountiful outfits from the bandana
I’m drawn towards wearing the classic bandana with a plain tee or a stripe. It works well with denim too. The simple classic traditional colours of black, red or navy, tick the boxes for me. I love an accessory for the capsule wardrobe as it can dress something down or up spectacularly. Scarves take hardly any room and lets face it, I picked up the bandana for the same price as a bloody coffee at Starbuck’s!?!
Hunting down the bandana
I actually looked around the shops where I am in Canada and honestly found the best ones to be at Michaels craft store for $2.99?!? wtf! I’m thinking that a crisp cotton classic bandana made in China, is the same wherever you buy it. Don’t be afraid to check out the places that don’t sell it for $20-30!! I noticed that H&M sell a red bandana in their DIVIDED range for $7.99. I’m sure if I was back in the UK, I would no doubt score in Primark or New look. Asos had a great range of neckerchiefs as part of their summer ’15 collection. I’ve started to stalk local charity shops too now. I have my spidey senses on the look out for silk square scarves that can add to my air steward collection! Think they will add a nice little magic touch to simple jumpers and flared Fall 70’s jeans. Hit those shops, as now is the time to take advantage of end of summer lines. I plan on continuing to work the bandana and neckerchief into my early fall wardrobe especially visualising the black into winter layering outfits.
Lately I’ve been wearing it ……….
Wearing: Gap white tank, Gap denim Bermuda shorts, Wilfred Free (Aritzia) suede bag, Navy cotton bandana (Michaels)
Wearing: Zara tee (summer’15), Gap patch denim shorts, metallic bronze Havaianas, Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses, red cotton bandana (Michaels)
Wearing: Zara tee (summer’15), Gap patch denim shorts, metallic bronze Havaianas, navy cotton bandana (Michaels)
Wearing: Gap raw edge denim sleeveless shirt (spring’15), red cotton bandana (Michaels)
Wearing: Gap 1969 denim jacket, Gap white cotton tank, Ray-ban Wayfarer, black bandana (Michaels)
Wearing: Zara TRF blue striped loose tee (current), gap real straight raw edge jeans , Zara tan leather sandals, navy cotton bandana (Michaels)
I enjoy wearing the bandana in this style. The method I used for this look was to fold the bandana in half (triangle) then repeatedly fold the bandana to form a rolled neck scarf. Then I twist this folded concoction so it forms a kind of structured loose necklace.
Wearing: Gap white boyfriend poplin shirt (wearing a bigger size for authentic boy feel?!), Gap real straight jeans, navy cotton bandana
Come on Eileen??…….. Oh, Dexy’s midnight Runners……where are you now?
So there we go. Are you joining the bandwagon of bandanas? How are you wearing it? Any style tricks up your sleeve?
Always lovely to hear from you. Off now to have a beer in true cowgirl style!
Yee Haa xxx