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A bandana is a small headscarf with a clear graphic pattern (such as a paisley pattern). Initially, it had an exclusively practical application: Spanish breeders and American cowboys used a bandana to protect against dust raised during cattle driving. To do this, the kerchief was loosely tied around the neck, leaving a small piece of fabric that could quickly cover the nose and mouth. With the change of cultures over the course of several decades, the function of the bandana has also changed: now it is also a stylish accessory that, as suggested by the brands Dior, Gucci, Jacquemus and MSGM, can be worn in a variety of ways.
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I'm a big fan of bandanas, I have about five. I always take a couple of them with me on trips, they often help me out: they help me to do my hair on wet hair or cover the burnt parts of my body. In everyday life, the bandana can be worn in the classic way: fold it in half diagonally (you should get a triangle with equal sides), attach the central part to the forehead and tie the ends at the back of the head. If the kerchief is too large, then wrap the elastic around the back like a tail.
Headband bandana © Edward Berthelot / Getty Images
Twist the bandana into a pinstripe and tie a bow up front (women) or back down (women and men). On the one hand, you get a kind of headband, which will not only give your look a touch of the 60s, but also gently remove hair from your face. On the other hand, there is a more modern underground version.
Bandana tied around the head © Christian Vierig / Getty Images
Tie a bandanna, turned into a strip, around a hat - straw, cowboy or classic fedora or boater. Adjust the width of the strip to the size of the hat's own ribbon, provided not so much for decoration as for masking the place where the crown and brims are fastened. Tuck the ends of the bandana inward, tie a bow or let it out.
Bandanas around the neck and on the hat © Edward Berthelot / Getty Images
You can also wear a bandana under a hat, baseball cap or panama hat that is current today. Twist it into a strip, tie it tightly around your head and tuck the ends into the fabric. It is better to choose a small bandana, otherwise it will turn out to be too thick when twisted - it will bulge out from under the headdress or will not be put on at all under it.
Bandana under Panama © Edward Berthelot / Getty Images
The bandana is a great accessory for women's hairstyles - whether it's a low ponytail or a high bun. In the first case, tie it around a tight and thin elastic band, in the second, twist it at the base of the bundle (so it will look much more voluminous and more interesting). You can also weave a bandana into a voluminous and long braid.
Bandana as part of the hairstyle © Christian Vierig / Getty Images
The bandana can be worn not only on the head, but also on the body - for example, as a crop top. To do this, twist it into a strip 15–20 cm wide and tie it around your chest. The degree of frankness of the image will be knocked down by a denim jacket (or a white cotton shirt), worn unbuttoned on top.
Crop top bandana © Claudio Lavenia / Getty Images
To use a belt-shaped bandana, twist it into a strip, thread it between the belt loops of your jeans, and tie it at the front or side. It will be much easier for girls to perform this manner due to the fact that most trousers have a fit at the waist, that is, in the narrowest part of the body. Men should look for a large bandana or tie two or three headscarves into one.
Bandana as a jeans belt © Edward Berthelot / Getty Images
The bandana can become a scarf, choker or pioneer tie. In the first case, just throw it around your neck, in the second, tie it tightly around the throat, in the third, fold it in a triangle and tie it back in a knot. Cossacks, a leather jacket and a felt hat will perfectly fit into such an image, however, a leather jacket can be replaced by a denim shirt buttoned up with all the buttons. Let the bandana only slightly peek out from under the clothes, imitating a silk scarf.
Bandana around the neck © Christian Vierig / Getty Images
Wear the bandana as a decorative element - on your wrist, ankle, in your shirt pocket, or on the handle of your bag. I would not tie a scarf to a classic and austere bag like, for example, Prada Saffiano, but I can quite imagine it on Dior Saddle and other accessories in western, boho, jeep, grunge and rock styles. Do not wrap the entire handle of the bag with a bandana, but simply tie it in a knot at one of the attachments, but not in a bow.
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