The bandana stands as one of the most symbolic pieces of clothing in the modern day, adopted in different forms by gangs, farmworkers, and subcultural communities the world over. The simple piece of cloth dates back even to Roman times but has seen countless redesigns, appropriations, and evolutions since its humble beginnings as, well, a handkerchief.
Thanks to its unchanging versatility, the bandana or kerchief remains a central part of accessorizing, with brands of all kinds trying their hand at updating the design. While some look to traditional paisley-derived prints, others look to completely alter the visual characteristic of bandanas to put their own spin on the accessory.
Whatever the outcome, one thing remains abundantly obvious: bandanas are going nowhere fast. From luxury editions by the likes of Totême to hike-ready numbers from Patagonia, these selections prove that the power and significance of the bandana are still undeniable in the realms of streetwear and luxury fashion.
Shop eight of our favorite bandanas below.
Highsnobiety x Keith Haring Bandana
For those that couldn't make it to Berlin Fashion Week, we put together a collection to make you feel as though you could. This Keith Haring bandana features graphics only ever seen before on the Berlin Wall.
Dries Van Noten Silk Scarf
A gradient frame borders this burgundy silk scarf from Dries Van Noten that we're sporting like a bandana this season.
Totême Logo Scarf
Totême's geometrical text logo is embroidered to the clean, off-white backdrop of this scarf.
Lanvin x Gallery Dept. Bandana
Lanvin recently enlisted the help of rising star Gallery Dept. to put a modern spin on some of its classic designs. This checkerboard bandana features co-branding and fresh blooms to the center.
Pendleton is as famous for its heavyweight blankets as it is for its patterns. This bandana features the famous Rock Point pattern to give it character.
Bandanas are essential outdoor items. If you're looking to get your hike on — and many of us are — then enlist a bandana. It'll protect you against any dust, provide much-needed warmth, or cool you down when soaked in water.
Burberry Monogram Scarf
Probably not one to be taken on any hikes, this Burberry kerchief is better off being a pop of personality on your luxury-leaning fits.
Gucci Bee Scarf
The bee has become a go-to motif for Alessandro Michele's Gucci and it's the central point of interest on this beautiful square, too.
Acne Studios Logo Bandana
Simple and effective, this Acne Studios bandana is punctuated by the label's text logo front and center.
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