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 Loewe to hike-ready numbers from Snow Peak, these selections prove that the power and significance of the bandana are still undeniable in the realms of streetwear and luxury fashion.
Shop nine of our favorite bandanas below.
Highsnobiety Shirting Bandana
Our new seasonal collection is in, complete with new garments and accessories to keep you looking fly this summer. Made using the same cotton poplin from our cut and sew collection, the Shirting Bandana is our take on the classic accessory and comes in a variety of colors.
Paolina Russo Printed Bandana Scarf (SSENSE Exclusive)
While traditional paisley bandanas have cemented its place in history, there’s still a lot of room for experimenting with graphics. Paolina Russo adds her signature avant-garde touch to this Printed Bandana.
Loewe Paula's Ibiza Palm Bandana
Loewe Paula's Ibiza collections are quickly growing a dedicated following due to the heritage of the once famed boutique and Loewe’s eye-catching aestheitcs. This cotton-silk blend bandana is an ode to the glory days in the Balearic paradise.
Satisfy Tie-Dye Bandana
Aside from ice-cream and trips to the beach, tie-dye is a certified summer essential. It goes well with all outfits, and is always unique due to the nature of the tinting process.
Carhartt WIP Redford Bandana
The Redford Bandana pays homage to Carhartt’s humble origins in Michigan. Embellished with an array of work-inspired logos and text, it might just be the missing piece to your summer fit.
Balenciaga Cotton Bandana
Although one can argue that nothing beats a simple bandana, Balenciaga ups the ante with its take on the classic by incorporating its logo throughout the print.
Snow Peak Dot Bandana
Staying true its nature, Snow Peak puts a camping themed spin on the staple accessory, assuring you stay present in the moment as you forage through the woods.
Neighborhood Bandana-Print Towel
Even though its towel clearly a towel, NBHD nails its optics with this patchwork style bandana print. Who knows, maybe towels will become this summers must-have accessory.
Acne Studios Paisley-Print Bandana Scarf
The typical paisley pattern gets an Acne makeover, filled with highlights and spectral shades to give a contrasting depth to the staple accessory.
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