The best bandanas are the MacGyver of men’s fashion. You can tie one around your neck like a headscarf or tuck it into your suit jacket like a pocket square. You can use them to tie up your lush quarantine locks, mop up spills, or wrap small gifts. They serve as a makeshift bandage in a pinch and help you stop a lifeboat the next time you’re trapped on a desert island. In light of our new double masked reality, perhaps most of all, a good headscarf is seen as a handy second layer over your everyday face mask.
But what exactly qualifies a bandana as one of the best bandanas out there? It boils down to a couple of factors. You want a headscarf made from a good quality fabric – generally cotton because it’s soft and absorbent and breathable, but we also have time for merino wool and silk wraps – that’s strong and thick and won’t fall apart after a few washes. And well, you want one that looks really stupid too – outside of t-shirts, bandanas may be the best medium for designers to go wild in the graphics department.
When you’re ready to stock up on these all-round accessories, we’ve done all of the research for you. From classic to minimal, from dazzling to practical, here are the best bandanas you can buy right now.
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