Axel Rose, Christina Aguilera, and Tupac—what featured prominently in each of their 90s looks? The bandana! And these stars rocked bandanas like nobody’s business.
As a fashion accessory, bandanas are quite versatile and can be infused into any outfit to create an edgy look or an artistic vibe. Just look at Guns N’ Roses’ front man, Axl Rose. Bandanas were a staple of his badass rock star ensemble. All the hard rock wannabes took notice and started to sport the head accessory. Even Carrie Bradshaw turned bandanas into a sexy and boho-chic fashion statement for any city (or small town) girl. With 90s looks creeping back into mainstream fashion, it’s time to break out those paisley handkerchiefs and rock the bandana 90s style!
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Here are some styling options to add that 90s bandana flare to your outfit:
The Skull Cap
One of the most popular looks for bandanas (particularly in the 90s) was the skull cap. Make sure to pull the bandana tight to your head when creating the skull cap to avoid wrinkles. Secure the skull cap at the bottom of your neck with a knot and tuck the ties under the cap to complete this look. Astrid Magnussen (played by Alison Lohman) sports the skullcap look in the 2002 movie White Oleander (based on the 1999 book of the same name).
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The Top Knot
While this approach lends itself to the retro rockabilly style, Tupac gave the top knot edge in the 90s by pushing his knot forward for that gangsta look. Either way you go, rockabilly or gangsta, the top knot will add that extra bit of panache to your outfit.
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The Boho Vibe
Channel your inner hippie and pair the bandana with loose, flowing clothing. Fold the bandana into a strip, wrap it around your hair headband style and tie at the base of your head. Tuck the ends in for a polished look. Use this style to add a pop of color when you wear your hair down, to accent a bun or messy up-do, or give your ponytail some pizzazz. Try varying the width of the bandana to create different looks too.
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Bandanas aren’t just for your head. Wrap them around your wrist to create a rock & roll style cuff (learn how here). Tie them onto purses or backpacks to add a splash of flowing color. Fold the bandanas into squares and let them peek out of your back pocket. You can also knot, braid (learn how here) or add beads to a bandana to create a custom necklace (check out this simple technique).
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Available in a rainbow of hues and a variety of prints, you can coordinate bandanas to match all your outfits. So are you edgy or artistic? Are you a skull cap, top knot, or headband kind of person? Pick a color, print and style and make a statement to the world. It’s time to bring back the 90s bandana look!