Monday, July 27, 2015


{ The question has become: Is there a way not to wear a bandana? }

As we speak I'm on my way back from a weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana, doing one of the most American things I've ever done in my life: attend a Nascar race. Better yet, more than one Nascar race. I'll have more on that later, but all that Americana got me thinking about a wildly pervasive micro-trend that's overtaken the streets of New York this summer—the return of the bandana.

You know it's real when Saint Laurent is selling a bandana scarf for $265. Meanwhile though, you can hop over to your nearest street vendor, gas station or the kind of store that sells sunscreen, souvenirs and greeting cards—they usually have them. And truly, it should cost $6 at the most, and about one or two dollars if you're doing it right.

Personally, I remember trying to be like my mom when I was younger and tying her perfectly soft, washed-a-million-times bandanas around my neck when we'd go hiking in Idaho. While it might be fleeting and at times a little costumey, it's fun to see a piece with so much nostalgic context get reinterpreted in a super-stylish setting.

So have we reached peak bandana? Probably. However, I think it's a pretty fun and versatile trend, and I'm ready to give it a whirl through the second half of summer, and probably into the fall, too. I'm most interested in tying it jauntily around my neck, but wearing one as a wrist wrap appeals to me as well. 

One more thing to consider: This could be the least expensive trend bandwagon to join all year. Might as well give it a tie. I mean try. (See what I did there?)


1 comment:

  1. Little did I know they were "back" … now I am wondering if I have one !