The best bandanas are the MacGyver of the menswear world. You can knot one around your neck à la Jonathan Majors, go semi-incognito like Bad Bunny, or stuff it into your suit jacket for later—y’know, just in case. You can use ‘em to tie up your luscious locks, mop up spills, or wrap small gifts. They’ll serve as a makeshift tourniquet in a pinch and will help you flag down a rescue boat the next time you’re trapped on a desert island (in times like these, you really never know).
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 bandana made from a high-quality fabric—generally cotton, because it’s soft and absorbent and breathable, but we’ve got time for merino wool and silk joints, too—that’s substantial and thick and won’t fall apart after a couple of washes. And, well, you want one that just looks really dope, too—outside of T-shirts, bandanas are perhaps the best medium there is for brands to go buck wild in the graphics department. For some that may look like a patchwork of beautifully clashing prints, a modern twist on the classic paisley-motif, or an angry feline, but for all, the bandana is but another canvas to express their grooviest designs.
Ready to stock up on these jack-of-all-trade accessories? You’re in luck: We did all the research for you. From classic to minimal, glitzy to practical, these 17 options are the best bandanas your hard-earned cash can buy right now.
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