The best bandanas are the MacGyver of the menswear world. You can knot one around your neck like a kerchief or stuff it into your suit jacket like a pocket square. You can use ‘em to tie up your luscious quarantine locks, mop up spills, or wrap small gifts. They’ll serve as a makeshift bandage in a pinch and will help you flag down a rescue boat the next time you’re trapped on a desert isle. Maybe most pressingly, given our new double-masked reality, a good bandana will serve as a handy second layer over top your go-to 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 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 designers to go buck wild in the graphic department.
If you’re ready to stock up on these jack-of-all-trade accessories, we’ve done all the research for you. From classic to minimal, glitzy to practical, here are the best bandanas you can buy right now.
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