Things have seriously changed since the early bandanna days! You don’t even have to take my word for it, just see it with your own two beautiful eyes!
As it is a head ornament, naturally, I checked into the subject and it proves this too, like our beloved keffiyeh, has some cultural and religious implications (allow me to be fashionably shallow and not get into heavy detailing). Originally a hanky, the ever so charming fabric napkin used as romantic flirtation by Victorian women, the bandannas became so practical, everybody’s using one or at least has worn one in their lives! (the story continues right after the jump!)
The word itself means “to tie” and comes from the Hindi bandhana. You can see a paisley printed bandanna on our proud farmers and cowboys, worn around their neck, a drop of color in a sea of dust. You can see them worn by the firefighters, over their mouth and nose to prevent them from inhaling dust and fumes. You can see those brave soldiers wearing bandannas to prevent their sweat and blood from entering their eyes.
You can also see the bandannas worn by gangs members. But have you seen bandannas tied into a bow on a man’s head? If you haven’t, then you should know that this proud young man and his bow-bandanna happened during London Fashion Week (in London, naturellement). Also, if you’re thinking bigger is better, you can wear a hybrid hoodie-bandanna like this Nom*D pieces. Which bandanna upgrade would be best for you? (photos via 1, 2)