The Easiest Way To Make Your Outfit Feel Patriotic This Weekend

A four-part collage with women in patriotic outfits

You might associate the classic bandana with Tupac circa the ‘90s or Bruce Springsteen circa the ‘80s or even Bret Michaels circa Rock of Love (though, hopefully not) but there’s a new way to wear it, and it doesn’t feel quite so rockstar-kitsch. Take a page from the It girls of Instagram (i.e. Bella, Atlanta, Alexa and Vanessa) and delicately roll the Western scarf into a neat coil, then elegantly tie it around your neck like a Hermès scarf. Pair with your 4th of July finest—i.e. denim cutoffs, one-piece swimsuits, little white dresses and the like—and you’ve got yourself a patriotic outfit that feels not costume-y, but cool.

Babes In Bandanas

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Wear It With A Little White Dress

Instead of wearing your little white dress with a retro ‘90s choker or layers of delicate chains, tie a bandana around your neck and finish the look with a denim jacket. It’s just the right amount of Americana for the holiday weekend.

Wear It With Slouchy Jeans

Didn't actually get around to buying that perfect 4th of July dress? Not to fret. Give your standard tank-and-jeans combo a playfully patriotic accent with a bandana tied at the neck and you'll look as festive and cool as anyone at the party.

Wear It With A One-Piece Swimsuit

Whether you’re rocking out at a concert, hanging by the pool or lounging on the beach, a bandana makes a killer accessory for your sexier-than-a-bikini black one-piece and cutoff shorts. Pro-tip: Throw on a delicate chain necklace (or two) to further highlight that décolleté. Why not?