Most of the time, I’m not big on accessories, but they sure can be an easy + inexpensive way to shake up a familiar piece.
And let me tell you … this small accessory has serious power.
But before we go too far, let’s back up for a second.
If you remember from last week, one of my goals for the summer is to restyle + rewear pieces I already have.
This shirt was one of those pieces I wanted to focus on — it’s started feeling a little too familiar to the point where I haven’t been reaching for it anymore. Which is just plain silly because this shirt has great drape, a classic shape, and that rich indigo color.
I think most of us do this with our older clothes from time to time. The piece may be still going strong but we just sort of lose inspiration.
The solution? Trying something new — something that is just outside of our style comfort zone.
And that brings us to the bandana.
It instantly adds a fresh vibe to anything I pair with it. A bit of pattern can go a long way.
(Cool side note: I tried pairing this bandana with patterned tops, and I’m really loving how it allows me to experiment with pattern on pattern without a big investment. But that’s level 2 styling. We’ll get there later.)
I thought I’d feel a little conspicuous wearing it, but I played around with it until I came up with the most chill styling possible.
Want to try it?
Here are my starter tips for subtle bandana styling:
- Tie it loose and let it sit on your collar bones. Definitely avoid tying it too tight or too high on your neck. Think more necklace, less choker. (Not sure how to start? Fold the bandana into a triangle and then roll it until it forms one long strand.)
- Wear your hair down — the effect will be much more subtle. In fact, in most of the photos we took for this post, we had to purposely make sure the bandana was showing because my hair kept hiding it.
- A chambray shirt (or a shirtdress like this one) always looks great with a bandana. It’s easy and fail proof — great for your first time styling a bandana. Bonus: you probably already have something chambray.
- Skip on other accessories like hats and statement jewelry.
- Tuck those bandana ends into the side/front of your collar — see the first photo for an example. You can see that mine slipped out in the third photo, and I actually like it either way, but tucked in is a subtle way to start.
- Try wearing a bandana in the same color family as your shirt, like how I paired a navy bandana with a deep blue shirt.
If you end up trying one out, I’d love to see how you style it! Tag it on Instagram with the hashtag #unfancy.
02 | Sleeveless chambray shirt (old) | similar in light wash
04 | Bandana c/o Madewell
P.S Austin, Texas! I’m going to be at the Madewell at the Domain on Sunday, June 19th from 10am til noonish. Come by and hang out, I’d love to get to talk with you! We can chat up anything from creating a personal style concept to cute raccoons on Instagram. See you there. :)
P.P.S Today is our unsubscribe date!
Here’s what’s going on if you missed last week’s post: A few clothing retailers have snuck into my inbox lately, and honestly, I just don’t want the temptation to shop. I don’t know why I don’t take five seconds and click unsubscribe right when the email hits my inbox, but I almost never do.
But there’s motivation in numbers and in accountability! So today at 4pm CST, join me and let’s all take 20 minutes, hop on our phones, and unsubscribe from those unwanted emails that keep cluttering our inboxes and our minds. You in?