These simple scarves transcend time, with each new decade adding a subtle spin on the classic trend. There’s the ’40s bandana-turned-hair-tie, the classic ’50s full-coverage hair scarf, and the 2000s bandana headband. One accessory, one thousand ways to wear it. This summer, we’re taking on this fashion-favorite trend every way we can. And we’re rounding up some classic vintage inspo to help us rock this awesome accessory.
These nine vintage inspo pics prove that bandanas are the ideal summertime aesthetic.
1. 2000s Headband
Who could forget JLo’s iconic appearance at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards? A thickly-folded, eyebrow-grazing bandana is a late ’90s/early 2000s vibe we can’t wait to replicate.
2. 1980s Royalty
Royals rock bandanas, too. Princess Caroline’s sporty take on the bandana and ponytail combination is one of our favorite fashionable memories.
3. 1940s Working Girls
Pin curls and hair scarves go hand-in-hand. This 1940s snap is giving us Rosie the Riveter energy. Perfect for Summer 2022.
4. 2000s Supermodel Scarves
Naomi Campbell is and always will be our every-season aesthetic inspiration. This printed hair scarf and pony combination is a 2000s look we can totally get behind.
5. 1970s Bandana-Turned-Headband
The bandana is truly a multipurpose accessory. This 1970s snap of British singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul is making the case for wavy tresses and twisted bandanas this season.
6. 1970s Bangs and Bandanas
A killer combination. Italian actress Claudia Cardinale is pictured here, looking effortless in a tied-back bandana and face-framing fringe.
7. 1960s Hair Scarf Headband
Perched effortlessly behind the bangs, this stellar take on the bandana trend is as mod as ever. Pair this look with turned-out tresses for the ultimate ’60s ensemble.
8. 1980s Wrapped Bandana
This is the classic bandana ensemble. Actress Kelly Lynch matched her cherry red convertible for this iconic 1989 photograph.
9. 1970s Full-Coverage Wrap
Another classic take on the iconic bandana. Style icons from Brigitte Bardot to Jean Seberg (pictured here in 1979) rocked the headscarf as a hair covering on the reg. This vintage look is old Hollywood glam.