No longer reserved for your festival-goer niece, the simple cotton handkerchief has made a big comeback this summer as the accessory du jour. And why not? It’s effortlessly chic, gives us all the Americana vibes and costs less than a dollar. Not sure how to work it into your wardrobe? Here, eight fun and stylish ways to wear the accessory of the season.

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Around Your Neck

Tie a double knot at the front for an easy upgrade to your button-downs and T-shirts. 

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Around Your Wrist

Think of your bandana as a piece of jewelry and don accordingly. (Plus, it’s a far better substitute for clunky metal when temps are scorching.) 

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On Your Bag

Breathe new life into your winter satchel with this easy little summer upgrade. 

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In Your Bun

Weave into your banana bun and secure with a single loose knot for low-effort beach days. 

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Around Your Ponytail

Fun tip: Turn the knot so it’s facing the back of your head (to keep you from cheerleader-bow territory).

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Around Your Head

Or use a kerchief as a headband to tame pesky flyaways (and hide that third-day-of-not-washing-your-hair grease). 

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Around Your Ankle

A low-key yet fashion-forward way to rock the trend: Tie it like an anklet and pair with your favorite cropped denim. (Permission granted to take as many ankle selfies as your heart desires.)

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In Your Pocket

Does it remind of us of fashion grandpas? Most definitely. Does that make us want to try it out even more? One hundred percent. 

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