How to Tie a Cowboy Bandana

by Harold Parker ; Updated September 28, 2017

Throughout history, the bandana has had many uses. However, none of these has proved quite as iconic - not to mention practical and fashionable at the same time - as the cowboy bandana. The cowboy bandana can be used simply as a quirky and statement-making fashion accessory. It can also be used to block sun, sand, wind or fumes. What makes it great, though, is that it can serve those purposes while still remaining quite chic.

Around the Neck

Take one corner in your hand. Fold the bandana in half so that the corner you are holding meets its opposite, forming a triangle.

Drape the bandana over your shoulders so that the point made by the two matched corners is pointing down your back and the other two points are draped over your shoulders.

Take the two points that are draped over your shoulders in your hands and tie them into a secure square knot. Square knots are simple knots, easy to tie on the fly. With both hands, grasp the two points, and form an "x." Wrap one of the points over the other, just as you would in the first step of tying your shoelaces. Repeat to form a square knot.

Turn the bandana around on your neck so that the point that was pointing down your back is now pointing down your chest.


  • For a more European look, you can leave the bandana pointing down your back and use a scarf slide to hold the loose points in place, so that the bandana resembles an ascot or a cravat.

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About the Author

Harold Parker has been writing since 2008. He contributes to online music publications Garbage Days and Dead from Bad Milk. His work has also been published in "The Dead Tree Review," a literary journal at Marlborough College. Parker earned a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and American literature.