How to Tie a Western-Style Bandana

by Angela Tague

Whether you're moving to the country to indulge in the rural life or simply want to add a Western flair to your style, reach for a bandana. This country-wardrobe staple comes in many colors, is easy to tie on and wicks perspiration away on hot summer days. A classic Western bandana is worn around the neck in a loose scarf style. Both men and women can work a bandana into a casual jeans-based outfit paired with a tee shirt or button-down shirt.

Iron the bandana to remove any wrinkles or creasing.

Lay the bandana on a table so the square shape is flat and smooth.

Fold one corner of the bandana across the fabric to the opposite corner to create a large triangle.

Smooth the crease with your fingertips.

Pick up the bandana by the two corners on each end of the newly formed crease.

Lift the folded bandana over your head and lay it across your shoulders.

Bring the two ends to the front and tie a knot under your chin. Allow approximately 1 inch of fabric to dangle from each of the tied ends. The fabric will bunch slightly after it is tied.

Spin the fabric around your neck so the knot rests at the base of the back of your neck.

Tuck the triangle end of the Western bandana into the front of your shirt, or let the fabric hang loose on the outside.

Items you will need

  • Bandana (22-27 square inches)
  • Clothing iron
  • Ironing board


  • Choose a bandana that is suitable to your size. Standard adult bandanas are 22 inches by 22 inches square. Big and tall adults might find a 27-inch square bandana most comfortable.
  • Women often wear Western bandanas slightly off center by shifting the fabric to the right or left of the chin, so the point on the bandana points at a hip.

About the Author

Angela Tague writes marketing content and journalistic pieces for major brands including Bounty, The Nest, Lowe's Home Improvement and Hidden Valley. She also provides feature content to newspapers and writes health and beauty blogs for Daily Glow, Everyday Health and Walgreens. Tague graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications in 1999.

Photo Credits

  • Demand Media