That old familiar polka dot pattern is making a comeback: Bandana prints are popping up on everything from women’s and men’s clothing to homewares and accessories. While the look evokes the American West or bohemian influences, it’s also a sartorial nod to a lifestyle of travel, adventure and exploration.
Ready to incorporate the bandana trend into your wardrobe and pack it in your suitcase for your next trip? Our list includes looks for women and men, plus travel accessories, whether you’re looking for a new dress, a travel pillow, a comfy sneaker or a tote bag. But be prepared to act quickly: some of these picks are currently being offered at deep discounts with limited inventory to match.
Keep scrolling for 14 bandana print choices you’ll want to use all summer long.
Related: How to organize the perfect travel wardrobe that works in any destination, according to a fashion expert
Cervical pillow and Calpak eye mask
Whether you’re a frequent traveler or just looking for a way to make your next trip more comfortable, you need this luxurious duo. The eye mask has soft padding and a blackout liner to help you get Zs in flight, while the travel pillow has a snap front to keep it securely in place and a removable washable cover, making it easy to maintain. Both are made from hypoallergenic silk (read: soft against skin and won’t damage your hair) and feature a bandana print to add a touch of flair to your travel essentials.
To buy: calpaktravel.com, $62 (originally 95)
Women’s IML Bandana Button-Down Shirt
This airy buttonhole stores easily and rings in at an affordable price. Target buyers call it “comfortable” and “lightweight and good for summer”. Team it with the matching joggers or a pair of shorts for a casual, go-anywhere summer style. Wear it buttoned up to the notched collar or open over a tank top.
To buy: target.com, $17
Arjungo Women’s Tie Back Crop Top
Channel both the bandana print trend and the Y2K revival craze with this paisley handkerchief-style crop top. It has spaghetti straps, ties in the back and comes in over 30 colors and patterns. The 100% polyester top is lightweight and travels like a dream.
One traveler who bought it for an upcoming trip said “it’s silky smooth and flattering on all shapes.” And if you’re still on the fence, another wrote that it’s “so flattering and snug, it’s also not very revealing like some of the other brands.”
To buy: amazon.com, $23
Nike Air Force 1 Women’s Basketball Shoes
wear the print of the day on a pair of iconic Nike Air Force 1s. The swoosh carries just a hint of cashmere to subtly incorporate the style while keeping the look versatile for all your summer travel plans.
One shopper said, “I bought the white forces with a blue bandana print and they are 💯 real and costumed 🤩,” while another complimented their comfort. “I’ve walked a long distance with them and didn’t get any blisters when I first got them.
To buy: amazon.com, from $140 (originally $200)
Lucky Brand Tiered Cami Maxi Dress
Midi dresses are on the rise, and this option looks particularly stylish due to the all-over bandana design. It has a flattering square neckline, sleeve tie closures for a custom fit, and a tiered silhouette to give it a flowy look. Made from 100% cotton, it’s soft and breathable for summer, and fully machine washable for easy care.
To buy: zappos.com, $52 (originally $80)
Simplefun Boho Top
Incorporate the bandana pattern with this affordable v-neck blouse. It’s made from 100% polyester, making it light to pack (and wear in hot destinations) and easy to machine wash. It goes easily with jeans, or dresses up with white linen shorts and a few strategic accessories.
One traveler shared, “Love that this top is wrinkle free. So good for travelling. The sleeves hide the underside of the upper arms, flattering too.”
To buy: amazon.com, $25
Madewell The Transport Leather Tote Bandana Embossed Edition
This luxe leather bag is an original take on Madewell’s signature tote, adding a touch of style with a subtle bandana pattern. It’s super roomy and can hold a laptop, water bottle, comfy diaper and all your travel essentials, serving as the perfect personal item for flights.
One shopper exclaimed, “That’s a great tote bag!” They continued: “The embossing on the leather is beautiful and I love the subtle bandana print. It really makes this bag different from my other Madewell bags (yes I have several), love the detail.”
To buy: nordstrom.com, $198
Wrangler Mens Bandana Print Button Down Shirt
This men’s bandana print shirt has a decidedly western look. The print features ropes, stars and horseshoes, and the stonewashed cotton look nods to laid-back Americana. A loose fit makes it comfortable and machine washable makes it easy.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $83
Sea Puff Sleeve Dress
This relaxed fit dress features puff sleeves for added volume and drama. The red and white pattern is an ode to the classic bandana, while a V-neck and split hem give it a sleek and refined look. But don’t wait to grab this gorgeous number – score it for summer at half price while you can.
To buy: shopbop.com, $225 (originally $450)
IScream Bandana Patchwork Collapsible Water Bottle
Stay hydrated as you navigate planes, trains and automobiles this summer with a collapsible water bottle in a patchwork bandana design. Made of BPA-free silicone, this essential accessory is compact when empty and safe to throw in the dishwasher when you get home.
To buy: saksfifthavenue.com, $20
Whistles Bandana Print Oversized Shirt
This women’s button down shirt is designed for an oversized fit, so it’s both comfortable to wear and very fashionable. Long sleeves, a point collar and buttoned cuffs give it some pep. Given its silky feel, the blouse is made of rayon and viscose, which means this shirt is even machine washable. Neutral colors are more of a subtle nod to the trend, making this a great piece of workwear.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $101 (originally $143)
Gap Easy Bandana Print Shorts
These might be the only men’s shorts you need to pack for comfort and style this summer. Made from soft cotton (which looks like seersucker) with an allover bandana print, they have an elasticated waistband with a drawstring, plus front and back pockets.
One reviewer shared that they prefer to wear seersucker in the summer because “the material doesn’t stick to my skin.” They added: “These shorts have a nice and versatile bandana print, are comfortable and promise to be durable.”
To buy: Gap, $21 with the code FLASH (instead of $50)
Vanlinker Silk Bandana Set
What’s trendier than a real bandana? This version is a more sophisticated take on the classic cotton bandana with its silk-like fabric, muted colorways and oversized design that can be styled endlessly – wear it in your hair, around your neck, tied to a bag. Grab this set of four to have one in a color to go with everything.
One buyer who called it ‘best buy ever’ said: ‘They’re super soft and really good quality. They’re also bigger than a normal bandana. Good for everything – from hair accessories , a belt or just to attach to your jeans.”
To buy: amazon.com, $15 for 4
Free People Bandana Tee
This bandana-inspired tee goes with just about anything. The versatile and comfortable short-sleeved top has a crew neck, exposed seams and a super soft, lightweight construction that reviewers compliment.
“I love this t-shirt!” delighted a customer. “It adds a little detail to the plain white t-shirt and is SO SOFT.” They also noted that it’s “neither too short nor too long,” so you’ll be happy to know you can tuck it into your favorite jeans or shorts, or wear it long over a pair of leggings. airport.
To buy: freepeople.com, $78
Do you like it a lot? Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter and we’ll send you our favorite travel products every week.