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One of the best parts of fall is the beginning of scarf season. Even though my roommate insists that scarves are an “everyone style,” I still insist that scarves are the number one lesbian fashion accessory. This certainly goes double for a bandana worn around the neck and tied with one knot in the back. Bandanas are basically scarves’ gay cousin. Bandanas especially shine during September and October when days are still warm but evenings are chilly, so a full-blown heavy weight scarf is just too sweaty. Plus, since you just knot the ends, you don’t end up spending all day readjusting your scarf.
Unfortunately, bandanas are frequently stiff cotton in that one paisley print. Additionally, for many a bandana might not be dressy enough for work or going out. Enter the silk bandana. Silk bandanas (which are just smallish square scarves) look just as gay as regular bandanas, but they come in so many more beautiful prints.
More importantly, I find silk bandanas to be more comfortable cotton bandana as the fabric drapes more smoothing around my neck. If you wear one that is actually silk, you’ll find that it does a better job than cotton of keeping you cool or keeping you warm. Silk is a miracle fabric like that. If you want to look a bit rockabilly, silk bandanas also make great headbands.
As far as price goes, faux-silk scarves can be quite cheap ($15ish), but genuine silk scarves can get up in to the hundreds. Designer silk scarves generally range from $150 to even $1000 or more. There’s a particularly awesome Alexander McQueen one I will never own for $555. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to buy an expensive silk bandana as long as you think you’ll wear it for years in to the future and maybe give it to your daughter who will maybe also give it to her daughter. If you’re unsure but still want high quality silk, the $30-$40 range is completely doable.