So, you’ve decided to invest in a scarf. Now, what do you do it? There are almost innumerable ways to tie a scarf, and many resources to help you discover creative ways to use it. A quick search on Google and YouTube will yield tons of suggestions and resources. However, to get real mileage out of your silk or cashmere investment, a chain anchor-style scarf ring will open up a whole new set of possibilities and make it easier to secure your ties without bulky and potentially damaging hand-tied knots.
Which scarf ring you choose and how you use it really all depends on the size of the scarf, the weight of the fabric and how much of the fabric you are going to put through the holes. To demonstrate, I’m going to compare using a small JDV twilly size ring (white), a medium JDV chain anchor ring (orange), and show one example with the large JDV ring.
The twilly ring is, quite obviously, ideally suited for twillies or bandeaus; shown here with a Coach ponytail scarf that measures 35” long and 2.5” wide.
The fabric of the twilly is a fairly heavy silk twill but because the size of the scarf is so narrow, it fits easily through the ring’s holes. This is called a basic slide tie. Additionally, you can use the twilly ring with other scarves depending on the look you’re going for.
This Fraas scarf is a silk chiffon 35” square, but because the weight of the fabric is so light and airy, it will fit fully through a twilly ring.
However, there is NO WAY you could fit the heavy Hermes silk twill 35” through a Twilly ring using the same tie method. For this, you have to use the medium chain anchor ring; I’ve done the basic slide vertically here for a different look:
This doesn’t mean a twilly ring is obsolete with a 35” Hermes silk twill, though. One of my favorite looks is wearing scarves “cowboy style” by folding into a triangle and winding around the neck, and because with this look you are only putting a small bit of the corners through the scarf ring, a twilly ring works well to secure the tie.
Using the same principle going up another size to a Hermes 55” cashmere/silk scarf, the medium chain anchor works great to secure the cowboy knot.
With this large size and heavy-weight fabric scarf, using the JDV large ring is the best way to put all the fabric through in a basic slide. I like to use the ring vertically and twist the scarf around the holes to create this look:
Happy scarf tying!