To Try: The Choker That is Also a Hair Bow

An old boss of mine used to have a giant jar of ribbons in her office. Sometimes she’d take one out while talking to me, rolling it and unrolling it absentmindedly in her hands. It was so transfixing and relaxing to watch that sometimes I’d just fall asleep right then and there.

Then she’d fired me!

Just kidding, she ruled. Anyone with a jar of ribbons rules. In San Francisco, there is an entire store dedicated to ribbons. The store only sells ribbons. Guess what it is called? The Ribbonerie. It rules too.

But for as great as ribbons and their people are, what good is a bunch of ribbons if they sit around and do nothing all day? No good at all, really, so what do you say? Grab the one nearest to your finger tips and put it to good use.

(Note: this first bow works best for hair that can make a low pony. If your hair is too short, see the slideshow above for headband/back bow combo.)

Step One: Wrap one long ribbon around your neck and hair, tying it in the back like so.


Step Two: Flip the crossed pieces over your shoulders to get ’em out of the way. Then lift your hair up and over. (If your hair is extra thick, you may want to make an actual knot at the nape of your neck to secure the choker before the third step.)


Step Three: Take the long pieces hanging over your shoulders and wrap those around your hair to tie it up.


Step Four: Add the bow.


There you go!

You’ve got a choker, some hair flare and a fancy addition to your day, all with the help of one pretty little ribbon.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis; Amelia wearing Céline earrings, an Oscar de la Renta jacket and Alix bodysuit; Elizabeth’s wearing Christie Nicolaides earrings and a top from a square in Rome (so try this!). Try this jeweled ribbon belt or this DIY satin ribbon spool (cut wisely!).


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  • Velvet ribbons are the greatest thing ever. Once I get out of my sweat/jean style rut, I’m going to find a way to incorporate them into my outfits. Since growing out my hair, I think I could figure out ways of pulling them off!

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      You can 1) use a cheap velvet ribbon from like, Michael’s or an arts and crafts store too or 2) use even a sash/belt! Such an easy DIY accessory

      • Oh I have DEFINITELY bought velvet ribbon at Michaels just for the sake of using it as an accessory. I mean, why else!

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    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      ALSO — the second look is so so good for short hair.

      • I have sworn off the scissors, so I can say that my hair actually considered long! My mother didn’t think I could do it…proved her wrong! lol (although Alexa Chung picks always give me that hair cutting itch).

        • Elizabeth Tamkin

          S.A.M.E. every time I see a photo of her or Jeanne Damas

    • Alexa

      Velvet ribbon is amazing!!! <3 If it's soft enough you can make a pussy bow out of it, makes jeans & a button up feel fancy A.F. I always feel like a doll in one, in a good way.

  • Chantel

    This is very cool hair accessory.

  • Mansi Bhandari Shah

    Love this! Important question – WHERE are Amelia’s earrings from? I must have them.

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      They’re Celine!

      • Mansi Bhandari Shah

        Thanks!! Earlobe amazingness.

    • soniadelvalle

      Came for the tutorial, stayed for the earring goodness!

  • Allie Fasanella

    these gifs are on point, props to whoever made them. also, i’m LOVING this. i don’t feel myself w/o a choker on honestly anymore. v coool idea

  • Julia
  • a-m-a-z-i-n-g, love ribbons!

  • Love the way this is tied!! Oh my!!

  • Amelia G

    Amelia, this is only somewhat related. But can you PLEASE give a tutorial on how to do your hair like you do? It’s the perfect size/amount of curl!

  • Claire

    this is the best thing I’ve seen all day!!! will definitely be giving this a go!

  • Cassandra Fisher

    This is really cool…I hope ribbons make a comeback.

    Cassandra from

  • Anna Diane

    Ribbons are my go-to for holding my annoying hair back, because w/o them, I had already shaved my head. Short hair problems I guess


    You guys this is the best tutorial on the internet. Keep doin you man repeller. xx

  • Katlin Stewart

    LOVE IT!!!!!

  • devine

    I totally loving this one! Finally I have an idea what to give to my sisters birth day for she is really into fashion these days. The good thing about her is that she keeps on giving my daughter gifts every time and mostly from and my daughter really liked it. I really hope my sister will like this one.