The ascot tie
is a wide, formal style of men's neckwear
, descended from the cravat
, and made of a thicker, woven type of silk, similar to a modern tie, and is traditionally either grey or black.
This wide, formal tie is usually patterned, folded over, and fastened with a stickpin or tie tack.
History of the Ascot Tie
Traditionally, the ascot was reserved for formal daytime weddings, and worn with a grey cutaway morning coat, grey striped trousers, and a wing collar shirt.
The ascot descended from an earlier type of cravat, which was widespread in the early 19th century. During the early 19th century, the ascot was made of heavily starched linen and elaborately tied around the neck. Later in the 1880s, the upper-middle class men in Europe began to wear a more loosely tied version for formal daytime events with daytime full dress in frock coats or morning coats. It remains a feature of morning dress for weddings today. The Royal Ascot race meeting at the Ascot Racecourse gave the ascot its name.
Are cravats and ascots still stylish …?
In a word, yes! In fact, in recent years, ascots have crept back into mainstream fashion, and the fictional character, Chuck Bass, from Gossip
, is often seen sporting ascot ties on the show.