How do you tie an Ascot ?
What are some ways you can wear an Ascot ?
Should you wear an Ascot ?
Why would you wear an Ascot ?
These are all great questions about an accessory that is often overlooked .
Personally , I happen to be a big fan of the Ascot though .
Unfortunately , it has a little bit of a reputation as being elitist , a little stuffy .
You know , I think the first image that comes to people's minds when they think about an Ascot is Thurston Hall the third from Gilligan's Island , the Millionaire , of course , the millionaire wears an Ascot .
But , you know , that's really a caricature of the person who we think would wear an Ascot originally though .
And somewhat ironically , since we tend to think of Ascots nowadays as being very , very dressy and Ascot actually was meant to be a less formal alternative to a necktie .
So you have more or less a nice , smart casual look put together that you might want to add a little more polish without the formality of a necktie and an Ascot is a great way to do that .
Ascots were definitely more popular back in the day , like in the thirties , forties and fifties , people like Fred Astaire and Cary Grant wore them .
I always love seeing pictures of these guys wearing Ascots because they're usually in some sort of more casual outfit , like I said , but the addition of the Ascot really just takes that simple casual , look up a few notches and gives it a hint of elegance that it wouldn't necessarily otherwise have .
So , yeah , Ascots is definitely more popular years and years and years ago , but there's no reason why we still can't wear them today .
So in this video , I'm gonna do a few things .
I'm gonna show you how to tie an Ascot .
Actually , I'm gonna show you three different ways to tie an Ascot .
I'll talk about the pros and cons and benefits of each way of tying it .
We'll go over a few dos and don't and then I'm gonna put together a few looks to show you how to wear an Ascot and some different ways you can style it in a more contemporary way without looking like you're putting on a costume .
So let's jump right in now and go over the three different ways to tie an Ascot .
The first way I'm gonna show you here is called the traditional knot .
It's the traditional way that an Ascot is tied .
We're gonna start by having one side of the Ascot being 3 to 5 inches longer than the other side .
Then we're going to take the longer end and cross it over the shorter end , making it pretty tight and close to your neck .
Then we're going to bring that longer end underneath and around and then up and over , then you can adjust the width and stick it inside of your shirt .
This is a great way to tie an ascot .
It makes a fairly stable knot , meaning that it's going to hold pretty decently and keep your ascot in place and that it's less likely to loosen up and fall down throughout the day .
Next up , we have the single knot , which is the easiest way to tie an Ascot .
We're gonna start with both ends being equal in length , then we're going to cross one and over and bring it up and through , adjust the width and then tuck it into your shirt .
Although this is definitely the easiest way to tie an Ascot .
I don't recommend tying it this way .
First of all , it's not a very tight knot , so it will come undone really easily and it won't stay where you want it to throughout the day .
Second , because it is just a single knot .
It has a very flat appearance .
And one of the things that can be most attractive about wearing an Ascot is when it has a little bit of puff and lift to it as it peeks out from underneath your shirt , you're not gonna get that here , even if you do kind of fluff it up a little bit because it's a loose knot .
It's not going to hold its shape so easy to tie , but not recommended .
The third way , I'm gonna show you how to tie an Ascot is called the foreign hand .
It's the same foreign hand .
Not that you'd use to tie a tie .
So we're gonna start with one end again .
3 to 5 inches longer , cross the longer end over , then bring it behind around and up .
Now , just like you're tying a tie , you're going to bring that end through the knot and then tighten it up a little bit .
Now , you can adjust the knot to as tight as you want it around your neck .
And now you can see that the front end is much shorter than the other end .
You know , if you're tying a tie , this is not what you want , but this is exactly what we want for tying an ascot .
So what you're gonna do is to take the longer end and bring it up and over , adjust the width to how you want it and then tuck it into your shirt .
This is my preferred way to tie an ascot because it has a couple really , really great advantages first because it is exactly like a standard foreign hand tie knot .
You can adjust it to wherever you want on your neck and it's gonna stay there because it's extremely stable .
Second , because you have the larger knot underneath when you bring the wider end up and over , it's gonna have a lot more as a result , which is something that in terms of wearing an ascot is desirable and more attractive .
Now , let's talk about some dos and don't of wearing an ascot .
We're gonna start with buttoning your shirt specifically .
How many buttons should you button or unbutton .
So when you're wearing an ascot , you should always have that top button unbuttoned .
If you button the top button , it kind of defeats the purpose because you're completely covering up and hiding the ascot .
You can have either just the top button unbuttoned .
This to me is a more dressy approach .
I think it looks really sharp this way or if you want to show a little bit more of the Ascot and maybe have it feel just slightly more relaxed .
You can go ahead and unbutton that second button as well .
Neither of these ways is more correct than the other .
Just kind of comes down to personal preference and the look that you're going for , however , do not unbutton more than two buttons .
It just looks sloppy and doesn't look right now .
Where should you position the ascot on your neck ?
You actually have two choices here .
You can go completely underneath the collar , so you don't see any of the ascot around your neck or you can wear it a little bit higher .
So you can see the Ascot peeking out a little bit all the way around the collar again .
No right or wrong here completely comes down to personal preference .
When you're thinking about wearing an Ascot , in terms of styling , you should think about it exactly the same way that you would a necktie or a pocket square .
In other words , the ascot you choose should complement the rest of your outfit .
It should be that element that pulls everything together and makes the entire outfit super cohesive to illustrate that and to give you some ideas on how to wear an Ascot .
I put together five different outfits .
Let's take a look first up here is just something very simple , very classic .
Fans of the channel will recall seeing basically the same exact look in last week's business casual outfit video .
You can check that out if you haven't seen it yet with the link right up there .
I did say that I wear this basic look a lot and I wasn't kidding the difference here .
Of course is the Ascot which takes it from a simple business casual outfit into something more elevated .
Speaking of the Ascot , this is a classic navy polka dot silk Ascott from Bud shirt makers in London .
Super easy to style .
Remember the Ascot should pull the entire outfit together and you can see that it's bringing in the blues from the window pane of the jacket , which is by Reese and that it really provides a much needed balance to the navy trousers which are by Pini Parma .
A few more details to mention here , Pocket square by Michael Andrews adding in a little bit of contrast , watch the Cartier Tank American and then anchored by my favorite Johnston and Murphy Tassel Loafers .
Here we have again , another example of the Ascot's ability to add a touch of elegance to a very classic look .
Take the Ascot Away and you've got a great business casual or sharp casual outfit .
But you know , if you're feeling like you want to elevate it slightly , give it a little bit more of a sophisticated feel , but you don't want to go with a tie and Ascot is a great substitute .
Don't get me wrong .
This would look great with a navy grenadine tie , but a tie is almost sort of predictable in a way .
And Ascott on the other hand , completely unexpected and maybe even a bit more stylish .
This look is classic but also a little sporty .
We have the brown Glenn plaid jacket paired with the denim shirt , both from the HSS Michael Andrews collection and then simple pair of navy trousers by Penny Parma accessories .
Ascot is by Brooks brothers , HSS Michael Andrews pocket square on my wrist , the super classy JLC Revo and then finished off with the Johnston and Murphy Castle Loafers .
Third look here is again super classic , more on the preppy end of the spectrum and definitely the dressiest look of the five I'm showing you .
This look is built on a simple foundation which could definitely be referred to as something of a men's wear uniform .
We have a navy jacket , it is double breasted , so therefore more formal , it's by ring jacket paired with some tote flannel trousers by Penny Parma and a simple white poplin shirt from the HSS Michael Andrews collection .
Now because of the simplicity of the foundation of this outfit , I went with an ascot that has a much more interesting paisley pattern doing what it should drawing your eye upward and framing my face .
The color of this mascot red .
I chose specifically to highlight and complement the more preppy overall feel of this look on the wrist .
Another classic , my Rolex state chest pocket square is by Michael Andrews and my shoes .
Another nod to preppy style are some GH Bass kilty loafers for this look .
I decided to take the idea of the men's wear uniform and give it a little bit more of a sartorial casual feel and flair .
Let's talk about those more casual elements .
First and foremost , the denim shirt from the HSS Michael Andrews collection .
Always a great way to give an otherwise dressier look a more casual feel jacket , same jacket as the previous outfits by ring jacket , navy , double breasted , except instead of wearing it buttoned up .
I've chosen to wear it unbuttoned again , a great way to give a garment that's usually seen as on the formal side of things , a more casual feel and kind of tossed off nonchalant shoes also contributing to the more casual vibe here are Wingtips .
They're the Mcallister by Alan Edmunds .
And then we have the Ascot by Brooks Brothers , great kind of understated paisley pattern with blues and browns and just these little hints of brighter colors instead of calling attention to itself .
It more sort of anchors the whole look and again , complements everything and pulls it all together , two more details that contribute to the Cohesiveness Pocket Square by Michael Andrews .
And then my watch , which is the Vachon constant on traditional .
Finally , something a little different as we are pairing the Ascot with a sweater here , as opposed to the more standard button up shirt .
Can you do this ?
Of course , you can .
And for me , it's kind of like an improvised turtle neck and it's a great way , an interesting way , a very unexpected way to wear an Ascot in some ways , I think if there is a concern that an Ascot looks too stuffy that pairing it with a crew neck sweater instead of a button up shirt completely gets rid of that whole image that we have in our minds .
This is a great styling option for colder months .
Obviously , the Ascot giving your neck a little more protection .
This particular Ascot is actually vintage .
It's by Burberry and then the rest of the outfit we have the Glen plaid jacket , which is from the HSS Michael Andrews collection , same goes for the pants , the sweater which has gotten tons of love on Instagram and here on the channel is by Black brown 18 26 .
You can get it at Lord and Taylor and you can see that I tucked it into the trousers .
Favorite look of mine this winter .
Other details .
Hat is by Goran Brothers .
Glasses are by Cubits .
Watch once again the Vachon constant traditional and then doing some wing ti dress boots here in a great chocolate color .
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