Ascots, also known as cravats are a wonderful addition to any man's wardrobe because they make a statement yet they look nonchalant but elegant at the same time. If you already have a selection of neckties and bow ties, investing in an Ascot is the next step.
1. Soft Hand Screen Printed Real Ancient Madder Silk from England - Fort Belvedere sources this luxurious madder silk fabric in dark brown, bottle green, burnt orange red and madder blue from England. Although much more expensive than regular silks, this makes for the perfect ascot silk. It is printed by hand on a thick twill fabric that is finished so it is wonderfully soft with a chalky touch from the silk gum. Simply superb and ideal to be worn directly on the skin. Once you wear this you do not want other Ascot silks anymore. While most fabrics are digitally printed these days, this fabric is hand screen printed just like Hermès scarves.
2. Handmade - This Ascot is entirely made by hand.
3. Self-Tie Ascot - Sometimes Ascots are modified so they are easier to tie. All Fort Belvedere Ascots were designed after vintage patterns and are meant to be tied by hand. This provides the perfect look and it allows you to tie it the way you like it best.
4. Cut diagonally On The Bias - This Ascot is cut 45º on the bias which requires more fabric but it also provides a debonair diagonal ribbed grosgrain structure, that makes you stand out from the crowd in a subtle, sophisticated way.
This Ascot is perfect for sportcoat combinations or blazers because it is casual yet it exudes confidence, nonchalance and elegance. The color scheme of dark brown, bottle green, burnt orange red and madder blue with an oversized paisley pattern allows you to wear this Ascot with almost any color or pattern combination but it looks particularly well with dark colors because it creates a bit of a pop without being too loud. It works particularly well with tweed, flannel and worsteds but other fabrics will work as well.
No matter if you have a solid blue blazer or a checked brown sport coat, this Ascot will look dapper on you. The muted color scheme of this Ascot is typical for Real Ancient Madder silk and paired with the soft touch from the added silk gum, this is the perfect choice for the distinguished gentleman who doesn't want to be mistaken for nouveau riche.
Paired with a boutonniere you will likely be the best-dressed man in most situations, yet it is a more casual statement than a regular necktie.
Simply untie your Ascot and hang it on a rack or laying flat; it is up to you. If you encounter wrinkles, gently steam the Ascot it but avoid ironing because it will ruin the edges.
If you have questions or need style advice in choosing neckwear for yourself or someone else, let us know, we are happy to help.