While Ascots of Cravats are wonderful accessories for a casual yet classic look, a formal Ascot or Stock, is the height of men's daywear elegance.
It is particularly handsome with proper morning wear such as a morning coat, or a stroller suit. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult for men today to find these exquisite full silk cravats for daywear and therefore Fort Belvedere decided to create them once again, inspired by the elegance of the 1930s.
A formal ascot is double sided, made of classic silver and black silk and it contains a lining. On the other hand, a casual ascot lacks a lining.
While a legere cravate is worn directly on the skin, a formal ascot is worn underneath a stiff shirt collar and fastened with a tie stick pin.
1. Extremely Rare & Impossible To Find - When looking for a proper Ascot these days, it is impossible to find one in a quality silk with a wool interlining the way they used to be made. At Fort Belvedere, we focus on classic accessories for gentlemen that you cannot find anywhere else, and therefore we are very proud to offer you a true formal Ascot.
2. Handmade - This Ascot is entirely made by hand, not something you will find elsewhere.
3. Self-Tie Ascot - Sometimes Ascots are pre-tied 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 formal daywear events, reenactors or people who love the elegance of the 1920s or 1930s. It should only be worn with truly formal morning dress ensembles, which means, a morning, coat, morning suit, frock coat or stroller suit.
It is NOT suitable for daywear suits, blazers, combinations or any form of evening wear such as tuxedos, dinner jackets, smoking jackets or white tie tailcoats.
The color scheme is traditional and limited to black and silver. The basketweave pattern is a jacquard woven, which means it is not printed but woven on a jacquard loom.
If you wear formal morning wear an ascot is a must for those days where a regular wedding necktie or bow tie won't do. Paired with a boutonniere and white pocket square it is the epitome of male daywear elegance. You will definitely be the best-dressed man if you can pull off a formal ascot..
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.