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. Stunning Hand Screen Printed Macclesfield Silk from England - Fort Belvedere sources this luxurious Macclesfield silk fabric in blue, red and buff micropattern from England. Although much more expensive than regular silks, this makes for stunning ascot silk. It is printed by hand on a thick twill fabric that is finished so it is a bit crisper than our soft madder silk ascots but still soft. At the same time, it drapes beautifully on your neck. 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 blue with red and buff micropattern is very classic and neat, making it a ideal companion for travels. Because of its subtle color profile it is not showy and perfect for the understated gentleman who wants a casual alternative to a tie or bow tie. Even though it is perfect for that hopsack or worsted blazer, it also works with lighter summer colors, linen, cotton or seersucker. Of course you can also pair it with tweed and flannel.
The subdued color scheme of this Ascot is classic yet British because buff is not a color seen often in neckwear, yet it is so versatile and more flattering than plain white or grey because it is closer to people's skin tone. This ascot is the perfect choice for the debonair 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.