Sunday, April 12, 2009


A brief history of the Ascot.

An ascot tie, or ascot, is a narrow neckband with wide pointed wings. This wide, formal tie is usually traditional in design, folded over, and fastened with a stickpin or tie tack.

Ascots are usually made from a lightweight silk as they are worn against the skin and are more comfortable.

The ascot is descended from the earlier type of cravat widespread in the early nineteenth century, made of heavily starched linen and elaborately tied around the neck. Later in the 1880s, amongst the upper-middle-class in Europe men began to wear a more loosely tied version for formal daytime events.
It remains a feature for weddings today.
The Royal Ascot race meeting at the Ascot Racecourse, gave the ascot its name.
The ascot was still commonly worn for business with morning dress in the late 19th and very early 20th centuries.

Most people think of aristocratic old men when they hear the word Ascot. While more mature fashion plates may still don ascots, young bloods have pumped up the presence of the more-than-century-old piece.

Ascots are now being worn by the younger generation. Some celebrities wearing Ascots include: Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, Michael Johns a former American idol contestant, Ashton Kutcher and soccer star David Beckham

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