Tying An Ascot
Tying an Ascot is an elegant way to wear a square scarf. There are several ways to tie an ascot and featured below are steps to tie it two separate ways. The Royal Ascot race meeting gave the ascot its name and though the formal tie is no longer in use, it was still commonly worn in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Starting with the women’s ascot knot shown below..
Start with the square scarf, and fold in a bias fold. You can look up how to fold here. Let the folds hang on both sides, with one edge about 2 inches longer than the other side.
Tie a simple knot and pull to tighten.
Take the UPPER edge and pull with one hand and cross over the lower layer.
Tie a knot again.
Tighten horizontally so that the front is a square.
Tie the free edges behind your neck and tuck the free folds inside the scarf.
The Cravat style or a man’s Ascot.
I personally love this tie. Like the tie and the bow tie, the ascot evolved from different forms of the cravat during the 19th century. Men would wear a looser cravat as part of their morning dress. That’s why the Ascot is often called a day cravat.
Same as above, bias fold with one edge 2 inches longer than the other.
Cross one edge over the second and go around the lower layer twice, shown below.
Pull this same edge, under the V formed at the neck and pull over the knot.
Smooth and pleat if desired.
Tuck in the neck of the shirt.
The cravat looks fantastic in this weather with a blazer over a T-shirt, or tucked in a collared shirt as shown below.