I’ve had a lot of people tell me that although they like the look of an ascot or a silk scarf, there’s absolutely no way they can personally pull it off. For some, it’s simply a case of it being a bit too far outside their style comfort zone. There’s definitely nothing wrong with knowing the limits of what you’re comfortable with because if you can’t wear something with confidence—especially in the case of an ascot—then it’s going to negatively affect how you carry yourself. Being self-conscious is the last thing you want when it comes to style. However, if you decide to take the plunge, here are some tips on how to wear an ascot.
Another reason I hear many people give for steering clear of an ascot is that it appears feminine. While there’s a part of me that wants to just say, “Get over it,” that’s not productive. Instead, build a little more masculinity into your outfit to counterbalance any perceived femininity from the ascot. A pair of bad-ass sunglasses and leather driving gloves will do the trick.
An ascot is worn in place of neck tie with a suit or blazer. I prefer to wear one with a blazer as it can add a dash of distinction and rakishness, while with a suit it may appear overly stuffy. Wear an ascot low around your neck and make sure it just peeks out from your shirt’s neckline. And only unbutton your top button. If you wear an ascot, you’ve really got to own it. Since it’s a relatively uncommon neck dressing for men, people will notice so wear it with a confidence that borders on “I don’t give a f-ck.”
I’ve already weighed in on the no white after labor day rule and have been waiting to break out my white denim this winter. During the winter when days are short and color palates can get muted, white denim can be a fresh and unexpected change.
This Look: Navy double-breasted blazer c/o ASOS – White button down shirt by J.Crew – White denim jeans by J.Crew – Vintage silk scarf (similar here) – Patterned silk pocket square c/o REISS (sold out, similar here) – Sunglasses c/o Persol – Brown leather belt c/o Allen Edmonds (Manistee) – Brown leather driving gloves c/o Banana Republic – Watch with brown leather strap by Timex – Brown double monk strap shoes by To Boot New York
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Photography by Rob McIver Photo.