Neckwear Alternatives: Consider the Ascot

When I start thinking about changing up my fall neckwear game, instead of buying a new tie, I like to turn to an often overlooked accessory: an ascot.

Men's Ascot Cravat Scarf Tie - He Spoke Style

Men's Ascot Cravat Scarf Tie - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Z Zegna suit, Al Bazar shirt, Salvatore Piccolo ascot, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Watch c/o Uniform Wares, Shoes c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

What’s the difference between an ascot and a cravat? The short answer is that a cravat is typically thought of as more formal than an ascot. Also, an ascot is tied more like a scarf, while a cravat is sometimes fastened with a pin.

Ascots are often thought of as being stuffy. That’s a characterization I have to disagree with. It’s all in the wearer’s attitude.

However, if there is one prerequisite for wearing an ascot, that would be confidence. An ascot is a commitment and an advanced style move. Do it only if you really believe you can pull it off.

Men's Ascot Cravat Scarf Tie - He Spoke Style

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Check out another fall ascot outfit idea right here.

Chime in: Think you could add an ascot to your fall neckwear game?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


Chime In

  • CBMofo

    Nice article, really like the pocket square with the colour pallet. The search function on your site isn’t working for me on either Chrome or iexplorer – has anybody else had this issue?

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers. Not sure what problem you’re having with the search function. Works just fine on my end with Chrome.

    • Gregor Roth

      CBMofo, I’m perplexed with your comments. Do they have anything to do with Brian’s article about wearing an ascot or are you avoiding the challenge and commitment it takes to wear one? The ascot is not for most men because one must have a deep level of self-awareness, confidence and style savvy; flip-flops and work out cloths being the default confuse men’s style sensibility. The ascot, worn with an understanding of style as well as self-determination, like so many other aesthetic elements, raise the IQ of everyone near by.

      Brian takes chances is his attire and articles and that is what set him apart from style drones. And, earns him my respect.

      • Brian Sacawa

        Thanks so much for the continued support, Gregor, and for caring enough to leave comments like this. Cheers.

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  • DJ

    Question: Is this just for style or does it provide any type of neck warmth? Such a smooth and different look

    DJ |

    • Brian Sacawa

      Like a necktie, an ascot serves more of an aesthetic purpose rather than a utilitarian one. I suppose there’s a small amount of warmth gained, but I wouldn’t wear it in place of a scarf.

      If you’re looking for a little more warmth, you can get a similar look with a lightweight silk scarf. Check out this look for some inspiration:

  • InternAngie_StyleGirlfriend

    You’re right – this look does require a level of confidence, however the reward is being able to add an unexpected texture to a suited look.

    Great shoes as well, love the color!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers. Thanks, Angie.

  • baalp

    you are misguiding everyone reading this. Cravat means ALL neckwear (from croatia/croatians the history of neck wear plenty videos on youtube) . Ascot is the fancier one that requires a pin, whereas cravats are more Fred Astaire, hollywood (the stuff you’re trying to wear which is not formal). More correctly even, the Day Cravat, is what you would probably really want that covers more of the neck and higher up, with a few ways to tie them.