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Ascot in Madder Silk Red Orange Large Paisley
Ascots, also known as cravats, will make the perfect addition to your wardrobe because of the very particular sartorial niche they fill: a neckwear piece that is rakishly casual but effortlessly elegant, able to add an unforgettable savor to any ensemble.
Once you have built out a solid foundation of neckties and bow ties, ascots should be the next step in your style journey.
Casual Ascots immediately bring to mind the dashing film stars, playboys, and rakes of the Early Golden Age of Menswear. They signify someone who has developed a unique personal style and can now experiment with bolder accessories. No matter what your style is, a casual ascot can be incorporated into your outfits, whether you prefer a recklessly casual and jaunty look or a more put-together and plush look.
1. The Very Best Silk. Sourced from the best mills in England, the silk fabric used in this ascot has been carefully sourced at great expense to ensure the best possible drape and the richest of colors
2. Hand-Screen Printed Madder Silk with Paisley Pattern. Most manufacturers digitally print patterns onto their fabrics, but at Fort Belvedere, we insist upon the traditional screen printing process done by hand, the same technique used by Hermès for their scarves. The pattern is printed onto a thick twill fabric and then carefully finished to give a neat, crisp feel that is still soft to the touch.
3. Entirely Handmade. Not only is the printing applied by hand, the entire ascot has been assembled with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail that only comes with direct, by-hand oversight from artisanal craftsmen.
4. Self-Tying. Many contemporary ascots are modified to be easier to tie, but these modifications spoil the timeless lines and drape of the truly classic ascots. At Fort Belvedere, all of our ascots are designed according to time-tested, vintage patterns and are intended to be tied by hand, allowing you to personally craft the perfect look and the ideal knot for any situation.
5. Diagonally Cut on the Bias. Because it has been cut at 45º on the bias, this ascot features a diagonal ribbed grosgrain structure that imparts unique body and subtle flair. While this process does require additional fabric, it offers a superior ascot that stands out for its subtle detailing and obvious attention to craftsmanship.
Ascot Style Tips
An emblem of rakish charm, this ascot is well-suited to most sport coat or blazer combinations. Hopsack or worsted fabrics will emphasize its unique silk texture, but this ascot will also pair as easily with warm-weather linens, cottons, or seersuckers as with cold-weather tweeds or flannels, and is truly an all-season accessory.
This versatility is enhanced by the ascot’s color palette. The blue base provides an ideal foundation for pairing with nearly any garment or accessory, as blue is the most common color in menswear.
The additional shades of red and buff provide a pop of color without being overwhelming, giving the entire ascot a more sedate and understated appearance typical of British Style. Buff is a neutral but warm color that complements most other shades, and the red tones ensure visual interest. Together, this color combination is incredibly memorable but also effortlessly elegant.
With its rich color palette, this ascot is the perfect choice for the understated gentleman desirous of a casual neckwear alternative with a sophisticated dash of color. To really stand out from the crowd, consider augmenting this ascot’s dashing charm with a refined boutonniere.
Be sure to peruse the other casual ascots offered by Fort Belvedere, including a Buff Ascot with Macclesfield Neats Micropattern and three varieties of paisley ascots in red, burnt orange, or brown.
How to Store Ascot
Similar to a necktie, attentive storing of your ascot will prevent unnecessary wrinkling or damage. Ascots should be loosely hung up or stored laid down flat. Take care to ensure that no part of the ascot is excessively twisted or crumpled.
If your ascot begins to develop wrinkles, gently steam the wrinkles out with a garment steamer on its lowest heat setting. Avoid ironing your ascots, because the flat edge of the iron and the focalized heat can ruin the delicately turned edges of the ascot.
If you have questions or need style advice in choosing neckwear for yourself or someone else, let us know, we are happy to help.