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post #16 of 26
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I would pretty much second Dopey's advice to the OP. As far as I am concerned, wearing a formal ascot with morning dress just screams "douche-y costume geek." I know. I wore one to my second wedding, and that's just what I looked like!
I very much like casual ascots (what the British call "day cravats"). I've got 31 at this time and wear them with great frequency. However, I would certainly not wear one to a wedding, much too casual.

 

No way. I just said "day cravat" and even had it in quotes, before reading your post. Meant to be? But more seriously (although, what I just said was serious) I take that advice very well, as you attempted both the formal ascot and day cravat with sincere interest, and you (like I, but probably a lot better than I) wear a day cravat with frequency as I tend to love to do with my linen bandana. Very refreshing to hear I'm not alone in this practice (again, admittedly with less practice, purpose, and profession than you probably do).

post #17 of 26
This is a good question. Simple answer: pretty much, yes.
post #18 of 26
As another said, "if you have to ask" then the answer is no.

If you're gonna wear one, then you're gonna wear one and anyone who doesn't like it can shove it.
post #19 of 26
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As another said, "if you have to ask" then the answer is no.
If you're gonna wear one, then you're gonna wear one and anyone who doesn't like it can shove it.

 

That's pretty much my stock answer, as evidenced last week when questioned why I don't wear socks with my loafers and chinos, however I tend to edge on the cautious side when it's someone's wedding. Outside of the occasions in which one should care greatly for the opinion of the honored party, I tend to be very carefree about the judgements of others.

post #20 of 26

Are they a custom where you live?

Some are not that lucky.

 

post #21 of 26
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Are they a custom where you live?

Think this is very much true. Around here abosulely no one wears an ascot. But I could happily wear one though and nobody would think ass-hole or douchebag.
post #22 of 26
The formal ascot worn with morning coat seems to be reserved for the bridal party. The formal ascot with stick pin is a "father of the bride" look.

That look is very dated. It seemed to have gone out of fashion by the 1950's. E.g., in the 1950 film "Father of the Bride" neither Spencer Tracy nor the groom wear a formal ascot. They wear four-in-hand ties. Also, almost everyone wore four-in-hands at the recent royal wedding of Prince William and Kate.

Ironically, the formal ascot has been kept alive in the rental market. People who own their morning coats wear four-in-hands. E.g., the various men in "Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)."

The informal ascot or neck scarf is for informal occasions, such as for the country, a Sunday brunch in the City, a visit to the museum, entertaining at home on a weekend afternoon, etc. It is improper for a formal occasion.
post #23 of 26
On looking over this thread, I would make an exception to my comment that I would not wear an ascot (day-cravat type) to a wedding. If it were a very informal type of wedding--on the beach, toes in the sand, that kind of thing--then I might very well wear an ascot.

Curiously, a couple of years ago I lent an ascot and a pair of my spectator shoes to our neighbor's son to wear to a wedding, where he was going to be the officiant! He wanted a slightly dressy but offbeat look. Since he moonlights as a rock musician, I suspect the wedding was neither very formal nor traditional.
post #24 of 26

Quite a few of my friends wear cravats but it's generally in winter and typically in paisley design.

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It answers many, many questions. Especially since your nickname is "Big A". How much more coincidental or serendipitous could it possibly be?

I don't understand - was there a character in Roadhouse named Big A?
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I don't understand - was there a character in Roadhouse named Big A?

The villain's name was "Brad Wesley." He was played by Ben Gazzara.
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