Wearing an ascot

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  1. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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    Not the horrible tie that you see on formal wear, but the scarf that you wear with an open collared shirt. Where do you find a scarf that can serve as an ascot, especially one that isn't too...froo froo, for lack of a better word? I would only ever wear one with a shirt and sweater, but I'd like to give it a try if you can point me in the right direction.

    Thanks.
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    They are not hard to find, but ... they are inherently, irreducibly froo froo.  No matter what the color or pattern.  I side with the young guys on this one.  The ascot is dead.  Dead, dead, dead.  It is costume.  You will look like a damned fool pretending to be Thurston Howell.  Not recommended.  At all.
     


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    Etruscan Senior member

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    I think Manton is right about this (as indeed about most things). I know I attempted an ascot revival in my 20s and while it might have worked visually I was too young for the look then. Now, in my mid-40s, it would be age-appropriate but a fusty foppishness has crept in and spoiled the game. Here's a "rule" that should keep us all out of trouble--wear ascots only with spats.
     


  4. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Actually, that would be against the rules. Spats are for formal and semi formal wear. Ascots are casual.

    [Ducks to avoid thrown heavy object]
     


  5. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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    Well, shortly after I posted this question I began thinking about it and realized that this is probably where it would be headed. Alright, good deal. Thanks.
     


  6. amirrorcrackd

    amirrorcrackd Senior member

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    Ain't nothin' wrong with spats. Ascots are definitely "froo froo" (my new favorite term) though.

    Dan
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    we had a neat thread a while back that featured several pictures of famous ascot (or neckscarf) wearers. it was fun.
     


  8. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, but it was guys like Charles Nelson Riley. Oy.
     


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    I have thought about wearing a plain dark blue ascot with a blue shirt and a 3 piece suit for flying - people keep telling me that flying in a tie isn't healthy, and with 200 take offs a year it is something to think about. But it is hard for me to get past the feeling that it is way too foppish.
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    maybe you could try a turtleneck dickie? that is, if you can find one.
     


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    globetrotter Senior member

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    I try to avoid any item of clothing called a dickie.....
     


  12. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    King Manton has spoken. Time to close the doors and sail away into oblivion.
    s/Alexander S. Kabbaz
    Kabbaz-Kelly, Bespoke Froo-Froo Makers to the Well-to-Froo
     


  13. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Do you get a lot of orders for ascots?
     


  14. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Flusser points out accurately that open shirts look unfinished.

    Besides conventional neckties, choices are turtlenecks, mock turtlenecks, buttoned polo shirts, crew necked sweaters, and shirts with scarves or ascots. I wear all of them, including the ascot.

    I don't know where the self conscious "it's too much of a look for me" comes from. Most people don't even know what it is - in Northern California, I'm much more likely to turn heads for wearing a suit on Saturday instead of denim and a tee shirt.

    Properly arranged, you get half an inch of silk to obscure your chest hair or underwear.

    Will
     


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    I've heard guys say "well it looks so cool on Cary Grant so I thought I would give it a try". The problem - Cary Grant made whatever he had on look cool, the guy exuded cool. Halle Berry looked good in a pleather catwoman suit, would not recommend it for Roseanne Barr though. [​IMG]
     


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