What kind of men can wear Ascots gracefully on daily basis?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jeromestyle, Jul 26, 2011.

Do you think ascots look good on men?

Poll closed May 22, 2012.
  1. YES

    23 vote(s)
    54.8%
  2. NO

    17 vote(s)
    40.5%
  3. NOT SURE

    2 vote(s)
    4.8%
  1. tone76

    tone76 Senior member

    Messages:
    379
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
    

    Make that 3.
     


  2. Pliny

    Pliny Senior member

    Messages:
    3,895
    Likes Received:
    8,132
    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Cary Grant rocks a red with white polka dots Ascot in 'To Catch a Thief'.

    [​IMG]

    and a bow tie too for that matter (re: yo other thread)

    [​IMG]
     


  3. mercedezzz

    mercedezzz Active Member

    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    May 19, 2011
    Location:
    Chicago
    That's not actually an ascot in To Catch a Thief, but he did wear them. I think the picture below left is from The Awful Truth. [​IMG]
     


  4. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

    Messages:
    6,501
    Likes Received:
    474
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Location:
    The Arena - Centerfield
    First off, I don't see the need to bash the OP. The board has been crawling all summer, and to his credit he is trying some new threads, (albeit a few too many).
    That aside, it would be nice to see more responses with useful information.
    The purpose of the ascot today would be to conceal the neck and therefore to offer a more youthful appearance on an older gentleman.
    They can either look great or garrish and seldom inbetween. They are an accessory better used by a man with the experience and discipline to dress well.
     


  5. jbw

    jbw Active Member

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2006
    I don't think it is about experience and discipline. There is a reason why all the pictures being found are so old, and M.Caine, I think, was wearing it at least half-ironically even back in the 60s or early 70s or whenever that picture is from. There are a lot of class associations involved. In the US or a commonwealth country it is an item with too much (somewhat unpredictable) semiotic content. Most of that content has an affected or goofy flavor to it. There may be a slim minority (in the US, not the UK) who would label it "classy" because of the English aristocracy overtones but that is not the target audience of most posters here. It is too much of an affectation; It has become costume; there is a high-likelihood people will think you are a stuck-up fool.
     


  6. Spong

    Spong Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2010
    Location:
    London, UK
    Doesn't that just suck though? I mean, I take your point, I think you're 100% correct there, but it's lame that this is the case. Looking at the ascot/cravat objectively there's really nothing wrong with it, it's a perfectly serviceable item of clothing.

    One of the things I find difficult with this, and I don't want to sound too much like a politician here, is that we forget we have the capability to change things, or at least to try.

    If everyone who reads SF (reads, not is a member) went out wearing an ascot with an F U attitude tomorrow what kind of difference might that make in the common conception?

    Perhaps not much, but it would be interesting to see.

    I say this because other typically 'archaic' items seem to have the same problem, I mentioned classic hats before, a number of surveys, blogs, internet poasts and so on, suggest that most men would love to wear them but refrain because they're not commonly worn by others. "I'd wear them if I saw more other guys wearing them" is an oft-heard phrase. This could be true of many 'long lost' items of attire, including the ascot.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2011


  7. ratboycom

    ratboycom Senior member

    Messages:
    3,682
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2006
    Location:
    Nagoya, Japan
    I used to wear ascots and suits to school. Call me an asshole.
     


  8. CalTex

    CalTex Senior member

    Messages:
    4,199
    Likes Received:
    239
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Location:
    Liquidating Assets
    

    :plain:

    lol
     


  9. ykurtz

    ykurtz Senior member

    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2007
    Pic on the left is from TCaT, the picnic scene
     


  10. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

    Messages:
    2,612
    Likes Received:
    111
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2011
    Jerome.. as you can see, the ascot is acceptable, but only when you tug it in your shirt and have it fold out slightly... I know you are asking this question because you have an obsession with ascots falling above the shirt, but that is tacky and over the top.

    Please don't think any of us mean you should wear a long ascot (about the length of a scarf) tied around your neck hanging over your shirt, as your much cherished Pierre-Alexis Dumas does.
     


  11. jeromestyle

    jeromestyle Senior member

    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2011
    

    sometimes it´s good to try new fashions
     


  12. Charlie74

    Charlie74 New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2011
    weather permitting and by that I mean anything under 100, I wear them often. Maybe not daily bet a few times a week. I even wear them to the office, on occassion
     


  13. Achillus

    Achillus Senior member

    Messages:
    1,231
    Likes Received:
    27
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2011
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Ascots are hard to pull of properly.
     


  14. jeromestyle

    jeromestyle Senior member

    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2011
    

    why is that?
     


  15. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

    Messages:
    26,133
    Likes Received:
    1,626
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2006
    Location:
    FOLKESTONE
    

    Because they look affected...
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by