Wore an ascot for the first time

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  1. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    A few weeks ago, I purchased from Brooks Brothers my first ascot (navy silk with brown ovals). At $17US the price was right, and I felt the expenditure wasn't too extravagant to justify a little sartorial experimentation.

    So last weekend, I wore it for the first time, with a white, short-sleeved linen camp style shirt, light brown vintage Hollywood waist trousers and a pair of brown/canvas spectators. I must admit I was surprised. It felt neither affected nor foppish, and was a very nice look. I was also amazed by how little attention it (and I) garnered.

    I'm curious if there are any fellow travelers here. If memory serves, Jan Libourel and Tom Hudson (cuffthis) have dabbled with the ascot/neckscarf look. Are there others among us?
     


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    It has always seemed like they would make you hot, was it?
     


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    I have worn ascots before, but always with long-sleeve shirts. I also think that a partial/full head of gray hair allows one to carry off the ascot better and impart less of an affected look
     


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    Great work, VG. Are you going to make ascots a regular part of your wardrobe now?
     


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    I think they're lots of fun. [​IMG]
     


  6. Vintage Gent

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    It has always seemed like they would make you hot, was it?

    You'd have to ask my wife. [​IMG]

    No hotter, really, than a tie. And, living in the subtropical south, we spend our summers shuttling from one air-conditioned refuge to another.
     


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    Great work, VG. Are you going to make ascots a regular part of your wardrobe now?

    I'd certainly like to, although I'd probably have to purchase a few more before I could wear them with any degree of regularity.
     


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    Are there pictures your ascot?
    I'm not convinced that ascots work except for jury duty with brooch and jeweled sweater chain.
     


  9. Vintage Gent

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    Are there pictures your ascot?
    None of me wearing it, sorry to say. The digital camera has been on the blink for a few months. Which is also why my latest Chan remains undocumented in the annals of Style Forum.
     


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    So last weekend, I wore it for the first time, with a white, short-sleeved linen camp style shirt



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    The cop's going to arrest him for wearing the tie belt. Kiton, you are not well! [​IMG] Sweater chain indeed - [​IMG]
     


  12. Lucky Strike

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    I used to wear them occasionally, for summer garden parties and the like. I've gone off them in later years, for some reason.

    The Duke looks good, btw. Any idea where I could get my hands on brown/white penny loafers like that? (And no, those are not shoes I'd go bespoke or special order for.)
     


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    I bought three more ascots, all of them woolen, BTW, at a sale at the BH Polo Shop immediately after my Chan appointment last week. Kind of an impulse buy to compensate myself because I only ordered one Chan garment instead of the two originally planned.

    I like the touch of old-fashioned elegance an ascot can provide otherwise mundane sportswear. On the other hand, I have to adjust them frequently to keep the neckband portion from riding up on my neck and the blades (if that's what you call them from sinking too low. I also find, if I am not wearing an undershirt, the blades' rubbing on my bare chest somewhat distracting.

    In all, I have somewhat mixed feelings about ascots. I don't really find them any more comfortable in warm weather than a necktie worn with a properly fitting shirt.
     


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    I used to wear ascots on occasion. Mostly to parties. I received quite a few compliments from girls/women and some ribbing from guys, but ultimately they didn't look great on me so I stopped. My face is far too young, and the ascot with an open-necked shirt is, sadly, going the way of spats.
     


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    Nick M Senior member

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    I wholeheartedly support the return of the ascot.

    I've got a couple. I very occasionally wear them to random events - they're good to fill in white-undershirt-space. Comments are mostly favorable, but honestly, the majority of people don't even notice.

    I think it's probably only slightly more out-there than wearing a scarf under the collar of your sweater - and in terms of costume, it's probably on par with those good-for-nothin' teenage skater punks who wear neck bandanas.

    I'm not convinced that ascots work except for jury duty with brooch and jeweled sweater chain.
    To report to jury duty with an ascot and brooch.
    Given this discussion, I think that wearing a leather trench coat along with a short-sleeve shirt with ascot and brooch would make a good outfit for jury duty.
    This is a perfect shirt to wear to jury with an ascot ascot and brooch--underneath a white linen jacket.
    Maybe with the addition of a brooch and ascot it would be perfect for jury duty.
    In deed, try a nice brooch and spectator shoes with it and have a complete outfit.
    Only with an ascot and spectator shoes--brooch is optional.
    However, they would work well for wearing to jury duty with a short-sleeve shirt, brooch and ascot--which I'm sure was featured at this week's Milan men's shows.
    I hope you're remembering to get your card stamped every time you use this one - get to ten and they give you a free juice. [​IMG]
     


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