Fashion FAQ: What is an Ascot?

Named for Ascot Heath, a famous horserace track where the tie was worn by attendees of the royal ascot race, an ascot is a scarf worn around the neck inside an open shirt collar


Terrence Howard in “Empire”


This accessory is usually associated with highbrow gentlemen, although now, more and more fashion-forward gents have started wearing them as well.


Tom Ford


An ascot can spice up a casual look, especially with the rise of more flamboyant styles in recent years. So, it goes without saying that ascots go incredibly well when worn with pieces like patterned shirts. This is definitely a style for bold dressers.