How to tie an Ascot: the best ways and moments to wear it

The Ascot is more than just an accessory: it's a statement of style, a tailoring heritage
that tells stories of elegance and sophistication. This article explores the art of wearing the ascot, a cornerstone of male elegance, explaining how to tie it and in which contexts to wear it to enhance your personal style.

The Ascot owes its name to the racecourse in the namesake town of Ascot, England, where in the 19th century it became popular among gentlemen of the era who used to wear it during the Royal Ascot Race, a prestigious horse racing event.
Originally worn as part of formal daytime attire, the Ascot has today become a symbol of unusual elegance. Over the years, it has maintained its charm, evolving into a distinctive accessory for special occasions and high-profile events.


When to wear the Ascot with casual elegance

Contrary to what one might think, in the past, the Ascot was considered a casual accessory, a detail of light and casual style. A recent trend is to use the Ascot as a wedding tie for the groom, often tied with refined knots such as the Windsor, the Albert, or the Victorian, enhancing its classic charm.

Today, the Ascot is a sought-after and sophisticated accessory for various types of events, capable of providing an elegantly unique note at a superior level. In semi-formal contexts, such as a New Year's or a luxury dinner, the Ascot is worn with a naturalness that conveys a sense of spontaneous refinement. It is also ideal for elegant daytime formal events, where it beautifully pairs with ceremonial suits or tailored outfits, offering a polished and distinctive image.


An accessory with many personalities

The versatility of the Ascot allows it to be paired with a wide range of outfits. From a more relaxed look with sports jackets and linen shirts to more sophisticated combinations with blazers and elegant shirts. In any case, the Ascot stands out for its ability to elevate the overall style, conferring an aura of timeless elegance and a distinctive personal touch.

Whether for a special occasion or to add a unique element to your daily style, the Ascot from Fumagalli 1891 represents a classy choice that transcends passing fashions, testifying to impeccable taste and stylistic awareness.


How to tie an ascot

To perfectly tie the Ascot, start by placing it around your neck, under the shirt collar, and against the skin. One of the two ends resting on the chest should hang about six centimeters lower than the other.

Then cross the longer end over the shorter one. If you wish to achieve a tighter knot, cross the end a second time.

Next, bring the longer end under the cross created between the fabric and the neck, then bring it up vertically.

Pass this end through the loop that has formed, bringing it back down.

At this point, adjust the knot with your fingers and, if necessary, secure it with a decorative pin to keep it in place throughout the day. Both ends should be elegantly arranged in the vest or the V-neck of the suit or sweater.

This basic technique is similar to that used for tying a tie, but it is just the beginning for experimenting with other variations. There are more traditional knot styles like the Parisian, the Milanese, and the Cordoba, as well as bolder versions like the Turin, the London, and the Marseille. However, it is advisable to start with the simple method and move on to more advanced techniques only after gaining more practice.


The ascot is not just an accessory, but a declaration of style, a symbol of an era when the fascinating elegance of the gentleman was paramount. For a formal event or to express your unique and personal style, the ascot from Fumagalli 1891 offers a fusion of past and present. With original designs from the family's century-old archives, these accessories can give grace and style to anyone who wears them.


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