Well, there was a little confusion around chez Will this past weekend, and the photos for today's post seem to still be at the studio while some photos for the web store are where the post photos were supposed to be. So though we did write about them in the not too distant past today's post is in praise of the ascot. Hopefully, you did want to be reminded about ascots.
Heir to the legacy of the day cravate, such as it is, the ascot is along with the neckerchief one of the few effective ways to dress up an open dress shirt collar when a necktie is either inappropriate or undesireable. Worn with an open collar but a buttoned shirt body under a jacket or a sweater (that is to say a jumper for those in England), the ascot adds a discreet half an inch of color to the neckline. Like the necktie it replaces, an ascot should be color compatible with the other elements of the day's clothing, but different in pattern.
The look may be discreet but there are those men who fear the ascot. Fortunately, those fears tend to be based on apprehension rather than experience. Few people under the age of sixty remember the time in our history when ascot wearing was the province of the ineffectual comedic subject on more than one weekly television series.
Again, for any man who may have missed the point, the import of the ascot (and the neckerchief for that matter) stems principally from the simple fact that the base of the neck is not the most attractive part of the male anatomy. It is better covered, and wearing roll necks/turtlenecks gets old after a while. So, we praise the ascot. As should you.