A few months ago we were attending a chic wedding and wanted to dress with a sense of style and flair but after reviewing our wardrobe we knew we needed a fashion revamp! Being a Television Historian and Old Movie Buff we turned to Hollywood for inspiration.
Mr. Thurston Howell from Gilligan’s Island, Fred Jones from Scooby-Doo, Mr Furley from Three’s Company, Jonathan Hart from Hart to Hart and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes don’t have many overlapping attributes, expect for their sense of style which all have one thing in common — Cravats. Cravats, or more commonly known as Ascots are typically worn around the neck and tucked inside the collar of a shirt.
The cravat is a neckband, the forerunner of the modern tailored necktie and bow tie, originating from 17th-Century. Like most men’s fashions between the 17th century and World War I it was of military origin. In Modern times the more casual form of this neck tie is referred to as a day cravat. It is made from a thinner woven silk that is more comfortable when worn against the skin, often with ornate and colorful printed patterns.
Being a purest for all the finer things we located a British maker of fine Silk Day Cravats and Pocket Squares and ordered our first of many Ascots, the Chaucer. This elegant piece of neckwear brings a sense of style and individualism with any of our outfits.