How to Tie a Tie: Ascot




Tired of the shirt-and-tie look? An Ascot or knotted scarf can add a special flair. This knot should be easy for anyone who knows the Four in Hand.

And even if you don't know the Four in Hand, this knot is pretty simple: Over, Under, Around, and Through.

Step 1: Ready?

First, find an Ascot. That's probably the hardest part of this whole process. I wanted a silk one for a holiday party, and couldn't find one to my taste at any of the shops downtown. I ended up ordering one over the Internet from Italy.

If you can't find a pre-formed Ascot, this style of tie will work with a thin scarf.

Unbutton your collar and a few buttons. Place the cloth around your neck, with one side slightly longer than the other.

Step 2: Over

Grab the longer end of the tie and cross it over the shorter end.

Step 3: Under

Bring the long end back under the short end.

Step 4: Around

Loop the long end around the front of the knot.

Step 5: Through

Bring the long end through the Y at the neck, but not through the loop you just made. Unlike in the Four in Hand, you want the top piece of cloth in the knot to be loose. The actual knot will be hidden by this piece.

You'll probably want to pull the sides of the top piece of cloth so that the Ascot is not too narrow.

Step 6: Tuck and Tighten

Tuck both ends of the ascot into your shirt.

Move the knot upwards by grabbing the knot (under the top piece of fabric) and pulling it up, while you pull gently downwards on the back piece of fabric.

As you make the knot tighter, close buttons on your shirt until you achieve the look you want. You may choose to wear the ascot tightly, or to show a bit more skin around it.

Step 7: Adjust

You can make the tie more puffy by pulling the top further out of the collar. The tight shirt will hold it in place. You can make the tie less puffy by reaching between your buttons and pulling down on the fabric.

Step 8: Vests

You can also tuck an Ascot into a vest instead of into the shirt directly.



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    3 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction


    Thanks for your instructions. I've been wearing a foulard myself for some time (I call it this way). I've been looking for some information about it and I found an article on Wikipedia:

    There is a distinction between the day cravat and highly formal dress cravat. First one is worn against the skin - so it is the one you have shown. The other is worn against the collar. There is another site about these:

    I've got an ascot similar to yours and I wear it against the skin and the collar as well. Against the collar looks much more formal (and classy), especially with bow-tie collar shirt (I don't know the exact name of such a shirt/collar in English - on Wikipedia I found the name 'Cossack collar', but I bought myself a shirt of this kind with a collar that is fixed). I think there is another kind of foulard/day cravat, resembling a tie with both ends of similar/the same width (though I couldn't find the website in my bookmarks, look at the picture). I suppose that Robert Downey Jr. was wearing this kind of foulard in the restaurant while having dinner with Watson and Mary.

    Best regards,



    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for this. I just got into ascots recently and I'll be using your guide tomorrow! :D


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Seems to be an impressive and different look for dinner parties. I'm gonna have to try this next time I go out. Has a somewhat ostentatious air about it, and not so formal as the full windsor.