The Ascot Touch
Also known as the day cravat, the foulard, or simply just the silk necktie, the ascot has gained popularity as a noteworthy modern accessory. Imagine it in the same league as round horn-rimmed glasses, pocket squares and club collars of the late nineteenth century. As the Art of Manliness blog points out: Outdated, but all the more charming. Designer Stefano Pilati wears the ascot particularly well with a collared white shirt and black suit (second photo below). One of the great things about accessories is their versatility; although typically seen at formal events, ascots can also be worn with casual attire, as they provide a classy and unexpected touch to an otherwise plain t-shirt underneath. What better alternative to an open neckline? To avoid coming across as pretentious, choose one with a subdued pattern, and wear it lower on the neck so that just enough shows to add a pop of color to your outfit. Tom Ford has one, while J. Press has a decent and well-priced collection.
Not sure how to tie it? Open to interpretation, but pretty similar to the necktie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_hA7QKUJuU.