One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man's broad silk necktie.
- ‘Whereas last year's show found lead singer Stuart Murdoch sporting an ascot and being generally subdued, this time around he sang, chatted, danced and appeared, well, jubilant.’
- ‘Fred is dressed as though he were going to a wedding, with striped gray ascot and spats, similar to the outfit he wore at the beginning of Swing Time.’
- ‘Spats, watch chains, ivory handled walking sticks, monocles, tie bars, sock garters, ascots, etc: there are actually people who can make these things work because of their personal styles, but most of us can't.’
- ‘He tried to run away from me but I caught his ascot so he untied it and got away.’
- ‘His ascot, the color of dried blood, was screaming a warning at me.’
- ‘He always wears a red smoking jacket and an ascot and a monocle at his parties, and really cool, eclectic people will be there.’
- ‘And there's the leading man, in his ascot, of course!’
- ‘A little girl with burnet bobbed hair in a sailor-style blue dress with white stripes and a red ascot ran up to Kitty and wrapped her little arms around Kitty's legs in a tight hug.’
- ‘I, resplendent in my signature red velvet smoking jacket, silk paisley ascot, black lounge pants, and sneakers would be more than happy to answer a few questions from the crowd, while I smoked my pipe of course’
- ‘We made a deal that he would pick out my dress and veil and shoes, and I would get to pick out his tux, which was a five-button white breakaway jacket, white pants, satin vest and ascot.’
- ‘Also, you can wear an ascot or a straight tie with it, while being perfectly correct.’
- ‘However, Frank's furtive visits to strange bars frequented by men in ascots and Cathy's friendship with Raymond, a noble black gardener, set the neighbourhood gossips tittering.’
- ‘In ascot and blazer, with his warm, chiseled features, George Clarke Jenkins has always been a handsome fellow.’
- ‘Should I wear clothes I wear around the house, or pretend I stalk the halls in a quilted jacket and ascot?’
- ‘A tall man with golden flowing hair stood at the bow of the ship, a white ascot tied about his neck.’
- ‘The wider collar makes it a good choice with a Euro tie, a long tie that is more formal than a regular necktie, but less so than an ascot.’
- ‘He was older than me, blond, wore a white shirt so everyone could see he had a Chelsea body, and could any other teenager make a scarlet ascot look so good?’
- ‘I can't be bothered with putting a mortgage on my house just to buy a frilly ascot!’
- ‘One man was wearing a patchwork coat, a white button down shirt, and an ascot.’
- ‘Everything about him is aestheticized, from the white aviator scarf he wears like an ascot to the flower in his suit lapel.’
Early 20th century: from the place name Ascot, by association with formal dress at race meetings held there.
A town in southern England, south-west of Windsor. Its racecourse is the site of an annual race meeting.
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