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Difference Between Ascot and Cravat

For the longest time, men have won cloth around their neck, a trend that has even been adopted by women. This is mainly for decorative as well as presentation purposes. While neck wear is common, there is a lot of confusion on which neckwear to use, and how to properly dress it. Examples of common neckwear include scarves, bow ties, cravats, ascots as well as neckties. 


What is Ascot?

This is a type of necktie commonly used in formal settings. They are secured to the shirt by being tied in a simple knot and then secured to the shirt front. They have, however, been replaced with daytime silk neckties. 


What is Cravat?

This is a term used in reference to all neckwear and can refer to bow ties, ascots, neckerchiefs, and even neckties.  The term Cravat was derived from the French word, Croat and was used in reference to the cloth ties around the Croatian mercenaries’ necks. 


Similarities between Ascot and Cravat

Both are used in reference to neckwear


Differences between Ascot and Cravat

  1. Definition

Ascot refers to a type of necktie commonly used in formal settings, and are secured to the shirt by being tied in a simple knot and then secured to the shirt front. On the other hand, Cravat refers to all neckwear and can refer to bow ties, ascots, neckerchiefs, and even neckties.

Ascot vs. Cravat: Comparison Table


Summary of Ascot vs. Cravat

The importance of neckwear including warmth, decency, and protection as well as aesthetics purposes has led to the popularization of this type of clothing. People, should, however, be able to differentiate different kinds of neckwear and the occasion that suits each. 


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