The debate rages on as to what is what, so we thought we would help offer some clarification on the matter.
The Cravat: Pronounced kre vat
A cravat can refer to any necktie, modern or otherwise. It can also refer to a cloth often made of, or trimmed in lace, worn about the neck by men, especially in the 17th century. In this reference it is often confused with the Jabot tie.
In the 1800s cravats hit the zenith of popularity. With a multitude of complicated ways of pleating and knotting. It was said that the tie of a mans cravat announced his social standing, and was in fact a letter of introduction to the world.
Internationally many modern neckties are still referred to as a cravat, while in the US most are referring to its older counterpart.
The ascot: Pronounced as kot
A broad scarf or necktie worn looped under the chin so the ends are laid flat, one across the other. So called from the dress worn at the Ascot races.
The modern ascot tie consists of several pleats in the neckband, and two wide flaps of equal width, normally coming to a point at the ends. There is also a similar style of tie known as the ascot scarf, which gained popularity in the 1960s. This was a square scarf rather than tie, loosely tied around the neck, which is still worn today by US military candidates.
Ascot ties are regaining popularity as both formal wear in lieu of a bowtie or standard necktie, worn in many of the styles popular in the 1800s. But it is also being seen worn as an everyday accessory under the shirt collar in a less formal fashion much like in the MOD 60s.
The Jabot: Pronounced Zha bo
A falling ruffle, especially of lace, worn at the neck by women.
This style tie is not so much a tie, but more a collar, or bib, in varying styles, worn over a blouse or shirt. Jabots became very popular in the 1800s, and later had intermittent popularity from the 1960s to the 1980s, where it became part of a blouse vs a detachable accessory.
It currently has experienced a resurgence in popularity with both men and women alike, for both costume and reinactment attire.
We hope we have helped give you a bit more info on the subject to help you looking your best. Remember:
Live well, dress better!
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The Random House College Dictionary, Random House, 1982
The Art of Tying the Cravat, H. LE Blano Esq, 1829
The Elegant Man, R. Villarosa, 1992
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