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Bringing back the Ascot Scarf

James Andrew, NYC

James Andrew, NYC

Inspired by the impossibly chic ascot-wearing assassin played by Edward Fox in the 1973 film adaptation of Frederick Forsyth’s “The Day of the Jackal,” (which I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’ve only just seen), I’ve revisited my ascot and scarf drawer, and have been wearing them with some fanciful delight. I’m also happy to see quite a resurgence in men wearing ascot-style scarves (aka “day cravats”), including high profile trend setters like Brad Pitt and David Beckham. While it’s been rather neglected, and, in some cases, outright rejected (particularly by some, shall we say, less than secure men), a cravat/ascot really is just the perfect accessory when wishing to add a touch of semi-formal panache to one’s ensemble—a note of color and pattern to pop things up, or simply to soften an uncomfortable collar! I look forward to incorporating many more into my wardrobe and encourage our reader’s (if they do not already wear them) to try out this super chic accessory.

I’m sporting a purple foulard and paisley silk scarf (worn in ascot fashion) by Gucci as well as a Tom Ford era Gucci camel top coat, gray flannel pants and peccary gloves, Amber cashgora sweater and white cotton shirt both by Tom Ford, Rolex oyster perpetual watch and YSL aubergine suede “Eton” boot. My fragrance is Creed Bois du Portugal.


  1. David says:

    James, where was this picture taken? It looks like a Roman palazzo but I assume it’s in NYC? Fabulous look – cashgora is a new one on me, it’s a sensational colour.

  2. quintessence says:

    And you look so chic doing it!! LOVE Day of the Jackal – what a great classic!!

  3. I love ascots. And, you look great!!

  4. Dean Farris says:


    Great post! I was given a lovely (brown, gold, and hot pink) ascot or cravat from Liberty of London, when I started my Grand Tour, back in the late 1970’s. Later, I purchased one from Ralph Lauren, and still wear it (purple with teal faux uni motif) I always get compliments! I remember seeing Todd Romano in one too, at the office of the late Parkin Saunders. Classics never die, they just wane in and out! Thanks for reminding us of this elegant almost forgotten accessory for men! JDF NAPLES FL

  5. James Andrew says:

    Hi there David,

    SO happy that we created the illusion that I might be somewhere other than New York City.

    Thanks to the brilliance of Gabriel Everett- I was actually just a few blocks away on East 38th Street here in New York City.



  6. JES says:

    I love this look– my partner has started wearing scarves like this and it’s so dashing.

  7. Dean says:


    It’s definitely one of your more arresting portraits.
    Kudos to Mr Everett!


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