Ascot Tie or Cravat - classic and casualBeau Brummell and his contemporaries wore starched linen scarves around their necks, artfully knotted and fastened with a decorative pin. This was followed by the gray version made of silk, worn with a 'cutaway', the gray tailcoat for the first half of the day, a morning wedding or the Royal Ascot horse race. This is often referred to as a plastron. With the advent of the automobile, a sporty version of the originally purely formal accessory was created. The Briton speaks here of 'cravat'; What is meant is an elaborately tailored, elongated scarf made of patterned silk, which can be tied with a classic four-in-hand knot, like a tie. The thing is then worn in a shirt with one or two open buttons.