Our Guide On How To Tie A Cravat Or Ascot Tie!

Do you want to try cravats, but you are struggling with where to start? Then here's your handy guide!

Wearing cravats and ascot ties can be a bit daunting at first, but there's really nothing to worry about, we have put together this guide to make sure you rock the look with, Our Guide On How To Tie A Cravat Or Ascot Tie!

We are confident once you master the cravat it will be a go to choice!

What is a cravat?

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A cravat is a traditional form of neckwear originating from the military unit of the 17th century known as the Croats. However in modern times the Ascot Tie and Cravat have become the favourite for weddings and grooms parties alike.

We have evolved the traditional style into something quite beautiful with tailored designs suitable for both formal and informal use, depending on the knot used to tie the scarf in place.

Let us explain how you can get the perfect look from your new cravat.

Which type of cravat knot should I go for?

Firstly it's important to understand what the final outcome you desire we have two popular types of look that can be achieved with our cravats.

The Scrunch Cravat

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A Formal Scrunch Style Cravat

The scrunch style cravat knot is more common for weddings given the slightly more formal style adding that stylish touch. More recently the addition of a neck ring just below the knot has become very popular too.

The Traditional Cravat

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Under Shirt Less Formal Traditional Cravat

The traditional method of tying a cravat is to wear it more like a scarf, we love this take on wearing a cravat as it looks slightly less formal, but still very stylish indeed!

How To Tie A Cravat (Our Quick Tie Guides)

If you are reasonably sure on how to tie your cravat and just want a quick reference point then our quick tie guide will be perfect for you, if you are new to wearing cravats and need a little more guidance, then skip this section and move onto the more detailed steps.

 

How To Tie A Scrunch Cravat Quick Start Guide

How To Tie A Scrunch Cravat (Quick Tie Guide)

How to tie a traditional cravat

How To Tie A Traditional Cravat (Quick Tie Guide)

If you are a seasoned cravat wearer and that's all you needed then we will leave you alone to enjoy the world of ascot ties out there, but if you are new to this then continue reading for a more detailed step by step support guide.

How To Tie A Scrunch Cravat (Formal Style)

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Tying A Scrunch Cravat (Stage 1)

Firstly place the cravat around your neck, then cross the longer end over the shorter end, ensuring to lay the narrower mid section comfortably around the contour of the collar, with no twists or folds.
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Tying A Scrunch Cravat (Stage 2)

Now tuck the longer end back under the the short end, again ensuring there are no twists or folds in the fabric, you can keep the assembly fairly loose at this time, but ensure it takes shape as the image above.

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Tying A Scrunch Cravat (Stage 3)

 

Now bring the long end back over the top of the assembly, again ensuring that the fabric isn't folded and you don't have any twists in the knot, look at the image above and spend some time adjusting to ensure it looks like the image at this point.

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Tying A Scrunch Cravat (Stage 4)

Once you are happy that the tie looks like Stage 3, you are now ready to form the knot.

You will now take the longer end once again and bring it through the neck loop, then trough the loop that we just made in stage 3.

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Tying A Scrunch Cravat (Stage 5)

Now take the short end of the cravat and hold it in place to the chest, you can now gently pull the newly formed knot up to the collar, and hopefully you have something close to the image above?

How To Tie A Traditional Cravat (Relaxed Style)

PickaPocket How to tie a cravat stage one!

Tying A Traditional Cravat (Stage 1)

Firstly place the cravat around your neck, then cross the longer end over the shorter end, ensuring to lay the narrower mid section comfortably around the contour of the collar, with no twists or folds.
PickaPocket Guide On How to tie a cravat stage 2

Tying A Traditional Cravat (Stage 2)

Now tuck the longer end back under the the short end, again ensuring there are no twists or folds in the fabric, you can keep the assembly fairly loose at this time, but ensure it takes shape as the image above.

PickaPocket How To Tie An Ascot Tie Scrunch Style Part 3

Tying A Traditional Cravat (Stage 3)

 

 Now bring the long end back over the top of the assembly, again ensuring that the fabric isn't folded and you don't have any twists in the knot, look at the image above and spend some time adjusting to ensure it looks like the image at this point.

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Tying A Traditional Cravat (Stage 4)

Once you are happy that the assembly look s like stage 3 it's time to bring the long end through the neck loop and over the top of the loop you created in stage 3.

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Tying A Traditional Cravat (Stage 5)

Now by holding the short end of the cravat you can gently pull the top knot up to the collar, and hopefully your finished cravat will look something like this?

For an open collar cravat you can repeat these steps, but with the collar open and tying the knot under the shirt.

Summary

We hope you found our guide to wearing cravats and how to tie them in the two most popular ways, we would love for you to share your images with us follow us on Facebook or Instagram and tag us in with how you get on!

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