Grooms take note, the cravat is back on the scene! Like almost everything in the world of fashion, no item is ever truly out of style and though the cravat dropped out of the picture for a time it’s now firmly back thanks to a rise in rugged beards and hipster trends.
Henry Conway recently declared the cravat as a “saveable heritage item” in The Guardian.
But when should this chic accessory be worn, and why? Here are four reasons to opt for a cravat to make the perfect final flourish to your outfit.
At a wedding
It’s important to acknowledge the distinction between a formal and daytime cravat. A casual cravat is suitable for all manner of social functions while a formal cravat is ideally worn with a morning suit for your wedding, but always underneath a waistcoat of matching colour – as these examples from Dobell demonstrate. A cravat will complete your attire creating a formal luxe finish.
When it’s too hot for a tie
The day cravat is a great alternative to a tie and especially in the hot summer weather. If the occasion calls for smart wear but the sun is beating down, a tie is uncomfortable and even if the top button is undone and the tie is loosened it can feel sticky. A cravat worn inside a shirt will be more relaxed and not as tight while still giving you a dapper edge.
For A big occasion
An invitation to a high-profile event calls for something a little special. Consider a visit to Henley Regatta, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, or even just a swanky summer party. Wearing a cravat on occasions like these marks you out as a man of distinction and individuality. Don’t be surprised to receive nods of respect from others in the crowd as you stroll around, gin and tonic in hand. Fabulous.
To add style to casual clothing
A cravat is versatile; perfect for your wedding after party! It doesn’t have to be worn under a shirt and with a jacket. Break all the style rules and release your inner fashionista. A paisley patterned design with shirt, jeans and brogues just shows that flash of flamboyance that will make you stand out from the crowd.
– By Maninderjeet Deo
Image Credits: Men Style Fashion; Style Guy; Punk Geisha; Fashion For Fellas.