The Ascot takes it's name from the town of Ascot, about 55km from London, home of the famous horse race The Royal Ascot. Traditionally it has tapered ends. It was a favoured bit of kit of the English aristocracy who wore them from the early 1700's onwards but as the middle class grew, so too did the demand for this type of neckwear. Today it's seldom that you find men wearing them, they are a little effete and in this regard, worn for example in a club house, they can be a little toffee-nosed. However, the simple fact remains that they are chic. And, worn in a variety of settings they can be dumbed down so that the wearer doesn't have to appear 'tone deaf'. The ones we have had made are 155 x15cm and when tied, preferably with a four in hand knot, or else in a more traditional knot, which I don't advocate, but which you can learn by googling 'how to tie a traditional ascot'. In term of construction, these ascots that we have made are a variation on traditional shapes and construction. They have no tapering, neither in the centre of the piece nor at the ends. For me, given that we were using light silk twill, rather than jacquards, offers a more sleek, more modern finish. It looks more like a kerchief, only the lines are cleaner since there is no roll stitched edge. If you are looking for a modern way to look classically elegant, I definitely recommend you give them a twirl.