"B-bib?! Now see here, you uncouth barbarian! This is a CRAVAT!"
A cravat is a strip of cloth wrapped and tied around the neck, sometimes embellished with lace or other decals. It's a predecessor to the necktie, and a common accessory in 17th to 19th century men's fashion.
It's also excellent shorthand to show your audience that a character is one rich, classy bastard.
More often than not, a character who wears a cravat will be quite a proponent of the Good Old Ways
- if they're not already living in Ye Goode Olde Days
, that is (which they often are). Typically, they will be of Blue Blood
or The Beautiful Elite
. The more elaborate the cravat is, the more aristocratic (or pompous
) the character wearing it will be.
If a character in the modern era wants to show their status, but doesn't want to look like they popped out of a time machine, they will often wear a toned down Affluent Ascot. These have the similar connotations, just with a more modern touch.
Compare Waistcoat of Style
, which the Classy Cravat
is often combined with. A part of A Man Of Wealth And Taste
's repertoire. May be part of Awesome Anachronistic Apparel
This page is specifically for the cravat that is most associated with formal period wear. The scarflike neckwear that Americans call an ascot (but what purists would call a day cravat) is actually much more casual. It was popular from The Fifties
to The Seventies
but still pops up occasionally.
Anime and Manga
Live Action TV
- Several characters in Code Geass, mostly Britannians, wear it, including Lelouch himself in his Zero costume.
- Sasahara from Nichijou wears one, though it's revealed in the first episode that despite acting like an Upper-Class Twit he actually comes from a family of farmers.
- Austria from Axis Powers Hetalia wears a cravat as a part of his aristocratic style.
- Cravats are included in the male uniforms of Kinkan/Gold Crown Academy in Princess Tutu
- Levi from Attack on Titan wears one, perhaps to emphasize his surprisingly fussy personality.
- The cravat is part of the Shinsengumi officer uniform in Gintama.
- There's bound to be at least a couple of characters in any given Gundam series who rock a cravat.
- Mystery writer and radio host Simon Brimmer in the 1970s television series Ellery Queen wore an ascot in 1940s New York City. He projects an image of himself as A Man Of Wealth And Taste in contrast to Ellery's absent-minded genius.
- In an episode of Scrubs, Elliot wears one on a "Girls night out" with Carla. It's played for laughs and to show how different their backgrounds are.
- Charles Nelson Reilly often wore one, along with a Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe.
- Matt Preston, celebrity chef on Master Chef. He even wrote a book titled Caravatalicious.
- In the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica, Commander Cain of the Pegasus wore a cravat with his Colonial Warrior Uniform. He lampshades the trope somewhat as being a "lead from the front line" warrior type, he certainly doesn't fit the "cushy" stereotype for cravat wearers.
- Before he joined D-Generation X and shortened his name to Triple H, he was Hunter Hearst Helmsley, a Connecticut blue-blood who used to wear slik shirts with a cravat.
- In WCW before that, he was Jean-Paul Leveque, the same basic character and outfit but with a French accent.
- Miles Edgeworth (pictured), Manfred von Karma, and Franziska von Karma from the Ace Attorney series all wear rather fancy cravats as part of their Awesome Anachronistic Apparel.
- In Umineko: When They Cry, Rosa, Natsuhi and Lion Ushiromiya wear cravats, and they're all members of the wealthy Ushiromiya family. On the magic side, both Ronove and Dlanor A. Knox wear one as well.
- Gilgamesh Wulfenbach of Girl Genius sometimes wears a snazzy little cravat - When he's actually wearing a shirt, that is.