Tired of the usual, simple tie knot? Try the Kelvin!
It is believed that there are over eighty different ways to tie a tie, but actully used are not more than five or six of them, which are perfect to add an elegant touch to any outfit. Among the techniques you should definitely not be missing in your repertoire is the Kelvin – a tie knot that despite its simplicity always ensures an impeccable look.
Hearing the name Kelvin, many probably think first of the famous English physicist and with this intuition they are absolutely right. The tie knot does in fact owe its name to Lord Kelvin. Born as William Thomson, the phycist presented in the late nineteenth century his knot theory. Even though this complex theory had nothing to do with fashion, but was purely about mathematics, this is how the knot received its name!
But back to the ties: The good news is that the Kelvin is a very simple variation of the simple knot and is therefore not difficult to learn. To tie the tie with this technique, just follow the following simple steps in front of the mirror:
- Place the tie around your neck so the back is facing outward, the wider end should hang down a few centimetres longer on the right side.
- Pass the wide end under the narrow end through to the left.
- Pass the wide end over the narrow end to the right, make sure to hold the resulting loop.
- Wrap the wide end around the narrow again.
- Pass the wide end again to the front right and bring it through the neck opening, so that a ring is created.
- Then bring the wide end through the inner loop downwards.
- Finally bring the knot in form and position.
The knot is basically a simple knot, with a circuit more but this has an important effect. It gives the Kelvin more volume and symmetry without appearing too big.
The Kelvin knot is ideal for unicolour ties as well as ties with patterns and in particular, thanks to its symmetry, models with fine stripes. Regardless of colour and pattern, you should always choose a tie in a thinner material to avoid that the knot looks too bulky.