First Lady Gaga stepped out in it and then Kim Kardashian. It’s official, Houndstooth is in fashion and on everyone this season.
The textile pattern characterized by broken checks and abstract four-pointed shapes has been seen in almost every window of every retail store this Fall and on everything from gowns to scarves.
For casual, the pattern that originated in Scotland is a great way to spice up an outfit. For more fancy occasions, the pattern is great too. It’s perfect for holiday parties and other elegant events.
For women there’s nothing the pattern isn’t produced in. The best way to wear it is a dress. A great choice is the Amy Winehouse by Fred Parry Houndstooth Dress available at ASOS ($269.55).
The print mini dress features an all over contrast houndstooth print, a wide slash neckline, contrast button detailing to neckline, capped sleeves styling, fitted tailored shape, and a mini cut length. Pair it with tights and black pumps and you’re set.
If you want a more subtle houndstooth piece, shoes are a great way to go. Opt for Salvatore Ferragamo Houndstooth Printed Genuine Python Pump available at Nordstrom. The 4” pump features a classic shape and bold pattern with a large-scale houndstooth design with a smaller-scale version tops the leather sole.
For men, houndstooth is a no-brainer—one of the earliest references to the pattern here in New York was reportedly by De Pinna, who included it in a 1933 collection of men’s suits. For a great coat, check out the Savile Row Houndstooth Sport Coat at Kohls ($99.00).
The coat makes for a great piece for formal attire or casual work wear. It features a houndstooth check and suede collar in black and white.
For a more subtle houndstooth fix, opt for a tie. Check out J.Crew‘s Houndstooth tie ($69.50). It’s a slightly bolder version of the classic check rendered in warm tones and made of English wool from the venerable Marling and Evans mill (makers of fine woolen fabrics since 1782).