Houndstooth is a fabric pattern that resembles a grid of hounds’ heads. It’s no longer just for three-button blazers and shorts — designers like Marques’ Almeida and Dries Van Noten have made it relevant again, churning out sleek styles for the modern woman. Today I bring you this street style collection where are shown my favorite ideas on how to wear Houndstooth print for women.
Now, whether you’re a fan of the pattern or not, it’s a look you need to get used to. Simply put, houndstooth is your new neutral. (Before you say that stripes are your thing, hear us out.)
First of all, the bold checkerboard look can be darted in either direction and worn in many different ways. A Houndstooth print shirt looks just as good with a pair of jeans as it does with tweed pants.
The pattern is also timeless. Think about it: how often have you seen a houndstooth-adorned outfit that looked dated?
A basic rule of thumb: darker checks are good for winter, light-colored versions are great for summer.
It’s best to avoid heavy fabrics, like tweed or thick suiting. Anything that adds bulk to your silhouette will be the wrong match for houndstooth, as will anything that adds texture. One cool thing about the pattern is that it can take you from business casual to more formal attire quite easily. Think about how a striped chambray polo shirt looks with modern-day slim-cut jeans. That’s essentially how houndstooth trousers look in the same jacket — just add a belt.
There are plenty of ways to go about pairing houndstooth pieces with various styles and silhouettes, so don’t be afraid to try something out of the box. Just make sure you understand what looks good together so that you aren’t wearing something that just looks totally out of place.
Whether you are dressing for work or play, there will be occasions where a casual look is appropriate. For example, if you were feeling really laid back and relaxed, why not try a Houndstooth shirt with black jeans and sneakers? It’ll look pretty sharp.
And if you head out to an event where you’re walking the red carpet, it won’t hurt to step up your style a notch or two to throw in an unexpectedly bold piece. If you’re feeling particularly modern and trendy, why not try a double-breasted Houndstooth jacket or even a sweater vest?
No one will ever know that you’re wearing houndstooth if you pick an outfit that is well balanced and compliments your body type. Houndstooth should never be used to hide your figure or to make yourself look bulkier than you are, that’s all just wrong.
Now, you may be wondering where we’re going with this. If you’re like many people, (including us) you’ve been introduced to the pattern at school — when that we first got our trusty houndstooth backpack, it was a must-have.
You may have even worn a suit jacket with a Houndstooth shirt and shorts (ok, we won’t go that far back) when you were young.
Now it’s time to show off your taste and make your outfit stand out, in a good way. Just remember that you need to be confident with the pattern if you want to wear it. You also need to balance it out with other pieces in order for the look to work.
If you’re not feeling it, do your research and find something else you feel strongly about. You have to know what works for you in terms of what pieces look good together to get the best out of a pattern.
If you still don’t like houndstooth after all this, there’s plenty of other cool patterns out there to try and we would be more than happy to recommend some interesting ones for you. When you look at houndstooth, it just screams that you don’t care about how ugly you look. You just don’t care and that is why you look so sassy when you wear it.