How To Wear Houndstooth

22 May

Houndstooth has been a huge fashion trend this past year and has been seen on many of our favorite celebrities including Kim Kardashian to Gwyneth Paltrow. The print is a truly eye catching phenomenon that spices up even the simplest of outfits and delivers a serious punch. If you’re new to this trend or if you have some serious doubts about whether or not you can pull it off here are a few tips on how to wear houndstooth to help you on your way.

Pair It With Black

Black goes with everything and it adds edge, mystery, sophistication and sex appeal to your look. When partnering black with a houndstooth print you’re getting all of this but at the same time you’re toning it down just a touch while keeping the look fresh and wearable. This is a good idea if one of the pieces that you’re wearing is very eccentric because the solid black color will lend attention to the print and styling. Alexander McQueen peplum jacket ($2,980) and high waist pant ($825.00). Available at Neiman Marcus.

 

Mix It Up

While many people feel that the houndstooth print on its own makes enough of a fashion statement, there are many fashionistas out there who wouldn’t mind adding more detailing. One way to do this is to mix the houndstooth print with another print, therefore creating a more fashion forward look. McQ by Alexander McQueen leopard and houndstooth dress ($815.00). Available at Bergdorf Goodman.

 

 

Wrap It Up

Wearing a houndstooth jacket is a great way to incorporate this fun trend into your wardrobe. You can wear it open, zipped up, buttoned up or even belted. While a fitted jacket gives you nice lines, a looser fitting one will give you a 50s inspired look. If you want some additional color switch off the belt for a colored one. Max Mara Weekend raincoat ($645.00). Available at Nordstrom.

 

 

 

 

Add Some Color

Another way to wear houndstooth is to add some color into the mix. Darker colors can either tone down the pattern or make it stand out even more depending on the color. Bright colors give it a more playful and youthful feel. Light colors create a subtle yet engaging look.  Oscar De La Renta sleevless dress ($1,890.00). Available at Neiman Marcus.

 

 

 

Suit It Up

Houndstooth prints look especially nice when worn as a suit. While a black and white suit is more of a power suit style, you can keep the look fun and flirty by wearing a lightly colored suit. If a suit is still too much for you, you can always wear a cute jacket with a pair of houndstooth patterned jeans. Nanette Lepore jacket ($478.00) and skirt ($248.00). Available at Bergdorf Goodman.

 

 

 

Throw On Some Heels

Why stop you love for fabulous shoes at color and heel height? You can find lots of cute houndstooth shoes that will add personality to even the simplest outfit. Houndstooth shoes will look great when paired with any color whether it’s black, red, green, purple, yellow….  Salvatore Ferragamo python pumps ($950.00). Available at Nordstrom.

 

 

 

 

 

Grab A Purse

Carrying a houndstooth purse is pretty much the same as wearing a great pair of shoes. It truly shows off the accessory and does a great job of tying your look together. Juicy Couture clutch ($78.00). Available at Neiman Marcus.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most important rules on how to wear houndstooth is to make sure that you don’t overdo it. If you’re wearing a dress that is fully patterned then wear a solid belt and shoes. Head to toe is usually not a good idea.

 

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2 Responses to “How To Wear Houndstooth”

  1. Maria June 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    This pattern is classic but also adds some heftiness to certain figures. I like to wear the fabric as a blazer or coat.
    The accessories are fun XOXO

    • Aleya June 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      I like giving it an edge- the way Gwen Stefani does.