houndstooth is a pattern coined since it resembles a dog’s tooth. it was originally worn as an outer garment by shepherds in the lowlands of Scotland. in the 1940s, Christian Dior began to use this pattern in his collections, and it sprung into prominence. houndstooth is a timeless pattern most often seen in black and white but can be adapted in other color combinations. if you pay attention to SEC football and are familiar with The Crimson Tide, you know their love of houndstooth runs deep. revered coach paul “bear” bryant was always seen sporting a black and white houndstooth fedora, and a tradition was born.
since houndstooth is a classic, timeless pattern, you can readily find coats, blazers, and sweaters in this iconic print. my love for black and white runs deep, as does my affection for houndstooth. one of my early blog posts featured a gorgeous houndstooth blazer, white shirt, and black pencil skirt – houndstooth and pencil skirts – which i later wore with faux leather trousers – hare and hart. another post sported a houndstooth sweater popped over a black dress – boots, and bits. and i’ve even been known to wear a houndstooth skirt – what to wear to work talbots anniversary collection or houndstooth jeans – how to dress preppy in the winter – and i definitely have a houndstooth scarf (or two) that i love to throw over my winter coat – baby it’s cold outside. didn’t i
warn tell you i love houndstooth?
today, i updated my houndstooth blazer from Neiman Marcus with a longer length (Ann Taylor offers a nice alternative houndstooth blazer); the blazer is double-breasted, which looks chic buttoned or unbuttoned. since i’m going for a sporty look, faded black denim from Madewell was a perfect choice. a black cashmere crewneck from Everlane will keep me warm and cozy but keeps the outfit grounded in simplicity. i love to wear heels with denim to add extra oomph, in this case, silver metallic pumps. metallic shoes act as a neutral but are especially festive this time of year. if heels are not your thing, there are many heel heights to choose from, including flats. several options are linked below.