Trends tend to be hot one season and dead the next, so it’s nice to find trends with staying power. I spotted this week’s Fashionista wearing a dress featuring the classic houndstooth pattern. This classic pattern has seen a rise in popularity as of late, spotted on celebrities including Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga.
Originally from Scotland, houndstooth has iconic links with everything from chef’s wear and detective hats to Chanel coats. It’s typically featured in black and white, making it an easy pattern to incorporate into your wardrobe.
Make houndstooth the focal point of your look with a patterned dress. Pair your dress with flat, neutral shoes during the day and add thick tights to keep warm. Transition the dress for the evening by switching up your flats for a pair of black or red pumps, creating a classic and sexy Mad Men-esque look. American Apparel makes a cute cocktail dress that could be accessorized with a thin black belt, like the one seen on this Fashionista. For a modern take on the look, ditch the thicker fabrics and opt for a lighter material like silk.
If this bold pattern seems a little intimidating, add it in to your look in small doses. The popularity of houndstooth means it’s being woven into just about everything: fabric for shoes, belts, scarves and clutches.
This iconic pattern adds a classy, vintage feel to any look. Whether you sport all over houndstooth or add touches of it in through accessories, you can be sure that this piece is a good investment; this trend isn’t going anywhere.