Designers let the dogs out to make way for fall’s hottest and boldest graphic pattern – houndstooth (or hound’s tooth). Known to the French as “pied de poule” and to Americans as also “dog’s tooth”, houndstooth is characterized by a large checked pattern, broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, with notched corners which are suggestive of a canine tooth. This maximum impact pattern is ultra-mod with its classic black and white color combination reminiscent of the “London lady” out of the late 50’s and 60’s era. This retro print has chic, city-girl flair, making the revival of this timeless look a fashionista favorite!
With style-setters and celebrities rocking this duotone textile pattern in fun and playful ways, its obvious that houndstooth can work well for both the workday and evening environment. For that downtown, cool vibe, we’re taking style notes from front woman, Gwen Stefani, who wears houndstooth print year after year.
Proving its versatility and timelessness, Stefani rocks houndstooth with an urban, rock and roll edge by pairing a classic houndsooth, tailored, menswear-inspired blazer by Stella McCartney with a silk jumpsuit and tough, leather Giuseppe Zanotti lace-up ankle boots (pictured at left). She’s also been spotted this fall season in a two-tone houndstooth jacket with black tights, Doc Marten boots, houndstooth socks, and a fedora. Lastly, Stefani shows that houndstooth isn’t reserved specifically for outerwear, as she also sports houndstooth denim for those casual, on-the-go days.
Oh! And don’t forget to complete your new houndstooth ensemble with Gwen Stefani’s signature red pout by slicking on some shiny rouge. This season, incorporate houndstooth into your wardrobe be it through denim, jacket, socks, sweater, sweater dress or even your dog’s sweater.
Below, we show you 27 houndstooth items to choose from for the fall/winter season that will keep you on trend even in the chilliest of weather climates. Leave a comment below and tell us what you think of this timeless textile pattern. Do you prefer the classic black and white blazer or do you prefer to sport a colorful dog’s tooth pattern on your lower half?
SHOP GWEN’S DENIM (same): Paige Denim Verdugo Ultra Skinny in Houndstooth Wonderland
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