Houndstooth : Love it or Loathe it!

Origin of Houndstooth
The traditional houndstooth pattern originated several hundred years ago in the Scottish Lowlands, where it was used to stand apart from the other clans. It was quickly embraced by the people as both a sartorial, and a political message. In the 1800′s houndstooth was used in both menswear and women’s wear. It’s popularity re-emerged after World War II, as houndstooth found its way into many accessories, while still continued to contribute in a big way as the high-fashion motif. In the 1960′s, designer Geoffrey Beene came out with a line of lace dresses with houndstooth pattern which became quite a rage amongst the youth. The legendary college football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant can be credited to making this pattern even more famous, as he was rarely ever be seen without his signature houndstooth hat. In 2005-06 houndstooth made a comeback when high-end brands like Chanel, Emporio Armani and Louis Vuitton played with this pattern in their collections.

Where & How to Wear

I have always loved this pattern, however you need to be very careful while styling it as you can easily go over the board with it. I bought these houndstooth leggings sometime back and they seem to be perfect for this weather as they keep me warm and cozy. I wanted my leggings to be the highlight of this outfit so I simply wore it with a basic knit tank, a hoodie and a faux leather jacket. To add a little edge to the outfit I threw my favorite wedge heels and a beaded necklace. For a more casual day look you can wear these leggings with a nice and cozy long sweater and a pair of oxford shoes. Also I do not support real leather at all.

Fabric : Cotton lycra leggings, cotton hoodie & t-shirt and faux leather jacket

Silhouette : A well fitted pair of leggings gives a slimming appeal to the legs.

Leggings, Jacket, Shirt, Bag : Thrifted, Shoes : Steve Madden, Hoodie : Nike

How would you wear this pattern?