How to Wear It: Fall’s Fresh New Take on Houndstooth

From masculine styling to minis, from large and bold to small and subtle, houndstooth was the woven pattern of the 2013 season. Designers presented more iterations than previously thought possible — and I’m happy to say I’ve completely changed my mind about what I considered a stodgy old-school textile.

How do you get in on the good looks? Search for traditional houndstooth patterns to create an androgynous, preppy, vibe. Vintage shops are ideal if you’re not into spending thousands on high fashion (or can’t). 

If you’d rather keep it fresh and feminine, I suggest looking for a traditional mix-up by finding the fabric constructed into unexpected pieces or in unexpected ways. Houndstooth fingerless driving gloves? Yes. Bright blue mini skirt? Sure. Included in an abstract print that makes you wonder where the original inspiration came from? Right again. 

Take a new look at this menswear classic with some Fall 2013 runway inspiration and 15 affordable pieces to shop now.