Move over gingham, and make way for houndstooth. For as long as I can remember, gingham has reigned supreme as Summer’s check of choice. But this season, the perennial after-Labor Day pattern has got some sharp competition from another woven hero: houndstooth.
When I think of houndstooth, gorgeous tailored coats and suits come to mind. Smart, power tweeds that command meetings during the week and cozier versions to lounge in while taking leisure in the countryside on the weekend. You know, the mood is inimitably English and the vibe is not even within a mile of your life Parisian chic. However as a proud Jamerican, I encourage everyone to embrace this previously sartorial-heights only pattern. Wear it all over your body like I do here, especially mixing and matching your color ways for graphic emphasis. Meta moments are always a plus in my book, and you definitely want the on-looker to do a double take to make sure they are even in the right season. Think of it as your civic duty to stimulate your fellow human, it’s like a brain exercise really. And if you are so inclined, channel your inner Julie Andrews in the “Sound of Music” and sing full praise to the rising summer star of this super print – I swear that was not the pose that I was aiming for. I’m just absolutely mad for this Rixo look!
I’m also obsessed about the potential that this summer break-through pattern poses. Look it could go really far: first swimsuits, then ribbons on straw hats, beach towels, and OMG, it could totally become the new picnic table dressing. What, have I gotten ahead of myself? I’m all about change in this last year of the twenty-tens and if ushering in the summer appeal of houndstooth is a part of that transformation, I am all here for it.
I’ve selected the prettiest houndstooth pieces for just for you below. Enjoy!
1. Prada oversized houndstooth jacket.
2. Alexandre Vauthier houndstooth mini dress.
3. Veronica Beard Moroso Dickey blazer.
4. Balmain mini skirt.
5. Pushbutton houndstooth jacquard shorts.
6. Rosie Assoulin pleated houndstooth skirt
7. Veronica Beard Arezzo skirt.
8. Gucci houndstooth blazer.
9. MSGM houndstooth skirt.
10. Cover houndstooth swimsuit.
Images by Matteo D’Agostino.