Houndstooth is a black and white checked pattern historically associated with menswear. However, modern day fashion offers a variety of houndstooth options for women, from dresses and skirts to accessories like scarves. This pattern transcends seasons, and houndstooth fans can find the pattern in a myriad of colors appropriate for spring. Whether you wear a houndstooth dress or add a bit of texture to a look with a houndstooth accessory, there are many ways for women to wear this look in the spring.
Choose feminine styles. Warmer spring temperatures allow you to break out the skirts and dresses, so choose feminine houndstooth pieces to wear to work or on the weekends. A houndstooth shift dress paired with a cardigan is ideal for moderate spring temperatures.
Embrace color. The traditional black and white houndstooth pattern works well with brightly colored shades, and color is an essential part of any spring wardrobe. Wear a houndstooth pencil skirt with a cobalt blue top to brighten the black and white look. A cropped houndstooth jacket is practical for chilly spring nights, and you can pair it with a fuchsia tank and trouser jeans.
Accessorize with houndstooth. If you’re not comfortable wearing an all-houndstooth ensemble, start small with a houndstooth accessory to incorporate into your look. A light houndstooth scarf is perfect for cool spring days, and it looks great with a brightly colored T-shirt or light sweater. Choose shades of yellow, coral or turquoise to add a pop of spring color into your houndstooth look.
Wear a traditional houndstooth hat. Keep your hair under wraps on windy spring days with a classic houndstooth hat. Popularized by University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in the 1960s, the houndstooth hat can add a masculine touch to a woman’s look. For spring, pair the hat with pastels and skirts to balance the masculinity and femininity in your outfit.
Choose modern styles. Although houndstooth is a traditional black and white print, modern-day houndstooth comes in a range of colors perfect for spring. Find a brightly colored houndstooth dress or tunic, and pair it with leggings for a comfortable spring look.
References and ResourcesThe Independent: Ready to Wear: Houndstooth is Fierce
Paul W. Bryant Museum: Bryant Bio