Monday, December 9, 2013

The Evolution of Houndstooth


There's something about the classic Houndstooth duotone black and white pattern that reminds me so much of the holidays. Since it's origination in the 19th Century, Houndstooth has remained one of the most commonly used textiles in fashion.  High power fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Moschino have all utilized this pattern while designing their work for the runway. I personally love how this abstract design can help women acquire a sense of unattainable classiness. Sophisticated women like Lauren Bacall, Mira Duma, and Queen Elizabeth have all shown us how to successfully pull off this look. Nevertheless, I must confess, you don't have to be an award winning actress or ruler of a country to be able to wear this print. However, when deciding how to properly incorporate this design into your look, you must be overly cautious.  Vibrant colors like hot pink, neon green, and royal blue can instantly transform your look from elegant to trashy. Instead, try opting for a more subtle approach by pairing your patterned piece with minimal colors like gray, black, and white; They'll help create more of a natural flow to your overall look.

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