Houndstooth and I go way back.
My favourite pair of trousers was a black and white houndstooth check with side zip. They finished just above the ankle, had hidden pockets and were fairly narrow. I liked them so much I also had them in black and grey flannel. They went with everything and as nothing much has changed from those days you know what I wore with them – the black tee, the black turtleneck or the white versions. If nothing else I am predictable.
Fast forward a lifetime and I am back in tow with houndstooth. This style of plaid is revived this season and I don’t want to be left out. Besides as a compliment to grey hair, I think it works well. Pants, the narrow houndstooth kind, will no longer be relegated to memory – I’m wearing them this coming winter and wearing them often. Crazy about them, you could say?
And, as it is my year of living “brave” that means I must venture into other territories, so I’m thinking about a houndstooth coat, like the one I am wearing. This coat is still a classic but it is a breakaway from plain black, navy or grey – which is too often my uniform of choice. Houndstooth looks good over most shades and if I had found a decent yellow in my wardrobe, I would have styled this coat with that.
Sneakers and all black are really a go-to for me, especially after a rushed morning. Throwing this coat over the basics dressed me up in seconds and a slick of red lipstick worked its wonder – no lengthy lead time today. It was one of those days where only a coat would do. Nothing was right until I added the black and white.
Nordstrom invited me to preview fall fashion and while the choices are endless I want to kick-start the season with houndstooth. Like leopard print, houndstooth is a major statement this season. There are so many reasons why I am happy to work with them and I do wish their fellow department stores in Europe would take notice; their returns policy, the online experience and their personalised shopping service are all streets ahead of here. If I lived in the US I would be collecting my goodies curbside; that is almost enough to warrant a jump across the pond.
Back to houndstooth.
*I will wear it together and separately. A 3/4 coat would be a happy addition, especially with jeans – even a winter white pair.
*The idea of a houndstooth suit strikes me as dandy in the best possible way.
*Houndstooth trousers – narrow or wider legs – look brilliant with the primary colours. Yes, this plaid is gorgeous with the neutrals but imagine a little emerald or ruby red in contrast.
Houndstooth and I will be inseparable this winter. xv
Houndstooth: Make Sure To Read The Fine Print
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