This is houndstooth:
Houndstooth is a textile pattern so named because it resembles the tessellations in a hound’s teeth:
It was invented in the 1880s by Lady Hughes-Botham, noted hunting dog breeder and textile factory owner. Lady Hughes-Botham came up with the pattern for use in her factory as a way to commemorate her beloved dogs. Eventually, the pattern was copied by other textile factories on both sides of the Atlantic and houndstooth can now be found throughout the fashion world.
Of course, as with anything in fashion, houndstooth has come and gone. The first modern iteration of houndstooth I personally remember was in the 90s. Man, I wanted a pair of houndstooth stirrup pants sooooo bad:
And I probably wanted to wear them with a majestic, blown-up houndstooth sweater like this one:
Ah, the 90s. Those were good times.
As you may have noticed, houndstooth is currently back in style. The trend started a couple of years ago with Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2011 collection, worn most memorably, for me, by Lady Gaga:
And houndstooth is still going strong. This look was shown by Balmain for S/S 2014:
Not that you have to wear head-to-toe houndstooth.
No, one of the things I like about houndstooth is that it’s effective in small doses, like a clutch or a shoe. I also like that it plays well with both neutrals and colors: You can be part of this Fall’s black and white trend or throw some also-trendy cobalt in the mix. And I like that you can find it in small scale, large scale, and even different colors so that houndstooth can work in pretty much any wardrobe.
What about you, Already Pretty Readers? Is houndstooth part of your wardrobe?
P.S. I totally made Lady Hughes-Botham up; she and her hounds aren’t a thing. (But maybe they should be.)
Images 1 & 2 via wikipedia.com
Image 3 via iofbeholder vintage
Image 4 via owlephant vintage
Image 5 via celebuzz.com
Image 6 via gofugyourself.com
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Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails from Fashion for Giants. She’s essentially your average blogger, except that she’s taller than average (six foot) and bigger than average (size 14). She also likes to think that she’s more amusing than average, but that could just be vanity. In addition to being tall and plus-sized (and possibly hilarious), she’s also a thrift store shopper, a vintage lover, an Oregonian, and a bike commuter.
Likes: Gracey likes to shop, to blog, and to terrify her co-workers with brightly colored outfits.
Dislikes: Robot uprisings, too-short skirts, and leggings as pants.