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The Houndstooth Print

It’s a chic classic, the Houndstooth print is back and it’s one of the biggest trends this winter. Hailing all the way from Scotland, it’s still just as chic now as it was in the 50’s. Take advice from the best dressed, Jackie Kennedy and Coco Chanel both wore the print like it would never go out of style.

The origins are obscure, and decidedly hazy, to say the least, with conflicting accounts, as regards the cloth and attribution; the pattern may have been worn many years before it acquired its attribution, the authorities do not always make this distinction clear. One source states that Houndstooth originated in Scotland in the 1800s, it was originally worn as an outer garment of woven wool cloth by shepherds (hence the term shepherd’s check). Confusion also arises to attribution. Although the first date of creation has not been recorded, the Merriam-Webster dictionary records the term houndstooth was in use in 1936. When it was first created, the pattern was referred to as Shepherd's Check or Dogstooth. Another gives the Scottish lowlands, with various clans, of the 1920s.


Variations of the Houndstooth Also, to add more fuel to the fire of uncertainty, the pattern has variations in the tessellation. Sometimes it is shown as a strict tessellation, whereas in other instances it has an ‘adjustment’, described as cursive, rather than as individual tiles. Also, the term is applied to other tessellations not strictly pertinent to the ‘standard model’!


Also, the description as to attribution varies; it is generally given as a hound’s tooth, as taken from the mouth of a canine, but a different interpretation is that it is named after the jagged effect that might arise from the bite of a not-so-friendly canine! But to me, it’s nothing like a hound’s tooth! Is it a tooth with the root in conjunction? So let us begin the restoration of Houndstooth… It’s a classic print, but we’ve put our own spin on it, making it easy for the Havren women to incorporate the trend into her closet. It’s about the sophistication of the print, whether you’re wearing it for a day at the office or a night out. It will leave you looking refined and on trend. The best part is the versatility in Houndstooth, it can easily be your go-to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. outfit choice.