I keep no secret of the fact I go nuts for classic fabrics, particularly in the coat department. So as temperatures continue to drop (and after a brutal day of hurricane winds at the pumpkin patch with my niece), I’m seriously on the hunt for some timeless winter inspiration. More specifically, I have my eye on anything and everything with houndstooth fabric. Dresses, skirts, blazers, scarves—you name it, I want to make it.

Fortunately, ‘tis the season for the two-tone checkers to thrive. After digging around for ideas from the world of internet shopping, I found some share-worthy favorites. They’re on-trend and fairly uncomplicated to replicate, with your own spin, of course.

HOUNDSTOOTH SHIFT DRESSIt doesn’t get much more mod than a houndstooth shift dress. What I love about this Mango design (aside from the forgiving shape) is the heavy neck and armhole binding. It breaks up the pattern nicely and would give a charming finish to any piece. I imagine wearing this with black tights and ballet flats for a day at the office.

Houndstooth Fabric MARC BY MARC JACOBSNow, if you want to truly dive into Mary Quant territory, a miniskirt a la Marc Jacobs will do the trick. Make sure to buy some knee-high socks for this baby.

Houndstooth fabric flared dressHowever, if you prefer to go pre-miniskirt era with a little ‘50s style, look no further than Dolce & Gabbana. I’d really love a herringbone dress with a fit-and-flare silhouette hanging in my closet, but at a lower price point courtesy of my sewing machine.

Houndstooth fabric coatThis Theory cocoon coat is another winner in my book. It offers a tailored look without needing a sternly tailored pattern due to its drop-sleeves and oversized build.

Houndstooth Fabric Neck WarmerIf you’re just looking for a fun project, on the other hand, or perhaps some holiday gift ideas, check out the beautiful simplicity of Zara’s frayed neck warmer. All you have to do is order the proper yardage of houndstooth fabric, cut a long rectangle, sew a single “stay stich” one inch inside the parameter, then fray the edges with your fingers. Easy peasy!

November 07, 2013 — Shopify API