The Duchess of Cambridge proved her fashion-forward dress sense once again when she stepped out in a Ralph Lauren monochrome belted shirt dress in houndstooth recently. This autumnal check print might’ve been all over the A/W 15 catwalks earlier this year, but history proves that this print has long been a firm favorite of the Duchess. She has been snapped several times in the past sporting a chic black and white houndstooth mini skirt with tights and boots, and Kate’s no stranger to a bit of tweed, a close cousin of the houndstooth print. It’s cozy, it’s chic, and it goes with pretty much everything – so here’s how we’ll be sporting a bit of houndstooth this fall.
Wrap up warm, Sloanies – and the bigger, the better! Wind the blanket scarf gently around your neck and then loosen it off a little to create a cozy snood with the ends hanging free. This relaxed and casual accessory adds a bit of chic to a soft and chunky sweater, skinny jeans or leggings and your favorite winter boots. We also totally heart houndstooth on capes this fall for the ultimate stylish cover up for a chilly day about town. She’s channelling Chanel over there!
Before it gets too chilly for your ankles, add some style and texture to your look with a pair of houndstooth print cropped trousers. This look is so pretty and Parisian, and reminiscent of one of our favorite preppy-dressers, Taylor Swift. Cropped trousers (and even leggings) in this classic print look super with an ankle boot, edgy with black leather and totally on-trend with a bit of khaki. The beauty of this monochrome print is it really goes with any shade of colour blocking you could wish to wear: red, turquoise, chocolate brown, hot pink – go wild! Just steer clear of any other patterning unless you want to give everyone a headache…
With classic, heritage prints like this you can be sure you’ll get your money’s worth: houndstooth comes back every fall, without fail. So if you’re due an upgrade, invest in a woollen winter coat in houndstooth, or a preppy print blazer to pep up your office wear. It’ll be sure to style up the simplest ensembles with more than just a hint of an Audrey Hepburn vibe. Just add sunglasses, red lippy and a neat little purse and you’re hot to trot!
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