Ever wondered what to wear with Houndstooth?
Ever wondered where it originates from?
Ever lay awake at night and think, ‘God did I just check my Find Friends App to find out which country my girlfriends in?‘
I’ve been hanging around in this houndstooth jacket for the past three days so I thought I’d do a little research into the origins.
Before I crack on with that however, I’d like to mention that this jacket is from Paolo Pecora Milano, I picked it up in a thrift store In Paris for 20 sheets. I’ve tagged them countlessly in posts and emailed them incessantly regarding collaboration opportunities and they’ve never got back to me. Welcome to my world of no reply.
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Essentially Houndstooth is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colours are used as you can see in the jacket I’m wearing – Camel and Black.
Houndstooth is more prevalent in sports jackets, synonymous with deerstalker hats so often seen on Sherlock Holmes and my primary school headmaster Mr Chambers. He was a sweet man Mr Chambers. Always wore this style of jacket. In fact his entire suit was Houndstooth, I don’t remember seeing him wear anything else. The only time he ever raised his voice was after I completed a round house to the Jaw of Nathan Jones on the playing field. Fucking blew his lid he did.
How do you wear a Houndstooth Jacket?
I’ve been dicking around with different styles these last couple of days, I can’t say I’ve had much success.
The Houndstooth is too pronounced to be casualised by a tee underneath. It feels disjointed, and almost disrespectful. Admittedly I chose the wrong colour and style of tee for pairing. Blue on camel is jarring, a plain black or earthy tone tee wouldn’t be too much of an eye-saw.
The Billionaires Boy Club tee I’ve horsed around with looks passable in black and white, but looks positively toilet in colour. But hey, if those boys didn’t traipse across the desert back in the day, using animal stomachs as sacks for their milk, we’d not be eating cheese nowadays. Do you get me?
Check out Dugdale Brothers, fabric suppliers for Savile Row, if you’d like to see the difference between Houndstooth and Dogstooth fabrics.
Cool details I like on this jacket are the contrast collar and elbow patches as shown here (Pictured right). Yes I’m old enough to rock elbow patches. I’m not a fan of the contrast tape that divides the vent, but it’s perfectly acceptable for the welt on the inner pockets.
Some pictures were taken by my 6 year old nephew Jack. Let me know your thoughts on this piece and other key pieces from my wardrobe. How would you wear Houndstooth jacket? Let me know in the comments below. Personally I’m a white shirt and black/blue denim guy. Honestly, I thought she was in Amsterdam! She turned up in Switzerland!