What's black and white and habitually chic? Houndstooth! As I first wrote in 2009, the two-tone fabric originated in the Scottish Lowlands, but became a fashion fabric sometime in the late nineteenth century, when it was adopted for men's suits. Around the mid-twentieth century, the fabric was borrowed from the boys to make stylish suits, separates and coats for women. As seen in the above Vogue spread, houndstooth was popular again in the 1990s, when designers used the patterned fabric to create sculptural suits that recalled the wasp-waisted styles the 1950s.
This season, houndstooth is not only being used to revamp vintage-inspired styles, like the loose-fitting blouses and boxy coats, but also to create new designs that befit modern women, like hard-edged frames, body-hugging sheath dresses, and asymmetrical mini skirts. Whether you go old school or opt for a look that's brand new, you can make this trend your own with a selection of styles for $250.00 or less: