The Houndstooth War

15 Dec

I was sitting in a meeting this morning with a large number of staff, and I noticed a fellow young coworker was wearing a houndstooth blazer.  Normally I really like houndstooth, but this blazer was cut in a pretty boring, old lady kind of way, with heavy piping along the edges and one button at the throat.

Is houndstooth cool?  I thought it was, but now I’m wondering if it’s been taken over and claimed by conservative fashion.

For instance, this cut is dowdy:

But this blazer is interesting:

Houndstooth has been around for centuries, most likely originating in Scotland.  It’s had peaks in popularity, most recently the 1930s, 1960s-1970s and 2000s.

How does it fit now?  Can it straddle two worlds and work in both?  Or is the pattern going to eventually be claimed by one fashion aesthetic?  I really hope it can live in both worlds, because this shoe is magnificent.

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