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Fashion is transient but style remains a constant, they say. Get ready to rock this winter as we tell you how to be at your stylish best with the classic ‘in vogue’ black and white houndstooth print

Pants and Trousers

Houndstooth pants have become quite the rage amongst people across ages. The signature black and white print is extremely versatile. It looks uber stylish when paired with plain and bold-coloured tops including neons which are currently doing the rounds in the fashion circuit. Sporting a deep red polo-neck full-sleeved top along with these pants would guarantee the classic winter-chic look. The black and white houndstooth trousers can also be teamed with dull or neutral colours if you would like to go sober for the evening.

Shorts and Skirts
Houndstooth shorts are the perfect way to flaunt your toned legs in a supremely stylish manner. These cute shorts go very well with crop tops and tank tops. A pair of high-waist houndstooth shorts teamed with a tucked in puffed sleeve blouse is sure to grab a million eyeballs at your soiree. Houndstooth skirts are another way to up the elegance quotient. A well-fitted houndstooth print pencil skirt teamed with a black or white peplum top screams out hot. These skirts also gel extremely well with bright tops and jet black blouses. Teaming your sexy thigh-high houndstooth pencil skirt with a bright red button down blouse or a classy knee length skirt with a dull aquamarine polo neck top definitely does the trick.

Blouses and Dresses
Houndstooth sweatshirts are indeed the best way to welcome the winter. Button down shirts with partial houndstooth print look extremely classy paired with almost all colours. Bold as well as neutral colours go great with these shirts. If you opt to wear them with black pants, the classic black and black combination can be teamed with loud shoes. Houndstooth spaghetti tops go pretty well with a crisp denim jacket or a simple neutral cardigan. The spaghetti tops can alternatively be worn with dull red pants or the classic denim. Houndstooth tops including the peplum ones look super chic when worn with black skirts and pumps. They look uber stylish when worn with sunny yellow shorts too. Houndstooth outerwear is one of the most stylish ways to brave the winter chill. Trench coats in classic houndstooth print spell suave in every angle as do the casual jackets.

Shoes and Accessories
These busy prints can be tricky to accessorize. Keeping it simple is the key. You can match them with black or red peep toes. When wearing houndstooth accessories, it is important to make sure that they do not clash with other prints in your attire. If you choose to don the classic houndstooth shoes, make sure that they are the star of the ensemble and all attention is drawn to them. You can ensure this by keeping the rest of the attire neat and simple. A black or deep red knee-length peplum dress looks fabulous when teamed with the statement six inch houndstooth pumps. Sky blue denims with black or white shirts go great with a pair of cute houndstooth ballet flats and make for the perfect office wear. Alternatively, the denims paired with a dull red crop top also look great with houndstooth ballerinas.

Houndstooth accessories are strikingly stylish when worn in the right manner. However, they have to be the star of the ensemble. As with the shoes, it is important to not let them clash with any other print in the attire as minimalism works wonders with these accessories. Subtlety is the mantra when donning these darlings. While keeping the attire simple, a houndstooth clutch can be teamed with a pair of stylish houndstooth sunglasses. A black and white houndstooth belt looks great when worn along with an electric blue tucked-in shirt and high-waist black pants.

Sink your tooth in them
“Houndstooth prints are definitely taking the city by storm right now. I notice that there is an excess of such apparel at all the major stores in the city. Also, they are keen to have the façade brimming with the houndstooth printed merchandise, be it the dresses, the shoes or even the belts. Houndstooth phone covers are also doing the rounds.”

Radhika Jhaver – student of visual merchandizing, Bangalore
“I have been houndstooth crazy for the past few weeks now. I have a pair of blue denims with black houndstooth print, the partial printed sweater and sunglasses as well. My wish list, however, includes a pair of high-waist houndstooth shorts and a simple houndstooth cardigan.”

Saloni Shah – Fashion graduate from Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore
“Houndstooth need not just be restricted to western wear. I have a lovely desi collection, including an enviable set of houndstooth print sarees.”


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