Houndstooth is a traditional woven pattern that designers have been gravitating towards for years – and its having a huge moment this Fall and Winter. We’ve seen it everywhere in outerwear pieces, from blazers and overcoats, but my favorite way to wear it is the ever popular blanket scarf.
A Houndstooth blanket scarf can be worn in a variety of ways that don’t have you drowning in fabric – which really only looks cool on Instagram. I always look for scarfs that are slightly more rectangular than square because the shape is easier to wear and style, and end up restyling the scarf throughout the day. If I’m outside and it’s really cold I’ll wrap it like a cape or twist it around my neck and then when I get inside, and I want to keep it on, I can rewrap it another way.
Houndstooth originated in Scotland in the 1800s as a woven-wool fabric traditionally worn by shepherds. When it was first created, the pattern was referred to as “shepherd’s check” – naming I totally think we should bring back. Fast forward to the 1930s, when the houndstooth pattern was adapted as a symbol of style and became a favorite motif of Christian Dior. We haven’t looked back since.
Check out my favorite houndstooth blanket scarves of the season!