Classic patterns can greatly enhance and extend a wardrobe. The Scottish houndstooth (or dogtooth) pattern is automatic elegance. Here are a few ways to include pied-de-poule (as it’s known in French due to resembling chicken’s feet) in your closet.

1. Done to scale- Mixing patterns brings fun and life to outfits. But then, knowing how to do it within reason is very important. Ensure to prevent style mishaps as you gain confidence by wearing one print in two sizes. This keeps style chic with subtle edge.

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2. Mixed media- Express your artistic side while maintaining credibility by bringing two classics together. Primary colors provide the splash of art and effortless sophistication from the checked pattern. Pleats can add another stylish element to the traditional print.

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3. Approach with caution- Houndstooth doesn’t always have to be black and white! You should have a mix of colours too. Use high energy colors to help revive a slow morning and reverse a sad mood. Bright color against metallic spells out instant style. (Style insider: Visually enhance patterns by wearing accessories that have a similar shape or appear to from a distance.)

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