Houndstooth Scarves

Houndstooth, also known as houndstooth check, originated in Scotland at an unrecorded date. Its traditional colors are black and white, though modern versions use more colorful subsititutions. Houndstooth can be found in virtually any type of garment from hats, sweaters, skirts and dresses to scarves and other accessories. The houndstooth scarf used to be made from 100% sheep’s wool though now they are available in cashmere, polyester, cotton, mixed wool as well as silk. The houndstooth scarf adds style to your clothes, making the most boring combination of jeans and T-shirt look classy. You can experiment a lot with this scarf, and use it to enhance the appeal of your attire and personality.

The key to wearing a houndstooth scarf is to know what to wear it with. Wrap your houndstooth scarf loosely and confidently around your neck to enhance an outfit for any occasion. You can wear a houndstooth scarf with a fancy or party outfit. For women, if you own a houndstooth patterned skirt, wear a solid matching shirt and complement the outfit with a matching houndstooth patterned scarf. Wear solid tights. For example, an acceptable night outfit with a houndstooth scarf might be a black-and-white houndstooth skirt, black tights, a solid black V-neck tee, and a black-and-white houndstooth scarf. Men may do the same with houndstooth patterned trousers. Men should wear black dress shoes, and women may wear black or beige heels or boots. For casual, wear neutral colours, such as grey or white, which will complement the black-and-white houndstooth pattern. Wear dark coloured trousers, such as casual slacks or dark denim, or comfortable khakis. When wearing beige khakis, wear a white shirt and a patterned houndstooth scarf of your colour preference. For casual chic, pair a grey shirt with dark denim and a black-and-white houndstooth scarf. Wear comfortable neutral toned shoes.

Halogen® Houndstooth Challis Scarf

Bernie of New York ‘Marilyn’ Houndstooth Scarf



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A similar pattern is known as Glen plaid. Glen plaid is a pattern in which two light and two dark stripes alternate with four light and four dark stripes, both vertically and horizontally. Like houndstooth, this forms a crossing pattern of irregular checks. After all, you can wear the houndstooth scarf for absolutely any occasion, whether it’s a day out with friend or in a pub or restaurant. Have fun wearing them. Cheers!