Get It in Check: A History of Houndstooth

History isn’t always so black and white – just take houndstooth, for example. The fall-favorite pattern, often found on menswear-inspired styles, has quite the interesting past.


It all started in Scotland around the fourth century, when tartans were worn to identify clans in battle. During this time, houndstooth was one of the few plaids with no designated clan – and as such, wearing the pattern became a sort of strategy for peace.

Now, let’s fast-forward a few centuries. By the 1930s, upper-class city folk were wearing houndstooth as a status symbol – a far cry from its battlefield beginnings. Since then, the classic woven pattern has found its way into numerous couture collections by the likes of Christian Dior, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. And this fall, we plan to give it a starring role in our wardrobes.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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