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Houndstooth isn't just for cold weather. Sure, the print is associated with the chillier months because it's often used in wool fabrics. But there's no need to stick to any silly rules about only wearing a houndstooth print when it's cold out. Fashion is about having fun with your style, so learn how to pull off the houndstooth look all year long.
Temperature vs. Season
If you have a heavyweight wool houndstooth piece, don't put it away when the calendar says it's spring. If you live in a colder climate, odds are it'll still be cold during the early stages of the season. So, wear your wool houndstooth for as long as the weather is cold and then store it until fall. Or look for houndstooth clothing in lightweight wool to carry you through spring to summer.
Accessorize With Houndstooth
For a houndstooth look at any time of year, wear it in your accessories. Try a cute houndstooth print clutch or satchel to accent your look. It's an easy way to incorporate this interesting print in your wardrobe. Check out other accessories that have houndstooth prints or mimic the design, such as scarves, hair clips, belts and even jewelry.
While a houndstooth print has traditionally been used in wool fabrics, you’ll find that it is also available in lighter-weight materials, such as silk, rayon or cotton, which are perfect for spring and summer. Take a tip from actress Ginnifer Goodwin, who wore a short-sleeved dress with an abstract houndstooth-inspired pattern that alternated with geometric shapes to a movie premiere. The result was a cool houndstooth look that was appropriate for both the season and the occasion.
Brighten It Up
Choose a houndstooth print that has a bright color background to make your outfit look more ready for spring. But if you can't find such a print, don't worry. Accent your houndstooth piece with shoes in a spring shade such as yellow or a robin's-egg blue. If you don't want to go quite so bold, soft pinks and lavenders also work for a spring look.