Dazzling someone with your smarts can be soooo complicated. Let’s say you receive a compliment on your stylish new houndstooth jacket. You could prattle on about the history of houndstooth, explaining how it can be traced back to Scotland (where it was once known as dogstooth, for instance).

Or you can simply say “thank you,” knowing your appearance is proof enough that you are one smart cookie. After all, you had the intelligence to chase down some sweet deals on this hot pattern.

Houndstooth is an iconic pattern that has been around for over two centuries. Shepherds wore it in Scotland in the 19th Century. It became a symbol of wealth when worn by society women in the 1930s. Today it is everywhere: Jackets, shoes, accessories and home furnishings. Celebrities like Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian have full-on embraced all things houndstooth.


No need to be a Hollywood it-girl, a high-society lady, or a shepherd in order to enjoy this trend! And forget about needing the bank account of a celebrity or society gal. Hmmm…Did shepherds make big money in the 19th Century?

No matter. I’ve searched the fall collections and have found loads of affordable houndstooth options that look just like their pricey designer counterparts.

Check out these three houndstooth skirt options. It's "black and white" that you need one of these skirts in your fall wardrobe!

Michael Kors Houndstooth Long Bias Skirt: $1695.00 at marissacollection.com
ASOS Houndstooth Maxi Skirt
: $77.61 at asos.com
Savings: $1617.39 or 95%

Jil Sander Houndstooth Pencil Skirt: $550.00 at nordstroms.com
The Limited Clean High-Waist Pencil Skirt: $39.99 at thelimited.com
Savings: $510.01 or 92%

Cynthia Steeffe Houndstooth Ponte Skirt: $195.00 at lordandtaylor.com
Arden B. Blocked Houndstooth Pencil Skirt: $49.00 at ardenb.com
Savings: $146.00 or 75%

If you want to test drive the houndstooth trend on a smaller scale, a houndstooth shoe is a perfect option. And these shoes can go from work to play!

Glitter Pink Houndstooth Ballet Flats: $108.00 at yoox.com
Merona Madge Houndstooth Flat: $19.99 at target.com
Savings: $88.01 or 81% savings

Diane von Furstenberg Annette Haircalf Pump: $298.00 at endless.com
Asos Paris Pointed High Heel: $34.49 at asos.com
Savings: $263.51 or 88%




Splurge vs. Steal: Houndstooth Clothing and Shoes