Houndstooth guide part 3

Houndstooth guide

Houndstooth guide part 3

Houndstooth terminology, shepherd’s check, number 1:

When houndstooth is woven at particular sizes, usually something like 6 yarns by 6 yarns or larger and in colors like brown and white or black and white, it can, therefore, classify as a shepherd’s check. As you might imagine, shepherd’s check is a pattern named after the simple plaids that were worn by herders working in the hills between Scotland and England. This pattern was frequently on large warm cloaks that they wore and they would use these cloaks not only to keep warm from the wind and weather but they would also sometimes even carry newborn lambs in these cloaks.

Houndstooth terminology, shepherd’s check, number 2:

Because the pattern was so closely identified with shepherds, we still know it today as the shepherd’s check. Just like houndstooth, shepherd’s check is another popular pattern for sturdy tweeds, although it is comparatively a rustic pattern whereas houndstooth is a bit more versatile. Also like houndstooth, shepherd’s check can still come in a variety of sizes and color combinations. The shepherd’s check is also known as the pepita check if it is a bit smaller. This is exclusive in German-speaking countries.

How to wear and pair houndstooth, number 1:

On the whole, houndstooth, as well as pretty much other kinds of traditional tweed pattern you will see, is fairly underrated. Tweed has a multitude of different color, texture, and weaving options and you can get much more variety by using it in your outfits than you could with just standard plain wool.

How to wear and pair houndstooth, number 2:

Given its heritage, houndstooth is an ideal choice for autumn and winter and various activities you might participate in during those times. Say, for example, cold weather golfing, trout fishing, or bird hunting.

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