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  • Houndstooth guide

    Houndstooth guide part 6

    How to wear and pair houndstooth, number 9: neckwear

    If you are wearing a houndstooth jacket, it is probably best not to also be wearing a houndstooth tie. If that is the case, you could wear a Prince of Wales pattern tie in a somewhat large pattern in a color such as gray or navy. Also, you could be wearing a tie with a Macclesfield neats pattern or a similar sort of micropattern. Of course, going with a solid colored necktie, perhaps a knit tie that provides just a little bit of texture is always a safe and distinguished choice.

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  • Houndstooth guide

    Houndstooth guide part 5

    How to wear and pair houndstooth, number 6: houndstooth suits

    Although houndstooth suits are not necessarily as common as some other pattern types of suits that you will see today, they do, of course, exist. Of course, what this means is that the jacket, vest, and trousers all feature exactly the same houndstooth pattern because they were cut from the same cloth. If you do choose to wear a houndstooth suit, a small subtle check would be the more versatile option. If you were to try to wear a full houndstooth suit featuring a larger style houndstooth check, it would verge on looking like a costume. Go for something smaller and you will look more distinguished.

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  • Houndstooth guide

    Houndstooth guide part 4

    How to wear and pair houndstooth, number 3:

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, houndstooth, as well as other tweed patterns, are not ideally suited for traditional white collar business scenarios. These patterns are a little too rustic and are a little too informal.

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  • 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.

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  • Houndstooth guide

    Houndstooth guide part 2

    Houndstooth terminology, houndstooths, number 1:

    Similar terms include dogtooth or dogstooth, primarily in British usage. In French, you will see the phrases Pied De Poule which means hen’s foot or Pied De Coq which means Rooster’s foot for slightly larger patterns. If we are talking about a particularly small houndstooth pattern, again in English usage, you may also see the term puppytooth.

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  • Houndstooth guide

    Houndstooth guide part 1

    This guide will help you to get to know the versatility of the houndstooth pattern in menswear and it will help you to learn how you can wear and pair them tastefully.

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  • Black tie optional dress code guide

    Black tie optional dress code guide part 7

    What to do if you are hosting the event, number 3: black-tie preferred

    Also, the black-tie preferred dress code means that you are probably not going to experience people who are trying to mix levels of formality when they show up to your party.

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  • Black tie optional dress code guideBlack tie optional dress code guide part 6

    What not to wear for a black tie optional dress code, number 3:

    Just as a tuxedo features a matching jacket and pants, except in the case of warm weather black tie, your suit should also feature a jacket and pants, as well as an optional waistcoat and they should all be cut from the same cloth.

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  • Black tie optional dress code guide

    Black tie optional dress code guide part 5

    What to wear for a black tie optional dress code, number 10:

    Starting with the cufflinks, for example, they can be silver, gold of any color, or any other solid colored metal and they can also feature designs and some conservative stones. Stay away from anything with logos or miniatures, however, as these are a little bit too whimsical for the nature of a black tie optional affair. Tie bars, collar clips, and rings can also be worn so long as they are similarly conservative in nature. Also, try to match your medals at an event like this because it is a good idea.

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  • Black tie optional dress code guide

    Black tie optional dress code guide part 4

    What to wear for a black tie optional dress code, number 6:

    Better choices than a black necktie would be a necktie or a bow tie in something like burgundy, navy, a very dark forest green, or very dark plum. A smooth silk tie would be most formal but a tie with a bit of texture can work as well, perhaps something in shantung silk or a wool grenadine, for example.

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