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Wear a Houndstooth Coat

Houndstooth is a bold print that can be intimidating. Instead, think of it as the perfect palette for a pop of color. I got two ways you can style a Houndstooth coat.

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This post was first published in January 2020 and updated in December 2020

"Although some might associate houndstooth with drab work clothes and men’s suits, it’s actually classic and chic, and no winter wardrobe should be without it. "

Two Ways To Wear It

First, I wasn’t sure when I saw this coat. I thought it was maybe “too much”. Meaning that this high contrast print was going to overwhelm my outfit. Luckily, I still tried it on and decided to get it.

I’ve mentioned how much I love a black and white print.  When you think about it, houndstooth is just another way to combine black and white.  

What I really like about this coat is that it also makes a statement. I talk about other coats I like here.


I like to wear this coat a couple of ways. First, you can just throw over a pair of jeans and a top. This instantly elevates your look from casual to put together. Second you can just drape it over your shoulders to add something visually interesting to your outfit. 

Third, you can belt it up with a turtleneck and mini skirt. This gives the coat some structure.  My coat is from Old Navy from last season. Here are some similar coats and items to pair it with. 

Dime En Español

Cuando tu abrigo llama la atención! No estaba segura acerca de este abrigo de Pata de Gallo (no sabia que se llamaba así en Español) , ya que parecía un poco llamativo. Eso se me quitó después de probármelo y porque, tú sabes, estamos hablando de pata de gallo.

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The Feeling Factor

The Intersection Between Style & Psychology

Graphic and Bold- A coat that makes a statement gives you the confidence to say “I’m here”. There are so many times that, as a woman over 35 (especially with curves), that the emphasis is on not being seen. 

It’s tough when we get messages over and over again that women over a certain age need to fade into the background.  We are told to not taking space both literally (adapt to society’s expectations) and figuratively (blend in and be quiet).

I encourage you to take up space!

Because getting dressed (and living life) should feel good! -Vivian

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