Pattern Etiquette : Houndstooth General Style 34 Comments

Trav : It’s always good to have some sort of knowledge about the patterns and fabrics that we constantly indulge ourselves in, whether it’s flannel, houndstooth, tweed or herringbone. Classic British style comes to mind when I think of a pattern such as houndstooth. The savvy yet tailored classic look from our brothers across the pond seems to be at the root of many patterns across the board.  Various houndstooth pieces I have seen were just too busy for my personal taste. I was however lucky enough to come across this beautiful Polo houndstooth wool shirt. Houndstooth is a duo tone textile pattern, characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes. I particularly love this piece because it sticks to a more toned down classic look. The piece  almost has a sort of  ‘tweedish” look ( one of my favorite fabrics as of late). After Josh’s previous post about different patterns I felt it would be appropriate for me to follow suit on the topic. Patterns similar to this are just perfect for layering during the fall season.

Trav – Ralph Lauren Houndstooth shirt  | Uniqlo turtle neck | Nudies | L.L Bean Rubber Mocs

Fit Details: I’m wearing a Polo houndstooth wool shirt,  I actually purchased this shirt for next to nothing from a thrift store. I had to make a appointment with our tailor Pablo (Stanton Tailor Shop) to get the shirt taken in a bit for a more tapered slim look.  With the fall season comes relentless layering  calling for the cream Uniqlo turtleneck underneath a brown uniqlo v neck shirt. The bracelets are  produced by brothers and leather makers Billykirk. We recently stopped by their Jersey City studio and had the chance to spectate on how everything comes to fruition.   The shoes are L.L. Bean Rubber Mocs, they are definitely one of my favorites. The sizing on these bad boys are really off so if anyone is planning on purchasing size down two. I wear a 9.5-10 and an 8 fits perfectly.

* UPDATE * – To view how LL Bean boots are made click this link – very interesting *

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  • Taevon Palmer

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    First comment good stuff bro’s keep it up!

  • BreY

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    Another well written article good sir, thanks for thee British acknowledgment.

  • Kody

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    That’s a very nice fit. Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns. I have about 3 pieces from UNIQLO that have the Houndstooth pattern on them haha. I think a lot of people that wear it don’t really know what it’s called so this is a good post.

  • components of enthusiasm

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    houndstooth. so necessary. great call yet again.


  • Neef

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    this is an excellent material, i prefer it better on woman, but i know that i can rock it too…. lol

  • L.A.S

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    I normally hate turtlenecks, but you killed it bro.

  • Tiffany

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    I really do like this fabric.

  • LOLA

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    Houndstooth has always been one of my fave patterns, so I like how you were able to wear it and still look masculine!
    Great look <3


  • Brittany

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    Love houndstooth. Well done!

  • theTrendyDwarf

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    WOW! I feel so ignorant and stupid! I do not know how your blog ended up on my readers list, but I am so so so glad it ended up there! Either you might have commented my blog or I might have stumbled upon yours without remembering. All I have to say is I am glad I quickly visited it right now, because you are officially added to my fashion inspirational people! You are perfection to its fullest. You are my style. LOOOVVVEEEE IT! Trust me, I will be visiting here way more often and I will be commenting! Love this ensemble by the way. In fact, you have literally inspired me on what to wear for tomorrow.
    check out my trendy blog!

  • cam

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    next to nothing….damn
    the shoes were the best in my opinion worn
    to the fullest.
    highly appeciated.

  • jennyb

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    i think im in love.

  • Rhamier.A

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    Trav, you hit it on the nail once again. I’m loving the foot action. I plan on purchasing a few items from the L.L. bean catalogue these upcoming weeks.

  • Philipp

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    Great freaky shoes!

  • Louietheking

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    bro i need to add this kicks to my collection and i hate u for always finding some stuff for dirt cheap mad randomly and making it work for u lol ALWAYS! Ralph Lauren is the best.


        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    Great post here Trav, I don’t have anything in my closet that’s of a houndstooth pattern but hopefully that can change soon. When I think of houndstooth pattern I can’t help but think of those H&M black/white large patterned houndstooth jackets that they produce for women that every lady seems to wear lol.

  • DC

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    Beautiful shirt! I think what makes it work is the colors are a muted simple black and white and the pattern itself is less pronounce (read smaller) than what we typically see in stores. Is the shirt this season, last season or vintage?

  • David

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    Wow! What in sight on a fabric that hardly gets any recognition at all. I think that this post and many more like it will definitely would be extremely helpful to readers. I think that this material almost always gets over looked just for the fact that it has the same sort of characteristics as tweed does in some ways. Often it does get mistaken as tweed, but it has been awhile since I have heard anyone make that mistake. Seeing this post makes me hunger for more of your and J’s views on the topic of fabrics especially the ones listed and when it gets warmer maybe silk. Overall, great post man and the fit complements itself…keep the fire coming!

  • Skip

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    Great post!
    Check out my post on how to fold the tongue on your mocs.

  • Craig

        posted on November 19 , 2009 :

    As always a well written article, I have been checking back since Sunday for the latest post lol. Although the shoes are not my style they work well with your style.

  • Jeff

        posted on November 20 , 2009 :

    Shirt looks good Trav.

  • Lani

        posted on November 20 , 2009 :

    a friend linked me to your blog & omg, i’m in love. can i be fly like you guys? stylin’…! i love it.


  • Don Richman

        posted on November 20 , 2009 :

    Absolutely killed the casual look for the Bean Mocs. Makes the outfit in my opinion.

  • Trav

        posted on November 20 , 2009 :

    Taevon Palmer: Thanks man

    BreY: Thanks.. no problem man..yoou guys stay doing it.

    Kody; Thanks, yea i think i know of these shirts you speak of..pretty nice, Uniqlo always delivers. and yea many people just don’t care to know about the patterns and fabrics that they are investing in

    components of enthusiasm: thanks dude. Loving your blog.

    Neef: yea i know what u mean, a lot of woman wear it..the big, bold black/white print is really feminine..the pieces for men are a little more subtle.

    L.A.S: lol thanks man…stay tuned for a possible turtleneck post in the near future

    Tiffany: I really do like this fabric

    LOLA: Thank you! :)

    Brittany: Thanks much. I’m realizing that a lot of girls like houndstooth. There are so many woman’s clothes that uses the pattern. I’m noticing it more and more.

    theTrendyDwarf: mannn thanks for the love! always nice to know that at least one person like what we do..nice blog you got there by the way. Looking forward to hearing from you again!

    cam: lol yea man to nothing..the power of eBay never seizes to amaze me.. Thanks a lot

    : *blush* with me or with the shirt? or both? either way, that is the compliment of a lifetime lol :)

    Rhamier.A: Thanks my brother, we are actually on the same page right now..there’s a couple stuff i wanna get from them in the next couple weeks. I’m seeing some really nice basics i can add to my wardrobe for the winter

    Philipp: Thanks man, at $60 they are the bargain of a lifetime.

    Louietheking: haha!…thanks man. I get my hunt on from time to time and sometimes i just come up lucky. And YES RL is the best.. no question. And about adding those kicks to your collection, go for it man, it doesn’t get any better for the price.

    : LOL..yeh man HM loves putting houndstooth on woman’s jacket in straight black and white…its always good to find a piece that kind off go against a standard norm.

    DC: Thanks man..yep, i love the fact that the pattern is a lot smaller than the ones we traditionally comes across so much more clean. The item is vintage. Nice dapper blog you got there.

    David: Yea man, we are sooo on the same page right now. More posts on similar topics of fabrics and patterns are sure to come in the very near future. And you are so right about the houndstooth being mistaken for tweed, it definitely doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. it’s funny because i have a tweed blazer in a very similar color and despite the different pattern, they look a lot alike.

    Skip: wow, great post on how to fold the tongue. i might just try that. thanks a lot.

    Craig: Thanks, sorry to keep you waiting man, the pressure is on lol..we have been trying to update as frequent as possible.. More updates coming soon

    Jeff: Thanks again. appreciate the continuous love

    Lani: Thanks! you make me blush lol… nice blog..your already fly!!!

    Don Richman: Thanks man..the bean mocs seem to be very popular. I love them


        posted on November 20 , 2009 :

    Really digging this fit. Wrote an entry about those duck boots, the high tops seem perfect for wet weathers.


  • Anti-Houndstooth

        posted on November 20 , 2009 :

    Smooth look. Looks like a nice sheperd’s check. Not like those gaudy oversized houndstooth pustules showing up everywhere. Awesome jeans!

  • Barron

        posted on November 21 , 2009 :

    seriously, you wear a 9.5-10 and you bought an 8 in those bean boots? shit good thing I came here first, I was on the site about to purchase my true size 9.5.

    sick fit, as always.

  • SwanDiamondRose

        posted on November 21 , 2009 :

    i love those “duckies”! great outfit. really nice balance.

  • spring

        posted on November 21 , 2009 :

    you = gorgeous!

  • B.Linnell

        posted on November 22 , 2009 :

    I’m an avid reader of the site, but this is my first time commenting. The layering is crazy & although i’m usually not a fan of layering (i get hot quick), but you made me a believer. The LL Bean Boots are my favorite as well. I purchased a brand new pair of the 8 inches for $8 at my local thrift store. I did have to buy them a size down.

  • mat ahoy

        posted on November 23 , 2009 :

    that is one fantastic shirt, or jacket. i’ll settle on “shacket”

  • G-reg

        posted on November 24 , 2009 :

    Great post yet again! Love the shirt and outfit I normally wouldn’t have thought of something so simple as layering a vneck and turtleneck together. Also I’m a bit bummed because I wear a 9.5-10 and ordered some LL beans last week in a 9 so im hoping with some thicker socks itll fit alright.

  • David

        posted on November 24 , 2009 :

    Exactly man, I mean if I were to move to NY like I am planning on I would surely need to bump into you guys and we speak on the various subjects here and beyond…Ha I don’t think many people in this industry think the same as us. Ha I know what those last two sentences sound like, but I definitely am not a stalker in anyway…LOL Although, I am really saying not many people get me in this fashion shit and the ones that do are the fortunate ones because they are to see some special things unfold in the near future. Anyway, with that out of the way I like the post a lot man and I can’t get enough of these you guys are really on to something with this.

  • The Ca$h

        posted on November 27 , 2009 :

    You should be a model
    You look great in that Jacket