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Mixed pattern in black and white trend with GNW zebra cardigan as top and hounds tooth blazer as coverup, Newsport News leather pants, Paloma Picasso belt, 3.1 Philip Lim tote, vintage brooch, and Ivanka Trump cap toe nude pumps with orange and pink pops of color for a suprisingly chic posh office look (all own)

Read what prints work with hounds tooth, and get inspired by the hounds tooth outfit ideas.


  1. What Prints Work with Hounds Tooth?
  2. Why I Love the Black and White Trend
  3. Black and White Hounds Tooth Is Easy for Pattern and Print Mixing
  4. Try Zebra Print with Hounds Tooth
  5. Add Interest to Your Hounds Tooth Outfit with a Pop of Color


Updated: 9/1/2022


Hounds Tooth Is not a Trend, but a Classic

The hounds tooth weave is an eternal business casual style classic in black and white.

Why would I say that? Look at fashion history. Remember the aristocrats painted in black velvet gowns with white lace collars in your art history class? Skip forward to the end of the 19th century. The black suits and coats with cylinder of the business owner who had strike rich? Then in the 1920s and 1930s, the black tuxedos of the High Society? Marlene Dietrich wearing her white button down shirt with a tuxedo? Recall Julia Roberts wearing a classic black turtleneck sweater with a hounds tooth blazer in the 1990s?


Why I Love the Black and White Trend

When I was a teenager, I had to use public transportation to get to my school in the next town. There was no high school in that German village of 2000 inhabitants I grew up in. In the west end of that city, a woman in her 30s boarded the bus every morning. All clothing she would wear was either black or white. She was the master in creating interesting de-saturated or ageless monochromatic looks that were very elegant, sophisticated and put together. Every morning I was looking forward to see what she would wear. She was my “Real World” fashion icon.


fashion influencer in zebra with houndstooth outfit
Vittori hounds-tooth blazer with GNW zebra print cardigan, and white Newport News leather pants black and white office look with pops of orange and pink styled for Casual Friday and accessorized with a brooch and Paloma Picasso orange belt. Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim, pumps: Ivanka Trump



Black and White Hounds Tooth Is Easy for Pattern and Print Mixing

Take a looks at the black and white trend for inspiration what prints to wear with hounds tooth. Try a hounds tooth wool blazer with a zebra print and white pants. On a rainy day, go for white leather pants because you can wipe off the splash water from the back of the legs.


Stylist tip: Don’t wear white jeans, or pants on a rainy day unless you want to look like a Dalmatian. Splash spots at the back of your pants or tights are never in style.



Try Zebra Print with Hounds Tooth

A zebra print is a great choice for all women who are trying the animal print trends for the first time. Because zebras are vegan, the print lacks the sultry/dangerous association of a carnivore. Therefore, zebra print is office appropriate. From a style point of view, a zebra print is unexpected and unique lowering the risk that your colleague might wear the same print on the same day.


Stylist tip: Try styling zebra print with tartan.


fashion blogger modeling what prints work with hounds tooth by adding a floral neckerchief and zebra top
Layering of the V-neck T-shirt c/o Covered Perfectly under Isaac Mizahri cardigan styled with Esprit silk neckerchief, Kieselstein Cord belt, Gucci Dionyseus buckle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Banana Republic hounds tooth straight skirt, and Lizzy James leather bracelet



When you like these tips, and want styling tips for all kind of dressing situation in midlife, buy my book How to Dress for Success in Midlife.



Add Interest to Your Hounds Tooth Outfit with a Pop of Color

When black or white are not neutrals of your color palette add a scarf close to your face. Doing so will elevate your style factor and make you look great in the “wrong colors.”


stylist illustrating what prints work with hounds tooth with a zebra pattern
GNW zebra print cardigan worn as top with white Newports News leather pants, Jake’s hounds tooth blazer, Ivanka Trump pumps, Moschino belt, and 3.1 Philip Lim tote (all own)



Stylist tip: When accessorizing hounds tooth with pops of color repeat colors in the outfit 2 to 3 times to tie the look together.


Photos: G. Kramm

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