Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Howling in Houndstooth

This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is tartan, tweed, and houndstooth.  Before this month I owned no clothing in any of those patterns.  One of the things I love most about being part of the Ahead of the Curve collective is the oppurtunity to challenge myself and my typical fashion ruts. Today's post is going to be all about houndstooth. Tomorrow I will have a tweed post and later this month I will be featuring tartan.

The Houndstooth Jacket

When I first won the eBay auction on this red houndstooth jacket I wasn't too excited and wasn't even sure I would wear it. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised. I decided I was going to wear it three days in a row, style three different ways. The jacket is by Lane Bryant and I paid $16.25 for it via eBay.

The shirt is from Old Navy, the ponte pants and red belt are from Torrid, the shoes are from Klogs, and the bag is by Relic.

 The lace shirt is from Avenue, the jeggings are from Torrid, and the boots are from Payless.

This lace top is from Fashion Bug, the skirt is by SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss Designs), and the shoes are by Klogs.

I just wanted to give my vintage pins a special nod.  They were my mother's.  Since we went to the aquarium that day I thought the fish pin was a fun addition to my outfit.

The Houndstooh Coat

While the red houndstooth jacket was on it's way I also won an auction on this Lane Bryant houndstooth coat for $43 shipped.  I was more excited about this one, I loved the vintage feel of it.  I just crossed my fingers it would fit.

When the coat arrived I fell in love, not only with it but houndstooth as well. I'm sure this is going to be my go to coat this winter.
The dress is from Modcloth, the snood and bow were from eBay, and the shoes are by Klogs.

The best thing about this coat has to be the red lining. The top is by Serena Williams and the ponte skinnies are from Diane Gilman.

The Houndstooth Suit

This was another eBay auction and complete shot in the dark.  It is a size smaller than I would normally buy and it came from a smoker's home (thank you to honest eBay sellers).  I didn't have high hopes but I figured for $17.50 shipped it was a relatively small gamble. For those that are interested in buying resale clothing some borax and a sweater shaver really can work wonders sometimes.

After a good soak overnight in borax I was excited to mix it up with this suit.  I thought it would be fun to style it in a bunch of different ways, using only a few basic pieces to create a variety of styles.

The red tank is part of a Denim and Co. twinset.

The yellow sweater is from Ashley Stewart, the boots were from shoes.com.

The jacket is light weight, stretchy, and pretty easy to wear.

The blue ribbed sweater is from Lane Bryant, the lace trimmed tank and jeggings are from Torrid, and the headband is from Forever 21.

Same Diane Gilman ponte skinnies and Torrid lace trimmed tank.

The skirt from the suit is stretchy, light, a great length, and really easy to style.

The red cardigan is part of a twinset from Denim and Co., lace trimmed tank from Torrid, and houndstooth scarf from eBay.

 Peplum top from Torrid, Klog wedges.

Denim and Co. red sweater twinset.

Ashley Stewart yellow sweater, Terry Lewis leather jacket (that I got for $15 from the same seller I bought the houndstooth coat from).

The Ponte Knit Houndstooth Skirt

After I fell madly in love with houndstooth I couldn't stop myself from buying the ponte knit Lane Bryant skirt in a smaller houndstooth pattern.  I paid $15.70 shipped for it.

This skirt is really comfortable, easy to wear and style.

Cato denim jacket, Torrid tank, Dirty Laundry boots.

Green ribbed sweater by George.

Blue sweater from Lane Bryant, faux leather jacket from Modcloth.

The Westie Dress

Most people would call this a Scottie dress but those people don't own a Westie.  When I saw this dress on Modcloth there was no question I needed to have it in my life.

The fact that this dress had both houndstooth and plaid in it and I would could use it in this month's post was just a bonus.

This dress is a perfect match to my vintage Westie pin.

Here she is, my Diva Dog, Dorothy (yes, after the Wizard of Oz Dorothy).  She's a fourteen year old West Highland White.  She's pretty scruffy right now, she's due for a spa day.

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Melissa Medina said...

Wow!!!! You look amazing in all of the outfits. So much inspiration and to chose from.

affinity said...

Fabulous looks, thanks for all the variety. VERY fun!