hounds·​tooth | \ˈhau̇n(d)z-ˌtüth \
variants: or less commonly hound's-tooth

Definition of houndstooth 

: a usually small broken-check textile pattern also : a fabric woven in this pattern

called also houndstooth check, hound's-tooth check

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These also included a body-slimming style in black leather, but what all the shirts had in common was a detail that gave them oomph or was revealed only when the model walked by, like the micro-houndstooth shirt mentioned above. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "The Case for Apolitical Fashion," 3 Mar. 2018 For those who wish to step out of the cartoon frame, the tailoring mavens at Canali proposed a simple low-top sneaker in nubby houndstooth, a fabric the label traditionally reserved for its suits. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Sneakers Rule Men’s Fashion. Even Ugly Sneakers," 22 June 2018 There, the Duchess topped off her shift with a graphic houndstooth topper from Catherine Walker with a similar A-line silhouette. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Dresses Up In Alexander McQueen, Catherine Walker, and Chanel For Day 2 of Her Sweden Visit," 31 Jan. 2018 The Princess of Wales first wore this red-and-white houndstooth jacket by Moschino to a church service in Sandringham with the royal family in December 1990 with a matching black-and-white skirt, red hat and pearl earrings. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Channels Princess Diana in Red Houndstooth Coat," 31 Jan. 2018 At the 66th Annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills WHEN: May 8, 2018 WHY: Ronson knows how to wear the hell out of a razor-sharp suit, especially one in black-and-white houndstooth with flared trousers. Matt Sebra, GQ, "The 10 Best-Dressed Men of the Week," 14 May 2018 With only two seams and no darts, classical fabrics — wools, houndstooth checks — were bonded onto light foam for minimal structure. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "How Technology Will Transform Tailoring," 5 Mar. 2018 And that trim physique shown off in houndstooth check jackets and ascots back in the 1960s has softened somewhat under a scarlet sweater vest. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Rex Reed Bangs a Gong on the Mediocrity of Modern Life," 10 Jan. 2018 Never one to shy away from piling on the prints, Huntington-Whiteley wore a crisp houndstooth blazer that, when worn over a solid black turtleneck, didn’t clash with her monogrammed purse. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Is the Micro Bag the New Briefcase? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Says Yes," 4 Apr. 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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