When a dress is called for, but the weather is on the cool side, try a plaid sweater dress! A classic dress style in a classic pattern with a twist–houndstooth. This is that other plaid that has a very distinctive pattern, said to resemble the jagged back teeth of a dog.
Wikipedia, while not always a reliable source, defines houndstooth as a “textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colors are used.” Apparently, “houndstooth” describes the pattern in a larger size, while it’s sometimes called ‘dogtooth’ when it is smaller. How about that fun fact! I didn’t know that it’s also called dogtooth. Just remember that the next time you’re shopping and come across a houndstooth plaid–you’ll be able to discriminate between the two!
This plaid pattern has been around for a long time, thought to have originated in Scotland. There go those Scots again, inventing plaids and houndstooth patterns! Since both are a woven pattern, it does make sense, as explained in my post, Plaid Midi Dress and Booties for Fall.
Plaid Sweater Dress Outfit
As described above, this dress has the traditional black and white, but it’s the added red that makes it pop. You could easily play up the red, which I’ve done before with a red denim jacket. Or you could style it with red or white booties, too. For today’s look, I styled it fairly basic, with bare legs and black accessories.
The wedge booties are my new favorites for this season. The wedge is 2 1/2 inches high, which is about my limit. The black suede is classic and the rounded toe makes them super comfy. They are from the Vionic brand, known for their comfort and quality.
A black moto jacket is always a great look and is perfect for fall weather. Mine is an older version from the NSale several seasons ago. That’s the beauty of a quality jacket–you can wear it forever! Here is a similar moto jacket in leather, and a faux leather jacket. Both are super stylish!
On me, this dress is a bit shorter as it’s in a petite size. The regular misses size would add some length. And you could easily add tights or leggings. Over-the-knee boots or knee-high boots would also help to winterize this look.
Now, to the belt bag. This is my first styling of this look. I found a classic black version that I really will wear. It will be great for travel! What do you think of this look? Here are two fairly inexpensive versions: black snake print belt bag and a leather belt bag with zippers.
How to Winterize the Look
For the approaching winter season, you could size up slightly and wear a fitted turtleneck or tee underneath. You might also wear a sweater over the dress for a trendy look as I did in the post How to Style a Slip Dress for Now and Later. This is a great way to get more use out of a summer dress in the fall and winter months!
Are you a skirt person? This houndstooth knit pattern is also available in separates: a pencil skirt and a shell. Here are the three pieces in this houndstooth plaid: