Chels Wears: Houndstooth With Love

Sweater: Old Navy | Dress Shirt: Macy's | Skirt & Tights: WalMart | Boots : Payless | Purse: mark.
Necklace: Boutique la Passerelle | Ring: Old Navy

I have a confession. I hate houndstooth. I'll give you a minute to take that in. Okay, so I know that making that bold statement means that I should probably turn in my "fashion blogger" badge now, but I just cannot look at this print and not think grandma's skirt suit, which isn't what I'm really going for when getting dressed as a 24 year old. My friend Hannah (hey, girl!) and I have discussions about our different views on what is classic and fashionable...A LOT....and she has always been a stickler for the houndstooth, so I'm sure she's proud of this outfit.

To be honest, two things made me rethink this print. Project Runway and the Kardashians. Project Runway season 11 had a duct tape prom dress challenge and the duo of (winner) Michelle and Amanda made this awesome dress with an exaggerated houndstooth print, which made me rethink it because it looks bold and young in my mind. And the Kardashian Kollection at Sears has this cute little summer dress with the print super tiny, which I also think makes it look younger. As a side note, I would have worn houndstooth earlier in my life, had that Kardashian dress not been totally see-through, where there was no way to save yourself from flashing everyone without buying all kinds of other under garments that I wasn't really in the mood for looking for when I originally thought of getting it.

Left: Project Runway Season 11 duct tape prom dress challenge | Right: Kardashian Kollection dress
Moving on, when I saw this skirt at WalMart, I appreciated that it had the tiny houndstooth print and I could instantly envision this outfit. Winner. Also, these pictures were taken about a week ago during the "first real snow of the season" which I thought would make for pretty pictures, but I didn't think the whole process through, obviously. You should probably know that as a life-long Western Pa dweller, I hate snow. Yes, more than I hate houndstooth. I think it is pretty while falling and before it turns into slushy messes piled up in parking lots and along the roads, but otherwise, I can live without it. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of realizing that a giant pile of snow is covering the only should-be parking spot left in the lot, feel blessed.


  1. ok, i hate it too. but you look so cute and i love your outfit...i may rethink my feelings!

    1. Haha! Thank you! I'm glad I'm not alone in this feeling!

  2. I am so getting that sweater in Old Navy. Love it and your look.


  3. houndstooth is a favorite of mine
    love how you paired it with a tee
    and of course the pearls

    1. I knew you'd like the pearls after I saw your post, Brett! Thanks!

  4. I read you hate houndstooth then looked at the images. I was thinking how can she hate it? She looks so great in this skirt!!! Personally I love a classic B&W houndstooth :) Dropping by from the Random Wednesday Linkup!

    <3 Vicki

  5. Even though you hate the snow, these pictures are gorg!! We see snow here about once every two-three years. :( And ysy for the houndstooth. I am glad you went with it.

  6. That sweatshirt is so adorable!! I love the saying on the front! I'm a little iffy on houndstooth as well, but you're rockin' here!
    Sincerely, Sara

  7. Aww, I love your houndstooth skirt - and I really love the sweater and blouse you layered! Super cute!!

  8. Thanks so much for checking out my blog and commenting.
    Absolutely love this hot pink top under your black and white outfit!

  9. This top is super pretty and I love how classy this look is. Totally makes me think of Sex and the City.


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