Houndstooth: How to Wear Kate's Favourite Pattern

kate middleton houndstooth jacket
kate middleton houndstooth jacket
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Steal the Duchess of Cambridge's style by donning this classic pattern this Winter...

We're constantly coveting the Duchess' style, and her recent looks certainly do not disappoint. Over the past couple of weeks, Kate has been stepping out in this stunning houndstooth monochrome coat with a high neck. She's worn it multiple times, from public appearances to shopping in London, making it a great versatile pattern. She looks cosy, but not frumpy; glamorous, but not overdone. It's safe to say we're feeling inspired by houndstooth!

Originating in the Scottish lowlands, houndstooth (also known as dogtooth) was traditionally woven into wool, associating it with cooler weather and winter fashion. Although it has always been a firm fashion favourite in the colder months, it's looking to be a hot trend this month, with Kate spearheading the style.

Although some might associate houndstooth with drab work clothes and men's suits, it's actually classic and chic, and no winter wardrobe should be without it. The print looks particularly great on jackets and scarves, but you can also rock this trend on dresses, skirts and trousers. And with so many sizes and colours of houndstooth print to choose from, there's something for everyone.

So if you're looking to steal Kate's style, carry on clicking to view our hot houndstooth picks...

JD Williams High Neck Coat, £59

JD Williams High Neck Coat, £59

If you're looking for an almost-exact copy of Kate's stunning coat, this JD Williams (opens in new tab) coat will definitely do the job. Complete with the same high neckline, you'll stay cosy and warm while you look positively regal.

Oasis Boucle Scarf, £20

Oasis Boucle Scarf, £20

Inject some colour and feminity into the traditional pattern with this Oasis scarf. This would look gorgeous tucked inside a warm trench coat or over the top of a fluffy jumper.

Zara Houndstooth Cape, £89.99

Zara Houndstooth Cape, £89.99

Channel classic elegance with this stunning houndstooth cape from Zara (opens in new tab). The faux fur collar makes it extra snuggly, perfect for those cold Winter nights, wandering around Christmas markets.

ASOS Premium Pencil Skirt in Houndstooth Camo Jacquard, £24

ASOS Premium Pencil Skirt in Houndstooth Camo Jacquard, £24

Glam up your houndstooth look with this pencil skirt from ASOS (opens in new tab). The metallic shimmers make this little number the perfect day-to-night skirt, and at only £24 you can't really go wrong!

Boden Jumper, £89

Boden Jumper, £89

Get cosy with this lovely houndstooth jumper from Boden (opens in new tab). We're loving the large style of print, and the colour block arms, perfect for family nights in front of the fireplace.

Mango Houndstooth Trousers, £29.99

Mango Houndstooth Trousers, £29.99

Embrace the trend with a pair of chic trousers, like this pair of cigarettes from Mango (opens in new tab). Wear with a classic white blouse for work, or dress down with a slouchy jumper for your time off this Christmas.

Tommy Hilfiger Juli Houndstooth Dress, £125

Tommy Hilfiger Juli Houndstooth Dress, £125

Looking for that perfect wear-anywhere dress? This dark purple houndstooth frock from Tommy Hilfiger (opens in new tab) will definitely do the trick. Wear with black tights and knee-high boots for a casual daytime look, or team with metallic heels for a cocktail party.

Lorraine Kelly at JD Williams Fringe Jumper, £39

Lorraine Kelly at JD Williams Fringe Jumper, £39

We're loving the mis-match of patterns and styles in this jumper by Lorraine Kelly at JD Williams (opens in new tab). The combination of houndstooth, tribal print and chic fringing makes this knit a funky addition to your winter wardrobe.