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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Check Please

J Crew Collection Schoolboy Blazer in Houndstooth Wool
 I've always been drawn to a houndstooth wool.
How about these pieces in navy and ivory?
 So fetching.
This houndstooth scarf, also from J Crew, is sized generously and is woven with an unusual cassis color.

The one below may be my favorite, from Brora.   I like to think of it as Marsha's Jacket!
Houndstooth Tweed Jacket
 I have my own houndstooth swing coat, the Heloise Jacket, from J Crew 2007.
I wore it out on Saturday to visit Old Rascal in Toronto.  We took him out for lunch and to see the dinosaurs at the ROM.  You're never too old for dinosaurs.

How about you?  Calling for the check?
xoDani

36 comments:

  1. I've never worn it, I've always stayed away from, for want of a better way of describing it, 'country clothing,' I'm more of a townie, up until this year I wouldn't been seen dead in anything tweedie but fashion has swayed me!

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  2. Tabs I love your post today, that Scottish tweed is the epitome of glamour to me. The pictures of that shop make me swoon.
    Isn't Marsha's jacket so excellent?

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    1. It's tweed Tuesday. I like a good houndstooth, definitely a country lass.

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  3. I'm not really drawn to Houndstooth. I like it best when a third color is in it, like the gray in yours or the burgundy color of that current J. Crew scarf (it's really pretty in person). I prefer more saturated color and for me the houndstooth doesn't commit enough to color, it's a bit wishywashy. I don't dislike it, but I don't buy it.

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    1. cate it's not for everyone, it's a very conservative pattern. I like the larger size of it in Marsha's jacket, gives it a youthful edge!

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  4. No houndstooth for me, although I'm OK with a houndstooth blazer on a man - but I like the colors to be close in color saturation, so the pattern blurs, not black and white. It's a very tricky pattern for me, has to be exactly right in color and scale. Brora's pattern is too large for my taste.

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    1. Hi Kathy, I agree I don't care for the black and white as much, and I definitely don't care for red and black houndstooth: 1985 all the way!

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    2. I just checked my husband's closet. He has one in charcoal and navy, and also one in two shades of brown - I do like both of those.

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  5. CHECKERED PAST While I've grown to tweed, particularly herringbone, houndstooth isn't for me, too duotone and Sherlock Holmes. I think it got totally ruined for me when Lady Gaga went head-to-toe in it last year. Ferragamo and Marc Jacobs both had sets on the runway last year, so I am not surprised it has re-emerged at JC. My personal no noted, I've seen a Chanel skirt (with bright red heels) that was very chic, and your Heloise JC of yore is lovely.

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    1. Hi GF, oh good thing I haven't seen the gaga getup.

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  6. Hi Dani,
    Love the navy and ivory houndstooth jacket.I would hate to be an enabler but I think you've been a very good girl this year and Santa should put the Brora jacket under the tree. It's got the copper brown into the check and you know what that goes with. The new bag.
    I also have the Heloise jacket and still get compliments when I wear it.
    Tabitha's post today made me swoon . Could you imagine seeing Christmas windows over there.

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    1. Laughing here Marsha, you know it's all about my new bag!
      I'd love to go over there before Christmas, sign me up!

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    2. Yes it 's all about the new bag! I took a lot of clothes to our consignment shop and have a copper pan stash for next fall but when I see that bag I must say I have a conversation with myself. If ever the Mister gets in the doghouse for forgetting to put the garbage out just have him contact me as he can do no wrong in my books.

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  7. I don't mind a tiny little flash of it, but wouldn't be keen to drape myself in it. Might be tempted to hone my shredding skills on it. Your new handbag seems to fit with everything in your wardrobe, Dani - clever buy!

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    1. Hi Sulky, my new bag barely leaves my hands, the mopping is suffering!

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  8. I am like Tabitha, usually not into checks, plaids and country riding attire. But recently I have been looking toward that direction and I almost bought Marsha's jacket (after emailing with Marsha) but I resisted. So far. I also almost ordered checked stovepipe trousers...
    Love your coat with the Paris Bag!

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    1. Hi ajc, Marsha's jacket would be lovely on you, for work or weekends with your denim.

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  9. Oh Dani, this takes me back - more than 20 years ago I had a complete suit of jacket, skirt and trousers in houndstooth. Obviously I couldn't wear any two pieces together very often - quite the assault to the eyes!
    I love the Heloise jacket - and Sulky Kitten is right, the bag does go with everything!

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    1. Hi Patricia, your suit sounds houndstooth-fabulous!!

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  10. You look pretty with your coat and bag. Checks are for too conservative for me, but I always appreciate the classic appeal of a timeless print. I'm glad you had a wonderful visit with the original Rascal.

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    1. Hi Julie, it's great to see him but I always fret over him when we leave. I miss him!

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    1. Thanks DesertFlower, it makes everything look better!

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  12. Dani ,The look is so classy,between the check coat and your new bag you are looking great!The more important fact is you look comfortable and warm!Dani you also look very very slim,have you lost weight? Thanks for checking in!

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    1. Hi Anon, no weight loss here if anything I'm up a couple of pounds, it's the swing silhouette over that slim Eileen Fisher skirt: tricking the eye!

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  13. No houndstooth for me.
    It looks very British and upper crust which I like as I grew up rubbing shoulders with EX Pat's and living behind the "Tweed Curtain"
    Your bag is superb BTW.

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    1. Hi Hostess, The Tweed Curtain!! Thanks I will give the bag the compliment. ;)

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  14. From the top of your post I was thinking Heloise, Heloise and of course you've included that beauty. I cannot wait until it's cold enough to wear it, I love that coat. Swearing off new JC things, my try-ons last evening was a revelation. There is a post being written in my mind but I may have to calm down my thoughts before publishing.

    It must have been so good to see your rascal. No, you're never too old for dinosaurs, lol.

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    1. Hi Tiffany, Heloise is my one piece of houndstooth, she's a good one.
      What did you try on? I look forward to your post!
      Great to see Old Rascal. When he looks at dinosaurs I still see the 5 year old in him though he is a grown-up and very tall young man!

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  15. I just scored the Heloise last month on eBay as well. It is a gorgeous coat and I love how distinct is it. It is not your traditional black and white colorway. The browns add interest and it looks so classy. In fact, I just wore it to drop off my boys this morning. Do you find the coat to be a little big?

    My boys are not into dinosaurs yet, but my older one does know the names of a few of them. It piques his interest, but not like Thomas the Train!

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  16. The Heloise coat is a classic for the ages, you can't go wrong with the ladylike style in a menswear pattern. For some reason I prefer my houndstooth to be very tiny if it is only black/ivory but if it's medium then color is a must, even subdued colors like the Harris tweed jacket. I have a pair of J.Crew University pants in small olive houndstooth that are incredibly flattering. I know that's not the style now with all the low-rise capri-length pants but I still wear them and get compliments every time.

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  17. I think I now have to stalk the Heloise jacket! I just purchased the most lovely Robert Kitchen blazer black blazer (with very subtle leopard print also in black - almost a tecture thing) to wear over my black dress to my dad's funeral! I think I would love some houndstooth, but today I feel like the hound's tooth!

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  18. I'm thinking a nice tweed piece will be my Ralph Lauren splurge this year, waiting out the markdowns.

    I've heard rumors of a large (well, of course) outdoor dinosaur museum in western Canada, true? or just that friendly-neighbor-to-the-north sense of humor again?

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    1. WFF, ended up at bottom of Dani's previous post instead of new one so thought I would answer. The museum you are asking about does exist, not just a Canuck "talking to Americans" joke. It's called the Royal Tyrrell and is located outside Drumheller, Alberta, in the middle of a massive provincial park where they have found skeletons, eggs and all kinds of fossils, about a 90-minute drive from Calgary. There are 40 large assembled skeletons in the building and if you are a dino fan can take the day to get round both permanent and annual exhibits. (Over 110,000 fossil specimens and growing, only small fraction on display.) www.tyrellmuseum.com

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    2. GF thank goodness for you! I was thinking hmm that rings a bell but of course you have the details for us! Thank You!

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