Give your fall wardrobe a classic touch with houndstooth

Did the London Olympics inspire the Brit in you? If yes, you'll be thrilled to know that the Scottish-inspired houndstooth prints are back in fashion for fall and winter 2012. The trendy print makes professional apparel look elegant and poised, and at the same time is playful and fun enough for an evening out. Here are our top picks for your 2012 fall wardrobe.

Houndstooth Ponte Peplum Dress

A classic peplum silhouette and a trendy houndstooth print make this strapless dress from bebe ($139) a stunning option for your summer and fall wardrobe. Contrast houndstooth print paneling offers an elongated visual and a slim feel. Flaunt those shoulders on a humid summer day or use a tailored blazer to beat the fall chill.

Houndstooth Peplum Pencil Skirt

There's something so fun about the architectural shape of a peplum. While peplum tops work best for curvy women, peplum skirts are great alternatives for women with smaller hips. The extra fabric makes you look broader and offers the illusion of an hourglass body.

This pencil skirt from bebe ($74) in blue and black takes a detour from the classic black and white combination with rich colors that complement the season. Allow it to take center stage by pairing it with a white button-up shirt or use a sequined blouse for a glam evening look.

Long-Sleeve Houndstooth Tie-Neck Blouse

Ace designer Michael Kors bowls you over with his take on the classic print. Simple and elegant, the sheer blouse (Macy's, $89.50) features an allover houndstooth print and a trendy tie-neck. Wear it with relaxed white pants for a classy feel or wear it tucked with dark jeans for your casual Fridays.

Sleeveless Belted Houndstooth Sheath

When it comes to fall's hottest dress trends, the ladylike sheath rules. The classic and conservative dress style complements most body types and is versatile enough to be worn for work or to play.

A perfect go-to option for your fall wardrobe is this sheath dress from London Times.(Macy's, $99) Featuring an oversized houndstooth print, the dress comes with scoop neckline, contrast piping and a striking removable red belt. Style it with a blazer or a suit jacket for work and use pumps to complete the look.

Houndstooth accessories

As one of the most popular trends, houndstooth is cropping everywhere. From apparels, outerwears to fun accessories, the print is being used to create fun and trendy looks. For instance, this headband from bebe comes with rhinestone embellishments at center, houndstooth flower and a skinny band. (bebe, $16) Alternatively, you may choose to make a statement with this pair of eye-catching slingbacks (JC Penney, $37) or with this tassel tote. (JC Penney, $35)

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