preenThe humble houndstooth check, a firm favourite from the late Forties onwards, is making a spectacular fashion come-back this autumn. Designers such as Alexander McQueen, Preen (see left) and Moschino have used the two-tone pattern to create belted dresses and elegant skirt suits fit for a modern-day lady.

moschinoRather than spending a fortune on designers such as McQueen (right) or splashing out on the highstreet’s take on houndstooth, why not go for an original vintage piece. Vintage and charity shops, eBay and Etsy are full of great-quality tweed dresses, skirts and jackets, which will give your wardrobe an instant fashion update. Here are some of our favourite vintage houndstooth pieces available to buy right now.

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