Blonde in a houndstooth coat. According to fabric historians, a few hundred years ago in the Lowlands, you wore houndstooth to avoid a fight. The duotone check was never registered to any particular clan. Many Scots began wearing the series of broken squares or abstract, four-pointed shapes, most often seen in black and white, at social and political events. Wearing someone else’s tartan without permission was more than enough cause for a punch up, so wearing houndstooth became the sartorial strategy of choice for non violent gents.