Tweed and houndstooth have always been a traditional menswear go-to, but the woolen fabric can easily be transformed into sexy-subtle evening attire. Take a cue from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s Fall 2013 Dolce & Gabbana collection (right) and dress up an all tweed look with opulently ornate gold jewelry. Or, follow Olivier Rousteing of Balmain‘s lead (left) and add a sense of sporty modernity to houndstooth by teaming it with leather and chain-link extras, like the first look he sent down a Paris runway for his spring/summer 2014 collection. However you choose to style it, think of your houndstooth or tweed piece as your building block—it will always keep you office-ready and polished. So, in the morning when you slip into your woven or printed piece (we gathered a zip-front slitted skirt, a raw-edged peplum top with leather paneling, and a houndstooth printed tank, to name a few), grab your most adventurous piece of jewelry, stash it in your bag, and toss it on after-hours.

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