Dog Fashion TrendsEveryone watches the latest trends hit the runway each year. You don’t have to be human to be fashionable though, and our canine companions want to stay stylish with the hottest looks, too! Coming out of the winter doldrums, expect to see lots of color, and it will not be limited to the traditional springtime pastel palette. Bright neon colors will still be grabbing attention this year, but remember to balance bright pieces with muted shades and neutrals. You don’t want your pet’s natural beauty drowned out by a rainbow of colors. Accessorize with a flashy collar and leash combo before stepping out, whether you are heading to the catwalk or the dog park When shopping, the options can be overwhelming, so please consider a few things when selecting new fashions for your pup:
SafetyClothing that doesn’t fit correctly or is poorly designed may present tripping or entrapment hazards. Make sure that there aren’t any loops or pieces on which a foot or tooth might become caught. Ensure that all fasteners are in working order and easily opened and closed before putting the item on your pet. If you often walk your dog at night, look for reflective details in addition to flashing collar lights to help you both stay visible.
SeasonWinter weather calls for warmer gear unless your dog already has a heavy fur coat. Consider your dog’s natural temperature tolerances when selecting apparel. A thick coated dog may not want a winter jacket but a short haired pup will need one. Extra layers on a warm day may overheat your dog.
StretchMake sure that your canine friend is comfortable and has a full range of motion while wearing those new duds. Restrictive clothing will hamper your pet’s ability to run and play. There is nothing fashionable about a grouchy dog.
StyleMake sure that your furry family member exhibits a style that flatters your own look while still dog with style while expressing his or her unique doggie personality. Not every dog can rock a motorcycle jacket, nor can every dog make a tiara look natural. Some dogs love to get dressed up, but some dogs don’t want any part of it. Forced fashion isn’t fashionable at all.
Keep it Fashionable but Simple!Often, dog owners state that their dog does not like dressing up. It may not be that the dog doesn’t like being dressed in clothing but that the dog doesn’t enjoy certain types of clothing. Certain breeds of dogs have sensitive ears, and the idea of having something tight pulled over their head is not a pleasant thought. Dogs have very good memories, especially when it comes to unpleasant and/or painful memories.
Avoid sweaters or jackets that have to go over their heads. Try to choose things that go over the dog’s back and attach on the belly. Clothing with Velcro makes an excellent choice because it’s comfortable and can be adjusted for growth or extra comfort. Avoid zippers because they can be very restricting to dogs.
You’ll want to dress your dog with the latest fashions while choosing items in which the dog will be as comfortable as possible. Another consideration is getting fashions that are durable and tend to stay in style year after year. Clothing items made of a breathable mesh during summer or waterproof nylon for winter are always a good choice. These items in certain styles or patterns seem to either always be in style or keep coming back in style. Some favorite types of doggy clothing are: