Nothing says ‘I’m special’ like a well-dressed dog. Luxury dog couture was once upon a time only for the rich, famous and notorious.
Who else could afford to drape diamonds and expensive clothing on their well bred pooches? Can’t say that anymore, but it still applies heavily to the rich and famous. Today, however, dog clothes has gone mainstream.
Dogs in clothes has become so commonplace that only the well-dressed, sharp or unique dressed dog catches the eye. And even big dogs are growing a clothing niche all of their own in the fashion industry. In fact, there has even been noteworthy fashion shows in the past few years that featured designer dog clothing. Big dog clothing no longer applies just to Halloween anymore.
The idea of dog clothes is not new. The mainstream acceptance of dog apparel is a fairly recent development. What used to be for a select group of eccentric rich and wealthy and, of course, celebrities dressing up their Chihuahuas and other small dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Toy Poodles and Pomeranians has turned into a billion dollar industry that features designer labels for all shapes and sizes (and budgets).
Categories for dog clothing include hats, shoes, bandannas, capes, furs, coats, dresses, leathers, sweaters, costumes, jewelry, bling and even pajamas. Just check out the Beverly Hills Chihuahua’s movies. You can style your pouch in just about anything. Looking for a bejeweled fur coat for Lady or a leather coat for your bull dog with an attitude problem? You can find it. Why I saw the cutest pair of sandals on a Pomeranian, I wanted them…for myself! The whole outfit and dog was so adorable!
Dog clothing adds a special, glamorous and attractive touch to the grooming of your dog. Because many dogs of the same breed look alike, dog clothing permits the owner to dress his or her dog as well as their imagination allows. And I say imagination because many things can be handmade right from your own wardrobe. In fact you can make dog clothes easily, so think twice before you take that next bag of used clothes and jewelry to the goodwill.
Many accessories can be found to add to your dog’s attire. The sky’s the limit here. There are personalized monogrammed collars and earrings to further endear your furry best friend. Booties, socks, ribbons, bling and other small items of dog clothing can also be bought to complete the ensemble.
Does your dog love sports? Dog clothing can be sports themed to help support their favorite team. Some of the clothing options include ball caps, NFL Jerseys , referee uniforms, sweatbands, and even drinking cups and food bowls. For the real ball fan, you can purchase dog clothing in the form of your favorite team’s jersey with the dog’s name on the back.
Dog in clothes are usually seen ghosting about during Halloween. There is nothing funnier than a well thought out dog costume. The dog loves the attention and provided the costume fits well, he will enjoy Halloween and all the treats, of course we mean doggie treats. Maybe even win a few prizes for best costume. There are dog costumes for any genre you choose.
A theme for your dog could be anything and I bet if you look hard enough you could find dog clothing to match. From luxury dog fashions, to the haute dog to dog couture, designer dog fashions to dog clothing. There is something there for your dog. Visit the dog fashion shows that are so gaining popularity these days to see what’s new out there. Oh, by the way, it does NOT stop at clothes…there are beds, furniture, dishes, baths, spas, gourmet food, chefs, cars, strollers and…
Some clothing has practical applications. There is clothing that keeps your dog warm in the winter and booties for dogs that live in hot places like Arizona where the ground is to hot to walk on. There are doggie diapers and items that keep the dog from gnawing and scratching at wounds. As you can see, dog clothing has uses that are utilitarian as well as aesthetic.
Yes, dog fashion makes a statement about the owner as well as the dog. As does anything that you adorn yourself with. A casually tied bandana around a lab’s neck has long been symbolic for a teenager’s dog. So does a cute, small, stylish pink hat that adds panache to a Teacup Chihuahua. Stereotypes aside, the challenge of the dog owner is to buy dog clothes that reflects the personality of the dog. If the whole point of dog fashion is to be original, then the owner should follow his or her instincts and be as original as their dog.