This story was originally published in the Baltimore Sun online Brand Publishing "From House to Home" section, and on columbiaassociation.com.
Now that there is a pet boutique on every corner (and in every corner of the Internet), it’s easy for your dog to step out in style. Here are some tips to get you started on your doggie makeover, and keep your pup off the worst-dressed list.
For the Wanderer (above)
This dog might be grateful for a GPS collar, so you can find him at the end of the day. For example, the WhistleGPS device is a combination collar/GPS that syncs with your smartphone to locate your dog.
For the Beach Baby
If you have a shorthaired, thin-coated dog that spends a lot of time in the sun, PlayaPup sells an entire line of UPF 50 nylon/lycra shirts and visors to protect them from UVA/UVB rays.
For the Weather-sensitive
If your dog refuses to go out in bad weather unless she is warm and dry there are countless dog coats and sweaters available that look better than the one you are probably wearing right now. Visit a classy online dog boutique such as bitchnewyork.com to shop the latest styles. Outdoorsy dogs that trek in harsh climates will look great and stay dry, safe and visible with gear from ruffwear.com. It carries sporty weatherproof coats designed to perform, including doggie lifejackets.
For the Fan Dog
A team jersey might be just the ticket. That way he will wag for the right team, and look great while tailgating. DoggieNation.com sells licensed sports apparel for dogs. It carries NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and college team jerseys.
For the Well-collared
Giant dogs with long necks such as Great Danes and greyhounds look fabulous in extra-wide fabric or leather collars that accentuate their neck and head. Pit bulls can find their own street-style gear at pitbullgear.com.
For Doggies Who Dress Up
Halloween and Christmas are times when many dogs dress up. So are Oscar parties, Valentine’s Day and birthday parties. It is important to get a unique look for your dog, so it does not arrive at a party with the same costume as the Rottweiler down the block. Check out Etsy.com for great costume ideas. Stores that sell human costumes also have dog costume lines. Try Costume Craze, Spirit Halloween and Party City.
For Posh Pooches
What collars go with her fur? Small dogs are made to bedazzle. A precious pup such as a papillon, Pomeranian, French bulldog or Shih Tzu will look fabulous in sparkly accessories such as Hartman & Rose’s crystal retractable leash and coordinating collars.
For Pups Who Crossed the Pond
Is your dog of British descent? If so, they will represent in Holly & Lil’s Union Rose collar or Union Jack harness. They also are the exclusive seller of the collar and lead worn on the red carpet by Uggie (the Jack Russell terrier from the Oscar-winning film, “The Artist”).
For dogs who Vogue
So, how do you keep your dog from becoming a fashion victim? If you want to go matchy-matchy with your pup, there are plenty of designers willing to oblige. Many high-end designers carry dog gear, such as Paul Smith and Tory Burch. Even American Eagle Outfitters recently launched a line of dog fashion and accessories called, you guessed it, American Beagle Outfitters.
For the casual dog-about-town
A simple bandana would complement any sporting dog. Or one of those collars with your dog’s name and your phone number stitched inside from L.L. Bean, so there is no danger of a lost tag.