I’ve been reviewing dog products and dog fashion at PupStyle for over 16 years and just when I think I’ve seen it all, a new idea creeps up that has me wondering if I should laugh, cry or rejoice? Yes, I’ve styled a pug to look like Olivia Newton on Wendy Willams for a dog fashion show, but this new dog Onesie by Shed Defender – Putting Dog Hair in its Place – Red – XS takes “Lets Get Physical” to a new level.
This one-piece dog suite was designed to protect your home and car from unwanted dog shedding but the founder, Tyson Walters also found it useful for protecting surgical site wounds and claims it might be able to replace the cone of shame. The company also markets this for reducing anxiety and protecting your dogs coat from dirt and wet sand at the beach for example.
In theory this seems like a handy idea, but after putting the product to the test on my 9th month old puppy Norman, I see it as more of a torture device. The cut and colors of the suit are stylish and would look cute styled with a hoodie, for an “active wear look” but my PupStyler became very anxious and started biting and pulling on the legs to get it off. Norman is very mellow and usually lets me dress him up in anything but he was angry at the Shed Defender!
Norman is also ultra fluffy and I found it impossible to zip up the suite without getting his hair stuck in the zipper. I also had to be VERY careful not to zip up his “jewels” in the process because it’s designed to cover literally everything under the belly. In order for the dog to pee, you must unzip it or else you get a leotard loaded with pee and poo.
Dog onesies are not anything new in pet fashion but the most successful designs leave an opening for the dog to do it’s business and avoid zippers at all cost on the underbelly. Velcro or buttons would be a safer design option to consider. I can’t say all dogs will react like Norman and some may actually like it but to test it out you will have to drop $39.00. You be the judge.
Watch out Etsy.com, a new market place just for small businesspeople and craftspeople who make products for dogs and dog lovers has arrived.
Introducing Hound & Co, a recently launched website where pet product designers can open their own store for free inside a market place dedicated to selling all things hound. Think Etsy.com but just for dog product crafters and designers. Sellers can easily upload photos and open up a shop and start selling within minutes.Similar to Etsy.com, they charge a fee but only 4% when your item sells and do not charge a fee for posting items which Etsy.com does.Hound & Co also gets bonus points for donating a portion of all sales to rescue organizations and building a platform where rescue groups can sign-up and post pics of adoptable pets for free. If you have a rescue organization this is just one more free area to get the word out in a space already attracting dog lovers.
American Eagle Outfitters discovered through their April Fool’s dog fashion campaign that dog fashion = increased brand awareness and SALES!
Something we’ve been preaching at PupStyle for 12 years and overjoyed to see the mass brands catching on.
AE created a funny April Fools ad campaign in conjunction with the ASPCA to raise funds for the charity and in doing so learned the power of our dog fashion community.
The campaign was such a huge success that they decided to roll out a REAL collection of dog fashion apparel to coordinate with their human apparel line. You can dress your dog to complement your fav AE looks. I LOOOOVE IT! The hats are genius. Bravo American Eagle Outfitters!!
While your fur baby may not be riding the bus to kindergarten, it’s always a fun time of year to play around with Fall back-to-school fashion your pup as the leaves start to change and the smell of #2 pencils are in the air.
One of the hottest fashion trends in both the human and pet fashion world is plaids and checks. I am trend-spotting plaids and checks on every thing from boy dog shirts, bow ties, dresses and even plaid accents mixed with tweeds.
Comfort and safety always come first, so while the weather is still too hot for full fashion, play around with a plaid bow-tie collar or plaid flower collar for the girlie dogs. Stay tuned for more of my Fall Back-To-School pet fashion trends on PupStyle.com. Keep on PupStyling!!!
One way to make a fashion girl faint, is it to bust out pink & black, dog pearl harness with the Chanel “CC” on the back!
Kelly Owens Couture helps the fashion gods shine down upon your fur baby with her detailed, hand-laid pearl dog harness. This is the ultimate gift for your dog or a friend’s dog guaranteed to turn heads.
These are beauties are custom made to order and can be made with any two letters on the back including your dogs initials for $245 from Kelly Owens Couture
It’s no secret that pet fashion is booming! This year, pet fashion designers are keeping in step with Seventh Avenue and I’ll be showing you the pet fashion trends following the runways from New York Fall Fashion week. Peep me on Better TV’s morning show “The Better Show” tomorrow Feb 26! Check your local listings for times http://better.tv and keep on PupStyling!
Behind the Scenes in the green room. Super rescue dog model Miyuki waiting for her close up! She’s so pro!!!
Plaid is WICKED trendy in dog fashion right now and we are even more excited to finally be seeing more options for boy dogs. The PupStyle staff is loaded with small boy dogs and we are on a mission to hunt down the BEST in BOY DOG FASHION we can find.
The Rover Boutique is all hand made, high-quality dog fashion. This macho, hipster ensemble was inspired by Fall weather with it’s fieldworkers vest layered with gingham shirt and floral bow tie. This is a STELLAR example of print mixing. Take notes..it’s unexpected but totally works from a styling perspective. BRAVO!
They were nice enough to send me their Angler Dog Shirt and bow tie for Mr. Bernard to test out and it seems the chicks dig it. He’s getting hit on all the time by the ladies in the park wanting to take him to Nantucket.