|Article Author: Stacey Waspe|
What's new, what's hot, and what to look for in doggie fashions for spring by Stacey Waspe
We know that winter seems to be dragging her long white coat behind her as she prepares to take her leave (she's naught but a diva, remember), but there's no need to bury your head in your paws. In fact, there is no better time to take a good hard look at what you've got on hand for the season that is every fashionista's fave - spring.
Trust us, the Green Lady is on her way. Oh glorious spring! How we love your new smells, your lovely growing grasses and beds of flowers. Remember the long walks? The mud? The new friends? The greenest season awaits us all and it is of the utmost important to look our very best.
Furkids in the know understand that spring doesn't require an entirely new wardrobe. It's a time to invest in classic pieces, like rainwear and dog hoodies (if they aren't already part of your wardrobe) or to replace those pieces if they're a little worn. A new pair of shoes is always a smart choice, since we're so sick of those winter booties. It's also a time to add a few new pieces in that hot pattern or color that'll take every pooch into summer in style.
Get Thyself Some Geek Chic
A fashionable friend of ours describes geek chic to us as "1980s preppy mixed with 1950s rat pack gone golfing style". It's about polo shirts and retro track jackets. It's about pink, grass green, turquoise and yellow. It's Juicy Couture. It's argyle. It's nerdy, yet sporty. Laid back, but preppy. We think it's all good. And very fun & stylish. Especially for you furkids who want to be swingin' astrophysicists (or Ewan MacGregor in Down With Love) when you grow up!
In spring, there are still plenty of cool mornings and nights, when you just need a to throw a little dog sweater on to complete the look and keep warm. Our classic argyle sweater in pink, cream and black with pink top stitching is perfect. If you're looking for a slightly different palette, our argyle sweater in orange and brown is so now and very stylish. Plus in these colors, you could easily wear it into the fall. Also comes in black. (Price: $50.00)
If you're looking for the warmth without the fuss, nothing beats a hoodie. Da Pink Hoodie Sweater is comfortable and stylish. Hip, sporty and very old-school, this fine gauge, merino wool blend hoodie will surely become a staple of spring. (Sizes: 10 - 22)
No spring wardrobe would be complete without a new pair of trainers. Trainers are hip, fun, fashionable and can be dressed up or down, depending on your mood. These shoes are sturdily constructed, suitable for any kind of play. With their cute faux laces, they look just like Mom's sneaks! Canvas with non-slip sole. Pictured here in pink, they are also available in black and red. (Small and medium.) $50.00
In a super preppy and retro patterns, our London (shown) and Oreo Carriers are classy and stylish. All your furkid needs is a pair of glasses to pull off that "off to Harvard" look! These carriers are made from vintage leather with silver hardware. Each carrier features an elastic safety harness as well as two zip pockets. Comes with a machine washable pad with removable faux-sheepskin cover and easy to clean waterproof lining. (up to 10lbs; carrier is 15" x 13" x 7.5")
Walk on the Wild Side
Just because it's spring, doesn't mean you can't still pull off the diva look. And that requires faux fur, natch. Cool spring mornings and nights out on the town mean equal loads of faux fur and animal prints. Mink, fox, and beaver. Leopard, zebra and tiger. Even pony and ostrich! So take a walk on the wild side, dahling, with luscious fabrics and patterns. Always stylish, animal prints are so much fun, not to mention warm and cozy.
Our Tiger Coat is reversible and therefore perfect for pooches who can never settle for one look. With faux ostrich pleather in shiny black on one side and faux tiger print on the other, it's made in the US with designer quality fabrics. Velcro at the neck and tummy creates "arm holes" for a stay put fit. $55.00 (Sizes: Extra small - large)
We think you'll look stunning in our Born to Shop Coat. In a gorgeous leopard print with a red pleather collar, this coat has a snazzy high heel shaped gold button on the leopard belt. The front features two purse shaped gold buttons and the appliqued, red pleather "purse" has a gold chain and rhinestone detail. (It's all about the bling!) Perfect for holding your allowance! (Sizes: small to extra large). $129.99
Our Panther Dog Carrier let's you play dress up. We may not like cats, but we can always steal their look! This carrier is nice and cushy, with a top layer of foam covered in the stylish faux panther and is roomy enough to serve as a travel crate. Front and back zipper enclosure, with hard plastic base for extra support. Both hand straps and shoulder strap means Mom has more choices as to how she carries you. (It's so nice to be pampered.)
Urban Downtown Chic
It's not all about the shoes. Really. Sure there are Manolo Blahnik's, even the Mary Janes, which we thought to be nothing more than urban legend. But the Sex and the City look is about way more than shoes, dahling. It's all about haute couture and vintage dresses and a little downtown club wear. Whimsical dresses paired with denim jackets, maybe some fur. Above all, remember - the signature statement of any season is always made with accessories. So, let's accessorize, Carrie Bradshaw style.
Nothing says Carrie Bradshaw than choosing accessories as individual as you are. That's why we love our Dog Charms Letters in sterling silver and swarovski crystal. Each charm is a full 3/4" tall. $8.00.
Sometimes Mom likes to dress up too. Show her how with these great charms! Our Martini Owner Charm Bracelet (shown) in sterling silver will make her an It-Girl in her own right. (Also available in Key Ring.) And of course, since it's all about you, we've got the Martini Pet Charm in sterling silver too!
It's all about vintage. And when it can't be actually vintage, it should look it! A New York Girl also knows that space is a premium. That's one reason we love our Bohemian Reversible Coat. Because it's two coats in one! On one side, the patchwork velvet is trimmed in luxurious ostrich feathers. On the flip side is a rain slicker, perfect for wet spring days.(Sizes: 6-12) $60.00
For pups that give the downtown chic loft lifestyle four paws up, the Haus Crate is an ultra fab choice in bedding. Looking more like a contemporary end table than dog bed, it features aluminum supports and powder coated steel panels and a custom-perforated sliding pocket door. The Haus Pad fits in the bottom and is plush, waterproof and stain-resistant available in a choice of 3 colors: Spring Green Shimmer, Fresh Blue Ultra Suede and Rich Mocha Ultra Suede. Crafted in two sizes, the Studio Haus (21"D x 15"H; $390.00) is perfect for the pampered puppy up to 20 lbs; the "Loft Haus" (31"D x 23"H; $565.00) is a great getaway for bigger kids of 20-45 lbs.
We know that you know that no look is complete with a handbag. We think the Cosmopolitan Pet Carrier can't be beat. Patent leather with fabric trim, it practically screams It-Girl! Carrier features an elastic safety harness as well as two zip pockets. Comes with a machine washable pad with removable faux-sheepskin cover, easy to clean waterproof lining and "peek-a-boo" door. (Up to 10 lbs; carrier measures 13" x 12" x 7.5") $338.00
OK, maybe it is all about the shoes. Our adorable Mary Jane Shoes are sure to make you the talk of the town. In the classic style of patent leather, they are made in the same traditional shape. Super cute! (Small and Medium). Available in pink and black. $50.00