Our pampered pets will get to go on plenty of fun outings with us. Of course, you want them to look their best, so what do you need to dress your baby up and be on trend? Here are some of the hottest dog fashion trends:

Bright Dog Bows

Just like dressing up a little girl, your pampered princess pooch needs some super cute dog bows for this Spring and Summer. They should be bright and match any outfit that she’s wearing. They should also be adorned with curls or with cute, interlacing ribbons that make a pattern. Most of the hottest bows right now also have a shiny charm in the middle that stands out from the rest of the bow. The great thing is that these are really reasonable, even the designer ones, and you can also recycle children’s bows that you can find anywhere for your sweet furry baby.

Bling Charms

Bling charms for your dog’s collar are all the rage right now and you’ll want to have plenty for each different look. These are pretty inexpensive and can be found online, at your local pet store or at different pet boutiques. You can also easily use different jewelry charms that you can purchase at discount stores for your pet’s collar to make a unique, totally “you” look that stands out.

Rhinestone Collars

Even boy dogs are sporting some bling this year with the wonderful rhinestone collars that are out. You can go as bright and blingy as you want, or as muted as you want – but rhinestones are all the rage right now when it comes to collars. You can either buy your own rhinestone collars at local stores or online, or you can make your own for a completely unique look. Either way, this is one accessory that you cannot do without.

Spaghetti Strap Dresses

Your little princess needs cute, springy spaghetti strap sundresses to be on trend this year. These can be found anywhere you look – online, at pet shops, discount stores. And, you can even make your own out of recycled baby dresses. These are usually pretty reasonable to purchase, even the designer ones, so make sure that you have several to choose from for your next outing with your baby.

Printed T-Shirts

Boys and girls are on trend with dog fashions this year if you have several different printed t-shirts for them to sport when you’re out. The great thing about this is that the more custom or DIY they are, the better! Old baby onsies and t-shirts for newborns make great additions to your dog fashion collection this year and keep you on trend with everyone else.

Remember that no matter what type of fashions you are looking for  for your pup, these different trends are sure to keep you and your dog looking as hot as possible. And, the best part is that you can do it without spending a fortune.

Along with the basic items most dogs need, such as collars and leashes, many dogs need other accessories such as rain gear and booties. This is particularly true if you and your dog live in the city and you have to walk your dog in inclement weather.

Rain gear

Dog rain gear can be simple and slicker-style, or it can be quite elaborate. In many cases the rain gear is made of bright colors to help your dog be easily seen on a a gray day, so colors include yellow, orange, and pink. If the gear comes in darker colors you should make sure it has reflective strips to help your dog be seen in low light. Slickers and jackets can range from sizes that barely reach down to your dog’s stomach (a soft shell style) to some that come down almost to the ground. Most gear fits over the dog’s head and then buckles around the dog’s waist.

While some gear only includes the slicker or rain jacket, other rain gear will also have available a hat for the dog. Some gear will even have available rain boots. Just remember that the more rain gear you have for your dog, the longer if will take to put it on and take it off when you go outside.

Fabrics are usually water-resistant materials, just as they are with human rain coats.

Shoes and booties

Urban dogs can also need shoes and booties for walking on pavement. This is especially true on hot summer days and when the sidewalks are icy. Booties can help protect your dog’s paws on hot pavement in the summer, especially when it’s extremely hot. In the winter time, when sidewalks are icy, the ice is one problem, but the de-icing chemicals can also hurt your dog’s paws, especially if he goes home and licks them off his paws. Ingesting these chemicals can make your dog sick. Snow and ice can also lead to chapped and cracked paws. So, booties can be a big help in the city.

As you might guess, booties come in different styles and sizes. They generally come in sizes ranging from x-small to x-large. You can find them in fashion styles and in very sturdy styles.

Even if you don’t live in the city, booties can be helpful for dogs. If you hike a lot with your dog, especially over rough ground, booties can protect your dog’s paws. If you have an elderly dog who has trouble standing and walking, a pair of booties with soles that grip well can help your dog remain mobile.

Bandanas

You can find bandanas many places. They don’t have to be specifically made for dogs. Your dog can wear one of your bandanas. But there are lots of bandanas made just for dogs and some of them have fun sayings on them or cute artwork that applies to dogs. You can find them at pet supply stores or online. Even some of the companies that make designer clothes for dogs make matching bandanas. They’re fun and functional at the same time. You never know when you might need to use your dog’s bandana for something practical like covering a wound or soaking up some cool water when he’s hot. It’s a good idea to keep several bandanas for your dog so he always has some that are clean and ready to use.

While dogs and their haircuts get most of the attention at dog shows, there is quite a bit of dog fashion on display at most shows. Even such wash ‘n wear dogs as Pointers and other shorthaired breeds can display some bling in and out of the ring. Show fashions for dogs include such items as collars, leads, grooming coats, and snoods, to name just a few things.

 

Collars and leads

Gone are the days when show dogs would wear simple Resco show leads or a chain link collar and nylon lead. Sure, there are still plenty of handlers who use these traditional leads at shows but you’re just as likely to see a dog sporting something much fancier in the ring. Kangaroo leather leads are popular today with some handlers because of their softness and pliability. Other handlers like something a little showier. They choose colored, braided show leads with beads, usually custom-made . The colors are often chosen to emphasize their dog’s coloring. Such leads can be expensive but when you have a special dog you want to call attention to him or her.

 

Grooming coats

Another item you often see at dog shows, especially if you wander around the grooming area, is a grooming coat or jacket. (This doesn’t refer to the groomer’s jacket worn by the handlers, though they wear them, too.) Grooming coats for dogs are often placed on a dog after a bath to help the hair dry flat or to keep the hair in place before the show. They can come in a variety of materials depending on the kind you want for your dog, the weather, and other factors, but lycra coats made of swimsuit material are very popular. The lycra swimsuit coats typically have a narrow opening for the head to keep the hair on the neck smooth. The material around the body is loose and open so the handler has to pin it in place. These suits come in a variety of colors and prints. Many people who sew make them and sell them so if you would like to buy one for your dog you can often ask around and find out who is making them or find someone online who makes them. The coats are especially useful for longhaired dogs.

 

Grooming coats are removed once the dog arrives at the show so the handler can apply some last minute touches prior to going in the ring.

 

Snoods

Snoods look something like shower caps for dogs. They are cloth hoods that fit around a dog’s head and especially the ears of longhaired dogs. Owners use them to keep long ears out of food, though some people keep the snood on the dog at other times besides meal time. They can be made out of any lightweight material and they have elastic sewn around the edges to hold them in place. Dogs usually learn to put up with them, though most owners have to keep putting them back on when they come off. Along with keeping the dog’s ears out of his food, the purpose of the snood is to keep the ears clean and keep the long ear hair from breaking off. Think of them as turbans for dogs. As you can imagine, snoods come in all kinds of colors and prints.

 

Along with these fashions, there are many other things used for grooming and showing dogs that can come in a variety of colors and styles. Brushes and other grooming accessories can come in different colors is you would like to have your tools match your dog’s things. Even shears come in pink, blue, and other colors if you would like to invest in colors. Dog shows can be as fashionable as you would like to make them.