Essentials for the fashion-forward dog
Bruiser Woods (or his handler) might have been onto something in 2001’s “Legally Blonde.” The fashionable Chihuahua companion to Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods seemed to wear a new outfit as often as his mistress. Fourteen years later, the dog fashion industry is intent on making sure your pet is pampered in style. A Google search finds such results as Shea butter shampoo and conditioner for $14 at Harry Barker, leopard-print bikinis at Bitch NY for $33, a My Canine Kid reversible parka for $56 and a waterproof raincoat by Hurrta for $75. (If getting ready to go out is just too exhausting, there’s a luxury dog sofa by Snoozer for $190 and a Refined Canine chaise longue for $258.)Laurren Darr, of the International Assn. of Pet Fashion Professionals, credits celebrities such as Paris Hilton, who took her Chihuahua around in diamond collars, for the industry’s rise. The American Pet Products Assn. says the U.S. pet care industry will top $60 billion for the first time this year. Almost $14.4 billion of it will be spent on pet supplies, including clothes. What are some essentials for the fashion-forward dog? We asked some local experts for recommendations.
D.O.G. Pet Boutique (Dogs of Glamour) can help set your pooch apart in the dog park with its fashions .