Pet Outfits: You've seen them drawing you in with Instagram ads and taking over the pet stores throughout the holiday season. They're everywhere and I can't be the first person who has thought about or caved to buying one before. However I've come to a few realizations over the last few years in continuously buying these "pet outfits". I bought my first pet costume for my old pup Beau for Halloween, he was a little weenie (hotdog) and as much as I loved it, he posed for a picture and never wore it again. First realization, are they worth the dough for a one time show? I've tried countless times, but they never really seem to workout in the long run. Whether the holiday ends or they grow out if it, I don't think I've ever reused an outfit, but without a doubt I bought one again. My little cutie Bella loves to be outside, but has the shortest hair and always shivers in the cold seasons. Of course the first thing that came to my mind was that this was the perfect opportunity to dress my baby girl up. I saw this Burberry looking coat at PetCo and it was a done deal. Now while she was all innocent when we first got her at 8 weeks old, she would tolerate me putting her in a tiny fur coat, not that she wouldn't now, but her reaction to it has changed. When you first get a puppy you learn quickly that they are willing to do and try anything to impress you. As they get older, it turns into a game of "I'll do anything ...for a treat." Fast forward to this year when I got Bella and Nicky matching Ugg sweaters for the winter, they gladly put them on, but I could tell they hated every second of it. This is when I had my second realization with these outfits: they're cute and all, but am I really trying to punish my pet for my own personal enjoyment?
Welp, third time's a charm right? This Christmas I was on Instagram when an Ad popped up for Icon Dogwear, which is an urban dog boutique where you can get high-end fashion inspired dog wear. Looking at this picture I'm sure my thought processes were pretty obvious, but I wanted to surprise Jake by getting the two pups matching Supreme x LV hoodies. If you know my fashion-forward husband, this was hilarious, but the rest of you probably think we're insane. Now while the picture turned out adorable, it was a struggle and a half to get Bella into this hoodie. I had ordered them online and was sure to measure the dogs so that I could match their stuff up with the size chart to ensure it fit. However when they came, neither one of the dogs could fully get it on and it was this moment I had my third andfinal realization: pets vary in size and shape so ultimately these size guides aren't universal to every breed of dog. While the inches measured for their back, neck, and chest were spot on to the size chart, I couldn't get the thing over Nicky's shoulders and Bella's arms were in no way making it through the tiny holes provided without stretching or ripping the thing in half. Not to mention, does anyone know their dogs measurements in inches off the top of your head? Try putting a tape measure around your dogs neck one day... it's not ideal. This isn't to say that sizing would be better suited based on weight because a 60 lb. pit is definitely going to be a different shape than a 60 lb. golden, but I'm not in the line of work for dog fashion so this isn't my job to figure out. Ultimately and unfortunately my success rate with dressing up my dogs is definitely in the negative, but that's not to say I've given up hope. If you have a brand of dog wear that you recommend (and your dog actually enjoys/benefits from wearing it, in the case of the winter coats) I would love to hear your recommendations in the comment section below. Until then, if dressing up your pets is your thing I would recommend only buying outfits that you are able to have your pet try on and can easily return if it doesn't workout for you. See my pups' pet outfit journey in the gallery below: