Even the style frontier of New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is now stocking dog dressmaker forms in larger sizes. By the way, FIT now offers a professional certificate in pet product design and marketing.
Everything about that last paragraph seems insane, but let’s plow ahead, shall we?
“Every dog today needs boots,” FIT’s managing coordinator Joan Volpe told Reuters. “Every dog needs a raincoat. Every dog needs a sweater.”
I don’t know what she was thinking, because obviously every dog also needs a tutu (yes, even the male dogs: this is fashion, people), and she left that off her list.
Since I read it on the Internet, I know it must be true, so off I went in search of this plethora of big dog fashion. Here’s what I learned: there are indeed a bunch of cute clothes for dogs that come in, shall we say, plus sizes. However, most of it is modeled by the skinny
word for female dogs that would fit here perfectly ladies.
It’s just like human fashion. Weird.
Looking for cute stuff for your big-boned beauty? You’re definitely more likely to find what you’re looking for online, rather than in a brick-and-mortar shop. Some websites, such as Doggie Clothesline and Doggie Couture Shop offer special clothing departments for large dogs. PetSmart lets you sort your options by breed size. For amazing custom work, your best bet is definitely Etsy, where several different designers allow you to order clothes and accessories made to fit your dog’s exact measurements. Custom work can sometimes run into big bucks, but the items I’ve included in this post are definitely in the more affordable range.
Below are sixteen different looks–ranging from super-functional to fun and frilly–for larger breeds. There’s more out there than this, but I only included items that were modeled by large dogs, because I’d like to encourage the pet modeling world to embrace size diversity. If the dress was only modeled by the canine equivalent of a size 0, they didn’t make the cut for this post!
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