For pet parents, fall is about more than slipping into a chunky, oversized cable knit sweater, lighting a crisp apple and cranberry-scented pet-safe candle, and warming your hands on piping-hot Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Fall is also the season of dressing your pet up in equally as cozy—and stylish—sweaters. And this season's pet sweater trends are all so adorable, you'll have a hard time choosing just one new sweater to add to your pet's fall wardrobe.
From faux cardigans and fabulous fair isle prints to playful hoodies, Chewy’s own pet apparel designer San Tran fills us in on this year’s sweater trends for dogs and cats. Spoiler alert: They’re equal parts comfy and stylish—as they should be.
It’s a fall wardrobe staple: the cardigan button-up. But don’t worry, pet parents; the pet version of these classic sweaters are faux cardigans, meaning you won’t have to fasten every button. They’re simply there to look pretty, like the pearl buttons seen on Frisco’s Faux Cardigan Sweater.
“The faux cardigan sweater is cute, warm and funny—and reminds us of our grandparents' sweater cardigan sitting on the porch,” Tran says.
For sweaters with flair and personality, look no further than patch-adorned sweaters, like Frisco’s collegiate-style Teal Button Down Sweater featuring travel-themed patches and Chilly Dog’s Wool Sweater with it’s “Squirrel Patrol” patch.
“Patches bring that adventurous feeling to anything you place it on, so why not on our favorite clothing for winter, a sweater?” Tran asks.
Turtlenecks aren't just a relic of the ‘90s. (Remember this iconic Joey Tribbiani look from “Friends”?) Because believe it or not, turtlenecks are back and more fashionable than ever—for pets and their parents. And Tran’s favorite turtleneck for pets is Frisco’s Colorblock Turtleneck Sweater with Sleeves. It features a pullover design for quick dressing, a higher cut at the belly so pets can comfortably go potty, and much-needed pops of color for those particularly gray days.
“Whether your pooch has long model legs or cute little ones, sleeved turtlenecks bring sophistication. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself,” Tran says.
Colorful, Warmer Cable Knits
“It’s one of our customer’s all-time favorites: cable knits,” Tran says. And this season, Chewy designers are elevating the classic cable knit design by blending colorful knits with turtlenecks for extra comfort. “So, your pooch can stay traditionally fashionable and be ready to snuggle up by the fire," Tran says.
One of our favorite cable knit turtleneck sweaters is Frisco’s mustard-yellow Cable Knit Sweater, which is partly made with recycled plastic bottles. How cool is that?
Fabulous Fair Isle
Fair Isle sweaters, which feature a style of knitting characterized by bands of multicolored geometric patterns, are also a favorite among pet parents (to buy for themselves and their pets), Tran says—and for a reason. The classic statement sweater never goes out of style; and this season, you’ll have more fair isle pet sweaters to choose from in trendier colors and designs.
Our favorite? Chilly Dog's Teal Alpaca Fair Isle Dog Sweater. The bright pink and teal and green colors are fresh and eye-catching. Plus, it's made with organic fair-trade wool sourced from small Andean farms.
For those especially frigid walks, a hooded sweater comes in clutch. And this fall, they’re getting the most adorable upgrades. We’re talking antlers, pom poms and more. Some, like Frisco's Bunny Hooded Sweater, are even two-piece sets! (And oh my god do we pet parents love a good matching set.)
“Our matching hats feature adorable animal ears, and they’re warm, comfortable and look great. What's not to love?” Tran says.
Don’t Forget to Measure Your Pet
Wait! Before you add that dog or cat sweater to your cart, are you sure you’re ordering the correct size?
“In the pet world, sizing isn't universal yet—meaning not all brands are the same and not all dogs are the same size or build. Our team pays very close attention and works hard to deliver accurate measurements when it comes to fitting. [And] while it is our priority to do our best, we cannot stress enough to please measure your pet to ensure the best fit with your purchase, as every dog is unique,” Tran says.
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