With spring and summer right around the corner, you're probably already planning your next outdoor adventure with your pet. And while you stock up on all your summer essentials, like a fresh pair of kicks or a new bathing suit to add to your ever-growing collection, don't forget to upgrade an essential travel pet accessory: the pet carrier! But don't pick up any 'ole carrier. Make it as stylish as you.
We talked to a pet style expert on the hottest cat and dog carriers and how you can coordinate with your furry friend without sacrificing your own personal style, whether you’re embarking on your next road trip, hopping a flight or simply on-the-go.
Shine Bright with Fluorescents
After a few years of one-foot-in, one-foot-out, fluorescents are finally cementing themselves as a key trend, says Dara Foster, a New York-based pet style expert, author and former fashion stylist. And, of course, that extends to your very good boys and girls. Foster has spotted neon brights in everything from pet carriers to poo bag holders.
For pets: We love Ibiyaya's showstopping stroller, which is available in several super-bright hues, including neon green, bright orange and hot pink. The best part? It functions as a stroller, too, making the trek or commute an easier and smoother one. We also like Pet Life's 360° Vista View House Folding Zippered Dog Carrier. Available in orange, the carrier features a built-in leash holder and Sherpa padding inside for a comfy ride.
For pet parents: Fluorescents is a fabulous trend to embrace while on your way to the airport or hopping on the train with your pet. Wear a statement top or dress that shines just as bright as your carrier this season.
Look, black goes with everything. A black ensemble is both perfect for a meeting-filled day at the office (with your pup in tow, of course!) and for a post-work dog-friendly happy hour.
For pets: We love Wild One's Cotton Everyday Dog Carrier, which is a sleek carrier made of durable canvas and suitable for pups up to 25 pounds; and Pet Life's Air-Venture Dual-Zip Airline Approved Panoramic Circular Travel Carrier, which can carry pets up to 18 pounds.
For pet parents: Match with an all-black ensemble, or pair it with some brightly colored athleisure. You can do whatever you want!
Cargo and Camo
That's right, cargo and camouflage are both in this spring and summer. And while you're rocking the trend, let your pet do the same via their carrier.
For pets: Boulevard's Milo Dog Carrier in camo is a collapsible, lightweight bag with mesh panels and a padded leather shoulder strap; and Cosmo Furbabies' Canvas/Duffle Bag Style Carrier has a side mesh panel and features a sherpa lining insert.
For pet parents: We're eyeing Lululemon's sleek Light Utilitech Cargo Pocket High-Rise Pant in natural ivory; and for camo, Lucky Brand sells a great camo-print utility jacket.
Mesh Is In
Mesh shoes dominated the 2023 runways, and Pinterest has included "airy styles," like lace, tulle and ruffles, as a hot trend for this year. So, why not embrace the "airy" trend with a fabulous, breathable mesh pet carrier?
For pets: We love Frisco's Premium Airline Compliant Dog & Cat Quilted Carrier Bag. It has mesh paneling throughout and features a sherpa mat and roomy interior, making for a luxurious travel pet carrier. For those already planning their summer road trip, Pet Gear's View 360 Booster Travel System Carrier is a great for the car, and it's made of a lightweight, ventilated mesh to keep your dog or cat cool.
For pet parents: Have your own tulle moment this summer with this gorgeous Hutch Pleated Tulle Skirt from Anthropologie or this adorable Alice + Olivia Dreema Tulle Shirt Mini Dress.
Have a small pet that fits into a sling? Opt for a neutral hue that'll match practically anything you wear.
For pets: We like SlowTon's Hands-Free Padded & Adjustable Sling Dog & Cat Carrier and Katziela Expandable Sling Dog & Cat Carrier. Katziela's pet carrier is airline-approved and collapsible, while SlowTon's pet carrier is available in two neutral grey hues and can carry pets up to 13 pounds.
For pet parents: On the way to the office? Pair the sling with a sleek, lightweight blazer, like Madewell's Larsen Blazer. With a neutral-hued sling, don't be afraid to combine with color.
Who Doesn't Love Leather?
We’ve talked at length about carriers, but what about your pet’s accessories, like leashes? “If you're more dressed up for work, you'll want to think about a leather leash, for example,” Foster says. And the best part? It's a big trend this year.
For pets: We love Soft Touch Collars' Leather Braided Two-Tone Handle Dog Leash and their Leather Two-Tone Padded Dog Collar. They're available in brown and black and duo tones, like brown and pink and black and beige.
For pet parents: Neutral tones pair nicely with a chic leather leash. Or, why not match the leather with Pantone's Color of the Year, Viva Magenta?
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