Don’t fear the cold snap. It’s the perfect excuse to shop for chunky knit sweaters, faux fur-fringed parkas and snug booties—for your dog, that is. Dog winter clothes not only serve a functional purpose—keeping your pup protected from cold temps and salty sidewalks—but they look darn good doing it.
We chatted with San Tran, who works on Chewy’s own pet fashion line, Frisco, to get the deets on this season’s pet fashion lineup, which, she says, is inspired by real-world runway trends.
“Trends such as faux fur, buffalo and [winter] plaids… and many different details and fabrics are being introduced to the line this season,” she says.
From festively-patterned PJs to sporty snowsuits, we’ve got the lowdown on the best dog winter clothes for the rest of 2020 and into the new year.
What to Consider Before Buying Winter Clothes for Your Dog
Keep these questions top of mind when shopping for dog winter clothes and accessories:
- How’s the weather? Where you live plays a key role in the kind of winter dog clothes your Alexander Pup-Queen (or King) requires. For example, if you live in the sunbelt where winter’s pretty mild, lighter garments such as dog pajamas and dog sweaters are a better fit. Conversely, dog snowsuits and winter boots are wardrobe musts in icy-cold temps with sleet and snow.
- How much hair are we working with? The more robust your dog’s natural fur coat is, the less extra padding and warmth they need. Hairless doggos, and those with less fur in general, will require garments that offer more warmth and protection.
- How’s the fit and function? Fit and function matter—a lot! For fit, Tran says it’s super important to measure your pet’s neck, chest and body length. For function, prioritize dog winter clothes that are easy to put on, take off and adjust: Think quick Velcro closures, stretchy fabrics, and helpful design details like strategic openings for collars.
- Does your dog seem comfortable? Paw-couture momentarily aside, you want to make sure your dog feels 100-percent comfortable in their garments. If your pet seems uncomfortable, try adjusting the straps, or size up or down. If that doesn’t work, it might not be a garment match.
Functional and Fashionable: Our Favorite Winter Dog Clothes
Start with these seven categories when adding to your dog’s winter wardrobe.
Dog Winters Coats & Parkas
Dog Winter Boots & Socks
Dog Winter Hats and Other Accessories