The National Retail Federation estimates that American’s will spend a whopping $350 million this year on pet Halloween costumes. Finally the days are winding down when the neighbors call you the “crazy dog person” who dresses up their dog.
I am often asked this question “Dara, I can’t decide on what to dress my dog up as for Halloween. What is your advice?”
Tune into the Better Show October 28,2014 for my Halloween dog costume trends fashion show and tips for choosing the right costume. Check local listings for time, but in the mean time you can read my tips below to help you get started.
1. Age–older dogs are less likely to chew on a costume unlike a teething puppy who might turn it chew toy and possibly choke on materials.
2. Size & Shape-think about the size and shape of your dog. A large Yellow Lab or Bulldog might make a better Hamburger than a poodle.
3. Measure your dog carefully-Take careful measurements of your dogs chest, length of his body from base of neck to base of tail, weight, neck and waist. Be sure to compare your dogs measurements to the size chart on the costume. You would be surprised at how being one once off on your measurements and blow your entire costume idea.
4. Brush and groom your dog-Give your dog a through brushing before putting the costume on. It will reduce loose pet hair on the costume and your pooch will look extra spiffy!
OwlyStore on Etsy.com has created a collection of adorable, tiny dogs and their “scary Halloween Pug” is simply brilliant!
These little art pieces make special gifts and also make very PupStylish Halloween decor for our home or office. The designer will even custom make a personalized version of your own dog. Think holiday gifst…LOOOVE! $23.00
Dara Foster appear’s on The Better Show today featuring Fall 2014 fashion trends!
3 Key Trends for dogs this coming Fall:
-Orange is the New Black: Couture feather gown and hat by Classy Doggie Designs by Linda Higgins
-Checks & Plaids: Plaid Tutu harness dress by KO Couture , Fabu Leash & Collar available at DoggieCoutureShop.com
-Need for Tweed: Tweed coat & Barking Babies hat available at DoggieCoutureShop.com, velvet crystal leash and collar by http://www.mhughu.com
-Better TV Co-Hose Mo is wearing a trendy plaid bow-tie collar by TheRoverBoutique.com and top hat by Barking Babies from DoggieCoutureShop.com
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FASHION SHOW!
While your fur baby may not be riding the bus to kindergarten, it’s always a fun time of year to play around with Fall back-to-school fashion your pup as the leaves start to change and the smell of #2 pencils are in the air.
One of the hottest fashion trends in both the human and pet fashion world is plaids and checks. I am trend-spotting plaids and checks on every thing from boy dog shirts, bow ties, dresses and even plaid accents mixed with tweeds.
Comfort and safety always come first, so while the weather is still too hot for full fashion, play around with a plaid bow-tie collar or plaid flower collar for the girlie dogs. Stay tuned for more of my Fall Back-To-School pet fashion trends on PupStyle.com. Keep on PupStyling!!!
If you are a design junkie like myself, you know that chevon prints are everywhere right now. The high quality dog bed brand, Jax & Bones is spot on with their trendy orange Chevron printed dog bed.
I like to think of dog beds in the same light as throw pillows to re-fresh your space. They are a beautiful home fashion accessory that can accent the color to your home decor.
Dara’s Pet Home Styling Tip: Match the colors of your dog bed to your sofa throw pillows, a bed spread, rug, throw blanket on your couch or even lamps. Just tie in the color or prints…even mix with metallics!
Today on PupStyle Home we feature KoolDog Modern Dog House on Kickstarter.
KickStarter is quickly becoming a treasure trove of pet product innovation. You can find passionate entrepreneurs looking to fund everything from high-tech pet fitness gadgets to modern dog houses. The Kool Dog House is one of the most artistic and functional dog dens I’ve seen in a while. It actually sooooo COOOOL that it was chosen as a Kickstarter Staff Pick.
This baby is built to last from sleek design to it’s metal construction and the super fabric by Crypton they use on their washable slip covers. The designer Ki Park has really given through thought to every design feature of this den. It’s simply beautiful and is home furnishing accessory for both YOU and your PET.
I look forward to watching this awesome design come to market! Keep your eye on this brand gang!
We all know upcycling s a hot trend and it’s sweeping across the pet industry. If you are looking for the ultimate upcycled conversation piece and pet bed all rolled into one, you have arrived to the right destination web travelers.
LuckyLenoreVintage takes old TV’s and turns them into whimsical pet bed. Ideal for your little fur baby weather it barks or meows.
Each piece is hand-made and only ships in the USA $99.
Etsy.com is one of our fav go-to sources for unique all things pet related. The pet theme home Furnishing trend is growing by leaps and bounds. You can find everything from dog salt & pepper shakers to decorative mod dog throw pillows for your home.
The Artwerks shop on Etsy.com created these super kewl mod, painted dog pillows. If you are looking for bold color look no further. They come in a variety of background colors ranging from Orange, blue, pink, purple and more $39.99.
At PupStyle.com, we believe if a dog toy is in your home and on the floor it should look stylish good! These cute, “Wollies” by Jaxx & Bones are eco friendly, made from boiled wool with reinforced stitching for strength and a super squeaker to boot! Offered in a variety of sizes and prices start at $11.
One of the fastest expanding sectors in the pet space is home furnishings. It varies from the modern & serious, traditional Americana, Euro-sleek to cheeky fun.
The PupStyle office has a tradition of “cupcake friday’s” where we end the day pigging out on cupcakes. We thought it was time to show you how your dog can have sweet dreams.
Beerd van Stokkum designs these cool conversation piece cupcake dog beds, that also can be used as a sand box, a plant holder perhaps even a dog bath tub? They offer round cushion inserts for ultra fluff.
$149 Euros. Made from synthetic materials available in a rainbow of colors.
$99 Euros Round cushion insert.
Happy Friday PupStylers! If you have this look on your face, it’s time for the weekend.
If your kids are board this summer and dying to style a dog fashion show yet it’s just burning hot outside? Buy them the PupStyle Sticker book by Dara Foster. This is the 4th book in the popular Scholastic PupStyle book series. $6.29 at Amazon.com .
PupStyle team member and children’s editor, Parker Foster Spooner has created this fun summer DIY pet fashion bow tie project for you to try out.
Step one: Select any duct tape you like but prints are really trendy especially all things with mustaches.
Step two: Cut a piece of length suitable for the size of your dog. We made ours extra small to fit Mr. Bernard our resident Chihuahua in charge.
Step 3: Fold the strip you cut in half.
Step 4: Pinch the piece you folded in half to look like a bow tie or similar to fan folding.
Step 5: Cut a small strip of tape and fold it in half to create a loop to secure the bow tie to the dog collar.
We are proud to introduce Mr. Oliver as the new CEO of PupStyle.com!
Oliver was adopted by us from North Shore Animal League and his former employment experience includes, entertaining the ladies in a puppy mill as a stud muffin. Mr. Oliver has since retired, vowing never to return to the puppy mill. Naturally, he his fully embracing dog luxury and a blessing to our team!
Mr. Oliver puts out fires all day long….job of the CEO!!