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Dara Foster

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Spring Dog Coats

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Spring time is here. The birds are singing and dogs are howling “Get me outside!” The weather during early morning and late afternoon walks can be unpredictable, often leaving your best friend out in the cold. There is no need to torture your dog with cold, wet temperatures when there are so many great spring and summer coats, hoodies, and parkas from which to choose.

While fashion is often in the eye of the beholder, it’s hard to argue with good quality workmanship that you can readily see, touch, and feel. The high-end dog fashion market is growing in leaps and bounds, and there’s something to fit everyone’s style without sacrificing quality. Look for tiny details like tight seams and good fabrics, and don’t pay a high price for dog clothing just because it’s pink.

When shopping for a dog coat, hoodie, or parka, be sure to get accurate size measurements by measuring the length of the dog from the base of its neck to the base of its tail. Also, give some thought to the environment in which your dog will be wearing his or her coat. You wouldn’t want to put a fancy Coach coat on a beagle who rummages through a field.

Below are the Best Of The Best spring and summer dog coats, hoodies, and parkas which are sure to add a little pep to your dog’s step. Dogs know when they look good!

Best Spring - Summer Dog Coats, Hoodies, and Parkas by Dara Foster

The Best You Can Get

  • Coach - Tattersall Dog Coat

    Dara says: Coach was one of the first of the "big name" fashion labels to manufacture luxury dog accessories and to build an entire ad campaign around them. They have a trusted, quality brand name for shoes, bags, and other small leather goods, and their dog apparel collection is equally worthy. Unlike some of the other major fashion designers introducing dog clothing, they pay high attention to workmanship and don't skimp on the details. The result is a great coat for layering during chilly spring walks.

    • XS - XL
    • Tattersall fabric with napa leather trim
    • Adjustable strap with brass turn-lock fastener
  • Vivienne Westwood - 2851 Tartan Dog Coat Beige

    Dara says: Famed British designer, Vivienne Westwood, debuted her new dog clothing line at Harrods’s annual Pet a Porter fashion show last year driving all the fashionistas wild. Her Tartan Dog Coats collection delivers a fresh take on traditional tartan plaids by using funky oranges and blues to keep it trendy yet classic. It's the perfect designer staple to own because of its fashion versatility and quality workmanship. This coat can easily be paired with a punk rock T-shirt or layered with a cashmere Turtle Neck for a preppy look. This is a great way to own a new Vivienne Westwood classic without going bankrupt.

    • S - L
    • Leather edging and strap with metal belt buckle
    • Small side pocket
    • Lined with the classic Vivienne Westwood Orb lining
  • Chi Wow Wow - Marvel Comics Hoodie

    Dara says: Harness your dog’s inner super hero with one of dog fashion's most unique designer labels, Chi Wow Wow. Founder Carolyn Paxton recently licensed the rights to produce an entire collection of dog clothing sporting half a dozen of your favorite Marvel characters’ costumes. Chi Wow Wow is famous for making dog clothing from vintage, recycled T-shirts and manufacturing every thing in the “good ol’ USA”. These cuties are extremely well made and can be tossed in the laundry for a quick wash with no problems. Hands down, they are one of the best fitting, high-quality dog hoodies around.

    • XXS - XXL
    • 4-way stretch cotton lycra fabric
    • Made in the USA
  • Wag Wear - Nylon Rain Vest

    Dara says: It's impossible to list the "Best of the Best" dog coats without mentioning Wag Wear. This brand is a staple in the luxury dog sportswear market and one of the few dog brands to make it onto the first floor of Barney's, New York. Wag Wear's clever Nylon Rain Vest is designed to easily fold up into a pouch at the end of a leash making it extremely handy for those unexpectedly wet spring walks. The vest comes with a matching collar and leash to compete the look.

    • Waterproof nylon fabric
    • XS - L
    • Innovative design
    • Folds up into a pouch on the leash
  • Pink Polka Dog - Cherry Pie Hoodie

    Dara says: Former Fashion designer, Miyuki Takesako, was bitten by the dog fashion flea when she rescued a malnourished Chihuahua in 2002. Each Pink Polka Dog garment is handcrafted by Miyuki in her L.A. studio with careful attention paid to every detail. Her trendy designs won her international publicity when they were strolled down the catwalk at Pet Fashion Week Tokyo in January 2008. The Cherry Pie Hoodie is the perfect option for a girly dog who wants to maintain her cool, urban groove.

    • XS - XL
    • 100% cotton jersey knit
    • Machine washable
    • Leash hole on back

You will be happy with any of these

  • Juicy Couture - Garden Plaid Hoodie

    Dara says: Juicy Couture, best known for their sexy, hip-hugging, velour track suites, now has a cute collection of velour dog hoodies to match. No longer will your dog be giving you the evil eye when she sees you suiting up in your favorite Juicy jams. The Garden Colors Plaid Hoodie is well cut and a cinch to wash. It also makes a great beach cover up if your dog is prone to sunburn. It’s at a great price for high-style and designer label.

    • XS - L
    • Signature Juicy Couture velour
    • Garden colors plaid
    • White banded trim
    • Scottie embroidery on hood; Juicy embroidery on back
  • Modruff - Spirit Dragon

    Dara says: With its worldwide debut recently on the runways at Pet Fashion Week Tokyo, Modruff's unique sculpted dog wear has taken the dog fashion world by storm. Their natural rubber materials and painstakingly detailed construction make for the most unique dog clothing in the world. Modruff's designer was inspired by a weather manipulating Spirit Dragon (Hyorinmaru) and built up the dragon’s body shape through applying multiple layers of rubber.

    • XXS - L
    • Lined in faux fur
    • Extremely innovative design and use of materials
    • Waterproof and resistant against scrapes and scratches
    • Great conversation piece
  • Ralph Lauren - Trench Coat

    Dara says: Giant American Designer Ralph Lauren understands fashion junkies come in all shapes and sizes including the four legged kind. The Ralph Lauren Trench Coat screams spring classic with its sharp collar, angled button-flap pockets, and oversized leather buckle. Self-belt at the waist with oversized rectangular leather buckle. Angled button-flap well pockets at the sides, buttoned back vent. The details are well crafted and it can easily be layered over a t-shirt.

    • XS - L
    • Substantial brushed cotton canvas fabric
    • Straight point collar with adjustable buttoned chin strap, double-breasted throat closure, and buttoned side yoke
    • Finished with a discreet leash hole at the back neck and a subtly curved bottom
    • 80% cotton, 20% polyester. Machine washable.
  • Kwigy-Bo - Nantucket Jacket

    Dara says: Every spoiled dog deserves to stay warm and dry and the Nantucket Jacket by Kwigy-Bo does it with sass. The Velcro Closure makes it easy to put on and take off, a key attribute when trying to dress a wiggly one. This coat is a classic with the contrasting striped lining and rope accents on the back. Kwigy-Bo has also been around for several years and has made a name for itself by designing quality clothing that will last for a long time.

    • XS - L
    • Nylon fabric available in pink, yellow, or navy blue
    • Contrasting striped lining
    • Zip off hood
    • Velcro Closure
  • Fab Dog - Argyle Vest

    Dara says: Transitioning into spring couldn't be easier with this snappy little Argyle Sky Vest from Fab Dog. The faux fur hood is detachable, making it easy to pop on your pooch’s collar once Mother Nature turns up the spring heat. This is a great transitional piece and can be worn almost year round.

    • XXS - XXL
    • Has removable hood with faux fur trim
    • Pretty pink and kelly green colors
    • Embroidered argyle stripe

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