9 dog holiday outfits that get two paws up
Three dogs. Nine outfits. One happy writer.
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Will your pets be ready to conquer their unprecedented holiday plans with unprecedented style this year? We have a lineup of cute and cozy dog holiday outfits that’ll brighten everyone’s season, from a knit sweater for dogs walking in a winter wonderland to a charming bow tie that your cat can rock all night long (if they agree to keep it on that long).
Whether it’s just you and your pets this holiday season or you’re preparing to show them off at a social-distanced celebration, there will be endless photo opportunities when you get one of these accessories, outfits, or toys from Chewy. I ordered a whole mix of sizes and enlisted a number of (extremely amateur) dog models.
Here are some of the best dog holiday outfits and accessories, as modeled by Gordy (30 lbs.), Rocky (70 lbs.), and Denny (50 lbs.).
1. This sweater perfect for Rudolph fans
Rocky has never been more prepared for a Zoom Christmas party than he is in this sweater. It fits him perfectly and the material feels like it will hold up well over time. This is a versatile piece for your pet’s holiday wardrobe because it’s warm and festive without going into costume territory.
Reindeer with teeny pom-pom noses make this sweater pop. The pullover reindeer sweater is relatively easy to put on and take off, and its design allows pets to go potty while they’re wearing it. I look forward to Denny and Rocky wearing this for holiday seasons to come.
2. A happy holiday hoodie
I love this hoodie! The bright color and shiny graphic make it a lovely piece for the holidays. It seems warm and comfy for the dogs, so it’s an exceptionally great buy for pups who live in cold climates. Denny fit comfortably in the sweatshirt and she didn’t mind wearing it around at all. It's made from high-quality fabric and I think it will hold up for many holiday seasons to come. Dog hoodies like this one can be worn inside for holiday parties but they can also serve as an outdoor jacket, even in the snow!
3. This gorgeous knitted cap
Whether he’s out chasing snowballs or relaxing at a bonfire, Rocky will look cute and stylish in this knitted hat. It’s an accessory your pet can wear all season long, not just for the holidays. The navy blue and white pattern is stylish, and you could probably find your own matching hat somewhere!
The hat fastens around the dog’s neck and has ear holes, as well as an adjustable chin strap. I was hoping that the ear holes would stabilize the hat and help it stay in place more, but for all three of my dog models, the ear holes were too large, so the pups’ soft, floppy ears slid out every time we tried to secure them.
4. These festive pajamas perfect for movie night
There’s nothing like putting on your coziest jammies during the holiday season—just ask Gordy. Between the irresistibly soft fabric and the prevalence of festive llamas carrying gifts, it was love at first sight for me. However, the design makes getting your pet secured a difficult process.
The onesie goes over your pet’s back and has holes for their head and all four paws. There isn’t any way to loosen the top portion to allow for easy access, and the back paws slots were also difficult to get his legs into. The elastic design in the back, which allows the dogs to go potty with their PJs on, looks a little odd but it definitely still works for photoshoots and giggles if you’re dedicated to the holiday spirit.
5. No-fuss bandanas for all pups
Jaunty kerchiefs and dogs were meant to be together, and there’s no reason cats can’t get in on the fun. This holiday season two-pack includes a navy blue bandana with Christmas graphics and a grey Happy New Year bandana. The bandanas are made from polyester instead of cotton, so the material is a bit slippier than a traditional bandana.
My one qualm? It’s a minor one, but I found it tricky to tie the New Year bandana in such a way that all the text remains visible when it’s folded over. The grey and yellow color scheme still looks great, though, so it’s still an excellent choice for a hint of the holidays.
6. A four-legged Santa
I’ve always found this costume style, where it looks like the dog is walking on two legs, absolutely hilarious. This was my first time actually putting one on a pet, and the experience did not disappoint. The front walking costume also comes with a Santa hat/beard combo headpiece to really complete the look.
The main piece velcros around the pet’s neck, then you secure the “legs” to their front paws with elastic. The size of the elastic band can’t be adjusted, so they kept slipping down Gordy’s paws. Even though he didn’t keep the hat on long, Sir Gordon looks amazing, and I think we can all agree that he’s the jolliest Santa around.
7. The perfect LBD for New Year's
As soon as I saw this sassy little number, I knew Denny needed it. The sparkly white skirt is paired with a black top, which is accented with a gold bow and “Cheers” graphic. This one-piece outfit goes over your pet’s back, slips around your pet’s front paws and velcros down the chest, so it’s easier to put on and take off than pullover items. The top of the dress was a little tight on Denny due to her chest-centric body shape, but she didn’t seem to mind wearing it around anyway, despite what her unenthusiastic modeling might imply.
It’s the perfect look for your pets’ socially distant New Years' celebration. I wish there was a human version of this outfit so we could match, a la American Girl Dolls.
8. Big toys for big personalities
This toy is available in three sizes, and I completely underestimated what “large” meant. The biggest present truly looks like a toy for Clifford The Big Red Dog. I didn’t initially think my dogs would be interested because the toys seemed difficult for them to hold, but Denny actually loves fetching the medium-sized gift.
Some dogs may have a hard time getting their mouths around all that fabric or squeezing the squeaker that’s buried deep within. However, the plush presents also look great as decorations under the tree when the pups aren’t playing with them, so I consider this toy a big win.
9. A fancy bowtie for fancy pups
Frisco’s red and black plaid bow tie is the perfect holiday accessory for pets who aren’t comfortable wearing shirts or sweaters. It can be fastened to any pet’s collar and it’s unobtrusive as your pet goes about their businesses.
Other pet bow ties I’ve purchased have an elastic band that goes around the pet’s head, which seems to be the preferred style. I prefer this velcro style for my dogs since the elastic band will become stretched out over time. However, my cat doesn’t wear a collar so she had to miss out on the fancy fun.
Unfortunately, the bow tie we tested is out of stock, but it's still adorable to look at.
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