LOVE ME, LOVE MY DOG…. and my dog hair!
If you know me, you know I am a dog lover. And I better be — I live in a house with TWO dogs who shed their pearly white hair all over my primarily Classic Black wardrobe. It’s a “look”, for sure! (That’s Max above, laughing at me and my lint roller!)
I guess I am not the only one in this love/hate relationship. Seattle Writer Britt Thorson shared a Dog Mom’s wardrobe for Rover.com’s FOR DOG PEOPLE blog. Let me just say, I like her style!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like a human lint roller, when all you wanted was a simple cuddle with your favorite pet? Or how about walking away from a seemingly purrfect encounter with a cat only to find tiny holes in your favorite shirt? Dogs and cats are often the light of our lives, but gosh durn it if they don’t bring a certain wear and tear to our wardrobe.
When it comes to physical contact with cats and dogs, the biggest and most common offender is pet hair and fur. It gets everywhere: in and on clothes, bedsheets, cars, couch cushions, your mouth. Even the most chic, put-together outfit can be rendered shabby with enough hair on it.
Luckily, there’s a bit of a trick to shopping when you have animals (and it’s better than the family size pack of lint rollers). I both A) have a dog and B) successfully dress myself professionally every day—or I’d like to hope—and here is what I’ve learned:
- In general, fabrics such as chiffon, silk, and satin repel hair like it’s their job. These fabrics are good for light contact with pets and PERFECT for Holiday dressing!
- Denim, denim, denim. One of the hardest-working materials in the pet-proof apparel game. Jeans, jackets, skirts: you will get your money’s worth with any of these staples in your wardrobe.
- Other materials such as leather, faux-leather, and vinyl fabrics also stand up better to wear, tear, and random pouncings from paws with claws.
- AND FINALLY — YES! Spandex and synthetic fabrics like nylon and poly blends generally resist shed hair well, with the added benefit of being a little more durable than the more delicate materials above which are more prone to holes.
P.S. — you’ll note that she recommends poly blend fabrics, EXACTLY like Storyline Collection’s custom-created Matte Jersey. It’s ultra matchable, super packable, easy-care, easy-wear, easy to de-dog-hair BY DESIGN! ENJOY your pets!