Wednesday, March 26, 2014

From Parents to Pooches: Onesies for all the Family (Guest Post)

The popularity of the onesie has really taken off in recent years, and it is not uncommon to see an entire household wearing them, including our four-legged friends. Described by the Daily Mail as an “all-in-one fashion phenomenon,” no longer are these outfits just for snuggling up in while watching the telly. Weddings, funerals and other equally serious events have all been attended by people wearing onesies.

Even family pets have been seen rocking this huge fashion trend. So where can you find a good range of onesies? A huge selection is available at, with designs and sizes to suit all the family. Whether you want to match your pet’s onesie, prefer something a little wilder like a lion or tiger design, or are drawn to simple patterns in warm, cosy materials, all needs can be catered for.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day
So many dog and cat owners love to dress up their pets these days, that there is even a National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Originally introduced in 2009 by animal behaviourist, Colleen Paige, the day is a celebration of our love for pets, and sparks national interest not only here and in America, but globally.

Embraced by pet lovers around the world, this year’s special day was 14th January, and resulted in a huge number of photos on the internet showing pets wearing onesies. Some were functional, others were cute, but most were very funny and the pets’ expressions said it all!

Even hamsters had their own little costumes, but what of the humans? Did they also sport this new fashion item on the big day? The answer in many cases was a firm, “Yes.” They say that owners eventually look like their pets, but on National Dress Up Your Pet Day, the likeness was uncanny.

Do you love them or hate them?
Often seen as a follow-on from the ‘Slanket’ – basically a blanket with sleeves – the onesie seems to be something that people either love or hate. The Telegraph reported that a Norwegian company called ‘OnePiece’ have been credited with making the onesie into a fashion statement, and it has certainly taken off across Europe.

As with other fashion trends, celebrity endorsements by the likes of Brad Pitt, Rihanna and Justin Bieber have elevated onesie-wearing to new heights. It does not take long for high street and online shops to offer new trends once they are seen on an A-list celebrity, but the unusual aspect of this particular trend is its added association with pets.

Pet onesies not only ensure they stand out from the crowd, they also make it easier to keep your furry friends warm and dry. They can be cute, macho or just plain practical, with waterproof and windproof designs that are great for long-haired pets.

So where do you stand on the great onesie fashion debate? More importantly, would you buy one for your pet? As far as pets are concerned, they do provide a level of warmth and comfort particularly for smooth-haired animals, and this might just describe why they are so popular with humans too. 

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Julie G. said...

Haha... my cousin is always dressing her dogs up. I think it is cute and funny. I love seeing all her pictures on facebook.

teresa herrera-honores said...

Haha I love the onesies for the pets super cute! i love seeing them dressed up when i had a small doggy i would always do it! love the whole trend of everyone dressing the same too!

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