I adore animal motifs. Dogs. Cats. Owls. Even squirrels if adorning a fabulous coat, such as this one in Dolce & Gabbana’s fall 2014 collection.
Moving on to what I can afford: In honor of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, I put together a list of my eight favorite dog-motif pieces currently in stores. That’s right: Unlike the clothes being shown through Thursday in NYC, these can be bought and worn right now.
More than a few friends have sent me a link to this blouse, as they know my love of the Boston Terrier breed regularly works its way into outfits. $78. (Note: I see BTs, but others spy Frenchies. You decide.)
Plaid, houndstooth and solid Scotties adorn this adorable dress, with heart and paw shapes completing the bold print. Pair with a black cardigan and wear well into fall. $67.99.
This lightweight scarf/shawl makes the perfect transitional accessory. It comes in purple or almost-red Dachshunds on an ivory background. $22.95.
Another find on Modcloth (and expect a few more, as the online retailer understands the appeal of dog motifs), this one allows you to subtly incorporate Frenchies into a work outfit. $34.99.
I like when designers use an animal motif as part of a larger pattern, offering a surprise to those who look closely. This dress comes in amethyst (above) and blueberry (top). $398. (Note: Not in my price range, but go for it if in yours!)
Another transitional blouse, this one features a generic large-breed dog in camel against a navy background. $39.99.
Layer this comfy sweatshirt screen printed with an Italian Greyhound over anything you like. The eco-friendly artist uses other breeds as well in her work, including BTs, Puggles, Labrador Retrievers, Pit Bulls and dozens more. $36.
Another bold print, this one features Corgis among other fluffballs. Lovers of the short-legged breed have left glowing reviews of the dress online. $54.99.
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