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Once a humble undergarment, the T-shirt has evolved into a wardrobe staple. Dogs love them as much as we do but prefer to pair them with a naked butt rather than jeans. Inexpensive, easy to launder, and always in fashion, there’s a T-shirt for every dog and occasion. These 10 on-trend styles will have your pup saying, “Give me a Tee!”
1. The band tee
The band tee Musical purists may find dogs donning band merch disrespectful, but the truth is, even the stinkiest dog’s band tee smells nicer than most humans at music festivals. Our dogs wear their musical taste on their backs, so these tees look best on larger breeds with wider shoulders.
2. The slogan shirt
The slogan T-shirt is limited only by font size and the English language — but certainly not by good taste. Steer clear of crude slogans, and don’t make your dog wear a “bad dog” shirt — he’ll likely find that more insulting than ironic. Remember, the smaller your dog, the shorter the slogan. Legibility is key.
3. The pampered princess
Something of a uniform for spoiled small breeds, this pink colored number is as pretty as the Chihuahuas who sport it. With all the subtlety of Paris Hilton (but not quite as dated), the power pink top should always be paired with matching accessories. The princess look is not complete without a rhinestone or big bow collar.
4. The superfan
For dogs who howl in celebration after every touchdown, licensed sports tees are the perfect fit. Available in all sizes, this style looks great on sporting dogs and those who want to feel sporty.
5. The raglan
This style staple was born on the baseball diamond, so putting a raglan on a catch-loving dog is a nice nod to the T-shirt’s sporty history (even if our pups do prefer tennis balls to baseballs). Long-legged racing breeds look great in this color-blocked, three-quarter-sleeve style.
6. The hound hoodie
Part T-shirt and part hooded sweatshirt, this top is totally cute. Sure, your dog probably won’t want to wear the hood over his ears — and he certainly won’t be warming his paws in the pocket — but short-coated breeds will appreciate the added warmth of this functional yet fashionable style. Pair with color coordinated boots for extra coziness.
7. The preppy polo
Get ready to pop your pup’s collar! We’re not talking about leashes and leads but about preppy, polo-style T-shirts. This fancy collared tee is dressier than its casual T-shirt cousin — a dog could go to the golf course in one of these (if his species weren’t banned from the green). The polo looks best on smaller dogs — brachycephalic breeds should play it cool by leaving the buttons undone.
8. The formal mutt
Often seen at dog weddings and human nuptials, the tuxedo T-shirt is a comfortable take on canine formal wear that won’t overload your pup with extra layers. This black- and-white number is a great look for round-bellied Bulldogs who could never wear a restrictive vest or cummerbund.
9. The skirted shirt
If a tux tee reads too masculine for your girly dog, try a skirted tee. Fashion forward and feminine, a T-shirt with a bit of a frill won’t get in the way of bathroom breaks. Ask anyone who’s cleaned pee out of a Yorkie’s floor-grazing more formal gown — a skirted shirt is decorous enough. This form-fitting style looks great on short or curly coated girls.
10. The classic
A true case of less being more, the plain white tee is an iconic symbol of Americana. Dressed in this classic, your dog will look like James Dean (if James Dean were covered in slobber, food, and grass stains). A tight fitting white tee looks great on America’s favorite dog, the (actually Canadian) Labrador Retriever. Fifties-style cuffed sleeves perfect the look on the (actually) American Pit Bull Terrier.