Solving your Whippet's Wardrobe Woes: The Essentials

With SO much choice out there now it can be a daunting task choosing what your whippet NEEDS. I want to help you purchase items your dog will get the most wear out of, so getting value for money too.

With so much choice out there now it can be a daunting task choosing what your whippet needs. I want to help you purchase with intention, items your dog will get the most wear out of, the things you will pull out time and again, getting value for money too.

Maybe your puppy is now an adult and you are ready to invest in some clothes that will last. Maybe you want everything you see online but have a budget.

With this in mind I have put together a guide for what I consider to be the Essentials – an add on to the Basics as discussed here, or a stand alone selection of really useful clothes for the warmer seasons – Spring and Summer.

For now, let’s consider the items your whippet will need in these warmer often wet months.

A lightweight coat for wet days

A warmer jumper for cooler evenings

A cotton tee for cooler days

A lead and collar for all days!

Choosing by Colour:

You could choose at random, whatever catches your eye, but this is not to be recommended if you want to add, at a later date, other items that will work with these Essentials. If you choose a colour theme you can add to this and all the items will work together – I’ve broken this down into 4 groups:

Lights

Darks

Brights

Monochrome

Light Essentials

The Carlisle Whip-it-Away Mac in Taupe

The Stripe Terry Pet-Shirt in Sage Green

The Whippet Tee Shirt in Latte

Leather whippet collar in Biscuit and rope lead in Mustard

The Carlisle Whip-it-Away Mac in Taupe, Stripe Terry Pet-Shirt in Sage Green, Whippet Tee in Latte and Leather Whippet Collar in Biscuit with Rope Lead.

The Carlisle Whip-it-Away Mac in Taupe, Stripe Terry Pet-Shirt in Sage Green, Whippet Tee in Latte and Leather Whippet Collar in Biscuit with Rope Lead.

Total cost: Small  - £175, Medium - £185, Large - £195 - an average saving of 10% over individual items

Choose the Lights if you love muted, neutral colours. The soft leather collar will last for years if it is looked after. The Terry Stripe Pet-Shirt is useful for chilly spring days or cold summer evenings, and the Carlisle mac, in its own little carry bag, will ensure you are always prepared for whatever the weather throws at you. The Tee in looks classy alone or provides a warming layer under the mac.

Alternative Light EssentialsChester Light Mac in Taupe, Hoxton Collarless Coat in Camel, Fleece Jumper in Camel or Oatmeal. These will all look great with the collar and lead.

Dark Essentials

The Carlisle Whip-it-Away Mac in Navy

The Cosee in Merlot

The Striped Tee in Navy/Ecru

The Mist Leather collar and lead set

The Carlisle Whip-it-Away Mac in Navy, The Cosee in Merlot, The Striped Tee in Navy/Ecru, and Leather collar and Lead set in Mist.

The Carlisle Whip-it-Away Mac in Navy, The Cosee in Merlot, The Striped Tee in Navy/Ecru, and Leather Collar and Lead set in Mist.

Total cost: Small  - £175, Medium - £185, Large - £195 - an average saving of 10% over individual items

You will have a collar and lead for every day walks, a light weight coat that can be easily taken out for adventures when the weather is changeable, a chic stripe tee for summer wear and a lighter than a fleece Cosee that is great for most of the year, solo or layered up.

Alternative Dark EssentialsCardiff Whip-it-Away Mac in Navy, One Colour Tee Shirt in Navy and The Cosee in Racing Green - these will look great with the collar and lead.

Bright Essentials

The Carlisle Whip-it-Away Mac in Sunny Yellow

The Cosee in Racing Green

The One Colour Tee in Mustard

The Green Collar and Lead set

The Carlisle Whip-it-Away Mac in Sunny Yellow, The Cosee in Racing Green, The One Colour Tee Shirt in Mustard and Leather Collar and Lead set in Green.

If you love bright colours in moderation, this is a good choice; the bright mac never fails to make me smile when I put it onto my whippet on a dull rainy day. The Tee is bright but the Cosee tones it all down.

The leather collar will last if looked after like a pair of your favourite shoes – feed it with leather cleaner and it will build up a lovely patina over the years.

Total cost: Small - £175, Medium - £185, Large - £195 - an average saving of 10% over individual items

Alternative Bright EssentialsChester Whippet Coat in Sunny Yellow, Collar and Lead in Mustard.

Monochrome Essentials

The Chester Coat in Dove Grey

The Cosee in Graphite

The Jersey Tee in Graphite

The Mist Collar and Lead set

The Chester Whippet Coat in Dove Grey, The Cosee in Graphite, The Jersey Tee in Graphite, The Leather Collar and Lead Set in Mist.

If you love a palette of greys, black and creams, you will most likely select these colours for your dog. This range of Essential items will be a great base to add to. It’s also a great addition to the Monochrome Basics.

Total cost:  Small - £175, Medium - £185, Large - £195 an average saving of 10% over individual items

Alternative Monochrome EssentialsCarlisle Whip-it-Away Mac in Dove Grey, The Cosee in Graphite, One Colour Tee Shirt in Grey.

Buy your Working Wardrobe: Essentials Box here.

Whippets need clothes, they are short haired and lean, and they don’t hold heat in their bodies, will feel the cold and likely hate the rain. By investing in any of the Essential ranges, even assuming you use all items just 50% of the year, and I think some will be more than that, the cost per wear is around £1 – less than half the cost of a take away coffee!

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