Style outfit ideas for dog walking in fashion / Spring edition / Camel outfit ideas / Cashmere jumper, leather trousers, puff jacket, suede leather bag / Perfect cocker spaniel / pet blog (C) Natalia Ashton

Fashion guide to walking your dog in style | Summer edition

Not that it will be of any particular importance, but I am currenly 120 pages into one of many fabulous volumes on canine psychology, with the boys sleeping nearby and Hendel filling the room with very summery musical hues. A moment like this could not be more perfect for talking about an outfit idea inspired by romance, poetry and English cocker spaniels.

This was my other mood board idea for the editor of a mag I was in touch with a while ago. I adore this particular one because it feels like a journey into the past that connects the beauty, the dogs, the history and culture with the present embodied into a few items of clothing and accessories.

Summer style mood board inspired by nature love & flowers, raffia, straw, florals as seen at Dior, Prada, Valentino, McQueen, Chloe, Emilia Wickstead

So… “Pure Grace” that looks so simple yet comes with a vivid story, almost like a dream that flows. I started with Virginia Woolf and her book Flush, about an English cocker who belonged to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the Victorian poetess. Not only she had the spaniel, but her works were a perfect accompaniment to many collections and looks seen on the Spring/Summer catwalk.

The line for the subtitle, “The Gifts of Paradise” is taken from her poem, “The Lost Bower”, inspired by The Hope End, Browning’s childhood home. It talks about summer, country walks and nature, all the things you get to experience when sharing moments of your life with an adventurous dog like a cocker.

Curiously, this poem also talks about Chaucer, the “first finder of English language” and author of The Canterbury Tales, who included spaniels in the Wif of Bathe’s Prologue. Even though it was merely for comparison, this was the fist ever mention of the spaniels in English literature.

Phew! That’s all the facts for today. I hope you made it this far without falling asleep on your keyboard.

Style-wise, I was inspired by the spring/summer trend focused on nature, florals, raffia and airy volumes and the mix of alluring romance of the Victorian era and the Caribbean (where a part of the Barrett’s family were born).

The bottle of Bvlgari perfume I added to the mix is a part of Le Gemme Collezione Murano and made in Florence, the place where Browning, her husband and Flush lived for many years.

The colour scheme of the mood board and the outfit were chosen to compliment, so selfishly of me, the cover of my book Perfect cocker spaniel and my favourite portrait of Cooper by Sandra Chiocchetti.

And with this in mind, here is a look to try when taking your cocker out for a walk.

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In my head I pictured a long walk that didn’t necessarily involved muddy paws, just for once. I added a few extras to make it more comfortable and pleasant for both you and the pup, too. A beautiful water bottle to share a drink, a gorgeous little tennis ball for the pooch to chase and a little bottle of perfume oil that smells like rain, just to make you dream.

 

Photo source: main image by Karen Arnold , field of flowers by Settik27, via Pixabay

Style outfit ideas for dog walking in fashion / Spring edition / Camel outfit ideas / Cashmere jumper, leather trousers, puff jacket, suede leather bag / Perfect cocker spaniel / pet blog (C) Natalia Ashton

Fashion guide to walking your dog in style | Spring edition

Despite my best intentions to regularly post an outfit inspiration for walking your cocker spaniel in style, it took me two months to get back to the idea. The mood wasn’t quite right to think of shopping and dressing up.

However, May is here, the situation is slowly improving and I also have a few valid reasons to return to one of my favourite hobbies of playing with clothes:

a) I have a marvellous mood board that was inspired by cocker spaniels and my book

b) beautiful things can make us temporarily happy

c) a woman got to look good and feel comfortable when walking a dog

Dog walking outfit inspiration made of wardrobe essentials, timeless classic pieces / trench, brogues, belt bag, white shirt / Spring trends 2020 outfit inspiration ideas / Perfect cocker spaniel English cocker spaniel pet blog (C) Natalia Ashton

I created this mood board a few months ago when pitching an idea to an editor of a fashion magazine, trying to connect an English cocker and one of the Spring 2020 trends. I thought that the “Royal connection” reference was very fitting considering that charming English cockers are often considered the aristocrats (hence the Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) of the canine world and have also been chosen by several royals including Prince William and Kate, Princess Margaretha of Sweden and fashion designer Carolina Herrera who married Reinaldo Herrera Guevara, the 5th Marquis of Torre.

If you think this chain of references is long, wait until my next post in early summer…

And for now, the outfit. A collection of beautiful classics that will carry us through the cool mornings into mellow afternoons. It’s elegant, timeless and extremely comfortable. Hope you and your little aristocrat will love it.

Dog walking outfit inspiration made of wardrobe essentials, timeless classic pieces / trench, brogues, belt bag, white shirt / Spring trends 2020 outfit inspiration ideas / Perfect cocker spaniel English cocker spaniel pet blog (C) Natalia Ashton

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Image credit: Karen Arnold from Pixabay, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge with her cocker spaniel Lupo (C) Zak Hussein/WENN.com, Carolina Herrera with her cocker spaniel Red (C) Carolina Herrera, Princess Margareta of Sweden with her cocker spaniel Sandons Jasmine at a dog show, Stockholm, 11 October 1960, by United Press International (C) alamy.com

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Fashion guide to walking your dog in style | Spring edition

I saw this on Facebook the other day…. “You used to look nice. Perhaps, enjoyed selecting a nice outfit to wear for your Saturday shop and coffees out. You don’t give a shit now. Once never seen out unless fully made up you will now be found wandering round your neighbourhood at 7 am on a Sunday morning in your pyjamas with your puff coat, carrying a bag of hot poo, swinging it gaily even, by way of a statement, so all your neighbours know you are a responsible dog owner. You will have clothing envy as you meet other dog owners, clearly in the game longer than you have been as they have managed to get dressed and comb their hair…”

And as funny as it sounds, it made me think about my journey as a dog mum… I’ve always tried to look nice. In fact, I promised myself that all my boys will have a mum they’d be proud of. Sometimes, usually past the puppy period when I’d be covered in mud and paw prints most of the time, I succeeded… But then there were times I didn’t feel particularly pretty.

However… as I work from home and my life revolves around my (very good looking) pups, I end up dressing up for dog walks mainly. Or for outings with dogs. And for meeting other dogs. Which basically means that I still like my clothes, but have to forgo the heels and extra special pieces, and instead choose practical clothes that would still pass the “beautiful” mark. Because if the clothes aren’t beautiful or feel cheap and tacky, sooner or later the feeling will transfer onto, or even under, the skin like a permanent tattoo… And if you’ve even experienced it, you know it’s not a good feeling. At all…

So… Blame it on the spring, sunshine, fashion week or new collections, but I’ve decided to play a little style game here and share some outfit ideas for dog mums. Because we may still have a bunch of poop bags in every pocket, but those pockets will be attached to the prettiest jackets, trousers and bags!

Also… on a “before we begin” kind of note… Do you like the featured photo? Because I will be using it for the entire series of my style posts.

The look below is for an early spring, so you can layer the pieces depending on the weather. If you aren’t sure about the colour of the trousers, they come in black, too.

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Image credit: Karen Arnold from Pixabay