The perfect dog walking dress

Nothing says Sunday more than a dog walk followed by a brunch. Maybe a roast dinner. Still, it’s one of the best things about being English! I love to make a special effort when walking with friends or family and NOT wear my usual combats or jeans. So I set off to find the perfect dog walking dress, and guess what? I found it!

There are things to take into consideration when you are choosing the perfect dog walking dress – you need to feel comfortable, you should be able to bend, stretch and chase your hounds with abandon and without mishap. It also needs to look great with a sturdy pair of boots and a wooly hat…

 

The Perfect Dog Walking Dress.

 

Have you noticed it doesn’t really get wintery until well into January apart from a bit of frost in the morning? Christmas has become almost balmy in recent years, which I hate. But I really don’t mind how pleasant the walks are!

This dress would pair really well with a thick knit cardi that’s so in style this year – you know, the ones that look like they’ve been knitted using dinosaur bones! And add a pair of thick tights if it is frosty, it won’t spoil the look at all.

 

The Perfect Dog Walking Dress Winter 2017.

Demonstrating ‘bending’ without mishap…

 

The Perfect Dog Walking Dress. Flattering Asymmetrical Shape.

Flattering Asymmetrical shape.

Another thing I appreciate about this dress is it’s asymmetrical shape. This Asymmetric Pleated Dress is cut so it does magical things like swoops in under ones boobs to accentuate the waist, but the kicks out to disguise ones girth.

I’ve put weight on and so was extraordinarily excited by the ruffles – which very ‘now’ – I could take them or leave them – but here they work a little magic and disguise my ‘extra load’.

 

The Perfect Dog Walking Dress.

 

The back is kept nice and simple.

The dress is easy to wear and easy to care – it’s machine washable.

I’m very fond of the man who owns my local dry cleaners  – he saved the day once on Prom night, when the dress we hired for my daughter was given to us dirty – I shall always be grateful for his stoic effort to get out those grass stains.

But collecting dry cleaning is a bother and always will be. Don’t get me started on hand wash…

The Perfect Dog Walking Dress. The Back.

Simple back with zip.

Because this dress goes so well with boots you can run about. I’ve matched it with an old pair of Biker boots.

By the way Closet London pairs this dress with (very) high heeled ankle boots and it looks fab (I’ve shown you at the end).

The Perfect Dog Walking Dress With Biker Boots.

Pairs well with robust walking boots or even Biker boots.

With all the clever design this dress just might be the best in show. Yes, I did.

 

The Perfect Dog Walking Dress.

 

We left the dogs curled up, snoring heavily in their beds, and head back out to brunch at Bill’s.

 

Bill's Restaurant For Brunch.

Bill’s restaurant.

Where I ordered Coconut Porridge with Golden Berries and Candied Pistachios and a giant mug of Cappuccino .

 

The Perfect Dog Walking Dress.

 

Well, I’ve been running round the woods, I deserve it.

 

The Perfect Dog Walking Dress.

 

How it looks on a model *eye roll*

Asymmetric Pleated Dress For Women Over 40.

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Great boots she’s wearing!! ^

What would your perfect dog walking dress look like? I’d love to hear from you!

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Nothing says Sunday more than a dog walk followed by a brunch. Maybe a roast dinner. Still, it's one of the best things about being English! I love to make a special effort when walking with friends or family and NOT wear my usual combats or jeans. So I set off to find the perfect dog walking dress, and guess what? I found it!

 

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62 Comments

  1. November 7, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    Maria, I love your dog-walking dress! Who knew there was such a category – I’m sure retailers will start having dog-walking attire departments! 😀 #TriumphantTales

    • Maria Kelly
      November 8, 2017 / 6:49 am

      haha! they should employ me – I have a gaggle of them – wellies for decorating in – scarves for climbing in..! x

  2. November 7, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    It shows alot about my fashion sense when what you’d wear for walking the dog is something I’d wear in the office hahaha!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

    • Maria Kelly
      November 8, 2017 / 6:52 am

      Haha – it’s totally an office dress! It’s one of those dresses that is so versatile – I’ve worn it now on a gaggle of different occasions x

  3. Cass
    November 7, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    I really love this dress it looks so stylish walking and for brunch/Lunch xxx

    • Maria Kelly
      November 8, 2017 / 6:57 am

      Thank you!! And it’s so well structured you can bend, run and throw sticks without fear of loosing ones dignity haha xxx

  4. Andy
    November 8, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Suits you honey 😉 Awesome pics!! Love those doggies xxx

    • Maria Kelly
      November 8, 2017 / 6:58 am

      Thank you babe. Why do you always point out the pictures are awesome when it’s you who takes them! hahaha xxx

  5. November 8, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    This is a really nice dress; also machine washable! =winner! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Maria Kelly
      November 8, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      Thanks – I love it because it’s so easy to wear and care for! x

  6. November 9, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Fabulous dress…and very photogenic pooches. #TeamLovinLife

    • Maria Kelly
      November 10, 2017 / 6:52 am

      Thank you! The pooches are gorgeous aren’t they and I’m thrilled with this dress – it’s been super useful! x

  7. November 9, 2017 / 11:33 am

    You look fabulous! Fantastic photo’s! I’m loving the side detail on that dress. Cute doggies too! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Maria Kelly
      November 10, 2017 / 6:54 am

      Thank you so much that’s so kind of you to say so and I love the details on the dress too! x

  8. November 9, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    You look so great with the dress on! It looks super comfy and I love that it’s versatile where you can wear it while walking dogs, and then you can wear it out and about for dinner.

    • Maria Kelly
      November 10, 2017 / 6:56 am

      Thank you so much Natalie! It looks brilliant with heels. Someone mentioned it’s a great dress for the office – it’s just one of those really wearable dresses… x

  9. November 9, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    I must admit I’m not a huge fan of dresses. Until a year ago I didn’t own any. I once did, so perhaps they were something I stopped wearing (along with skirts) when I first gained a lot of weight.

    But there’s a brand here in Australia that makes some light and airy dresses so I now own THREE of theirs. (Adrift is the brand!) Two are very casual summery dresses, though I have to wear thigh-shaping type shorts under them as I worry my thighs will chafe otherwise! :-/ #teamlovinlife

    • Maria Kelly
      November 10, 2017 / 6:58 am

      I think there’s a dress for every body type and it’s wonderful you have found a brand you are happy with. The underwear – or structural support as mine has become – is all important haha x

  10. November 10, 2017 / 3:37 am

    Great little dress!

    • Maria Kelly
      November 10, 2017 / 6:59 am

      Thank you Anne – I’m so chuffed you like it! x

  11. November 10, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Such a versatile dress, although I think I’d use it more in early autumn here in Sweden!! 😉 #thatfridaylinky

    • Maria Kelly
      November 10, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Yes – you’ll need to pair it with thick tights and a wooly cardi in Winter1 x

  12. November 10, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    You definitely need to be comfortable when out with the dogs. You look lovely as ever! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • Maria Kelly
      November 10, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s such a kind thing to say. Yes, you need to b comfortable when running about with the dogs for sure! xx

  13. November 10, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    You are braver than I am wearing a dress for the dog walks! Our dog is too filthy for bare legs! It is lovely though! Erin x

    • Maria Kelly
      November 10, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      haha I had to catch their paws a few times when they jumped up at me – apart from that it was great! We never stop our dogs running around puddles and stuff – it’s part of being a dog enjoying the mud, I think. So I never expect to come back completely clean! x

  14. November 10, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I love this! Practical but stylish 🙂 thank you for linking up with #Blogstravaganza

    • Maria Kelly
      November 11, 2017 / 6:41 am

      Thank you Jo! x

    • Maria Kelly
      November 11, 2017 / 6:43 am

      Yes, we are lucky to have lots of fabulous walks in Surrey. The dress has been so useful I’m wearing it again and again! (tights are on soon tho’!) x

  15. November 11, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Great dress! It looks lovely on you. So versatile too as I’d wear this sort of thing to teach. #blogstravaganza

    • Maria Kelly
      November 12, 2017 / 6:40 am

      Thanks Nadine! It’s probably the most versatile dress I own, perfect for teaching! I’m wearing mine all the time x

  16. November 11, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Ooo I love the dress. And the boots. And the hat! You look awesome!

    • Maria Kelly
      November 12, 2017 / 6:41 am

      Thank you Donna that’s so kind of you! x

  17. November 12, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Looking good looks a lovely place to walk dogs as well Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • Maria Kelly
      November 12, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      We are so lucky with many beautiful walks in Surrey x

  18. November 13, 2017 / 12:50 am

    A dog walking dress! Very fancy.
    Thanks for joining the Lovin Life Linky.

    • Maria Kelly
      November 13, 2017 / 7:35 am

      I felt fancy – I really did! haha x

  19. November 13, 2017 / 5:55 am

    Yikes – I never look this glamorous walking my dog! I wear shorts, a t-shirt and a sports bra lol

    • Maria Kelly
      November 13, 2017 / 7:34 am

      Haha I usually wear jeans or combats but sometimes I want to dress up. This dress is great when you are walking with friends or family at the weekend, I think. Especially if you are brunching afterwards x

  20. November 13, 2017 / 8:09 am

    I love that dress! Such a different style and I’m a sucker for a checked print! You look fab!

    • Maria Kelly
      November 13, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      Thank you Jenny, I’m so glad you like it! x

  21. November 13, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    It looks gorgeous and I love a pair of biker boots, so anything that I can wear with them is a winner for me. Thank you for joining us at #sharingthebloglove

    • Maria Kelly
      November 13, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much Laura, I love the dress and biker boot look – it’s a really comfortable way to rock a dress x

  22. November 13, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Beautiful dress, it looks so easy to wear, and perfect for keeping casual or dressing it up a bit. Love a dress and boot combo (and I’m totally with you on dry cleaning / hand wash only! My heart always sinks when I read those words!) Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Maria Kelly
      November 14, 2017 / 6:26 am

      Thank you Katy! This dress ticks so many boxes, I’m thrilled with it! x

  23. November 13, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    You look utterly stunning in that outfit, I just wish I could wear a dress walking my dog. If you had seen the state of me at 6:00am this morning, you’d barely have been able to work out I was a woman. Two pairs of trousers, 3 jackets and a hat. Let’s just say my dog is HUGE and takes a lot of walking in a day! #HoneybeeLinky

    • Maria Kelly
      November 14, 2017 / 6:31 am

      Hahaha I am the same sometimes Kirsty as I have four dogs – so this made me chuckle. There are times I’ve had to carry my muddy old pug because she’s tired and by the end of the walk I look like I’ve barely survived it! I save this dress for group walks on drier days x

  24. November 14, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    This looks like a lovely dress for a dog walk and I hope you get some crisp cold days soon. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Maria Kelly
      November 15, 2017 / 7:58 am

      Hi Claire – I love crisp days! My nan used to say they ‘cleaned’ everything up. I love the feeling of the chilly air and I’d match this dress with a chunky cardi! x

  25. November 15, 2017 / 7:21 am

    Your pictorial post is as beautiful as your perfect dog walking dress.

    • Maria Kelly
      November 15, 2017 / 7:59 am

      Oh thank you so much for this lovely comment. So glad you liked the dress too! x

  26. November 15, 2017 / 7:29 am

    Nice Post. Thanks For Sharing this Beautiful Article.

    • Maria Kelly
      November 15, 2017 / 7:59 am

      Glad you liked it x

  27. November 15, 2017 / 7:30 am

    I love the outfit!normally, when I saw a picture of people walking their dog my eyes only saw the dog..but in those pictures I (almost) didn’t see your cute dogs!That dress looks really great on you, and thank you for the inspiration..

    • Maria Kelly
      November 15, 2017 / 8:00 am

      What a lovely compliment – thank you so much! x

  28. November 15, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Adorable photographs! Love your dress and your dogs are super cute. Thanks for sharing.

    • Maria Kelly
      November 15, 2017 / 8:01 am

      Thank you so much – my dogs are gorgeous, aren’t they!? x

  29. November 20, 2017 / 12:40 am

    Looking gorgeous as ever lovely! Love the dress! I don’t think I ever looked this stylish when I walked our family dog years ago but it’s a lovely idea! Have invested in a thick cardi already this year… but it does seem to stay warm for Christmas doesn’t It? Thank you for linking up to Honeybee! Hope to see you on the next one Xxx

    • Maria Kelly
      November 20, 2017 / 8:30 am

      Thank you Lucy! As soon as I pressed publish the temperature plummeted haha! Tights and cardi’s are recommended… Until Christmas then you know it’s going to be balmy! xxx