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Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like a human lint roller, when all you wanted was a simple cuddle with your favorite pet? Or how about walking away from a seemingly purrfect encounter with a cat only to find tiny holes in your favorite shirt? Dogs and cats are often the light of our lives, but gosh durn it if they don’t bring a certain wear and tear to our wardrobe.
When it comes to physical contact with cats and dogs, the biggest and most common offender is pet hair and fur. It gets everywhere: in and on clothes, bedsheets, cars, couch cushions, your mouth. Even the most chic, put-together outfit can be rendered shabby with enough hair on it.
Luckily, there’s a bit of a trick to shopping when you have animals (and it’s better than the family size pack of lint rollers). I both A) have a dog and B) successfully dress myself professionally every day—or I’d like to hope—and here is what I’ve learned:
- In general, fabrics such as chiffon, silk, and satin repel hair like it’s their job. These fabrics are good for light contact with pets.
- Spandex and synthetic fabrics like nylon and poly blends generally resist shed hair well, with the added benefit of being a little more durable than the more delicate materials above which are more prone to holes.
- Denim, denim, denim. One of the hardest-working materials in the pet-proof apparel game. Jeans, jackets, skirts: you will get your money’s worth with any of these staples in your wardrobe.
- Other materials such as leather, faux-leather, and vinyl fabrics also stand up better to wear, tear, and random pouncings from paws with claws.
If you’re looking for specific articles of dog mom clothing that are made of durable or pet hair resistant fabrics, check out the list below of some of the best pieces to consider. Remember, just because you have a pet (or two or three or 10), you don’t have to succumb to a life of wearing parkas and sweats year round! (We wouldn’t judge you if you did, though: we actually wrote the book on it!)
Best Dog Mom Clothing: Everyday and Work Wear
These particular pants are rumored to pretty good at repelling dog and cat hair, and while we can’t prove that per se, we can claim many a Levi’s fan among the Rover crew. The rugged denim brand is known for durable, hard-wearing properties that stand up to jumping dogs, nipping puppies, and even flailing claws.
A range of colors and sizes are available.
Who always needs another button-up in their closet? Everyone sensible, that’s who. Columbia’s high-tech fabric does quadruple duty with: a treated antimicrobial material that protects you against doggie germs; vented and sweat-wicking features; UPF 40 UV protection; and convenient, optional roll-up sleeves for “get ‘er done” jobs often encountered by pet parents.
Available in multiple sizes and a variety of colors.
Staying with the faux leather trend, this knee-length skirt is business and party appropriate. Grab a silk or chiffon top, and this whole outfit will not only be trendy—but completely pet hair repellant as well. Watch as the fur slides right off and pat yourself on the back for your good sense—and style.
This tough range wear denim brand is good for both urban and prairie cowboys and girls, and is a great layer for casual outfits. It’s also handy for fending off the chill around the campfire, and fending off the fur of impromptu dog snuggles.
The web can be a divisive, scary place sometimes. But one thing that continued popping up in my research for hair and fur repellant clothes? These Uniqlo Heat Tech Leggings. Made out of unicorn hair and angel tears (kidding, but a similarly magical blend of polyester, spandex, nylon, and acrylic), these leggings were originally made to keep winter sports athletes warm—but that’s pretty much the same thing as us wearing them to brunch with a baggy tee, right?
If you’re looking for more traditional tights, Uniqlo’s heat tech tights are sworn up and down as the antidote to that hairy, hairy beast in your life. Like their leggings, they blend nylon with a little bit of spandex to create that perfect pet hair repellant.
Tencel, or lyocell, is a durable material made from cellulose fibers (usually trees or bamboo) and it’s great at repelling pet hair, and even puncture holes from claws. Even though it’s heavier-duty, it feels great to wear and hangs nicely, too. This dress comes in a variety of sizes and colors; pop it on over some pet-proof leggings and you’ll be on your way.
Every closet should have a leather (or faux leather) jacket as a staple. It’s like the modern day gal’s Little Black Dress—but better because both leather and its vegan counterparts repel pet hair like kryptonite. While some leather jackets can get incredibly pricey, this one from Nordstrom’s TopShop section is surprisingly affordable, and looks just as biker chic as others three times the price.
This affordable Eddie Bauer trench goes with everything, comes in multiple colors, and is a practical, cute choice for everything from cloudy days at the dog park to a neighborhood stroll. It’s made of water-resistant polyester that sheds moisture, along with pet hair.
Hold the phone, Spanx makes a legging? Thank the Shape Wear and Compressions Gods. Not only will this tuck and hold in all the right ways, the faux leather will—yes, you probably get it by now—stand up to your dog and cat hair and fur. Plus, the ruched details make them easy to wear under dresses, but also as pants themselves; which if, after all, the ultimate standard for what makes a great legging.
Best Dog Mom Clothing: Fancy, Formal, Fun
Pet parents get to go out and have fun too, you know—but when your animal lays down on top of your evening wear while you’re curling your hair, you actually want it to be taffeta, like this party dress. Pet hair, dander, and fur tend to slide off materials such as taffeta and silk. Claw holes, on the other hand, are another story…
Synthetic blended fabrics with higher percentages of polyester and spandex wick hair and fur much easier than others. Lucky for us, this cute dress from Modcloth is 95 percent polyester and 5 spandex. Just in time for fall, dress it down with tights and booties or up with heels for a night out on the town.
A wild print on this 100% tencel, roll tab shirt dress stands up to both cats and dogs while offering you effortless style. Win-and-win.
This tunic dress is light, airy, and comes in no less than 38 styles and prints. Oh—and it’s chiffon, which is a wonder fabric when it comes to repelling hair. Just keep your kitties away from it.
Best Dog Mom Clothing: Sleepwear
Do you sleep with your animals? Same. While the snuggles are SO real, so are the layers of hair and fur that you can wake up to. Slipping on a little lace number not only makes you seem classier (or is that just me?), it also doesn’t pick up nearly as much pet dander as other materials.
Best Dog Dad Clothing
If you’ve seen a Carhartt coat in person, you know how incredibly durable they are. Worn one? Heck—a crumbling building couldn’t dent this jacket, let alone a meager cat or dog. 100% rugged cotton and made in the USA, these coats are built tough and ready for wear, whether at the job site or playtime with the pets. (Don’t worry gals, they make them for us, too.)
I can’t get enough of Columbia’s patented fur-wicking—err, I mean sweat-wicking—fabric. Like the women’s long sleeve option listed earlier, the men’s style comes in colors for spring and summer outdoor activities or the office that easily transition into quality hang time with the pet fam.
Ah, denim. What can’t it do? In this case denim may just replace dog as pet owner’s best friend. Sturdy and thick, scrapes and holes from little paws and teeth won’t do damage (unless you have a mini-Jaws situation on your hands). The actual fabric of denim also doesn’t track any kind of pet hair, so you can grab those jeans and put that tired lint roller away.
Best Dog Mom Clothing: A Handy Accessory
One passionate member in this goldmine of a Reddit thread on anti-hair/fur clothing and accessories swears by this Herschel duffle. Good for weekend trips, overnights, or the gym—the bag (which comes in a variety of colors) is 100 percent polyester, another fabric known for hair and fur-wicking properties.
While keeping your wardrobe free of pet hair and claw holes is an admirable life goal, the reality is that living with pets is often messy and unpredictable. On bright side, our pets bring us so much joy it’s hard to imagine life without them, snags, tears, pet hair and all.
However, with a few common-sense precautions and a sturdy wardrobe, you’ll be one of the best-prepared (and dressed) dog moms on the block.
If you’re looking for other cat and dog mom clothing hacks, consider these ideas:
- Keep an old fleece or sweater near the door or another handy place to cover up for serious snuggling. My editor calls hers the “falcon glove.” It’ll keep your cats from digging and clawing into your nice clothes (and your skin, too), and you won’t care how much fur gets on it.
- The blanket technique: When you’re getting cozy on the couch and your furry BFF comes looking for your lap, keep a basket of old throw blankets close to cover up before your furbaby makes his or her grand entrance.