Barbour Dog Walking Outfit Ideas

Barbour Dog Walking Outfit Ideas


Come rain or shine we need to be prepared to take our canine companions for their daily exercise. In the warmer months, this can be a truly enjoyable experience for both parties, but on colder days humans might not look so favourably on walks. The key to a successful dog walk is making sure that you are prepared for all weather eventualities. In this post we’ll be sharing both summer and winter dog walking outfit ideas, as well as our range of dog walking accessories that will add an element of style to your routine.

What should you wear to walk a dog?

There aren’t any rules when it comes to dog walking outfits, so you never have to sacrifice your personal style. However, there are definitely a few essential items that we would always recommend keeping in your wardrobe to cater for the different seasons. The first of these would be a waterproof jacket as the British weather can be a little bit unpredictable. You could opt for two jackets, a lightweight fit and winter-ready staple so that you’re always one step ahead of the weather. You might also want to consider keeping a pair of walking shoes or wellington boots by the door so that you’re prepared for muddy days and long walks - especially if you have a high energy breed.

Dog walking outfit ideas for men

No matter whether you’re going on a dog walking date, or if you’re just looking to stay on-trend and comfortable during the duration of your walks, there are many options available which are both practical and unmatched in style. We’ll talk you through two outfit ideas that you can layer or build upon to suit your preferences throughout the year.

Dog walking outfit for summer

During the sun-soaked summer months you may wish to forgo the dog walking jacket for something more lightweight. On the hottest days, a short-sleeved shirt and shorts combination will do the trick. However, it is still important to protect yourself against the sun’s harsh rays, especially on long walks. You can do this by utilising a cap, that way you not only protect your head and eyes from the sun, but you also add an extra layer of style. We recommend the Cascade sports cap which features an embroidered crest logo and an adjustable strap. To complement the dark grey hue, we’d also suggest opting for a similar coloured shirt such as the Croft short-sleeved shirt made from breathable linen-blend and featuring a neutral colour scheme which is ideal for summer days.

Shorts are an essential summer staple, we’d suggest using a neutral beige or cream such as the Linen Cotton mix shorts which boast a sophisticated style and refined look. These shorts also feature both front and back pockets to store your phone, wallet, treats and dog waste bags, so they’re as practical as they are suave.

Finally to bring the dog walking outfit together, you’ll need a pair of sturdy and comfortable summer shoes. To match the overall colour design of the outfit, we highly recommend the smart yet casual Jenson driving shoes. Crafted from sturdy navy suede with brown leather tie details, the shoes perfectly incorporate the rest of the colours used in this outfit to bring the whole look together. Exuding premium style and quiet luxury, this is an ideal summer walking outfit.

Of course, we can’t forget about our faithful furry friend. To create a matching ensemble, you may wish to use the Barbour Tartan Dog Harness and Reflective Tartan Collar. The collar is secured with a brass-effect metal buckle where the lead can be attached using a sturdy metal fitting. If the weather takes a turn for the worst, be sure to slip your four-legged friend into the Barbour Quilted Dog Coat. Unmistakeably Barbour, this quilted jacket features the classic cord collar with a velcro underbody strap for added security.

Dog walking outfit for winter

A signature jacket will be the first thing that most people grab when it’s time to head out of the door, and we’d highly recommend the classic Beaufort waxed jacket for use in the winter. Not only is the design emblematic of Barbour’s iconic look, but it offers robust weather protection with its Sylkoil coating and sit down collar. Additionally, when worn unzipped, the jacket showcases a classic tartan lining for an authentic and heritage-rich look.

To add an extra layer of warmth and comfort, and further enhance that timeless style, pair the jacket with the Craster striped crew neck jumper. Its 100% cotton composition gives a soft feeling against the skin, and it can easily be layered for use in different outfits throughout the year, a perfect versatile addition to your wardrobe.

When it comes to the bottom half of the outfit, we’d recommend sticking with darker colours for dog walking to make any mud or dirt less visible and to create a well-rounded everyday look. The Neuston essential chinos in navy make a great option, expertly crafted in a stretch-cotton twill for long-lasting durability and comfort. To complete the look, pair the chinos with the Nimbus Wellingtons which are firm and supportive as well as robust, making the boots well-suited for long walks in a variety of settings.

During the winter, your pup might also benefit from a little bit of extra weather protection. To bring some more style to your outfit and match with your dog, try the packable tartan dog coat which is secured with an adjustable waist strap and velcro around the neck. This dog coat features a showerproof design with a fixed hood that's perfect for keeping your pooch dry and comfortable when out on a walk. For added fun, you could also choose to bring along a dog toy to throw or reward good behaviour. Keeping in theme with the outfits, we’d recommend the bone dog toy. Finally, perhaps the most essential item of all is your dog lead. The tartan slip lead provides a secure and comfortable lead with a built-in collar that can be simply slipped over your dog's head.

Dog walking outfit ideas for women

For ladies who like to look their best no matter what the day brings, there are plenty of suitable outfit options to cater for even the coldest winter months as well as the heat of summer. We also provide the perfect dog accessories to give your pets an extra layer of protection and allow them to match your style.

Dog walking outfit for summer

The final outfit idea is colourful, casual and chic. It is suited to hot summer days where not a cloud in the sky can be seen. Whilst this outfit is excellent for any summer outing, it really comes to life in a relaxed beach setting or coast to coast walks. 

A summer hat is essential for protecting your head and hair against the harsh sun, and you can create the perfect laid-back casual look with the Olivia sports cap which features Barbour embroidery. The navy tones work perfectly with this light and airy outfit while offering shade from the harsh sun on warmer days.

Another summer essential, the Juliette embroidered blouse draws inspiration from the colours of British seaside towns and brings them together in adelicate floral pattern. The top is made from soft cotton in a relaxed fit, complete with scalloped short sleeves and hem for a feminine finish.

To ensure the perfect contrast and balance for visual aesthetic, pick up on the lighter embroidery of the blouse by pairing it with white linen trousers. This follows the same principles as the winter outfit, but adapts them into suitable summer attire. Naturally, summer outfits have less storage options and many rely on the use of a bag. However, with side pockets  on the Christie wide-leg trouser, there’s plenty of room to carry dog-walking essentials such as dog bags and treats. 

The Mallow wellingtons make the ideal finishing touch, bringing a playful take on classic Barbour wellies. For contemporary styling, they feature a gingham elasticated panel to the ankles for a slip-on design. A short pair of ankle wellies are perfect for the warmer months while still providing protection wherever your dog walks take you.

Finally, we’ll need to keep our dogs as cool as possible on hot summer days. To do this, you might wish to opt for light colours which reflect heat instead of absorb it. For dogs that walk better with a harness, the travel and excercise harness is a great choice as it features a supportive padded chest plate, but leaves the sides and back free of material to improve ventilation. Alternatively, for dogs that walk better using a collar and leash, the reflective tartan dog lead will ensure your dog looks and feels their best on sun-soaked days.

Dog walking outfit for winter

The Beadnell Waxed Jacket is an ideal choice for dog walking in all seasons. We prefer to use it in the transitional periods between autumn and winter, and winter and spring, because it eliminates the need for layering. However, on colder winter days the jacket can worn alone or paired with interactive zip-in liners or waxed hood if extra protection is needed. The waxed cotton composition of this style provides year-round protection and the addition of a cord collar and tartan lining give it an instantly recognisable Barbour look. It is completed with embroidered branding on the deep pockets, perfect for keeping your belongings secure or for easy access to dog treats when needed. 

In keeping with the theme of seasonal versatility, we’d suggest pairing the jacket with the Silverdale sweatshirt. In contrast to the Beadnell, the sweatshirt is cut to a relaxed fit and made of lightweight cotton. So if walks suddenly become too hot in that transitional period between autumn and winter, you can simply remove the jacket to cool down in simple sweatshirt. Alternatively, on colder days you can layer a casual shirt underneath for extra warmth. The lightweight material allows you to build these layers without feeling restricted in movement, allowing you to stay comfortable whilst walking.

When it comes to the bottom half of the outfit, a simple pair of wide-leg jeans does the trick. Comfortable to walk in, the dark denim provides a striking contrast to the lighter colours of the sweatshirt, and the use of different materials and textures creates a perfect balance. Dark wide-leg jeans are also a way to assemble a timeless casual look that helps retain warmth by absorbing heat in the winter.

To round off the ensemble, opt for a sturdy pair of trainers that will be perfect for year-round wear. The Celeste trainers offer comfortable support and ample grip through the low-cleated sole. Expertly crafted using 100% leather, the trainers are designed for durability and can withstand lengthy walks for high-energy dog breeds as well as providing a stylish option for days out with your pet, whether that be exploring the city or taking a stroll along the riverside. Finished with embossed branding on the sides and a contrasting silver plaque on the heel to give an authentic and distinctive Barbour appearance.

To ensure that your dog matches your style and warmth, opt for the Monmouth waterproof dog coat in olive or the waxed dog coat for added protection to ensure your pup will be protected from winter rain or light snow. This is perfect for breeds that aren’t naturally suited to arctic winter temperatures. To complete the dog walking attire, you may wish to choose a matching waxed harness which dotes on classic countryside Barbour heritage and keeps your dog secure during on-leash walks.

Discover stylish dog walking outfits and accessories

Whether you’re looking for a dog walking jacket, contemporary accessories for dog walking, or further outfit ideas, Barbour has both you and your beloved dog covered. Experience the expert craftsmanship of Barbour and explore the British countryside in style with our clothing, footwear, and accessories.

  1. Packable Tartan Dog Coat
    Packable Tartan Dog Coat
    From £49.95
  2. Paw-Quilted Dog Coat
    Paw-Quilted Dog Coat
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  3. Tartan Bandana
    Tartan Bandana
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  4. Dog Coconut Shampoo
    Dog Coconut Shampoo
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    Dog Coconut Conditioner
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    Tartan Dog Bow Tie
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