Dog walking is basically the new vacation.

By Tara Gonzalez
Updated Apr 17, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
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In an ideal world, I would lay out my outfit for the day, the night before. The reality though is that sometimes I’m lazy or drunk or tired or all three and I just don’t. But the night before a flight, I sometimes put more thought into what I’m wearing to the terminal than what I packed for my entire two-week trip. When I went to Greece last summer, I wore my red tie-dye Cotton Citizen sweatsuit and pink Miu Miu ballet flats. I had a checkered ribbon wrapped around my ankle. I don’t remember what I wore on the first day of that vacation, or the last.

In the time of social distancing and self-isolating and quarantining, I have not been planning my outfits. Instead I’ve been falling into them. Wearing them by accident. Leftover leggings from a morning workout in my living room or last night’s pajamas from a bad night’s sleep. And yet somehow, a couple nights ago, I found myself folding up clothing and placing it on my kitchen chair like I always do before a trip. My boyfriend saw it and jokingly asked where I was going tomorrow. “It’s for the dog walk,” I told him.

I started subconsciously laying out my morning dog-walk outfits two weeks ago, something I’ve never done. I usually walk my dog in the morning, in sweats, before changing into something for work. Now that I’m working from home until further notice, my dog-walking looks have become my working looks. And I guess something about that just didn’t feel right. Even though I’m just walking to a nearby empty park or down my empty street, it’s the only place I’m going all day. In these times, passing by a cherry blossom tree ten blocks away from my apartment feels like a vacation. So, are dog-walking outfits the new airport style? As far fetched as it sounds, I kinda think so.

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According to Racked, airport style started around 2009. It was the perfect storm of accessibility. Paparazzi were guaranteed to see celebrities at airports like LAX and JFK and online style websites, which were just starting out, could cheaply purchase photos of their favorite celebrities wearing things. And of course, we, the voyeuristic people, loved it. Airport style is prime celebrities-are-just-like-us content. They too have to go through TSA and take off their shoes and lug their too-heavy luggage through swarms of tired people who are in a rush (side note: doesn’t this all sound like a dream in hindsight?).

But just like with dog-walking outfits, airport style is a study in extremes. Some people dress up to the nines, like Rihanna, who holds her passport while double fisting Dior and Chanel. Others prefer comfort like Jennifer Lopez, who has been photographed with her carry-on in leggings and slides a handful of times.

When it comes to dog walking though, you have the Emily Ratajkowskis and the Reese Witherspoons. While Witherspoon is often seen wearing workout clothing and fanny packs walking her bulldogs, Ratajowski uses her time with Colombo to remind us all that she has abs and can afford Loewe.

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Now that dog walking is one of the three things celebrities are allowed to do, aside from taking long walks with Ben Affleck and staying locked inside their mansions all day, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of them doing it. Like airport style, dog-walking outfits are humanizing. Right now, they’re also escapist. When I dress up for mine, I actually feel like I’m going somewhere. And when I see Emily Ratajowksi wearing a Givenchy wool blazer and Versace sunglasses during hers, I feel inspired to try even more.

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Months from now, I’ll probably remember most of the dog-walking outfits I wore while in quarantine. Not only because my brain doesn’t have much else to remember, but because they bring me happiness when most other things don’t. I probably won’t look back at them as fondly as I do my airport style but I’ll take what I can get these days. Including Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas engaging in PDA while they walk their dogs. It’s the little things.

Shop celeb-approved dog-walking outfit essentials below, from some of Emily Ratajkowski’s most luxe favorites to the simple Alo Yoga set beloved by the more laid-back of famous dog walkers, below.

Givenchy Wool Blazer

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Nike Air Force 1s

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Vince Drapey Tech Trench Coat

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Shop now: $409 (Originally $545); nordstrom.com

Ray-Ban Icons 50mm Round Metal Sunglasses

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Marni Mini Pannier Tote

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Versace 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

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Vans SK8-Hi

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Alo Double Take Crop Sweatshirt

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Alo High Waist Lounge Leggings

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Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneaker

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Ray-Ban Large Original 62mm Aviator Sunglasses

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Free People Dolman Quilted Knit Jacket

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Veja Esplar Low-Top Sneakers

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Stand Studio Regina Faux Fur Crop Teddy Jacket

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Levi's Wedgie High Waist Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans

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Levi's Ex-Boyfriend Denim Trucker Jacket

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Loewe Shearling Collar Coat

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Shop now: $1,437 (Originally $2,075); farfetch.com