Fursuit Costumes

Fursuits are costumes that make a person look like an alter-ego that is partly or entirely animalistic. These costumes are associated with what is known as furry fandom, zoo- or anthropomorphism. Some of these costumes are professionally made and others are amazing amateur creations. At conventions there are often competitions for the best fursuit including a parade (see below).

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Animal patterned zentai
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Zentai

Zentai are body suits that cover the entire body quite closely, including the hands, feet and face. These can be use as an inexpensive and convenient base for a fursuit. You can get a very simple complete catsuit with ears and tail for less than $50.

However a fully pulled together look normally requires the addition of custom head-pieces, painted texture, and hand or foot pieces. People who use this kind of costume are sometimes called "spandex furs".

A mainstream example of this type of costume would be the musical "Cats".


Examples of zentai and similar body fitting fursuits:

*A note on rubber furs: Rubber fursuits (something of a contradiction in terms) are a kind of cross-over between the rubber fetish and the fursuit. Some are more like fetishwear and others more like traditional fursuits that just happen to be made out of rubber.

Semi-Fitted and Padded

Many fursuits are not skin tight by loose and incorporate padding to change the contours of the body.

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Mascot Style

The is also the option of a looser fitting suit more like a sports mascot costume. These can be brought pre-made but are far more attractive when scratch-made or extensively customized--as mascot costumes are not really designed to look good close up. Looser designed are often sculpted and padded to create a more animal-like body shape.

Examples of mascot-style fursuits and similar looser-fit costumes.

Partial Suit

Another option is to have a partial costume that you wear with normal clothes. This might include a full-head mask, mittens and tail--or other parts as required by species and parts of the body not covered by clothing.

Lauren, a habitual partial fursuit wearer, was featured on a 2011 episode of the reality show My Strange Addiction.

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Quadsuit
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Quadsuits

Quadsuits are the least human-looking options, often involving arm-stilts and other props to create quadrupedal stance and gait.

Quadsuits can even be made strong enough to serve as mounts.

The preeminent maker of quadsuits is Lilleah West.

Examples:

Kigurumi

Kigurumi are suits that represent cartoon characters, many of which are animals. These include full fur suits with cartoon styling, or a pajama-style costume with an open face which is worn as street fashion.

Body Paint

Body paint isn't really a 'furry' costume mainstay--but it does make an appearance outside of fandom. For example:

Note: be aware that if you search for these terms you are likely to come across some adult/bondage material (a.k.a. puppy girls).

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