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I want a Santa Suit ! A guide to buying the perfect Santa Suit.

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This is the time of year many people find themselves thinking, “I want a Santa Claus suit!”. Maybe they want to surprise their children. Perhaps they are entertaining at the company Christmas party, or ever working as a professional Santa.

Let this guide help you be the best Santa you can be by buying the Santa suit and accessories that are right for you.

Suits

 

Regency Santa Suit - Red

Regency Santa Suit

Regency Santa Suit – Red

The Regency Santa Suit Costume is a very popular and economical Santa Outfit. Most costume shops use this model for their Santa Suit Rentals. If you plan on wearing a Santa Suit more than just a couple of times or want to fool all of the children, this is the Santa Outfit for you. The jacket, pants and hat are soft  plush, and it has a thick faux rabbit fur trim. The only caveat is that this Santa Suit does not have the expensive silky lining of the Professional and Majestic suits. Someone with sensitive skin may want to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants under their costume to prevent chafing. Nevertheless, considering that you would spend $40 – $60 to rent this Santa Outfit at most costume shops, you’ll save money after just a few Santa Claus appearances

 

regency xxl

Regency Plush Suit XXL

Regency Plush Santa Suit XXL

Just like the regular Regency Santa suit, the Regency Plush Santa suit in XXL is a very popular model of suit. The jacket, pants and hat are a soft plush, and all white fur is the soft and full faux rabbit trim. The XXL version has plenty of room for a more comfortable wear for jolly old St. Nick! Also excellent if you are wishing to wear a full sized Santa belly under your costume.

Professional santa suit (50-56)

Professional Santa Suit

Professional Santa Suit

The Professional Santa Suit . This suit is made of a bright red deluxe pile plush with luxurious, white long fake fur plush trim and completely satin lined. Includes: Zipper coat with inside pocket, pants with side pocket, hat with large tassel style pom-pom, naugahyde boot tops with long  white plush fur trim, wide naugahyde belt with eyelets, gilt buckle with prong and belt loop and white nylon stretch gloves. Keep in mind that the Professional Santa Suit is designed with ample room so that the jacket will drape well in photos and not be confining or uncomfortable when sitting with children. The Professional Beard and Wig is commonly bought with this Santa Outfit.

 

The Blue Santa Suit

Blue Santa

“Ho ho ho! The New York Yankees never get coal in their stockings!”

Yes, you read that right, the Blue Santa Suit! This Santa suit although highly unusual is very popular. Blue Santa suits are often used by families who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Other reasons  for Santa having a suit of blue is to tie into corporate colours, or the colours of themed events such as Christmas cruises. One of the most popular reasons people order the blue Santa suit is to tie into their passion for sports teams. If your Santa is a fan of the New York Yankees or the Dallas Cowboys, he might really like to show his team support by wearing the Blue Santa Suit.

This Plush Blue Holiday Suit includes: Jacket, elastic waist pants, black boot covers, wig and beard set, matching hat, and white knit gloves.  Santa glasses sold separately. This suit is proudly made in United States.

Wigs and Beards

Santa Suits most often do not include beards or wigs. Why? Some Santa Claus have natural beards and others already own a Santa Beard or Wig. If beards and wigs were included with Santa Suits, folks might be paying for something that they didn’t need. People have different preferences for beards and wigs and it would be unfair to stick them with one style or colour when they may prefer another.

Deluxe Santa Beard & Wig

Deluxe Santa Beard & Wig

The characteristics that determine the appearance of the Santa Beard and Wig are the strength, color and texture of the fibers or hair. The good Santa Beard and Wigs have strong fibers that allow for multiple washings while retaining their shape and appearance. The next consideration in choosing a Santa Beard and Wig is the color. The less expensive models are bright white – a color easily created by adding bleach in the manufacturing process – while the ones with natural colors are more realistic but expensive to produce. The last consideration is the texture of the fibers. For something truly lifelike, the fibers must be soft, supple and silky – like real hair. This quality is only achieved with the Kanekalon fibers.

If you’re thinking of dressing as Santa but do not need a wig and beard that is going to get much use, you might wish to try an economical model such as a Cotton Wig and Beard Set or and Economy Wig and Beard Set. They are not washable and may only hold up to half a dozen uses or so.

A mid range quality White Santa Wig and Beard Set  is a basic white but nicely styled.

If  you need a wig and beard set that is going to fool all the kiddies, the Deluxe Santa Wig and Beard Set is recommended. This is a very full wig and beard with natural colour. It can be washed and styled, and holds it shape excellently. Perfect for professional and very serious Santa Claus players.

Other important Santa accessories

There are many details that are easy to forget. When we see Santa at the mall or on parade we often don’t even realize what we are looking at. Santa often wears wire framed glasses, and of course that big belt he’s always wearing. Mall Santas and generally Santas that work with the public wear white gloves, much the way professional clowns do. It lends to a more clean and polished appearance. Last but not least, don’t forget Santa’s toy sack, ready to fill with holiday surprises!

 


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