What Makes a Good Quality Santa Suit Costume for Christmas?
Santa suits are interesting things. The really cheap ones broadcast themselves and get worse year after year. Eventually they are so threadbare and ratty that people think poor Mr. Claus has fallen on hard times and start asking if he needs anything. No one wants to sit on ratty Santa's lap. No one even believes and that is the saddest thing of all. A good quality Santa suit is not only beautiful the year that you buy it but will continue to be an attractive piece year after year. Consider it an investment because a high quality suit should last for decades. It might even be a treasured memory that is handed down to the next in line if it is well cared for, stored correctly and worth the effort in the first place.
The first thing that you should look for is the material that the suit is made from. If you are buying online, read the information carefully. Velvet is a durable and attractive material but needs special cleaning if it becomes soiled. Because it is heavy, the suit will stand up for much longer than a thinner material. Wool is another good choice but because it is a favorite snack of moths, has to be stored correctly. Felt suits are lower cost but they will stretch out of shape quickly and develop holes.
After you choose the right material, you will need to check for accessories. The better quality suits typically come with the majority of the accessories that you need while the cheaper suits will be very basic. Always read the description carefully so that you are not walking into an event without key components of your Santa suit. (What would Santa be without his luxurious beard but a man in a big red suit?)
Look at the photos carefully. If you are buying online, make sure that you are not only studying photos from every angle but reading reviews as well. You should be able to get a good idea of the quality of the suit that you are looking at by how others review it. To be extra safe, make sure that you will be able to return anything that is not up to your standards.
If you are buying in person, such as in a shop, feel the material in your hands. Rub a piece between your fingers. The material should not pill or roll up at all. Scrunch a piece of material in your hands and see if it wrinkles up. Velvet will crush if mistreated, so do not try this test with it. Remember, you are going to be sitting down in your Santa suit, so it should not wrinkle up with just slight movements.