We’re Purring Over These Japanese Kigurumi Cat Costumes

Dress like your favorite feline year-round in these fleece kitty costumes (or PJs!) from Japan.

Stephanie Harwin  |  Oct 26th 2012

Are you ready to go crazy for kigurumi? The Japanese fashion trend of dressing up in oversized character costumes isn’t just for Halloween — it’s an adorable way to keep warm from head to toe!

According to Kigurumi Shop, the word “kigurumi” comes from a combination of the Japanese words kiru (“to wear”) and nuigurumi (“stuffed toy”). It used to refer to the person wearing the costume, but has expanded to include the costumes themselves. In Japan, kigurumi costumes are worn “as a way to break the conventions of traditional dress … or just as comfy pajamas!”

Kigurumi costumes come in different feline-inspired styles such as tuxedo cat, tabby, and as even famous felines like Hello Kitty and the Cheshire Cat. If you’re not ready to rock a full fleecy suit just yet, other alternatives come in the form of fuzzy caps and hoodies.

Whether you’re brave enough to include them in your everyday wardrobe or if you prefer wearing them in the privacy of your own home, these furrrrocious outfits are a fun way to add more kittens to your closet.

Check out Kigurumi Shop for a whole animal kingdom’s worth of cute!