Kigurumi: To wear or not to wear a stuffed toy…


We all know Japanese trends can be a bit too much for the rest of the world to comprehend let alone like, but that is exactly why a lot of us are drawn to them! There are these things called Kigurumi, Kigu for short, which is a Japanese word which roughly means “to wear a stuffed toy.” They are basically character onesies, usually an animal, for adults.

I’ve seen plenty of these worn as Halloween costumes for kids and even for animals. I’ve also seen Hello Kitty Beanie Babies at Hallmark wearing a bunny onesie, which is frankly rather bizarre and even MORBID. So, Kigus shouldn’t be that weird to the Western world, right?


Not until you see people wearing them on the streets on a regular day! That’s right, these are “streetworn.”

Take a look at some photos:

Source: Unknown

Source: Christine J Wilson

Source: We are Cartoon

Source: Cambosh

Below you’ll find a few products from English kigu retailer Kigurumi Onesies. A lot of these retailers I’ve noticed are actually from the UK. I don’t hear much about kigus around Northern America. If you are from the UK, have you heard of these costumes turned streetwear called kigus? Would you wear them?


Top to bottom, left to right: Blue HippoFrogBlue Unicorn



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horseworship Just as I was wishing for an animal sweater for Christmas, Horseworship came to my attention. Check out this whole line of casual equestrian clothing. How cool, huh? I personally like their sweaters—my favorite being the black sweater with the floating horse ghost head and the angelic looking white horses on white from The Something Wild Collection. They also have sweet nothings written on the back of each (or most) of the shirts. If you order in the next 2 days, you also get 20% off by using coupon code “YES.”

I’ve definitely seen cheesy animal graphic tees, but what they have are really neat and quite elegant, I should say.