May 20, 2011

Morphsuits 101: Read This Before You Buy A Morphsuit

You've seen them at sporting events, parties, stumbling out of the bar, and maybe even shopping at the grocery store... Morphsuits have hit the mainstream as a great costume idea for any occasion where an injection of colour or humour is needed. If you are thinking of getting one, you probably have a few questions, so we've answered the most common ones to help you with your purchase.

Your Morphsuit Questions Answered:

What is a Morphsuit?
Morphsuits are made out of a material called Lycra. It's super stretchy, and has a slightly sheer quality to it, kinda like thick pantyhose. It's basically a jumpsuit that is shaped like your body and covers you from head to toe. The feet cover each foot like socks, and the hands have fingers in them like gloves. A Morphsuit will transform you into a silhouette in colour! They come in all sorts of colours, prints, and even country flags, and are a great way to stand out in a crowd or use as the basis for a costume for you or a group.

How do you get in and out of a Morphsuit?
The Morphsuit has a zipper that runs from the lower back to the top of the head. It zips from the bottom up, so you basically step into it like getting into a wetsuit or pair of coveralls. You might need a friend to zip you up, but it is possible to do on your own.

How do you go to the bathroom in a Morphsuit?
This is probably the number one question! There is no "fly" or zipper on the front, the only way in and out is the zipper on the back. So, you'll have to unzip from the top of your head down to your lower back and roll it down to get to your plumbing. It's not as much work as you might think, and finding someone to zip you back up is a great conversation starter!

Do you have to be buff to wear one?
Heck no! The Morphsuit is a philosophy more than a costume. It's all about getting out there and throwing a bit of shock-value into a party, event, club, or crowd. The Morphsuit gives you relative anonymity since it covers your face, so why not let loose a bit and let your alter ego take over!

What do you wear under a Morphsuit?
It's your special day... you do what feels good! Wearing your birthday suit under it wouldn't be a first, but most people go for something without too much bulk, you don't want to look like you are wearing a diaper! So think slick... a pair of shorts, bike pants, or yoga tights... If you are feeling shy, go for a costume idea where you can wear something over top of it. Throw a red Speedo and cape over a Blue Morphsuit: Superman! Boxing gloves and shorts: Tyson! Silver Morphsuit and boardshorts: Silver Surfer! You get the idea.

Can you see out of it?
You sure can! If you want to know what it's like to look through one, grab a pair of dark stockings from the Mrs' drawer and stretch 'em over your face. They are made out of pretty much the same material, but with colour, so once it is pulled over your head you'll be able to see where you are going (for the most part). If you are in well lit areas or outdoors during the day, it definitely makes it easier to see. You don't want to drive in one, but chances are there might be a drink or two involved, so that won't be happening anyway.

Can you drink through the material?
Yep! The Morphsuit material stretches quite a bit over your face, and it's light enough that you can drink through it. You might struggle with a crushed-ice Margarita, but normal beverages will be fine. If you aren't drinking water, it will no doubt get dirty, so you'll likely want to wash it after use.

How do you clean Morphsuits?
Just throw it in the washing machine and hang it to dry! You can wear it as much as you want, and clean it as much as you want! Think of it as a pair of thin bike shorts when it comes to caring for them, they are made of pretty much the same material.

Does it have pockets?
Nope. You are one streamlined party animal once you step into a Morphsuit. There are no pockets, so your best bet if you have to bring stuff along is to pawn it off on a mate to carry for you, or wear a bum bag. One day soon we will all have chips implanted in our bodies so we can pay for drinks at the bar with our Facebook account or something... until then, you'll have to suck it up.

What size should I wear?
The material is really stretchy, so getting the height right is more important than whether or not you have a skinny frame or like to store a bit of insulation on your stomach or butt for winter warmth. The size chart below is based off of typical inseams for the heights beside each size. There is a bit of room between sizes, but this gives you a general guideline to start from.

Sizing Up Your Morphsuit:

Can you get Morphsuits in kids sizes?
Yes! MorphKids have recently come on the market. They are pretty much the same as the adult version, but they have a neck that is open in the back, so you can pull the head part down in front of you, as well as a Velcro backing on it which allows for easy opening. The zipper still runs from the back of the neck down to the lower back, and they are available in some really cool prints: Alien, Race Car Driver, Ninja, Skeleton, and colours!

Where can I get a Morphsuit?
Luckily, there's this new fad called the Internet... it's where all the smart people shop! You don't have to leave your house, look for a parking spot, and listen to some kid scream bloody murder for a chocolate bar while you wait in line to pay. Click on over to Costume Box online and get it delivered right to your door, usually next day. Have fun with your new Morphsuit! And be sure to drop by our Facebook Page and post some photos of you and your mates in costume!

More reading:

Top Morphsuit Costume Ideas

Morphsuit Revolution: Facepaint of the Future?

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