A catsuit is a skin-tight one-piece garment with sleeves and long legs, and sometimes with feet or gloves, sometimes with a hood and often with a polo neck. The name derives from its similarity to the costume worn by a pantomime cat.
Unlike a unitard, its use rarely involves sports, and it may be made of leather, rubber, PVC or spandex. It is identical to a unitard in construction, but the term 'catsuit' tends to be preferred in erotic contexts.
It may be worn for the pleasure of the wearer, who wishes to be covered in a tight second skin, or of spectators. A catsuit emphasises the shape of the wearer's body, especially the bottom, a woman's breasts and a man's male bulge. Some female catsuits have a long zip in the front, worn partly undone, so as to give the spectator the feeling that he or she could open the zip fully and access the wearer's breasts or crotch. (A suit with a long front zip is sometimes called a jumpsuit.) Others may have zips at the crotch and over the breasts for ease of access.
A catsuit with a polo neck but without legs is sometimes called a kittensuit, although such a garment is indistinguishable from a polo neck leotard.
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|Mainly Fetish wear||Mainly Bondage wear||Also common use|
|Headwear||Hood · Goggles||Ball hood · Collar (BDSM) · Head harness · Muzzle||Swim caps|
|Torso||Bodysuit · Leotard · Playsuit||Straitjacket||Dress · Top · Shirt|
|Hands||Medical gloves||Bondage mittens||Gloves|
|Lower body||Garter belt||Inflatable leggings · Hobble skirt · Spanking skirt||Skirt · Miniskirt · Leggings|
|Footwear||Latex boots · High heels||Ballet heels||Boots · Thighboot · Wellington boots · Stockings · Tights · Socks|
|Full body||Catsuit · Zentai||Gimp suit · Body bag · Punishment suit||Unitard · Wetsuit · Drysuit · Surf Suits · Mermaid suit · Speedsuit · Body stocking|