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This suit was a gift for my son from my very good friend Julie. She spotted it in Tesco going through the till at a bargainous price rather than the £15 it was priced at, and she picked one up and sent it to us for my son. At the time he was 4 years old. The suit was aged 5-6 and a very good fit.
The suit is based upon the character from Top Gear of the racing car driver, The Stig. It is a one piece suit which comes with a mask. It looks lovely because it is a white suit that velcros down the front, and has a little belt attached to the suit that simply says Stig in silver writing. The legs of the suit look quilted with little diamonds sewn into the suit. The arms are full length sleeves with black elasticated cuffs. There is a Top Gear logo on the chest of the suit.
The suit is 100% polyester, which means it is quite lightweight but there is not a lot of stretch in the material. This suit is meant to suit children up to 116cm tall, but I would say that this, like many dress up outfits might have been better as a seperate trousers and top, or being made with some elastane in the mix of fibres, because it is not that stretchy and that limits the use that the child gets out of it. My son is very tall for his age, and a real bean pole, and he only just manages to get into this suit even though he is the perfect age for it. My younger son is now 4, and although he is nearly tall enough for it, he is a bit bigger built with a larger chest and tummy to his brother, and he doesn't like it because he can't fasten this suit up if he tries it on.
The mask part of the suit is a full front of face driving mask with elastic to attach it round your head. This is a bit restrictive for my boys until recently they would not wear it at all, but now they will with the visor open so they can see through it.
Aside from the sizing, my eldest son really does like this suit, and he looks really smart in it. I have had to restrict him to wearing it in the house as it is not machine or hand washable, you can only sponge it down. A part of why it looks so good is how brilliantly white it is. He has no clue who The Stig is because he has never seen the show, but he really likes putting on the costume and pretending he is a racing driver.
I would recommend this if your child is wearing clothes of the same age group as the size you buy, and is on the slimmer side of the spectrum, as if it doesn't fasten it is not that comfy. All in one suits are better for children who are a bit more independent and can dress and undress themselves, and this one is suitable aged 5 as the child will be able to manage the front fastening design themselves and feel independent.
Harry is a massive Top Gear fan, and really likes The Stig as well, and luckily for both me and Father Christmas, it seems to be getting easier and easier to lay our hands on these products. The Stig items seem to be everywhere at the moment, and you can't look in a toiletries section without seeing one of those The Stig bubble bath character things! I was browsing the Sainsburys clothing section one afternoon and spotted that they had a The Stig dressing up costume for children available as part of their Christmas range, and so I quickly decided to buy one for Harry for Christmas and I am so pleased I did as he really loves and has worn it loads since Christmas Day!
The costume is part of the BBC's licensed products for Top Gear, and although I have only seen it on sale in Sainsbury's, you can find it online in a few places although you might pay over the odds for it! The costume is an exact mini replica of the one that Top Gear's racing driver The Stig wears whenever he appears on the show, and it's pretty eye-catching being polar white all over! It is an all-in-one outfit which also comes with a The Stig mask which fastens with a elasticated band around the back of the head. It is quite a large face helmet, especially for a 5 year old, but Harry doesn't wear this part too much as it seems to impair his vision somewhat!
The outfit is made of 100% polyester and therefore it's pretty thin and white, so you will be able to see black boxer shorts through it as I found out when I dressed Harry the other day so do be aware of that if your little person wants to wear it out! The outfit is fastened with velcro down the front from the neck to the stomach, so it's easy for young children to take on and off themselves too. At the top of the torso, there is a Top Gear logo badge stitched onto the chest, and a white belt across the middle that is stitched either side so you can't lose it, and this has "Stig" stitched in grey onto it. It is also fastened with velcro so again very child friendly. It does feel slightly padded all over so it isn't completely see through which is good, and just adds a little substance to the outfit. The black cuffs also stop the sleeves getting too dirty.
Of course what is not child friendly is the fact that the entire outfit is pure white. This means that if you have a 5 year old boy like I do, it is going to get very dirty, very quickly. I've found that at the bottom of the legs, where it slightly drags on the floor, it has really discoloured and started to fray slightly but it doesn't seem too much of a problem so far. I think I'll try and keep it to being an indoor outfit to try and slow down the wearing process a bit, but with a white outfit, it's never going to stay perfect. The washing instructions on the label say that it is sponge clean only, but after an unfortunate incident with baked beans, I chucked it in my washing machine on a quick 30 degree wash and it survived perfectly, not shrunk or anything.
I managed to get Harry's outfit in a promotion at Sainsburys and only paid around £12 which I think is very good for a branded product, the usual price is around £15 but it varies according to which size you buy. Harry adores his outfit and wore it all Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Bank Holiday Monday too before I had to peel it off of him at night! He looks fantastic in it (you can see him in it in my profile picture) and everyone comments on how much he really looks a mini Stig, even more so if you've seen the Stig in the manger in the Xmas Top Gear special! I would definitely recommend it for any little Top Gear fans, it's a great item that I hope Harry doesn't outgrow too soon!
Sizes: Ages 3-5, 5-7, 7-10 and 10-13.
Thank you for reading.