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Tails are making a big comeback in the cosplay world. From fox tails to bunny tails, these fun and flirty accessories can add a touch of playfulness to any outfit. Whether you’re dressing up as a character from your favorite anime or just want to add a little bit of fun to your everyday look, a cosplay tail is a perfect way to do it.

What is a Cosplay Tail?

A cosplay tail is a type of costume accessory worn around the waist, hip or lower back area. They come in a variety of styles and designs, but they are most commonly made with furry fabric. This is usually in the form of a long strip of fabric which hosts several layers. The tip of the tail often features an ornamental design, such as a heart or butterfly patch.

Tails are worn with costumes, mostly ones that feature an animal theme, like that of Little Red Riding Hood. They can also be worn for role-playing and cosplay events.

How to Make a Cosplay Tail

First, measure the circumference of your waist/hip/lower back area. This will be your guide for how long you want your tail to be! For an average size person, this would normally be around 3 feet. If you are making it specifically for a pet, measure its waist.

If you are using fabric, cut two pieces that will overlap each other and form a circular shape. This does not have to be perfect, but the closer, the better! Sew this together with a zigzag stitch (this allows room for stretch).

Next, cut out the shape of your tail. To do this, fold your fabric in half and cut an outline of your tail, adding a few centimeters extra on the fold.

Next, add in some stuffing to shape it. You can use cotton balls or batting for this.

Finally, take some strong thread and sew up the gap so that the stuffing cannot fall out. Simple, right? And you totally look like a real-life Pokémon.

Types of Cosplay Tails

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These come in so many different styles and designs! Here are some examples:

  • Cat tail with cat earsDogtail with dog ear attachments
  • Fox tail with fox ears attached on top
  • Ponytail swishing in the wind looking oh so majestic
  • Spider tail with a black widow design at the end
  • Unicorn tail, which is extremely hard to make, and it looks amazing when done right

How To Cosplay With A Tail

If you’re thinking about dressing up with a tail this weekend, there are some things you should know. First of all, make sure the tail is comfortable. If you feel like the tail is constantly in your way or getting caught on everything, it’s probably not worth wearing. However, if it just adds that little extra touch, you’re good to go!

If possible, try wearing the tail with jeans or pants. If you don’t want to wear it all night, pair your cosplay tail with an oversized sweater (think Ewok) and remove it before heading out for drinks after the convention. It’s also a good idea to wear underwear with your tail since you never know when it’s going to come loose. Some cosplayers even tape their tails down, so they don’t become unglued mid-convention.

If the tail is attached to an oversized belt, make sure that you wear pants or leggings underneath the belt (do not go commando). For added comfort, wear bike shorts or tights under the cosplay tail. Believe us; it’s worth it.

What To Wear With Your Cosplay Tail

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If you’re pairing your cosplay tail with a dress, avoid wearing anything too short. If the skirt of your dress is longer than knee-length, feel free to pair it with a cosplay tail. Depending on the length of your dress, you may want to pair it with black leggings.

Another great idea is to add a top hat and monocle for a finished look that will guarantee you receive compliments all night long! If this isn’t quite your cup of tea, we’ve also spotted some very creative ideas that include a bunny tail and ears, fox tail and ears, cat tail and ears. The possibilities are endless!

What Not to Do

Unfortunately, like with every trend, there will always be people who do not understand how to wear it properly. A cosplay tail is meant to be worn around the waist/hips/lower back area (around 5-6 inches from the waistband for a regular person). Placing it up higher or lower can be unflattering, to say the least.

If the tail is attached to a belt, do not place it on your bare skin. The last thing you want is for the tail to constantly be poking you every time you walk around. If this does happen, simply take it off and sew a few stitches to keep it in place at the waistband where it belongs.

Furthermore, if you are wearing a cosplay tail, make sure it matches your outfit. If you are wearing an orange dress with feathers on it, an orange tail will fit in perfectly with your ensemble. However, this also means that if the tail is similar to another part of your outfit (a furry tail and a furry dress), make sure they do not look identical.

In addition, making sure that you keep your tail clean and away from bodily fluids ensures that it will always look nice and function well. Always make sure that before going out, you have removed any stains or dirt marks because nobody wants to be seen wearing something that is dirty.


Following the success of cat ears, women’s headwear and beards, cosplay tails are definitely the next big thing.

With more furries gaining recognition within society, it is no surprise that this trend has started off so strong! However, it is not only limited to furry conventions anymore, but you are bound to find people wearing them at anime conventions and even at cosplay events.

With a large range of designs to choose from, there is something for everyone. Who says that you have to be wearing a full-on costume in order to look your best? A simple accessory can go a long way!

We hope you enjoyed this article on cosplay tails.

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