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AnytimeCostumes.com Tip: An old-time pillow has been a department store Santa suit staple ever since people first began masquerading as Jolly Old St. Nick. Or you can buy inflatable Santa bellies. It all depends on whether you'll have kids crawl on your lap. If you're smiling and waving from a distance, you can get away with an extra-large red faux fur-trimmed or cotton-trimmed coat to add the illusion of pounds.