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Jumpsuit originally referred to the utilitarian one-piece garments used by parachuters/skydivers, but has come to be used as a common term for any one-piece garment with sleeves and legs.
The original skydivers' jumpsuits were simple garments designed to insulate the body from the cold of high altitudes and minimize risk of covering important handles and grips. Today, however, the garment has found other use:
Pilots and drivers
Drivers in motor racing, who wear jumpsuits for protection against fire and (in the case of motorcycle racers) leather suits for abrasion.
Competitive skiers and speed skaters, who wear skin-tight jumpsuits to provide freedom of movement while minimising air resistance.
Skydivers, who wear technical jumpsuits as main sport equipment for today's sport skydiving.
In the UK, the word onesie has come to describe casual jumpsuits (to be used as loungewear or pyjamas).
Jumpsuits are generally regarded as a garment of convenience, as they are simpler to launder, put on and remove than an ensemble outfit. Unless the jumpsuit has a drop seat, however, it is necessary to remove it entirely for bathroom use.
IN POPULAR CULTURE
Starting in the 1960s, the jumpsuit has made occasional appearances in common and high fashion (particularly in the 1980s). They retain connotations of the future because they have been frequently featured in popular science fiction.
Jumpsuits have often been used as stage costumes in stage productions and by various singers and bands. A black leather jumpsuit is part of Suzi Quatro's image. Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, The Who, Freddie Mercury, Feeder, Alphaville, Goldfrapp, Aaliyah, Britney Spears, Pink, Devo, Polysics, Spice Girls, Korn and Slipknot, for example, have all performed in flamboyantly-designed jumpsuit-like garments. Catsuits, or skin-tight jumpsuits of shiny fabric, have also been popular on stage.
On the TV series, Scrubs, the character Janitor is frequently called "jumpsuit" or referred to as wearing a jumpsuit, although he frequently corrects the speaker by pointing out that he is wearing a shirt and pants, commenting, "who wears a belt with a jumpsuit?"
Bruce Lee wore a yellow-and-black jumpsuit in Game of Death and it has become something of a trademark for the actor. The yellow tracksuit is paid homage to in numerous other media.
On the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series, the news TV reporter April O'Neil is well known for always wearing a yellow jumpsuit.
In the episode "Looks and Books" of the 1999–2000 TV series Freaks and Geeks, one of the main characters, Sam Weir, gets talked into buying a baby blue jumpsuit by a smooth talking shop owner, played by Joel Hodgson. The shop owner promises Sam that this "Parisian nightsuit" will make him look like a "man of distinction" and effectively a "superstud".
David Sugalski, also known as The Polish Ambassador, is an electronic music artist that makes use of a vintage neon-yellow Swiss jumpsuit during his live shows.
In the Portal video game series, the playable protagonist, Chell, wears an iconic orange jumpsuit, which also led to jokes made inside the game by other characters.
In the British TV Series, Misfits, all of the ASBO characters wear orange jumpsuits. Curtis notably wears his tied off at the waist.
In the Fallout video game series, humans who live in the vault series of fallout shelters wear blue and yellow jumpsuits with the number of the particular vault on the back and the neck.
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