Women's Leotards: Directory and Information Regarding Women's Leotards presented by Apparel Search
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What is a leotard? A women's leotard is a close-fitting one-piece garment, made of a stretchy fabric, that covers a person's body from the shoulders to the top of the thighs and typically the arms, worn by dancers or people exercising indoors. There are sleeveless, short-sleeved and long-sleeved leotards. A variation is the unitard, which also covers the legs.
Scoop-necked leotards have wide neck openings and are held in place by the elasticity of the garment. Others are crew necked or polo necked and close at the back of the neck with a zipper or snaps.
How do you put on a leotard? Leotards are entered by stepping into the legs and pulling the sleeves over the shoulders.
Why wear a leotard? For females, the standard gymnastic competition uniform is a leotard. Leotards are worn by acrobats, gymnasts, dancers, figure skaters, athletes, actors, wrestlers, and circus performers both as practice garments and performance costumes. They are often worn together with ballet skirts on top and tights or sometimes bike shorts as underwear. They can also be worn as a casual garment, a leotard can be worn with a belt; it can also be worn under overalls or short skirts.
The garment was first made famous by the French acrobatic performer Jules Léotard (1838–1870).
In the 1970s leotards were typically made from polyester and related fabrics. Since the 1980s, however, they have been made from lycra or spandex. Since the 1990s, leotards have become more elaborate and have employed a variety of textiles, including velvet, velour, mesh, metallic fabrics, foils and iridescent "hologram" fabric. They can also be decorated with rhinestones, and metallic jewels that are heat-set onto the garments
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