What are leotards?


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A leotard is a skin tight, one-piece garment that covers the body but not the legs. There are short-sleeved, long-sleeved and sleeveless leotards. Leotards only cover the torso, and they are commonly worn by figure skaters, gymnasts and dancers.

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Typically, leotards do not have snaps at the crotch like bodysuits and are therefore entered through the neck. A unitard, which is a variation of the leotard, covers the legs. Leotards are unisex and were made famous in the mid 1800s by French acrobat Jules Leotard.

Leotards are used for a variety of purposes, including pajamas, exercise outfits and casual outfits. They are also commonly used as children's play outfits.

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