A leotard is a unisex skin-tight legless one-piece garment that covers the torso from the crotch to the shoulder. The garment was made famous by the French acrobatic performer Jules Léotard (1838–1870) and is named after him.
There are sleeveless, short-sleeved, and long-sleeved leotards. Leotards are designed as sports and dance wear, and are commonly worn by both male and female dancers (particularly for ballet) and gymnasts. Leotards are also worn in stage show performances, e.g. by singers, and in cosplay.
A leotard has much in common to a bodysuit, but bodysuits are generally worn as an undergarment and bodysuits for adults are generally a female garment. Leotards also have much in common with one-piece swimsuits, but they are not made for swimming.
Leotards are usually entered through the neck. 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.
A leotard's bottom can be cut in different styles, just like in underwear and swimwear. Whenever leotards are combined with tights, thong cuts are usually preferred because the lines created by the garment underneath the tights may be considered unsightly. It is also possible to wear a leotard over tights, or another tight-fitting garment such as leggings or cycling shorts, instead of under them.
A thong cut (here particularly high) exposes almost all of the buttocks.
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