"You wear your jumpsuit," complained the woman to her husband in a recent New Yorker cartoon, "but you never jump." Not many people do much jumping in their jumpsuits, either in this current return of the fashion or in previous ones.
The jumpsuit's big appeal is its ease: top and bottom all intact, no choice to make but what shoes to wear with it. No shirts to poke out of waistbands, no double layers of clothing to add to discomfort in warm weather.
The jumpsuit has recurrent revivals, usually as a reaction when clothes be complicated. The new versions, seen a lot this spring in Paris and Saint Tropez and worn frequently with Indian beaded moccasins, often borrow the details of men's military gear. Even though jumpsuits were a favorite relaxation garb of Winston Churchill, they really never have caught on in the same way for men here. CAPTION: Illustration, Khaki jumpsuit by Jag has zippered pockets, snap front and shoulder pads. At I. Magnin ($125).
Jumpsuit for the summer party circuit is by Regina Kravitz in black and white boldly printed crepe. At Ann Taylor ($108).
Knit jumpsuit that starts out like a T-shirt and stretches into a one-piece costume for the office or after, by Tracy from Hecht's ($44).
White mechanic's jumpsuit with double zipper in tyvec (an all-polester, machine washable fabric that looks like paper) is from G Method at Commander Salamander ($17). By Martha Vaughan