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The one and only
Stars can pull off jumpsuits but for most of us it?s a stretch
By JEFF DANIEL
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
While the Emperor may have had no clothes, the King certainly did.
Elvis Presley, who would have celebrated his 72nd birthday this month, knew a thing or two about stylistic aplomb. That?s aplomb with a capital A, and that rhymes with J ? and that stands for jumpsuit. And as we well know, Elvis and jumpsuits go together like peanut butter and fried bananas.
Yet, we also know: While any guy can step into a jumpsuit, not every guy can pull one off.
Elvis? Even when tipping the scales as a massive hunk of burnin? love, the King?s natural showmanship made his one-piece wonders seem fitting, if not exactly a comfortable fit. Then there?s the recently departed James Brown. The ?hardest-working man in show business? could clock in at the job site wearing jumpsuits that bordered on bodysuits and do so with great confidence and panache.
He looked good. He knew that he would.
The same could be said for fitness guru Jack LaLanne and motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. And on the big screen, John Turturro?s purple-clad bowler, Jesus, had jumpsuit style to spare in the cult classic ?The Big Lebowski.? All firmly believed in the jumpsuit credo:
No pants, no shirt, no problem.
With few exceptions, Joe Sixpack hasn?t embraced the jumpsuit as a fashion trend on the scale of, oh, let?s say the leisure suit or urban-cowboy chic. Men?s closets continue to remain overwhelmingly populated with traditional pants and traditional shirts, some of which, on occasion, actually end up looking good together. As for suits, two-piece and three-piece ? not jump ? are the overwhelming norm.
Although the jumpsuit may be more exception than rule, it would be a mistake to limit its contemporary presence to Elvis impersonators, although one could argue that the incredibly large number of Elvis impersonators working today might, in effect, make the exception itself something of a rule.
Just as that previous sentence stretched the boundaries of comprehension and grammar, let?s now try stretching the definition of jumpsuit to include its close relatives: the coverall, the flight suit, the racing suit, et al.
Look what happens. The list now engulfs the attire of astronauts and auto mechanics, painters and prisoners, hunters and hazmat crews. There?s Will Smith in ?Independence Day? and Will Ferrell in ?Talladega Nights.? Toss in the Who?s Pete Townsend, the ?Ghostbusters? crew and ?Halloween? slasher Mike Myers.
And how can we forget Andy Kaufman? The late comedian famously wore coveralls as Latka on television?s ?Taxi,? and he donned a jumpsuit during the Elvis-impersonation portion of his stage act. When it came to wardrobe, Kaufman had things covered.
The same might be said for Harold Sweet. President of Apparel World in Dallas, Sweet helps oversee a clothing company with a Web site whose name says it all: www.MyJumpsuit.com.
Guys can choose from more than two dozen short-sleeve or long-sleeve models at the four-year-old site, including the daring new Shorty, for those unafraid to reveal a little leg. Looking for corduroy? Cotton? Poly? Beltless? Belted? Epaulets? Stripes? Checks?
The world is your jumpsuit.
?Leisure-wear jumpsuits are kind of difficult to find in most stores,? said Sweet, who added that work-related coveralls are more common.
He estimates that the company sells 25,000 jumpsuits annually through its site, which promises that ?jumpsuit experts are eager to help you with any orders or questions.?
Closer to home, those in need of a one-piece fix can find Dickies coveralls at most discount stores, and camo-color hunting suits at outdoors and sporting goods shops. Or, if feeling flamboyant, one might even want to get in touch with Kay Murphy at the Right Stitch in Highland, Mo.: Her strong suit is the Elvis jumpsuit.
The client list for Murphy?s handcrafted costumes ranges from local to international.
Asked whether her jumpsuit production ever veers off the Presley path, perhaps toward something a bit more pedestrian, Murphy laughed then replied: ?I just do Elvis.?
So much Elvis that, if laid end to end, the stage costumes she?s produced might actually stretch from Highland to Graceland.
Well, maybe not. But this much is certainly true: Murphy makes jumpsuits, and she?s been busy at it for more than a decade. And to think, some people probably figured that the jumpsuit as fashion statement was dead and gone.
Probably the same misguided souls who thought that very thing about Elvis himself.