Paul Newman wore one, so has Brad Pitt, so why exactly is the male jumpsuit polarizing? Our men’s fashion columnist investigates.

I wore a jumpsuit in public exactly once. It was a vintage army mechanic’s uniform that I’d purchased late one night from eBay, inspired or perhaps led astray by a 1972 photo of Paul Newman hanging out with Clint Eastwood. Mr. Newman rests him arm on Mr. Eastwood’s shoulder, clad in a trim navy jumpsuit with batik-patterned cuffs. To me, he seemed the very definition of confidence.

In my jumpsuit, I seemed the very definition of a schmuck.

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