We suspect movies and TV have given us a slightly inaccurate idea about what working for the FBI entails. If Hollywood is to be believed, your average FBI agent splits most of the average workday between uncovering threats from outer space aliens, covering up the existence of other outer space aliens, investigating paranormal activity in rural America, unraveling massive conspiracy plots, snatching hard-fought cases away from local law enforcement, and bursting into rooms flashing a badge while shouting, “FBI! Nobody move!”
If you were to ask a real FBI agent what a typical day on the job is like, we have a sneaking suspicion that there would be a lot more filling out paperwork, sending emails, and browsing the internet involved. That’s probably for the best. It’s usually the quieter, less glamorous work that really makes things happen in this world, and anyway, doing all of that other stuff sounds exhausting. If the actual bureau operated the way it does in the movies, we’d never be able to keep anybody on staff for more than a couple of weeks.
This costume is probably even less realistic than a movie studio depiction of a day in the life of an FBI agent, but we like it for the same reason: it’s just fun! The short-sleeved nylon/Spandex jumpsuit features an FBI logo on the front and a “Federal Body Inspector” insignia on the back, with a matching FBI ball cap and vinyl belt. The all-important accessories include gold-rimmed aviator sunglasses, a 12-inch plastic baton, plastic handcuffs, and a cardboard FBI badge. It’s just the get-up for settling into a long day of completing administrative paperwork! (Or, you know, something less grounded in reality.)