people think of 80s fashion leg warmers almost always come to
mind. After all, who didn’t wear leg warmers during the decade
of decadence? Anyone with even the least bit of fashion interest
had at least a half a dozen pairs of leg warmers in their
So what are leg warmers? Take a
pair of thick and comfy socks and make them “footless” and you
have a pair of leg warmers. Leg warmers were originally made
only from wool, but once the 80s fashion fad began, leg warmers
started becoming available in cotton and synthetic fiber blends.
Contrary to what some people believe, the 80s is not
the leg warmers concept. Leg warmers were around well before the 80s
came to be, but they had traditionally been
used for function, not fashion. Professional dancers wore leg warmers to
keep their lower extremities warm. Then when Fame and Flashdance hit the
silver screen in the early 80s, teenage girls everywhere thought it
would be a great idea to play everyday “dress up” and they began adding
leg warmers to their wardrobes.
jeans, knit pants, parachute pants, miniskirts – fashionistas of the
early 80s wore leg warmers with everything. It didn’t matter whether you
knew how to dance or not – you wore leg warmers or you didn’t have any
hope of being cool. Even if it was ninety degrees out and an 80s fashion
fanatic was wearing jeans, they’d have a pair of leg warmers over them.
Practical? No. But who cared about practicality in the 80s? Wasn’t it
all about being cool and looking the part?
By the mid 80s the leg warmers fad began
to die down. Teenage girls started coming to their senses and realized
that wearing a pair of leg warmers with a miniskirt didn’t make you a
dancer anymore than wearing a stethoscope with your jeans would make you
What is truly amazing is that these
seemingly crazy fashion accessories are back. All you need do is
take a trip to your local Target a brand new crop of fuzzy leg warmers
at your fashion disposal. Shown here is a picture from a 2005
runway show replete with leg warmers. SO, get those calves ready
for a warm up - they're baaaack.
You can buy them online using the Amazon
link to the right, or if you prefer the more custom, home-made look, we
recommend the knitters over at Etsy!