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November 26, 2007

Leg Warmers: Yay or Nay?

Since I worked in retail during my senior year of high school, I noticed that leg warmers made a strong comeback two winters ago as a seasonal item. Thus, I was surprised to see that it was becoming a trend in San Diego the following semester (my first semester of college consisted predominantly of flip flops and long boarding to the La Jolla shore since I started in California) in our daily 85-degree “fall” weather. I guess it was at that point that I realized fashion is temperature-blind, and that sometimes it’s okay for wool leg warmers to be worn in the summer, and for thin cotton leggings to be worn in the winter.

Personally, I don’t mind leg warmers, and I actually own a few neutral-colored pairs that are currently sitting somewhere back in the mess that I frequently refer to as my closet. A post by Angela on thebudgetfashionista.com , however, thinks otherwise. She claims that although this model looks great in them, “most of us would end up looking schlumpy and …slightly ridiculous.”

I think I’m going to have to go ahead and disagree with Angela. Even though I fall in the category of being under the mandated runway height of 5’8”, I still think that us normal people can still wear them without looking completely bizarre. After all, the trend did originate in Japan, which is notorious for producing relatively petite girls. You just have to be careful what you wear them with. Sneakers are probably not your best option, unless you’re taking an early morning jog and are actually using leg warmers to keep your legs warm rather than trying to make a fashion statement. The girls in California would wear them with flip flops, which was also a popular trend among my sales associates. Although I’ve never done this, I’m a big fan of going for the vintage look of pairing them with round-toed flats or pointy stilettos.

Alternatively, for the winter months, I've also noticed a few people wearing them under boots when they're paired with skirts. I tried this out a few days ago when I was scrambling to make it on time to a meeting and couldn't find my suit pants. The leg warmers complemented the boots in giving them a cute, feminine edge but also helped dress down the outfit and make it more appropriate for the colder temperatures.

Posted by lwtse at November 26, 2007 11:05 PM


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