How to Wear It: Leg Warmers

Not too long ago, I had a friend ask me, via Twitter, if I had any suggestions on wearing leg warmers this season.

My first reaction was along the lines of, "unless you're at dance class, just don't." Then I came across some super cute cashmere leg warmers. Then I had to rethink my entire leg warmer stance.

These leg warmers, as photographed by paintedbooklady are super. And those shoes are super as well.
And katrinkles wears them really well here, too!

So then I realized what the common denominator in all the "cute" photos I found: they were wearing them like socks, and usually with a skirt and comfy shoes.

I personally love this approach. It makes you look warm and bundled up without wearing bulky pants. And since I find all hosery interesting (bright tights, anyone?) I think you can really make this look work.

I would only warn against one thing: don't wear them over your jeans. Just don't. We did that in the early (mid?) 80's, and it looked weird then. It doesn't look any better now.

Other than that, rock on with your cute knitted legwarmers! I might be picking up some for myself on


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