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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tips for Repurposing Legwarmers into your Everyday Look

Legs get cold, even here in Los Angeles.  So what better way to warm up your leggies than with legwarmers, right?  Yeah, I know what you are thinking.  It's all well and good to wear legwarmers in the dance studio, but sporting them on the street requires a bit more moxy than most. 

Here's a few tips for how to get away with wearing legwarmers among civilians without looking like a fashion tragedy from the 80's. 

Firstly you have to pick good legwarmers.  If they are two corny or two bright they are going to be harder to pull off.  I suggest easing into legwarmer fashion by starting with a few basics, like black or dark maroon.  Also there are a bunch of really cool legwarmers on the market right now that use things like ruched seams or embroidered details to add a bit of style. 

Secondly, do NOT wear your legwarmers with sneakers.  You will look like you are in a 1980's workout video no matter what, so just don't even go there.  I recommend wearing legwarmers with heels or nice looking flats a la Audrey Hepburn.  If you pick heels try to pair them with stirrup legwarmers, so you can tuck the legwarmers under the heel on your arch.  This will make your legs look longer!  

Finally, while I think this look works best with a dress or skirt, not pants, I wouldn't recommend rocking this look with bare legs.  Tights, particularly black ones, will help complete the look.  This is one of those fashion choices that works better if you acknowledge where it's coming from.  Tights not only help the conversion from dress to legwarmers, they also help to invoke a dancer chic that complements the legwarmers, thus negating any tacky fashion faux pas.

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