Share fashion photos or styling tips.

How to Wear Leg Warmers

Find How to Wear Leg Warmers the Right Way

Learning the exact way to wear leg warmers can help you protect yourself from the harsh winter winds and also help flaunt your fashionable self.
Tulika Nair
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017
The credit for the development of leg warmers should actually go to ballet dancers who wore leg warmers to protect the calf region of their legs. Constructed in a similar way as socks, the difference between socks and leg warmers is that the latter is generally made of much thicker fabric and does not have a foot.
While traditionally they would be knitted from wool, today leg warmers are made of cotton and even synthetic fibers and are not as restrictive as winter clothing. While the length of leg warmers can differ depending on the preference of the wearer, the width is generally the same. This is an important thing to keep in mind while wearing leg warmers.
A fashion symbol in the eighties, thanks to movies like Flashdance and Footloose, leg warmers were the trend to sport. The fashion trend died down for the next few decades, resurfacing in the recent past. From high school students, to dancers, everyone is wearing these leg warmers to not only keep themselves warm but also to ensure that they are stepping it up fashionably. If you want to learn to wear leg warmers well, then just follow the tip given in the next section.
Wearing Leg Warmers
While wearing fluffy leg warmers, you can opt to wear them in such a way that they reach just below the knee or even extend them to cover parts of the thigh. There are also leg warmers available in the market which are made especially for dancers and come with a pad for feet that prevents slipping and gives them the required grip. If you want to wear leg warmers as a fashion statement, then there are many ways that you can try out so as to wear leg warmers fashionably.
  • In order to wear leg warmers with heels it would be best to wear them with a pair of denims, as this adds a bit of class to the outfit, that can be extremely important. While wearing leg warmers, ensure that they cover the top of your shoes, so that only the heels and the toes are visible.
  • If you are more fond of the punk look, then try and team your leg warmers with a pair of ankle length boots. Team them with a pair of ripped jeans and vest. Throw on a leather jacket to emphasize the look. As while wearing leg warmers with heels, it is important that only the toe section and heels of the boots are visible. Push the leg warmers towards your ankles for an added grunge look.
  • If you want to wear leg warmers with a dress, then it may be a good idea to team them with a pair of leggings or even spandex tights, which were a fashion statement in the eighties. Ballet shoes can be the preferred footwear for this slightly school girl look.
  • If you are aiming for a more androgynous look and want to wear leg warmers with skinny jeans, then wear an over sized men's shirt over denims. Use a wide belt to cinch the shirt at the waist or team it with a waistcoat.
These are just some of the clothing ideas that you can use in order to wear leg warmers. You can also layer two contrasting leg warmers together to create a great look. But this will result in several layers of warm clothing. If you want to create an illusion of wearing tall boots, you can match the color of your leg warmers to your boots. Leg warmers are the perfect clothing item that will not only protect you from the rigors of the climate but also allow you to be fashionable at the same time.