What to Wear With Leg Warmers


Initially a 1980s phenomenon, leg warmers have made a return as an in-vogue fashion accessory. While they were originally worn as part of a fitness trend, leg warmers are perfect for casual everyday wear, and, in some cases can even work as part of a more upscale outfit. Pair leg warmers with tight, form-fitting legwear, such as skinny jeans or leggings, for optimal effect.

Wear Them With Skirts

  • When paired with skirts, leg warmers give flair to an otherwise basic closet staple. To best show off your leg warmers, team them with a skirt that is just above your knees or shorter. A long skirt will hide the legwear and can add unnecessary bulk to your lower body. Similarly, if you are pairing your leg warmers with a flowing skirt, keep your hem no lower than mid-thigh, again to avoid added bulk. Wear your leg warmers with either bare legs or tights. Choose solid-colored tights if your leg warmers have a pattern, or patterned tights if your leg warmers are a solid color, and contrast the colors for extra pop.

Try Pants or Shorts

  • Leg warmers work best with tight-fitting pants, as it keeps the look streamlined; adding leg warmers to skinny jeans or leggings will also mask the starkness of a skin-tight lower-body outline. You can also pair leg warmers with shorts to create a funky vibe well-suited for city streets. As with skirts, keep your shorts relatively form-fitting and mid-thigh or higher. Pair your shorts and leg warmers with tights if the weather is too cool for bare legs.

Choose Footwear Carefully

  • Leg warmers go well with most types of footwear, from flats to heels to boots. Tuck your leg warmers into your boots, like you would a pair of skinny jeans. However, to avoid a reference to the 1980s, avoid teaming your leg warmers with running shoes -- no matter how minimalist they are. Rock shoes in a color that contrasts with your shoes to reduce the visual effect of a solid mass of color at your feet. For patterned leg warmers, keep your footwear simple -- think one- or two-tone ballet flats and no socks.

Pick the Right Accessories

  • No matter how cold it is outside, your leg warmers are an accessory, not a necessity. To ensure your appearance is sleek and clean, keep your other accessories to a minimum. For example, while a large handbag is acceptable, keep it simple -- few ornaments and only one or two colors. For a casual urban look, pair skinny jeans with kitten heels, a large, single-color handbag and simple jewelry. For a more upscale look, choose leg warmers in solid colors made from luxury fabrics, such as cashmere.


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