Fashion Friday :: let’s talk about legwarmers

Are they still a thing?

I mean, for awhile they were really hot in the knitting world. Legwarmers were one of the first thing I wanted to make when I first learned to knit. Specifically, I was taken with these Postmodern Legwarmers by Stefanie Japel. I never made them, but I always loved the looks of them.

But I finally made my own pair in early 2010:
52.2 - redemption of a 12 year-old
These are made from my own handspun and I LOVE them. They were a kind of loveletter to my twelve year-old self. You can read all about that here (as well as reading about how I made them).

for Rav: Jam legwarmers
These legwarmers still make me happy, but I mostly wear them in ways unseen. Either under my jeans when it’s super cold:
for Rav: Jam legwarmers

Or around the house with multiple other handknits when I’m looking for some extra cozy. Don’t you think I need to add a pair to this fetching ensemble of knee-high handspun socks and handspun slippers?
Handknit handspun socks+slippers

But to be honest, I never wear them out in public, where they can actually be seen as legwarmers – like with a skirt, for instance, or on top of skinny jeans. And I’m not sure if I’ve noticed other people wearing them much either. So I’m wondering – are legwarmers a thing right now or not? Do people besides knitters like them these days? (and are they even a thing in the knitting world right now?) I feel totally out of touch with where we all stand on this particular trend at the moment.

Legwarmers are such a handy thing to make out of a 4-ounce bump of handspun. I’ve thought of occasionally making some for gifts (I certainly don’t need more for myself), but I don’t like making things for people that won’t actually get used.

What are your thoughts on this very pressing fashion question?

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8 thoughts on “Fashion Friday :: let’s talk about legwarmers

  1. I say if you like ’em, wear ’em! Who cares if they’re out of style or not? (Which they may or may not be…I’m not a person who really knows about these things). Yours made from hand spun are just beautiful. I think they’d be smashing with a skirt over a pair of leggings. But that’s just me.

  2. When I was commuting on foot/public transit I would wear a pair of grey ones with a dress or skirt when it was a snowy/rainy day instead of getting the bottoms of my pants wet. I got some funny looks, but I always got a few compliments too. I say, wear ’em with pride!

  3. I wear them outside…. when I’m also in a leotard and tights! I take ballet lessons 4x a week and legwarmers are finally back in my life! 😀 Your handspun ones are really cute. I think you can do legwarmers in long boots too. Who’s gonna know they’re legwarmers or just long socks?

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