Fashion in the 1980s

Leg Warmers

Leg warmers are coverings for the lower legs, similar to socks but thicker and generally footless. They were originally used as dancewear by ballet and other classic dancers in order to keep the leg muscles warm and to prevent cramping or other muscle injuries.

Originally worn by dancers to keep their muscles from cramping after stretching, in the early 1980s leg warmers became a fad and wearing them was fashionable among teenage girls. Their popularity was partly due to the influence of the films Fame and Flashdance and the concurrent aerobics craze. They were worn with leggings, jeans, and tights or as part of aerobic wear.

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Source:  “Leg Warmers.”  Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.  2 Apr. 2011.  Web.  20 Apr. 2011.