One of the things I picked up while shopping with my mom was a set or three of leg warmers. I was born in '83, so I missed most of the 80's fashion (but for the t-shirt clips, scrunchies, and a bit of neon that trickled its way down to elementary school), but I saw the Olivia Newton-John "Physical" video on Pop-Up Video later on, so I feel like I'm still an expert on the workout wear. And according to the sock section of my local Ross, leg warmers are TOTALLY back in fashion.
I originally bought some because I thought they'd be cozy with my new rainboots (hands down my greatest purchase of 2015; it's rained one million days since mid-November and my Hunter Tours are so insanely comfortable I've worn them 10+ hours on days full of erranding and cooking and I still didn't want to take them off when I go to bed) and could make them look less rainboot-y when I wear them to work (because I totally wear them to work, you never know when rain might rise up to my 19th floor office and the parking garage really does get puddle-y).
So I had some cozy little sweaters for my calves that I thought would poke out of a boot over my jeans and that would be that. But then I turned to the google and asked "how do you wear legwarmers?" and there was a woman wearing them with heels and I thought it was adorable. So this past Wednesday, after two more days of google and pinterest, I decided I could do it. I would do it. I would be trendy. I got dressed and promptly chickened out and changed my clothes only to give myself a shake and remember this is not high school and 99% of the people in my office could care less what I'm wearing and I'm a goddamn grown woman and can wear calf-sweaters and heels on a cold day if I think it's cute and goddammit I do.
Then I said that like 15 more times, got redressed, and ran off to work 20 minutes late because I'm insecure and can't hang a pinterest printout from my neck to prove to other people that this is okay.
So I did it. But what do we think? I received 1 flash dance reference that at first I didn't get, one questioning look, and mostly complete nonresponsiveness because seriously no one cares what I'm wearing. And also my legs are under my desk the vast majority of the day.
But then I went to barre that night and felt I could completely embrace the legwarmer situation. Olivia Newton-John is an unimpeachable source and she told me I could. I was also wearing crazy patterned pants, so if anything, the ivory warmers toned down the whole look.
And now I've written a couple hundred words on leg warmers, but seriously, where do we stand? I have 3 pairs and a whole $15 total dollars invested in this trend, including a cozy brown pair I feel like I could wear over skinny jeans with my low flat chelsea boots that I otherwise haven't worn because it's now weird to see my ankles in boots and I don't know what to do with them.
If nothing else, they can join me at the barre every week in the winter. I feel confident wearing them there and I'm making my students sweat and shake too much to dare think otherwise.