Leg warmers cover the lower legs, similar to socks, but thicker and generally without feet. The lower legs are kept warm by leg warmers during colder weather. Tubular sleeves, long fabric wraps, or simple pieces of fabric tied around the calves are possible. They are used in numerous outdoor activities and sports, including soccer, cycling, hockey, hiking, dancing, and ice skating.

They prevent cramps and other injuries to the legs of classical dancers and keep them warm. The scientific evidence collected so far does not support leg warmers to prevent injury.

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Leg warmers types

Modern variants are usually cotton, synthetic fibers, or both rather than pure sheep wool. Chenille is also an option.


A medium should fit thigh circumferences between 21 and 22 inches and side lengths between 43 and 44 inches. A large leg warmer is appropriate for legs 22 to 23 inches around and 44 to 45 inches tall.

Thanks to the stretchiness of the material, leg warmers can be a variety of lengths and widths. Many dancers prefer to wear them to cover the lower part of the thigh, but they can also be worn from the ankles to just below the knee. "Warmers" that cover the whole foot usually have a pad that grips the floor to keep the dancer from slipping -- however, they can lead to career-ending injuries. Leg warmers are sometimes made of thinner material and are very short; these are also called ankle warmers.

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The origin of leg warmers

The original purpose of legwarmers was to keep dancers' muscles from cramping after stretching. A dancewear shop opened in East Village, New York, in the early 1980s by David Lee and Trisha Kate created a fad for leg warmers. Legwarmers were their main product. In Berkeley, in the San Francisco Bay Area, wearing them was fashionable among teenage girls; later, it became popular among boys. Influenced by films like Fame and Flashdance and the aerobics craze at the time, their popularity was partly attributed to them. They were often worn as part of aerobic wear or with leggings, jeans, and tights. The 1980s saw the widespread popularity of these garments.

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How to wear leg warmers?

-Wear them with pumps

It takes a bit more confidence to pull this one-off, but it's acceptable. Leg warmers will look good so long as your heels are understated. Choose brown, black, or nude heels. It is a cozy look to wear leg warmers. The leg warmers won't look right with glow-in-the-dark stripper heels unless your leg warmers are also glow-in-the-dark.

-Put on tights and flats with leg warmers

Wear leg warmers and leggings or footless tights if it's 40 degrees outside and you want to wear that dress. Black tights and black leg warmers are a classic, understated combo. It looks as comfortable as booties but without the bulk.


Leg warmers have recently gained popularity with new parents to keep babies warm and make diaper changes easier. They are becoming popular again among girls, tweens, teens, college students, and women. Leg warmers are worn over leggings, tights, or jeans, and riding boots are worn over the leg warmers, with the leg warmers slouched over the boot's top.

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