Fashion People Are Wearing This Cheap Accessory—You'll Either Love or Hate It


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The '80s are calling in a big way as of late when it comes to fashion. Not only do we have structured-shoulder blazers, puff-sleeved dresses, pleated trousers, and more throwbacks trending, but I am also now seeing outfits pop up with leg warmers. While the cheap accessory is destined to be polarizing, I can't say I am surprised about the resurgence of the balletcore aesthetic over the past year. The new trend seems to be strongest among the Gen Z crowd, but I have also seen stylish millennials reaching for a pair.

What's been most interesting is being able to see how different fashion people style the cozy accessory. On one hand, you have whimsical takes that include cute dresses and fun coats. Then, there are more athletic routes, where the leg warmer is incorporated into a workout look alongside leggings and sneakers. Beyond that, there are fashion-forward ensembles, unexpected party outfits, and more that feature a pair. Keep scrolling to see six leg-warmer outfit ideas, plus how to get each look.



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Michelle Li topped off her cool black-and-white outfit with homemade knitted leg warmers.


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Aimee Song shows off a selection of sporty looks featuring leg warmers in a variety of colors.



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Moe Black paired her fur-trimmed coat with slouchy gray leg warmers and chunky oxfords.



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Sami Miró turns heads in her avant-garde ensemble complete with black over-the-knee leg warmers.



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Vivian is the embodiment of the balletcore trend with her slouchy white leg warmers and sleek ballet flats.



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Nitsan Raiter Fluxgold is party ready all thanks to her vibrant cardigan, glitzy accessories, and fashion-forward leg warmers.

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Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently the shopping updates editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.