"Anything But Ballet"

Almost every piece of dancewear we can think of – from leotards to costume-worthy glittery tights – has become a part of mainstream fashion in the pas
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Almost every piece of dancewear we can think of – from leotards to costume-worthy glittery tights – has become a part of mainstream fashion in the pas
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Almost every piece of dancewear we can think of – from leotards to costume-worthy glittery tights – has become a part of mainstream fashion in the past few years. In general, we love the off-duty ballerina look. But one dance accessory in particular gives us pause: the leg warmer. We remember when leg warmers really hit their stride during the “electroclash” years. We’d see girls layering hot pink versions over fishnets and stilettos, with only their heels poking through. Their return (oh yes, we’ve seen them on the street,) has spawned a cuter, more wearable incarnation- Prada’s footless socks are like the warmers’ sleeker best friend. But the practicality of real leg warmers is undeniable- they keep the part of your legs sticking out from under your coat warm, and can be taken off easily once you get to where you’re going. It’s just too bad they look like muffs for your ankles. But what about leg warmers themselves? Are they too “I’m going to an‘80s party!” for everyday? Or could they be the perfect winter staple? --ALISON COOL