I remember going to preschool in my white turtle neck and jean skirt, accessorized, of course, by rainbow suspenders. I rocked a Dorothy Hamill haircut at age 4, and by 6 I knew Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” by heart (although I didn’t quite understand the meaning of “touched for the very first time”).
Another thing I remember from my 80s youth is this: leg warmers. I’m sure I had more than one pair, but the ones I remember were purple with Miss Piggy appliques. And because what’s old is always new again in fashion, leg warmers are back, baby.
My 3 year old loves wearing them, and I love them too. They’re a great way to add some seasonal flair to wardrobe staples.
Here are 10 of my favorites. They look great with skirts, dresses, and skinny jeans, and are perfect for that cool autumn air.
Heather Gray Neutrals 1 of 10These neutral knit leg warmers could be paired with so many colors. I love the detail at the bottom!
Available at Posh Pipsqueak for $14.95
Bohemian Boot Socks 2 of 10Boots are big for fall and winter, and these boot socks dress them up in an unexpected way.
Available at Three Bird Nest for $28
Crocheted Cuties 3 of 10Another reason I love leg warmers for toddlers is that they're easier to manage when potty training, since they don't need to be pulled down. This crocheted pair is great for winter!
Available at Tiffany Vanessa for $18
Are You Ready for some Football? 4 of 10How cute are these? Your toddler will love cheering on the team with these on.
Available at Never Nola for $12
For Your Little Turkey 5 of 10If you don't want to spend a lot of money on holiday-themed clothes for your toddler, why not accessorize with a seasonal pair of leg warmers? These are so cute for Thanksgiving.
Available at Darling Little Bow Shop for $13.95
Polka Dots! 6 of 10I love these polka dots and I know my little girl would too. So cute!
Available at All Dolled Up by Kelly for $8
Rainbows of Fun 7 of 10Does your toddler love rainbows as much as mine? These are a great way to add some color to your kiddo's wardrobe.
Available at Kakabaka for $10
Cute Crocheted Stripes 8 of 10Stripes are great for adding some whimsy to an outfit. These are so cute.
Available at Ruby Webbs for $25
Dressed-Up Ruffles 9 of 10Leg warmers can be worn on dressier occasions too. I can imagine these in a Christmas picture!
Available at Lil Dimples for $15
A Little Bit of Love 10 of 10The heart appliques add a little love to these cute striped leg warmers.
Available at Kakabaka for $12
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Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.