October 18, 2017

Frugal Fashionista: They’re Back…I Dare You!


Rounding the corner at my local Goodwill, I eyed the end cap with a variety of odds and ends. I smirked when I saw something that immediately had my memories rushing to the golden “error” or era of the ’80’s (your choice), where leg warmers were all the rage.

Believe it or not – wearing leg warmers are BACK with a vengeance.

I snagged this brand new pair, still in the packaging, and knew this $3 would be well worth my purchase. When I got to the checkout, my thrifting partner in crime dared to question my “dressing outside my comfort zone” mentality with, “Are you really going to buy those?”

Immediately, I informed her of their new found fashion flare, and decide to rock them myself over my T.J. Maxx leggings and thrifted, leather Bass shoes.

One of my fashion goals this year is to get a little more trendy by adding more statement pieces and unusual accessories. These would definitely apply, yet because they are a subtle gray with adorable buttons on the side, they allow me to step out of my box gradually. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have I convinced you yet to reconsider?

I’ve been enjoying them with boots, over tights,ย  jeans and under skirts. We’ve had a mild winter here in NC, but they are perfect to add additional warmth in those frigid climates.

Leg Warmers made from sweaters




So, my Frugal Fashionista recommendation for the week is to buy some leg warmers, knit some leg warmers, or dig up in your parent’s attic to see just how much of a pack rat they are, and then give this new fad a try.

Even brand new, they are an inexpensive accessory that can dress up your thrifted pieces and make a statement.

Seriously, I have had so much fun with them.

Just dare to be different!

Mark Your Calendars!

I’ve had many requests for another Frugal Fashionsta Fashion show (link up party).

Get your frugal fashion posts ready and link up on Feb. 24th. If you don’t have a blog and would like to participate, please email a few pictures of your outfits.

Remember that my requirement to link up is that at least 1-2 of your core wardrobe pieces need to be second hand.


  1. I took your double dog dare and came over ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL haven’t heard that in a while! Girl, I’ve seen that these are back! It’s just been too hot in GA to wear them. You’re looking great in yours!


  2. Stacey Hughes says:

    I LOVE it!!! Way to go! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your frugal fashion posts always make me smile! But I do have to say, I’ve officially been “dared”! I love it! It is soo easy to slip into mom mode for me especially now that I’m homeschooling my 3 boys. But I do believe momma needs to toss the blue jeans and ponytail and embrace my girly side again! Thank you so much for these posts! (I also took to your Vaseline tip for brightening under eyes, was a little skeptible..but it works! And didn’t smear my eye make-up like I feared it would!)
    Keep em’ coming!! And thank you so much! Lots of fun!!


  3. They look great on you! I don’t know if I can wear them though! I really love the look of the grey pair in the third picture….this could convince me!


  4. I have a pair I purchased and haven’t worn yet. LOVE them and the outfit. EXCITED for another link up. I’m rocking the Goodwill wear every week. Thanks to you, about 90% of my wardrobe is Goodwill or Salvation Army. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. a) you are just adorable… b) question: so I saw some leg warmers — I actually called them boot socks because I’m not sure that I would ever wear them as leg warmers — for a whole $5 at a resale shop. My question is (we’ve had a mild winter, too): will they be in again next winter? Or is this a one season fashion?


  6. I heart my leg warmers!! I got mine for $3 at Gabriel brothers…and they do keep you REALLY warm:)


  7. I bet my mom still has mine from highschool packed away somewhere. I should get on the phone and find out, hm?


  8. I have been thinking about getting a pair to wear with my boots. I never owned a pair in the 1980s. Those were one of those luxury items we couldn’t afford growing up.


  9. Fun…My daughter asked for several pairs for Christmas so I may just have to borrow a pair from her…

    As always, love your frugal fashionista posts, especially right now as it is all about New York Fashion Week and all the crazy outfits that are ridiculously overpriced and downright silly for most women to wear. Thank you for a dose of sanity amongst all that hype…


  10. annmichelle says:

    Probably would leave these for my daughter. Since I’m a large size according to your site (size 12)! , I am careful what I wear. Of course after five children and being five foot one, I’m proud to say I’m a size 12!


    Jen Reply:

    I am a size 12, so I definitely wouldn’t say that is large – very average.If you are referring to the video from two years ago, don’t forget to read the post that went with it. It was a novice video with poor editing, and the size that was handed to me was a 22.


  11. Oh my gosh, I loooove theeeeem! Your entire outfit in that first picture is to die for, in my humble opinion. I need to make more time for thrifting! ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. Oh, dear dear me. I don’t know if I have the guts. But I have an old sweater that I’m making a throw pillow of, so maybe I will cut off the sleeves. I think the photo with the tall boots and jeans would be as far as I can go with this one, though…


  13. I love them under boots!



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