Falling For: Retro Legs

Looking back, the 80s appears to have been a horrible time in fashion. But in the moment, it was a fantastically neon, spandex, stirrup'd, big haired fashion fest. Seriously, who didn't want to be Jennifer Beals or Jamie Lee Curtis in their leotards, off the shoulder cut-off shirts and braided headbands?! The retro, 80s inspired items that have cycled back around for this year are truly stylish and inspired nods to the fashion from that decade--but well updated and polished for this one. Great leggings, over-the-knee boots, fingerless gloves and arms full of bracelets have snaked their way back into our collective fashion consciousness. I am particularly enamored at the moment with legwarmers and knee-socks. Crazy, I know. But they're popping up in such adorable prints and patterns and with such great details that I can't help but admire them, and imagine the ways they can be put together. Here are some beautiful leggy options that I am loving from around the net. I actually picked up the Buggiano sock trio from Aldo this past weekend--one argyle, one striped and one solid color, all in shades of gray and black. I'm still playing dress up with them to find the right look. I'll try to post a pic when I have found it!