Leg warmers traditionally are worn by ballet dancers. So what are leg warmers? They are long, woollen, footless socks worn around the calves and ankles. During the exercise and health craze of the 1970’s they became extremely popular. Often seen worn over trousers, tucked into boots, or under long skirts.
For those women who love a good ‘trouser’ suit, as they were called, Saint Laurent should be your favorite designer. He responded well to the trend creating themed suits for women including his “African”, “Safari”, and “City” suits. Now, you may be saying, “But I thought women wore pants long before the 70s?” and you would be correct but they were only acceptable in certain settings, for sport, loungewear, and “as an expression of iconoclasm by celebrities like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Katharine Hepburn,” but never were trouser suits “acceptable townwear for a fashionable woman”. We should all be thankful for designers like YSL.
The climax of what was considered “American Ingenuity” came in the form of DVF’s 1970s wrap dress. While the idea of the wrap dress was not new, DVF’s wrap dress is a trend that we still cherish today. From the 1930s-70s designers were re-thinking fashion to its very roots. Designers like McCardell liberated American fashion from Parisian design. This new independence came in the form of tying, wrapping, eschewing, as well as 1970s fabrics and colors, which were generally brighter, bolder, and more synthetic (and stretchy) than the early examples to which the silhouette and design principle are indebted.