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Cold Weather Style: Legwarmers Over Crops

I remember taking an inventory of my workout gear as fall approached and realizing that cold weather could present a problem. While I think full-length tights will be great when I start outdoor training runs for my half marathon, I’ll still be cross training inside boutique fitness studios. I prefer to wear crops for high intensity interval training and indoor cycling. The problem with crops during the winter in New York City is that you’re often walking around or taking the subway before or after class in your gear. I can’t leave half of my legs exposed to freezing temperatures, wind, and snow. After brainstorming how I could wear my crops to and from class without pants over them, I remembered how I solved this problem during my dancing days. I needed to buy some legwarmers! I know, it sounds kind of 80’s, but check out my inspiration below.

Legwarmers Over Crops

I checked Nike, Lululemon, Athleta, and a few other activewear websites for legwarmers. Many offer the compression legwarmers used for running and other outdoor sports, but that’s not exactly what I wanted. I did find Lululemon Falling Freely Leg Warmers, but I didn’t like how long they were. Plus, I knew I wanted to buy two or three pairs, which mean Lulu didn’t offer enough color options and seemed overpriced.

After checking out activewear brands, I stumbled across the American Apparel Long Leg Warmer. Chunky knit, knee-legnth, bright colors, right price. Done. After work yesterday, I picked up my first pair. I chose gray because I knew I wanted a neutral pair, but I really like the purple and peacock colors. You’re allowed to judge me for taking a selfie at the American Apparel store. I was excited about my purchase and wanted to test the legwarmers out on my way to class at As One.

Legwarmers Over Crops

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  • Reply Angela

    Ooh, smart idea! I wear full-length tights for a lot of classes because of the chilly commute issue, but agree that crops would definitely be preferable for spinning classes and probably a few others. They look cute on you!

    November 8, 2013 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Kayla

    I used to love wearing leggings for indoor trapeze classes– the tent was super chilly on a cold day. I tend to get lazy and wear a pair of baggy sweat pants over my crops, but leggings sound like a great way to wear crops all year round.

    November 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm
    • Reply Kayla

      hahah legwarmers not leggings whoops!

      November 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply trevor ferguson

    haha funny Jaclyn came up with the same thing

    November 19, 2013 at 9:36 am
  • Reply ASICS GEL-NIMBUS for Finish Line

    […] since November and have been itching to wear a pair of crops again. While I occasionally wear traditional leg warmers to and from classes, these leggings have the soft feel of cotton with all the benefits of advanced […]

    March 18, 2015 at 5:00 am
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