While it was a playful style, there were some restrictions involved. “In the ’80s, leggings with oversized T-shirts, sweaters, or blouses, were a young style — typically worn by teens and women in their early twenties. I am sure some were worn into offices, but for the most part, it was a casual style intended for leisure activities, shopping at the mall, hanging with friends, and going to a club,” he shares.
If you weren’t into clipping massive, Madonna-inspired bows into your hair, then you might have wielded your leggings in a different way. In a more Jazzercise kind of direction. Thanks to subscription gyms popping up and the popularity of Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons in a leotard and short shorts, leggings entered a whole new fashion realm: Athleisure. As Walford mentioned, women liked to match their baggy workout tees and leg warmers with leggings, and hit the mall for some quality clique time. They were finally being worn as off-duty clothes.