Cleopatra admired varicose veins. In fact, she might have even tied tight bands around her knees in an attempt to develop them. The long, snake-like blood vessels were seen as a beauty enhancer in Cleo’s Egypt. They were in vogue. They made the skin and the legs more beautiful, and one might surmise, more interesting.
Now, people spend thousands of dollars to get rid of them. Varicose veins are unsightly. Treatments include injecting foam into the vein to collapse it or surgery to strip the offending veins right out of your leg. Ouch.
Legwarmers, for those of you who weren’t born yet in 1984, were a staple of trendy fashion. They had a bit longer shelf life than other trends of the 80s, which is probably why they were recently resurrected. (see pics below)
Rule #1: They had to match your over-sized sweater.
Rule #2: They had to be layered. If you wore just one set of legwarmers, you were poor.
Rule #2 1/2: They had to be scrunched down, not pulled up to your knees. That look was for dancers, not trendy kids.
Rule #3: You had to tuck your acid-wash jeans neatly inside the warmers, and they had to cover only a bit of your Reeboks. Or Nikes. Or Balloons.
Rule #4: Even if they made you sweat to death, you had to wear them.
Old skool. New skool.