Review – ROTJ leg warmers

Today’s review item probably won’t be a regular part of my wardrobe, but it’s such a fun vintage item I needed to have a pair. For Return of the Jedi in 1983 the company ‘Sales Corporation of America’ made several styles of knitted Star Wars leg warmers! Originally a dance wear item, leg warmers became a popular fashion accessory for women in the 1980’s. I love finding unusual items like this, obviously made for female Star Wars fans, and definitely a fashion accessory of it’s era.

This pair is red with white stripes and ‘Jedi’ in black on both sides. These didn’t have a tag so I wasn’t sure what fibre type these are – many thanks to Star Wars collector Duncan Jenkins, who confirmed they are 100% Orlon Acrylic. They measure approximately 54cm long and 14cm wide (lying flat) which would be women’s sizing, not girl’s. Credit goes to Collectors Archive for the manufacturer information. Even though these are more for my collection than wardrobe, I am rather keen to track down other pairs from the range featuring Wicket, R2-D2 and C-3PO. I paid US$8 for mine on ebay, they are in great condition.

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