I don't know if I was too busy being a "skateboard punk rocker" to quote Michelle Shocked, or if the Flashdance thing didn't make it to rural Missouri, but I never dressed like this in high school
I think I can say pretty certainly that that's a Good Thing.
However, as I was picking up tights at H&M, I decided to take a chance on some leg warmers. For one thing they were a sober gray chunky knit, which seemed a bit less trendy, and for another thing, it's been cold for a week now and I am getting tired of wearing boots with all my skirts.
So I took a chance and I think there will be no argument that they definitely give one cankles. They were considerably warmer than just tights, and I ended up wearing them at my desk for a couple of hours (had to take them off quickly to go to a meeting). However, I really want something that will be warm above the knee, and although I pulled them up that high, they refused to stay, settling just below the knee. Not that my calves were complaining about the extra warmth, they just weren't all I hoped they'd be, and I felt like a fashion victim, so I doubt I'll wear them much. If I were ambitious, I'd dig out something fun from the giant stash of "future project" yarn and knit them for myself, but I've got enough projects that aren't moving forward already.