How To Style Faux Leather Leggings For The Holidays

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When a leggings-hater and a leggings-expert (ha!) are challenged to dress up faux-leather leggings for the holidays….this is what happens.   Perfect for when you don’t want to trade cute for comfort (and of course turtlenecks are featured).

First, Our Favorite Pair of Faux-Leather Leggings

Scotti and I (independently) searched for our favorite pair of faux-leather leggings….and both arrived at the same conclusion:  this pair, from SPANX.

The link above is to the SPANX leggings at Nordstrom, but if they don’t have your size in stock, below we’ve linked to Macy’s, or try Amazon, here (prime shipping!!).

(Sidenote:  avoid Spanx’s moto-inspired faux-leather leggings – they’re insanely tight and uncomfortable.)

Scotti’s Outfit: Idea 1


Blazer: Zara, similar: Express

Shirt: Express

Leather Leggings: SPANX 

Bralette: Free People 

Shoes: Free People Cecile Boots

Earrings: J.Crew

Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff

Shana’s Outfit: Idea 2


Turtleneck: Old Nordstrom, similar: Everlane or ALLSAINTS or ALLSAINTS

Leather Leggings: SPANX 

Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Clutch: Mom’s Clutch, similar: Rebecca Minkoff

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Shana’s Outfit: Idea 3

Shirt: Cami NYC

Slip:  old Free People seamless slip (here’s a link to this year’s version) – Free People has a ton of different layering slips, perfect for this kind of thing.  They come in a range of necklines and lengths, and are super comfy.  The whole line can be found here.

Scotti’s Outfit: Idea 4


Turtleneck: H&M

Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff

Boots: Marc Fisher LTD

Earrings: J.Crew

Shana’s Outfit: Repeat of Idea 2

Sweater: J.Crew

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Clutch: Mom’s Clutch, similar: Rebecca Minkoff

Shana’s Outfit: Idea 5

Sweater: Love Stitch Off-The-Shoulder Slouchy Sweater – c/o Shop Social Threads (I’m wearing a medium)….this sweater, that I actually do wear many days of the week, is currently 25% off, and comes in a ton of colors (I’m eyeing up the black…..)

Bracelets: Similar: Express

Black Clutch: similar, Nordstrom

Glitter Clutch: J.Crew, similar: Old Navy or Kate Spade

Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Scotti’s Outfit: Idea 6

Shirt: Lush 

Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff

Boots: Vince Camuto

Earrings: Nickel and Suede, similar: Halogen

Shana’s Outfit: Idea 7

Blazer: Maje, similar: Lovers + Friends, George Loves, House of Harlow 1960, Tommy Hilfiger

Sweater: La Ligne (sold out) similar: Saint James

Necklace: DLNLX

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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7 Comments

  1. Laura Maclellan on

    Thank you for this video!! I ALWAYS have struggled with leggings and pairing them with the right top! Shana you articulated my problem exactly – I cannot seem to get the proportion right! I am 5’10 though so it seems to be an issue maybe regardless of height. I love all the information in the video and think it is a great way to learn — thanks again!

  2. Elizabeth Rafter on

    Quick question about the Spanx faux leather leggings…do yours roll down at the waist? I’m really happy with how I look in them, but the rolling waist is making me nuts. Do I need a different size? I’m going a little crazy with them!!!

  3. I’m a year late, but this was great. Now I need to schedule a fashion session with my sister.

    PS- Scotti is right about the gold purse!

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