Are Spanx Leggings Worth the Hype?

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I’m not over-exaggerating when I say we’ve seen the Spanx faux leather leggings EVERYWHERE. On influencers, on blogs, in ads, on Pinterest. They usually retail for $98 or over $100 for the moto version. Before buying my first pair of Spanx, I’d never spent more than $30-40 on leggings. I’m not a leggings fan, so I never justified the price. I often looked at them online and said, why $100 for a pair of leggings?

*If you’re just ready to #addtocart, you can find Spanx leggings on sale at most retailers right now. Otherwise, keep reading for my full review.

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: A Review

After giving birth a second time, I found myself with a saggy belly, as you may know. That changed the way I looked at clothes, especially pants, and how they fit around my waist. I started investing in jeans. I LOVE jeans and have learned to live with less quantity for better quality. But leggings? I wasn’t there yet.

However, I still needed a pair that helped me control my belly but not create a muffin top, which is easy when you have a soft belly. One day I got a higher-end pair that quickly became a favorite. Like jeans, I understood that it was better to have one pair of good leggings than many not-so-good ones. So, on a random afternoon during a big sale, I decided to go for a pair of faux-leather Spanx leggings. Two years later, I’m here writing about them. Especially about the newer style, I’m obsessed with: the moto.

The Spanx Faux Leather Leggings Waistband is Magic

For the price, high-end leggings better be MAGIC. We're trying the Spanx faux leather leggings to see if they perform like the price tag. Pics inside.
For the price, high-end leggings better be MAGIC. We're trying the Spanx faux leather leggings to see if they perform like the price tag. Pics inside.

Moto Leggings: Petite vs. Regular

After two years of the plain version, I decided to get the moto one. I didn’t want to get them because I’m petite. Do you see those moto details? Well, they clearly define where your knees go, and I was afraid they would just hit in all the wrong places. That is — until they made the petite version. That’s when I said, “I’m ready for another pair of leggings!”

For the price, high-end leggings better be MAGIC. We're trying the Spanx faux leather leggings to see if they perform like the price tag. Pics inside.

Left: Regular l Right: Petite

See how the knee placement hits lower on the regular length. I thought it would bother me a lot, and it did. The difference is about 1″.

For the price, high-end leggings better be MAGIC. We're trying the Spanx faux leather leggings to see if they perform like the price tag. Pics inside.

Left: Regular l Right: Petite

The difference is big. So for those of us who don’t like the bunching at the ankles, the petite length can be really amazing.

Are Faux Leather Leggings Worth the Hype?

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Boots (on sale) l Leggings l Stroller

Yes, I love the Spanx faux leather leggings. The power waistband, the no seam on the front (aka no camel toe), and the quality make them worth it. Even if I don’t wear them very often, they are the ones I reach for when I do. Apart from my workout leggings, I only have two leggings pairs, and that’s enough for me.

What To Know About The Faux Leather

More than faux-leather material, it’s the faux-leather look. They don’t feel like leather, but there’s a finish on the fabric that gives it a leathery shine. I wear them whenever I want to wear real leggings but also look stylish. I have other faux-leather leggings that feel and look more like leather for other occasions.

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You can see other ways I’ve styled them here: With an oversized blazer, with a trench dress, and as part of my cold weather momiform. 

Chao, Chao. Julieta

Follow me over on IG (@julietatorresd) for more put-together legging outfits, all the high-rise jeans, and a raw and vulnerable take on motherhood. Social media shouldn’t be for good things only. See you there!

8 COMMENTS

  1. I bought the Spanx camo leggings and while I loved the pattern, and the fit was flattering, I didn’t like how shiny the leggings were. They looked too ”workout” rather than the kind of leggings one would wear out and about. I was bummed because I really liked them otherwise. I’m also short and can only wear the petite. I wish they made more styles in petite.

  2. Save yourself and the planet and go buy some girlfriend collective leggings. Made from plastic water bottles and literally last forever!!!

  3. I love, love, love my spanx leggings. I have the moto version and the faux leather camo version. I wear both alllll the time, including with tops that don’t cover the bum which is something I’ve never done before. My spouse loves the way they look too. 😉 I wear them with fashion sneaks, over the knee boots, and all different types of flats.

    They are so flattering and I love they smooth out the dimples on my butt and thighs, lol. Worth every single penny.

  4. I have the faux leather in regular petite. I want to try the moto ones but in petite. Do you recommend going with my regular size (xs)? or sizing up to a small for petite?

  5. Yes! I got some in petite and while they fit, I have to wear longer shirts because everything shows through. I’d love to know what others wear under theirs?

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