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?

After giving birth a second time, as you may now, I found myself with a saggy belly. That changed the way I looked at clothes, especially pants and the way 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.

The thing is, that even though I didn’t wear leggings that much, I still needed a pair that fit me right. That helped me control my belly but not create a muffin top, which believe me, is so easy when you have a soft belly. One day I got one good pair that was more expensive than usual for me, but I loved it. It ended up sending the other leggings I had to the back of my closet. 

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 one of those Shopbop sales, I decided to go for them and see for myself. Two years later I’m here writing about them. Especially about the newer style: 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.

The waistband is what makes these leggings gold. It conceals the tummy without giving a muffin top. The back hits a little lower and gives the illusion of a perkier behind. It also avoids the pulling that causes leggings to roll down.

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. 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.

Regular (left), Petite (right)

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.

Regular (left) Petite (right)

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 the Faux Leather Leggings Worth the Hype?

Wearing leggings requires a certain...finesse. Comfort + polish is the way to go for some & it may call for a cropped sweater. We found another daily go-to!

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 pairs of leggings, and that’s enough for me.

Something about the leather look is that it’s just the look. They don’t feel like leather. 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.

Wearing

Do you have Spanx leggings or have you been unsure about them?

You can see other ways I’ve styled them here: With an oversized blazer, with a trench dress and ready to run after my kids.

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 the good things only. See you there!

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Love: keeping it real, athleisure and hiding my mommy tummy under high rise jeans 📍NY from Colombia If you can't find me in the bathroom hiding from my two boys, I'll be showing a mix of style, vulnerability and real life on Instagram (@julietatorresd) Would love for you to join me there!

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4 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. I bought them and returned. Didn’t like how shiny they were and the waistband rolled down on me🤷🏻‍♀️

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

  4. 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.

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