How to Wear Faux Leather Leggings

I’ve seen Spanx faux leather leggings featured by countless bloggers the past few years, but because I haven’t experienced fall or winter since 2016 (we lived in Hawaii from summer 2017 to spring 2020) I only recently purchased a pair for myself.  These leggings look similar to leather yet they’re machine-washable, and they’re made by Spanx (the shapewear company) so they’re nice and flattering and suck you in in all the right places.  Be sure to size up one size if you decide to get them!  I’m normally a small at J.Crew and most other places but comfortably wear a medium in Spanx faux leather leggings.

Today I’m sharing 5 different comfortable and realistic ways to wear Spanx faux leather leggings, even if you’re a mom and your only event of the day is school drop off (or virtual learning).  To me, the key to these leggings is to cover your bum, so all these looks do just that and most incorporate easy layers that could even be mixed and matched.  (And some of these pieces were also in my recent posts How to Wear White Jeans after Labor Day and How to Wear Demi-Boot Cropped Jeans.)  Be sure to check out my IGTV style session to watch me build each outfit too!

5 Ways to Wear Faux Leather Leggings

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spanx faux leather leggings with dudley stephens cobble hill fleece turtleneck

outfit details: Spanx faux leather leggings (runs small, size up one size, I’m wearing medium) | leopard print loafers (similar washable pair here, affordable pointy toe flats here) | Longchamp Le Pliage Tote | Dudley Stephens Cobble Hill Turtleneck in Camel Vello Fleece (true to size, wearing a small)

What could be more comfortable than leggings and a fleece?  I recently purchased a Dudley Stephens Cobble Hill turtleneck in camel Vello fleece (the Vello is warmer and more plush than the Terry fleece) and know I’m going to be living in it this fall and winter.  It’s perfect for wearing with leggings because it covers your bum and is cozy, yet it looks really effortless and chic due to the style.  It also has pockets!  You can use this link here to get your code to save $25 on your first purchase, if you want to get one for yourself.  They’re an investment piece but I think they will be incredibly versatile and very well loved as the temperatures drop.  My Longchamp tote is 9 years old (this is the black and brown version and I styled my 9 year old navy and brown one in last week’s white denim after Labor Day blog post) and it’s so timeless and classic.  My J.Crew leopard calf-hair loafers are 7 years old but they help bring together the camel, brown and black colors in the rest of my outfit.  They’re incredibly versatile and I consider them a neutral in my wardrobe.  Some similar options are linked above.

spanx faux leather leggings with chambray tunic and sweater blazer

outfit details: Spanx faux leather leggings (runs small, size up one size) | leopard print loafers (similar washable pair here, affordable pointy toe flats here) | Longchamp Le Pliage Tote | chambray tunic (old from J.Crew Factory, regular length version here) | cream sweater blazer (shorter version with more sizes available here)

I’ve had this chambray tunic since before Jack was born nearly 5 years ago!  J.Crew Factory used to sell them every year but it doesn’t seem that they make them anymore.  You could get a similar look with a regular-length chambray button down though.  I added my cream colored Juliette Sweater Blazer on top just to add another layer for warmth.  This is such an effortless look yet so easy to put together.  Here is the shorter cream Sophie sweater blazer that has more sizes available.  (Same style as seen below.)

spanx faux leather leggings with camel sweater blazer

outfit details: Spanx faux leather leggings (runs small, size up one size) | leopard print loafers (similar washable pair here, affordable pointy toe flats here) | camel sweater blazer (I wear my normal size small because I prefer an oversized look) | white boatneck t-shirt

As seen in last week’s post with white jeans, I’m now wearing my camel sweater blazer with my faux leather leggings!  (It’s called the heathered khaki on the website but it’s a true camel color.)  If I just wore the white boatneck shirt I’d feel a bit like Sandy from the last song in the movie Grease, but with a sweater blazer over top I feel nice and chic.  Loafers help make the outfit work during the day, but if you wanted to dress this outfit up for a date night just swap them out for heels!

spanx faux leather leggings with leopard sweater blazer

outfit details: Spanx faux leather leggings (runs small, size up one size) | Longchamp Le Pliage Tote | black loafers (similar) | white button down shirt (similar affordable option, similar more expensive option) | leopard print sweater blazer (similar here, here, and here)

Moving the leopard from my feet up to the top of my outfit, this look has a similar formula as the previous outfits, yet it’s a little edgier.  My leopard sweater blazer is old but here is a similar more affordable version, here is a similar v-neck cardigan version (my favorite of the current options) and here is a similar long version.  My oversized button down shirt is old from Walmart, but this shirt from Old Navy or this shirt from Madewell would get you a similar look.  My black loafers are 5-7 years old from J.Crew Factory but this pair of loafers is very similar and affordable.

spanx faux leather leggings with striped sweatshirt

outfit details: Spanx faux leather leggings (runs small, size up one size, I’m wearing medium) | striped sweatshirt (size up one size to better wear with leggings, I’m wearing the medium) | white Superga Cotu sneakers (true to size) | no-show sneaker liners

The most casual outfit of the bunch, I decided to throw on one of my favorite cozy and affordable sweatshirts to dress these leggings down a bit.  I own this stretchy and soft sweatshirt in a few colors and love to wear it with leggings.  It has fun notches on the size that add a little visual interested.  (I shared a better look in the IGTV video.)  Be sure to size up one size if you want to wear it with leggings!  I’m wearing my favorite white Superga Cotu sneakers (casual and timeless and not edgy at all like Converse are), and for more ways to wear these sneakers check out this old blog post.  I wear no-show sneaker liners from Amazon and they come as a pack of 3 for $9.95 and they don’t slide down at all.  I highly recommend them!

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