How to Style Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

If you’ve read Strawberry Chic for any length of time, you know that I love Spanx anything. But my original love will always be their faux leather leggings. They’ve been a staple in my closet for years and have held up great. Faux leather leggings are such a fun change up to denim jeans and other pants throughout the fall and winter months. I love that their comfortable, warm and versatile to style. You can easily dress them up or down and will spice any outfit up instantly. Today, I’m sharing how to style Spanx faux leather leggings.

I also enjoy wearing Spanx faux suede leggings and shared ways to style those too!

How to Style Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

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You may know the Spanx brand for it’s shapewear. But it has blossomed into so much more than just creating smooth lines under clothing. The company was started by Sara Blakely, a female entrepreneur who is also well known for her work in empowering and elevating women in business. She started the company over 20 years ago, when she was selling fax machines door-to-door.

She owned a cream pair of pants that she wouldn’t wear because she couldn’t find any undergarments that looked good under them. So, she started cutting the bottoms off her hosiery just to be able to wear the control-top. That’s how the idea of Spanx was born – to create shapewear that you couldn’t see under clothing. The Spanx we now know and love has much more than just shapewear, like leggings, workwear pants, jeans and activewear.

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Choosing the Right Size

I’m normally a size 4 or 6 in denim jeans, depending on the brand and style, and wear a medium in Spanx leggings. If you’re in between sizes, I’d suggest sizing up as many people say they run on the smaller side. What’s nice about Spanx is they also come in varied lengths. I’m 5’5″ and get the regular length. On their website, Spanx suggests getting the petite length, if you’re under 5’4″. If you’re over 5’9″, they suggest getting the tall length. The faux leather leggings have a high-waist, so it gives a seamless look.

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How to Dress Down Faux Leather Leggings

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One of my go-to outfits in the fall and winter is pairing my faux leather leggings with a cardigan and boots. It’s an easy look to put together and can be worn to many different outings like going to dinner, shopping and casual Fridays at the office.

The black draped cardigan is by Spanx and has a mixture of materials including faux leather. It’s an elevated cardigan that can take you from the office to happy hour.

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A few other ways to style faux leather leggings casually:

  • Pair an oversized sweatshirt with white sneakers for a casual weekend look
  • Wear a mini sweater dress over the leggings with mules to wear to lunch
  • Style a graphic tee and a denim jacket with booties to go to a concert

How to Dress Up Faux Leather Leggings

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We’re seeing a lot of the houndstooth pattern right now, and love the pop of pattern in this look. I layered a silk cami underneath, but you could also do a basic tee or a dressier sweater. Complete the look with knee-high suede boots.

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Other ways to dress up faux leather leggings:

  • Wear a wrap-style sequin top with the black leggings and suede pumps for another holiday party look
  • Layer a boyfriend blazer and fitted turtleneck for a workwear look
  • Style a v-neck bodysuit with a suede moto jacket for a fun date night look

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings Outfit Ideas

Style with a Blazer

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Bring your leather leggings to work. A white button down makes a great base for layering a blazer. Then layer a double-breasted blazer over the top. I love the lilac color of the blazer for an extra feminine look and feel. I finished the look with black booties that have a covered heel – perfect for wearing to the office.

Style with an Elevated Sweater

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Here’s a fun, sophisticated holiday party look. I like mixing textures with the faux leather leggings. I chose this soft, ribbed sweater with feminine details like the peplum hemline and ruffle sleeves. To complete the look, I paired my favorite style of pumps in black.

Style with a Denim Jacket

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If you’re lounging at home, throw on your leather leggings and a basic crew neck tee. It’s comfortable and creates the perfect canvas for layering on other pieces, if you need to head out the door. Meeting friends for a casual patio lunch? Throw on a denim jacket and white sneakers for an effortless look.

Style with an Oversized Sweater

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An oversized sweater is a causal option to wear with your Spanx faux leather leggings. I like to size up one in a chunky sweater for a more oversized fit, especially if I’m wearing with leggings. I finished the look with crystal embellished booties. This would be a great look for a more casual holiday party or on a date.

Style with a Cardigan

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Cardigans make a great layering piece to wear with your faux leather leggings. These two options above give you coverage on the backside and provide extra warmth on those colder days.

With the look on the left, I opted for a close-fitting turtleneck with a ruffle detail at the neckline. Then paired the look with dressy flats for an elevated look. On the right, I dressed the faux leather leggings down a bit with the Ugg boots. This would be a great look to run errands in.

Style with a Tunic Top

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The color combo with the brown, black and white is chic and sophisticated. This white tunic top is perfect to wear with leggings, and I love the big pearl button on the front to give the shirt a dressier appearance. I added a velvet black hair tie for a fun addition to the look.

You could also style a silk or satin button down top with the faux leather leggings. These two outfits are perfect for that transitional weather between fall and winter.

Style with an Open-Front Jacket

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Travel days were never so comfortable with my Zella wrap coat and white sneakers. Faux leather leggings are truly versatile in the fact that they look good with sneakers to pumps.

Style with an Oversized Sweater and Winter Boots

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These two looks are outfits I wear on repeat in the winter. A cozy and warm boot paired with an oversized sweater and faux leather leggings is an easy outfit to style and keeps you warm.

Style with a Wool Coat

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This look is perfect for the holidays. Layer a wool coat over your faux leather leggings for your next holiday party. I love adding a fun broach to my wool coats to add a little sparkle and glam.

Style with Over-the-Knee Boots

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Another shoe option that you can pair with Spanx faux leather leggings are over-the-knee boots. They’re a trendy look that pair with oversized sweaters. A faux suede boot creates a pretty contrast to the faux leather of the leggings.

Style with a Tunic Top and Flats

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This look would be perfect to wear to lunch during the fall and winter months. The flats make it look a bit more dressed up, yet feels comfortable with the tunic-style sweater and stretchy leggings.

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What is your favorite faux leather leggings look? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Elle wrote:

    These are honestly so helpful!

    Posted 10.20.22 Reply