Spanx Faux Leather Joggers Review

Day 1 wearing my Spanx faux leather joggers with a Talbots cashmere sweater, my RBG facemask with a Chico's mask chain.

Social media ads GET me, it's really creepy how well they know my taste. And they were feeling my vibe big-time with ads everywhere for Spanx's faux leather joggers. I love leather, go through my archives and you'll see many leather jackets, skirts, leather details on dresses and cardigans, and plenty of faux leather-front leggings and pants.  Thing is, I have solid legs. Big calves, sturdy thighs, wide shins and ankles. Traditional faux-leather leggings like the ones Spanx carries have always looked dreadful on me while also being hella uncomfortable. No matter the size or style, faux leather leggings feel like I'm encasing my legs in Saran wrap. And while I had success with leather-front leggings and pants with knit backs in the past, I am not really feeling that look anymore. The Spanx faux leather joggers looked like they were made for me.  Loose on the thighs and calves, a leather look while being stretchy and machine washable, and pockets! I decided to purchase a pair to review, if they sucked I'd be happy to share how little I liked them.  And if I liked them…

Sweater: Talbots (XL) | Necklace: Baublebar | Joggers: Spanx (L) | RBG Mask: look HUMAN | Mask chain: Chico's | Sneakers: Adidas

Well I like them.  A lot.  I am wearing them as I type this and I am not ashamed to admit I also wore them yesterday.  They are comfy, they are super stretchy, they don't make a lot of noise when I walk, they don't stick to me or themselves, and I don't feel at all as though I am wearing Saran wrap.  In fact, the Spanx faux leather joggers have a soft brushed knit interior that is cozy and doesn't cling. That plus the faux leather makes these pants not only comfortable but warmer than traditional knit or fleece leggings.  But unlike faux leather pants I have owned in the past, these aren't heavy and I don't get sweaty.

Weird photo, but it shows them Day 2 and how they stretch, and also you can see my leg shape which helps show the weight of these faux leather joggers

The faux leather is super stretchy, like you could do a workout in these and there would be no straining.  That being said they don't stretch out.  I have worn them for two days of walking and sitting and even doing a Peloton stretch workout and they fit exactly the same.  The waistband is flat in front, elasticized in back, and wide enough that it doesn't fold over.  The ankles are elasticized and often such ankles are too tight for me and are uncomfortable. These are snug enough that when I take them off I see an imprint on my skin, but just as much as a pair of socks and no more binding. 

Cardigan: Madewell for Nordstrom (L and back in stock!) | Tank: Soma (L) | Joggers: Spanx (L) | Earrings: Jenny Bird (old; similar)

The faux leather catches the light like real leather without being too shiny or looking too rubbery. I'm not trying to trick anyone into thinking these are real leather, but I like that they look nice enough that someone may wonder, and no one will think I'm wearing part of an '80s Halloween costume.  These are not cheap pants, but IMO they look and feel and wear the way pants of this price should wear.

Because it's helpful to see the back view of a pair of pants, and I can also show how they haven't stretched out after hours of wear and sitting.

The Spanx faux leather joggers are machine wash on gentle and lie flat (which means I will wash on gentle and then hang to dry off my bathroom shower curtain bar). They are only available in black and are offered up to size 3XL on the Spanx website. I am wearing a size Large; 99% of the time I buy pants and leggings in size Large at any retailer. I am 5'3″ tall and usually choose a petite length for pants but these work for me since joggers can be baggy. If you haven't shopped the Spanx website before, they offer free shipping and easy free returns. You have 90 days to make a return.  Spanx understands you may wear an item and mid-day realize it is a wrong choice; however Spanx will not accept returns showing excessive wear and tear, or at the end of their intended lifespan or any items damaged by misuse, alterations, improper care or accidents.  I placed my order On September 12, received shipping notification on the 15th, and they were delivered on the 18th. 

Wide smooth waistband in front and elasticized the same width in the back

Suggestions on how to style faux leather joggers:

  • With a graphic tee, denim jacket or boyfriend-style cardigan sweater, and sneakers
  • With a black turtleneck sweater, patterned or bold-colored flats, and jewel earrings incorporating the shoe color
  • With a silk blouse half-tucked and kitten-heel ankle booties either in black leather or a fun color or print that pulls the ensemble together
  • With a slouchy cozy sweater half-tucked and slip-on sneakers in leather, suede, or a skin print
  • With a hoodie, an optional blazer or denim jacket over it, and your favorite sneakers

When I shared that I got these Spanx leather-like joggers on Instagram, several had questions about fit and fabric as they too were seeing the ads everywhere.  If I didn't answer your question in this post, please ask it in the comments and I will answer honestly to the best of my ability.

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16 Comments

  1. Genevieve
    September 23, 2020 / 7:40 pm

    Great review! I’d love to hear from someone in FL who has these. All i can think of is Ross and the Friends episode.

  2. Lindsay
    September 22, 2020 / 11:28 pm

    These are so cute and look great on you! I’d love to buy these but I’ve sworn off faux leather. I live in Hawaii and every faux leather dress/skirt/jacket/pants I’ve ever purchased have kinda melted/decomposed on me due to the humidity in my closet! Including a pair of Spanx faux leather leggings that I loved.

    • September 23, 2020 / 12:00 pm

      Oh no! Yes, I’d pass as well.

  3. Nicole Kowalski
    September 22, 2020 / 6:57 pm

    So cute!
    Ok, my fit question is about the waist (where I carry most my weight). I’m reading the waist measurements on the site and I know they aren’t accurate given the stretch. [OT Rant: why do they do size charts when they have almost NO relation to the actual garment measurements 90% of the time???]

    I wear a M in the Soma joggers. Would these be similar is sizing to your Soma joggers?

    Thanks Alison!

    • September 23, 2020 / 12:01 pm

      I’d go with a medium then. I have a medium in the Soma joggers and they are looser than these but not by a drastic amount.

      • Nicole Kowalski
        September 23, 2020 / 11:07 pm

        If your Soma joggers in a M are loose on you, I better get an L in these if I buy them. My Soma’s are def not loose these days! I blame the woman in our neighborhood who started a home bakery (licensed by the state) and I had to support her by buying her delicious bread and, wait for it…Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies! So good…

        Thanks and stay safe. 🙂

  4. Bonnie Grove
    September 22, 2020 / 2:49 pm

    Oh man I love these! And they look amazing on you!! 🙂

  5. Alissa
    September 22, 2020 / 10:25 am

    Even though these aren’t my jam, I LOVE your confidence in them and how they genuinely make you happy! That’s exactly what I love seeing!

  6. Cindy
    September 22, 2020 / 9:51 am

    You are killing my budget with all these great finds! For now I’ve just put these on a wish list because I did most of my fall shopping already but what a nice pant.

  7. Bette
    September 22, 2020 / 9:04 am

    >>Social media ads GET me, it’s really creepy how well they know my taste. And they were feeling my vibe big-time with ads everywhere for [fill in the blank].

    I’m sure you know this, but in case someone else doesn’t, it’s not magic, it’s cookies. Social media sites track your every move online, whether you’re logged in to their sites or not — and then they tailor their ads to your online browsing. Big brother is watching you, and he knows exactly what’s in your mind/computer history!

    • September 23, 2020 / 12:02 pm

      Yep, it’s SOOO Big Brother. I type this seeing the same merino sweater I added to a post going live later this week in an ad in my sidebar. My friends joke that they discuss topics they don’t truly like near their phone to see if it will affect the ads they see LOL

  8. Marie
    September 22, 2020 / 9:03 am

    These look great on! Now I want these! I bought the faux leather joggers from Commando but I haven’t worn them yet so I can’t say if they’re great or not. But now I like these Spanx ones you wear and the cargo pocket detail. Now to justify buying another pair….hmmm.

    • September 23, 2020 / 12:03 pm

      It really depends on your style and lifestyle if both are justified. Me, I could but I am a leather lovah!

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