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The best plus-size jeans and a $25 Amazon bodycon skirt are just a few of the many products our magazine dedicated shopping experts are constantly on the lookout for. What’s the latest investigation? Faux leather leggings from Spanx for $98. For many, Spanx is synonymous with ultra-stretchy-logic-defyingly-compressive shapewear. The brand’s famous pair of non-shapewear is a favorite among everyone, from the internet to our readers. These things consistently top the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s top-bought lists each year. But, don’t just take our anonymous-shopping-data word for it: The leggings currently boast a 4.4-out-of-5-star rating and 3,000+ reviews on the Spanx site with fans swearing by its premium quality and stylish body-smoothing look. I want to ditch all my black leggings and just wear these every day. These leggings are thick and high-quality. They hold you in… but still give you a bit of a butt!” a reviewer raved. After all the praises, we decided to try on the beloved leggings in person. Spanx has the style in sizes XS-3X so I knew I could try them on. I was able to test the Faux Leather Leggings in a 2X size after reaching out to Spanx. Continue reading to find out the truth behind all the hype.

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Let’s get to the point before I begin my Spanx adventure. Spanx does a great work of positioning their seams so that your circulation doesn’t get cut off. Another satisfied customer raved about that the leggings can be dressed up or down and wash well. Although “faux leather” is not always the best choice, other Spanx-heads quickly agreed that these leggings are extremely comfortable and last a long time. Although black leggings might not seem like the most appealing piece of clothing, it’s still a staple in many people’s wardrobes. They can be worn to work and to the gym. They are a true fashion workhorse. The faux-leather favourite is described by Spanx as a “total compliment magnet” that will keep you “extremely comfortable.” The brand’s signature “contoured Power Waistband”, which is plugged to make your butt look amazing, is featured on the style. It’s made from a mix of nylon, elastane and polyester and coated with a polyurethane coating.

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Within a few days, the package was delivered. The leggings looked very shiny and felt somewhat slippery, but they were also very textured. They aren’t too leathery to touch. The leggings were too small at first, as other reviewers have said. I was skeptical about their fit. Fear not! These were extremely stretchy and easy to put on. For reference, I usually wear a size 2X or 3X. The 2X felt a bit snug. With how compressive these items are, I could squat down and touch the ground with both my hands with relative ease. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings only sell at 3X, or around a 26-inch size. However, they also come in tall and short inseams. All three inseams can be found in the full range. This is especially helpful for taller plus-size people who are often limited to XL and L in their sizes. Overall, I would love to see the brand increase its size range, not just because they run small, but because all options for plus-size people should be larger than a size 3.

I don’t wear very form-fitting or skinny bottoms often so these pant fits well. Surprisingly, I was actually quite pleased with the results. These leggings, like Spanx’s formwear, have a smoothing effect. These leggings are quite compressive but will roll down slightly when you sit down. Because my legs aren’t very long, I chose a regular inseam despite being 5’9″. These make me feel taller than usual, which is definitely a bonus. These leggings look great on my butt, and the high waist gives me a feeling of security and stability.

These were styled with black sneakers, gold jewelry and animal print tank top. You can also wear sneakers with a baseball cap and oversized shirt-jacket. They are black leggings so they can be styled up or down. Hot Halloween Tip: These could be used to make a Sandy-themed costume. The style is available in a variety of new colors and patterns, including a red and white snake print and a gorgeous croc-effect.

These Spanx Faux Leather Leggings are now my favorite. With the under-$100 price point, smoothing effect, flexibility, ultra-high waist…you get the point…these are the ultimate wear-with-anything, do-almost-anything-in black leggings. These are a versatile piece you will use throughout the fall and winter seasons.