My unsponsored review of the famous Spanx control top faux leather leggings, plus six ways to wear them.

To say a control top pair of leggings changed my life sounds like the most basic thing to ever come out of my mouth. Does that make it any less true? Absolutely not. Because let me tell you, these leggings singlehanded put an end to the “are leggings pants” debacle. They absolutely are, but only if you’re wearing THESE leggings. It’s basically the law.

In general, I think leggings CAN be pants if they follow a simple set of rules.

  1. Is the top you’re wearing covering your butt?
  2. Are they full coverage, even when you’re bending over? (I’m looking at you, Lululemon.)

I kept hearing amazing things about the Spanx faux leather leggings and seeing pictures of them styled on Instagram. But let’s be real, you can’t believe everything you see on Instagram. Just because something looks good on someone who takes pictures of themselves for a living does not mean that it is meant for me. I have hundreds of dollars in returned online retail merchandise to prove that.

Outfit number one: paired with the Jett Booties and new Hayride Poncho from Beaufort Proper.

But if enough people are raving about a certain product, they can’t all be wrong, can they? Or at the very least, they can’t all be paid spokespeople. Spanx isn’t rolling in that much dough, or at least I don’t think so. They are, however, rolling in MY dough. In fact, they have been keeping this doughey lady neatly packed in an aesthetically pleasing sausage casing of Spandex for nearly ten years. And for that, I thank them.

So, I ordered the “leather” Spanx from Nordstrom in a size large and I haven’t looked back. I could write a novel about how I felt like a million dollars in these bad boys from the moment I ripped open the package in my driveway. But, because we’re only talking about leggings here and not curing cancer, I’ll try to keep it short and to the point.

snakeskin booties with faux leather leggings from Nordstrom and Beaufort Proper
Tap the image for a link to the Treat You Better Booties from Beaufort Proper!

These leggings make me feel like I dropped ten pounds and just signed a contract as a leg model.

Dramatic? Maybe. But holy cow! What are these things made out of? Magic? I just can’t. Compression top, compression legs, compression ass. Everything is smooth. And I didn’t need to pull a muscle trying to get them on. These leggings are something out of Harry Potter. They are an invisibility cloak for cellulite. And I don’t mean to shame people who have cellulite. After all, I’m one of those people, and I’ve had it since I was a freshman in high school. But there is something to be said for skin tight clothes that are strong enough to hide it. These leggings are made of the good stuff. And they’re comfy, too.

So, Spanx, I thank you. You have done it again. Out here doing the Lord’s work. I will continue to be an avid customer until the end of time. Thank you for giving me yet another excuse to not put on real pants.

Paired with my Jett Booties, a black camisole, and the new It’s A Jungle Out There Cardigan from Beaufort Proper.

6 Ways To Style Leather Leggings

Everything in this shoot was picked from Beaufort Proper’s new arrivals. Click each image for a product link for each top. Click the following links for other outfit details: Faux Leather Leggings | Golden Goose Sneaker Dupes Under $30 | Black Booties with Studs | Blush Tone Snakeskin Booties

Annie B not included.
Cardigan currently available in store only!