Black leggings are the perfect blend of style and comfort and a great cashflow staple. With their ability to be dressed up as well as down, their versatility and flattering fit have secured their spot in every woman’s classic capsule wardrobe. On a separate note, 2020 was the year of faux leather, with a whole sleuth of brands incorporating faux leather into their collections. The result of combining the two? Faux leather leggings – the comfort of normal leggings, with a little bit of spice thrown into the mix. Sleek, stylish, sophisticated and flattering, we couldn’t help but share our absolute favourite ways how to style leather leggings this winter.
Despite being a fashion item that harbours such inherent versatility – possibly rivalling even that of skinny jeans – faux leather legging outfit ideas are still needed for those hectic days or uninspired moments. Undoubtedly, putting on a pair of faux leather leggings is as much a confidence booster as it is an effortless way to elevate a casual top or hoodie into a stylish outfit that is perfect for busy days.
Whether you’re here for inspiration for fashionable faux leather legging outfits, or simply tips on the best tops to wear with leather leggings, this faux leather leggings guide will have you itching to go give them a go!
My Spanx faux leather leggings have been a closet staple for me for years. I recently polled my Instagram followers about fall content for LegalLee Blonde & one repeated request was to show multiple ways to style an item rather than just sharing it once. I wear my faux leather leggings a ton during the fall/winter so I figured they would be the perfect item to share in a “7 ways to style” post!
Looking for even more style inspiration? I’ve teamed up with a group of 8 other women to show you how we style our faux leather leggings. Their outfits and blog links are at the end of this post. This collaboration is part of my friend Laura’s “Chic in Every Shade” blog series, where bloggers of all different skin tones team up to share how they style things. It’s a great way to see an item on many different women and to increase representation in the fashion blogger industry.
Before I get into my five outfits, let’s chat about patent leather leggings and whether they are worth it.
SPANX FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS REVIEW & AN UNDER $100 LOOKALIKE:
Coming in at $100 faux leggings are not cheap. In my opinion, they’re 100% worth the price though! Other patent leather leggings fade easily ( the faux leather gets cracked looking ). I’ve had my Spanx ones for 3 years and they still look brand new! The other selling point is that the Spanx leggings don’t stretch out with time or wear. I machine wash mine and they still haven’t stretched out at all. They fit true to size (I wear an M) but remember they are supposed to be tight – they are Spanx after all! You can buy them either directly they are a great Faux leggings dupe!
The Dukes Avenue Guide To Styling Faux Leather Leggings
- 1. Wear Them with Boots
- 2. Class Them Up with a Pair of High-Heeled Sandals
- 3. Get Comfortable with Faux Leather Leggings and Trainers
- 4. Pair Them with a Tunic-Length Sweater
- 5. Style Them with a Shirt or Blouse
- 6. Dress Them up with a Blazer
- 7. Match Them with a Leather Jacket
- 8. Wear Them with a Shacket
- 9. Dress Them Down with a Hoodie
- 10. Winter Them Up with a Warm Winter Coat
- 11. Go Chic with a Bodysuit
- 12. Keep It Simple with a Plain White Tee
- 13. Wear Them with a Cardigan
- 14. Jazz It Up with a Denim Jacket
- 15. Add Texture with a Faux Fur Coat
How to Style Leather Leggings
1. WEAR THEM WITH BOOTS
A pair of killer stiletto boots go wonderfully with leather leggings. There is nothing easier than zipping up a pair of over-the-knee leather boots on top of a slinky pair of leather leggings to elongate the legs. For a more subtle look, even a dainty set of high-heeled ankle sock boots would match beautifully. Whichever type of boots are chosen, this makes for a powerful look that will give anyone that boost of confidence they need for a great evening out.
2. CLASS THEM UP WITH A PAIR OF HIGH -HEELED SANDALS
Some say shoes make or break an outfit, and high-heeled sandals certainly add their own touch of elegance to any outfit they are paired with. In fact, combining high-heeled sandals with leather leggings is a simple way to totally class up the ensemble. The tight leggings and heels work together to accentuate the natural female shape by lengthening the legs and highlighting the curvature of the hips. This super flattering look is perfect for date night.
3. GET COMFORTABLE WITH FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS AND TRAINERS
White trainers are a wardrobe staple, loved for their ease of wear and comfortable fit. Wear leather leggings with a pair of your favorite trainers and a white oversized shirt to create a smart-casual look that is great for mornings and afternoons out alike. Throw a blanket scarf over the shirt to complete the look during those chillier months.
4. PAIR THEM WITH A TUNIC-LENGTH SWEATER
Being a more form-fitting option than trousers/pants, some might not feel comfortable wearing leggings with a short or fitted top. Fret not, it is always possible to pair leather leggings with a tunic-length sweater! Stylish and sporting added length, a tunic-length sweater eliminates the feeling of exposure and creates a flattering silhouette for all female figures. Add a pair of combat boots and a puffer jacket for an eye-catching chic street style!
5. STYLE THEM WITH A SHIRT OR BLOUSE
Being such a versatile clothing item, a pair of leather leggings can quickly be transformed from a casual garment to something a little chicer simply by wearing faux leather. Pairing leather leggings with an oversized shirt or smart blouse helps to change an ordinary pair of leggings into a sophisticated outfit that can easily be worn to a work lunch.
6. DRESS THEM UP WITH A BLAZER
As Rashida Jones famously said, “with the perfect blazer, anything is possible.” Indeed, a beautifully cut blazer pair well with various items, and layering one over a stylish pair of leather leggings can make any woman feel she’s reached the height of sophistication.
7. MATCH THEM WITH A LEATHER JACKET
For a more daring and edgy look, go all out with leather leggings and a matching leather jacket. Women’s Leather jackets are a timeless classic that any complete capsule wardrobe will have, so try slipping one on over a basic tee and, of course, those trusty leather leggings. This biker-chic look is a guaranteed confidence booster that looks as powerful as it feels.