The 15 Best Faux-Leather Leggings for Every Budget and Body Type

The perfect combo of chic and comfortable

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There are few cool-weather outfits we love more than faux-leather leggings and an oversize sweater. Or leggings and a T-shirt. Or leggings and a blazer….you get the picture. So, just in time for that first gust of crisp autumn wind, we set out to find the best faux-leather leggings the internet has to offer including chic patent leather finishes, like this Commando pair ($118), lengths that work for gals over 5'10" courtesy of Wilfred Free ($138) and our ultimate favorite, the Spanx faux-leather leggings ($98), which come in a huge range of sizes, never loose their shape and look far more expensive than their price tag.

The Best Faux-Leather Leggings at a Glance


Best Overall

Spanx Faux-Leather Leggings

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Best Patent-Leather Finish

Commando Patent-Leather Perfect Control Leggings

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Best Plus Size

Torrid Signature Waist Faux-Leather Leggings

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Best for Tall Women

Wilfred Free Daria Pants

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Best for Petite Women

Spanx Petite Faux-Leather Leggings

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How We Chose the Best Faux Leather Leggings

All the leggings on this list have tons of 5- and 4-star reviews, some of which come from our very own editors. We combed through countless of options, chatted with friends and family and ultimately decided that these 15 pairs of faux-leather leggings had earned the PureWow seal of approval. Now all that’s left to do is choose which one is best for you.

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Best Overall

1. Spanx Faux-Leather Leggings


  • What We Like: wide size range, under $100, machine washable
  • What We Don’t Like: reviews suggest they run small
  • Material: 87 percent nylon, 13 percent elastane with polyurethane coating
  • Size Range: XS to 3X, also Petite and Tall

Multiple PureWow staffers own and rave about these leggings (some even have multiple pairs), but we are not the only mega-fans. This Spanx style is consistently awarded five-star ratings and has accrued incredibly positive reviews on Nordstrom, Amazon and Zappos (just to name a few). “I love the fact that they have a subtle shine, rather than a patent finish or that awful garbage bag look so many faux-leathers end up with,” says one fan. “But what I really love is the fact that these have that built-in Spanx shaping technology that makes my butt look so amazing, even without a single squat.” Indeed, these leggings feature a contoured Power Waistband which smooths and flattens your tummy and makes your bum look extra perky. One thing to note, however: Many reviewers suggested ordering one size up from what the size chart suggests for a more comfortable, less constricting fit.

Best Patent-Leather Finish

2. Commando Patent-Leather Perfect Control Leggings


  • What We Like: high-shine finish, lots of color options, machine washable, inclusive size range
  • What We Don't Like: patent finish may sound squeaky at first
  • Material: 62 percent polyurethane, 36 percent viscose, 2 percent elastane
  • Size Range: XS to 3X, also Petite

If a super high shine is what you’re after, you can’t beat Commando’s patent finish leggings. They come in classic black, disco-inspired white, deep burgundy, camel beige and a super-chic olive green hue, all of which look way more expensive than their $118 price tag. “These pants are amazing! They look like liquid and they're surprisingly very comfortable” says one reviewer. As for sizing? The same shopper notes: “I'm usually between a small and medium. I bought a medium and they fit perfectly. Once they're on they don't cut into your waist or love handles because they're high-waisted.” You should expect a little bit of squeaking with the first wear (this is pretty typical for any patent leather pants, and lots of matte-finish leather, too), but luckily there is a simple fix—take a small dab of unscented body lotion or face oil and rub it between your hands, then gently swipe it onto the section of the leather that’s squeaking (be sure to test the lotion first on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it won’t cause damage). Use a microfiber towel to remove any excess and voilà! No more squeaking or creaking.

  • What We Like: under $50, reviews suggest they run true to size
  • What We Don't Like: may be too short for tall women
  • Material: polyester/spandex blend
  • Size Range: 00 to 6 (roughly US 10 to 30)

Torrid is one of our favorite places to shop for chic plus-size clothing that’s both affordable and looks fabulous. And these faux-leather leggings check all those boxes and more, with a no-fuss seamless look for an overall leg-lengthening effect. The leggings do run true to size, but those over 5-foot-9 may find the 27-inch inseam a tad cropped. Multiple reviewers mention owning more than one pair and almost all rave about how luxe these leggings look IRL. Per one recent reviewer, “I never thought I’d be a person who would want to wear leather or faux leather pants or leggings but here I am. At 59 [years old], I am rocking them and feeling great! These feel smooth and comfortable, and not plasticity at all. There is also no loud rubbing sound when I walk.”

Best for Tall Women

4. Wilfred Free Daria Pants

Wilfred Free

  • What We Like: multiple inseam lengths, machine washable, lots of color options
  • What We Don’t Like: reportedly run small
  • Material: 100 percent polyurethane
  • Size Range: 2XS to 2XL, also Short and Tall

We’ve recommended Wilfred Free’s faux-leather leggings to long-legged gals in the past because of their generous inseam, despite not being billed as a tall or long style. But last year the brand introduced three inseam options to better help you decide which length is right for you. The Tall sizes are recommended for anyone over 5-foot-7, but we’d actually recommend anyone within two or three inches of that height try both the Tall and Regular lengths just to be sure—the Talls are really very long. All inseams come in a multitude of rich-looking hues, included classic black and more than one shade of brown, and have a high rise for smoothing your tummy and preventing any whale-tail situations. The Japanese vegan leather is specifically woven to prevent bagging and won’t lose its shape over time, even if you wear these multiple times a week. Notes one reviewer, who works as a bartender, “They go on a little tight, but you can feel them forming to your body. They're so comfortable, nice and long (I have ridiculously long legs that no legging seem[s] to be long enough for), and best of all, they stay put! I have never had a pair of these that don't slip down while I'm running around behind the bar. They even stay in place while I’m crouched down stocking coolers!”

Best for Petite Women

5. Spanx Petite Faux-Leather Leggings


  • What We Like: has shaping technology built in, machine washable, perfectly proportioned for short frames
  • What We Don’t Like: reportedly run small
  • Material: 87 percent nylon, 13 percent spandex with polyurethane coating
  • Size Range: XS to XL, also Petite

Yes, Spanx already has one mention in this list, but when it comes to leggings for the 5-foot-2 and under crowd, there’s still nothing that can top this fan favorite. With a 26-inch inseam, they won’t pool at your ankles unlike many cropped styles (which, to be honest, were never going to look cropped on you anyway). Plus, a 9 ½-inch rise is high enough to comfortably cover your midriff without going all the way up to your bust. Like the regular and tall lengths, Spanx’s petite leggings tend to run small, and we recommend sizing up for comfort. “I love these leggings. They almost look like leather pants and love how they snatch my stomach and legs,” says one Nordstrom reviewer. “Have gotten many compliments on these. I’m 5-foot-1 and 143 pounds and got a medium petite. They are a little tight but I prefer them snug.”

  • What We Like: high waist panel to support your belly, machine washable, also available in brown
  • What We Don’t Like: no reviews as of publish date
  • Material: 95 percent polyester, 5 percent spandex
  • Size Range: XXS to XXL

Comfort is key for maternity wear, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style to get there. A soft jersey waistband supports and accommodates your ever-growing belly without feeling restrictive. Meanwhile, the faux-leather fabric of the legs is super lightweight (who wants to deal with shimmying into or out of heavy, sweaty leggings?) with a subtle shine that looks great with both cozy oversize knits for lounging at home or a flowy blouse for more dressed-up occasions. As an added bonus, they’re also machine washable.

Greatest Size Range

7. Tagoo Faux-Leather Leggings


  • What We Like: under $50, multiple color options, wide high waistband
  • What We Don’t Like: reportedly run small
  • Material: not listed
  • Size Range: XS to 4XL

These high-waist faux-leather leggings come in sizes XS through 4X and are lined with a thin layer of fleece that helps prevent them from turning sheer no matter how low you squat or how often you wear them. We also love the subtle shine (they’re not quite patent leather, but they are shinier than most of the other pairs on this list), especially in the beautiful burgundy color. They come in a black, camel brown and a wine red hue, all of which are machine-washable. And don’t worry about awkward squeaking while you walk, these affordable leggings apparently glide noiselessly as you move.

Best Budget-Friendly Option

8. Cliv Faux-Leather Leggings


  • What We Like: under $50, come in patent and matte black, machine washable, seamless look
  • What We Don’t Like: may be too warm for spring or summer
  • Material: polyester/spandex blend
  • Size Range: XS to 3XL

These leggings are not the least expensive on this list, but at just 38 bucks they’re definitely worth adding to cart ASAP for anyone on a budget. They come with a thin layer of black fleece for comfort, to keep you warm and to prevent any spots from becoming sheer, even when you squat down to pick something up. They also have a high waistband that helps smooth out your middle without feeling too constrictive. (P.S. We suggest letting them air out for a few hours after they’ve arrived before trying them on to allow for any odors or stickiness to dissipate.)

Best Splurge-Worthy Option

9. Wolford Estella Leggings


  • What We Like: machine washable, impeccable fit, multiple color options
  • What We Don’t Like: high price point
  • Material: 52 percent polyester, 48 percent Polyurethane
  • Size Range: EU 34 to 42 (roughly US 4 to 12)

If you’re willing to invest big bucks on a pair of long-lasting, flattering faux-leather leggings, you really can’t do better than Wolford. The popular British hosiery company puts a huge emphasis on fit across its entire product range and these slimming leggings are no exception. Reviewers loved the smoothing effect of a tight fit at the hips and bum, while the ankles are slightly looser, for more of a skinny trouser silhouette. The same could be said for any of the leggings on this list, but because the sizing is being converted from international sizing, we highly recommend measuring yourself and double checking the guide and reviews to ensure you get the perfect fit.

Best Mid Rise

10. Calzedonia Leather-Effect Leggings


  • What We Like: under $50, machine washable, also available with fleece lining
  • What We Don’t Like: few color options
  • Material: 84 percent polyester, 16 percent elastane
  • Size Range: XS to XL

We’ve long loved Calzedonia’s tights for fall and winter, but the brand’s leggings deserve just as much love. This chic faux-leather style is great for anyone with a short torso or those who prefer a mid-rise, with a waistband that hits just high enough to ensure a smooth middle without going all the way up past your belly button (or, god forbid, your bra band). It also comes in three chic colors—black, olive green and winter white—so you can play around with interesting cold-weather ‘fits. There is also a thermal-lined version ($39) for those looking to wear these deep into winter.

Best for Cold Weather

11. Plush Fleece-Lined Liquid Leggings


  • What We Like: comfy high rise, made in the U.S., reportedly run true to size
  • What We Don’t Like: dry clean only
  • Material: 90 percent polyester, 10 percent spandex
  • Size Range: XXS to XXL

Faux leather tends to be pretty great at keeping you warm, but for truly cold winter days you’ll probably want a little extra something to keep your stems from freezing over, especially if you’re opting for leggings over true pants. Enter Plush, a brand dedicated entirely to fleece-lined leggings and tights that will keep you nice and cozy without adding any bulk or causing you to overheat once you go indoors. As a bonus, that fleece layer further helps to smooth out your silhouette without the constrictive feeling of shapewear. As for how it stands up to the cold? Take it from one Chicago reviewer who says, “Highly recommend! They are so comfortable, warm and soft for those windy Chicago winters. And no additional layers required.”

Prettiest Non-Black Options

12. Retro Gong Faux-Leather Leggings

Retro Gong

  • What We Like: under $100, inclusive size range, wide high waistband, more than 11,000 reviews
  • What We Don’t Like: some shorter reviewers found the length too long
  • Material: 88 percent nylon, 12 percent spandex
  • Size Range: XS to 4XL

Black faux-leather leggings are the most obvious choice, but that doesn’t mean that other hues can’t be just as versatile. Retro Gong’s wine red and navy hues are rich and deep, and they don’t look garish or inexpensive despite their affordable price tag. They also have a slight texture to them that adds to their luxe vibes. And with more than 11,000 reviews to comb through, with a 4.3-star rating overall, basically any question you may have is definitely addressed by reviewers. “Not only can you move easily in them, but you can actually exercise in them,” writes one shopper. “They’re super comfortable, flattering, and feel great. [There is also] no noise! When I walk normally, there’s no sound at all. They’re not plastic-y feeling either.” Oh, and did we mention they go up to a size 4X, as well?

Best Faux-Leather Leggings That Look Like Pants

13. Blank NYC Faux-Leather Pants

Blank NYC

  • What We Like: under $100, look more like pants than leggings
  • What We Don’t Like: hand wash only
  • Material: 60 percent polyurethane, 40 percent viscose
  • Size Range: US 24 to 31

For those who still aren’t convinced that leggings should indeed be worn as pants, look for a pair with additional detailing at the waist, like this Blank NYC style. Additional seaming along the waistband mimics the look of traditional pants, and fake back pockets help add to that illusion. Unlike a regular pair of pants, however, these leggings fit like a glove from hip to ankle and won’t gap at the rear or stretch out over time. As you can see in the picture above, the rise on these is not as high as the others on this list. According to one reviewer, “I really loved these. I got a size 31 and I am typically a size 12. They fit perfectly. Very flattering. Not binding at the top. They actually look so much like leather someone thought they were real leather. These are super comfortable.”

Softest Material

14. HUE Leatherette High-Rise Leggings


  • What We Like: machine washable and dryer safe, multiple color options
  • What We Don’t Like: some reviewers found they ran small
  • Material: 90 percent polyester, 10 percent spandex
  • Size Range: XS to 3X

These HUE leggings feel unbelievably lovely against you skin, and are more lightweight than many of the other options on this list. They also come in multiple cool color options so you can switch things up from classic black. And it should be noted that not only are these leggings machine washable, they’re also dryer safe (only on low), for easy care. Some reviewers found these leggings ran small, but others note they should stretch a bit after wearing them once or twice. We suggest double checking the size chart before you order. “I love them and the fit, in terms of shape-hugging, is fantastic!” writes one reviewer. “They are high waisted with a bit of control, which is wonderful. Love the glossiness, and the fleece lining feels good on the skin.”

Editor’s Pick

15. Noli Yoga Liquid Leggings

Noli Yoga

  • What We Like: made in the U.S., machine washable and dryer safe, can be worn to work out
  • What We Don’t Like: cannot be returned (final sale)
  • Material: 80 percent nylon, 20 percent spandex
  • Size Range: XS to XXXL

Commerce director Nicole Briese tried her best to ignore the siren call of these cult-favorite leggings on Instagram, but in the end decided she just had to test them out IRL. And, let us tell you, she does not regret her purchase. “I thoroughly enjoy them for both working out and lounging. They’re snug, but not so tight you can’t get them off or move in them, and I get compliments every time I wear them!” she raves. And she isn’t the only one—Noli’s Liquid Leggings have almost 1,000 reviews and a stunning 4.9-star rating. Most suggest the leggings run true to size and, as Briese mentioned, are tight enough to offer support and smoothing without feeling constrictive. And lots of shoppers rave about how they won’t appear see-through, no matter how deep you squat. Add to that the fact that they’re machine-washable and you’ve got yourself a total no-brainer purchase.

What to Consider When Choosing the Best Faux Leather Leggings for You

  • Finish. Do you love the sexy high-shine of a patent leather finish? Or are you more of a matte gal? Perhaps you land somewhere in between. There are some faux-leather leggings that come in multiple finishes, but most on this list are available in just one, so really think about your desired level of shine before you order.
  • Care Instructions. Some of the leggings on this list are machine washable, others recommend hand washing and some are best brought to the pros at the dry cleaners. If you regularly make trips to the cleaners, adding one more item may not be such a big deal. For those who’d rather not invest in costly upkeep, looking for faux-leather leggings you can toss in the wash (but lay flat to dry) is likely a better option.
  • Cost. This is not universally true, but generally speaking, higher priced leggings will be made from higher quality materials that are more likely to last longer before losing their shape or snagging. If faux-leather leggings are something you wear often, you might want to consider investing in a higher priced pair that can see you through multiple years of use, rather than just one season. On the flip side, if this is something you don’t think you’ll wear on heavy rotation, a lower price point may suit you just fine.

How to Style Faux-Leather Leggings

Lucky for you, we’ve dedicated an entire article to this very topic, with examples of how to style your leggings for drinks with friends (a minidress and thigh-high boots looks super sexy), running errands (embrace comfy monochrome with a black sweatshirt) and even casual Fridays at the office. Our only don’t? Skip pairing them with a crop top in favor for something with a longer cut. It will help keep your proportions from getting out of whack and elevate your ’fit overall.

How Do You Wash Faux Leather Leggings?

As with any clothing item, you should first check the tags to see what care instructions the brand recommends. (You can often find the same notes on the product page if there’s no tag.) But generally speaking, faux-leather is a delicate material that doesn’t respond super well to high temperatures. When in doubt, we suggest hand washing and laying your leggings flat to dry to help them maintain their shape and shine for longer.

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