UPDATE as of JULY 2019: Okay, before we get into the question of Spanx or Commando leather leggings, a sale update. Both leggings are on ridiculous sale in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale right now—almost 40% off! Find the Commando here and the Spanx here. And, though the Commando are my favorite…I’ll probably pick up the Spanx, too, at this price.
Faux leather leggings (or real if you feel like a splurge!) have been a regular fixture in our wardrobes for a few years now. They used to be an item worn exclusively by rock stars and Ross Gellar, but now you’ll see everyone from 18 to 80 wearing a pair of these chic leggings.
For this post, I’m comparing the two faux leather leggings you’ll hear about again and again: Spanx and Commando. Both are priced at just under $100 and neither goes on sale, so this is a true battle to find the best.
WHY YOU NEED FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS
I love faux leather leggings because they go with everything from a sleek sweatshirt to a sequin crop top. Dress them up, dress them down, these are going to become a workhorse in your wardrobe. I wore mine last Friday night with a leopard blouse tucked in, a black double-breasted blazer, and booties, then, Saturday night, I wore them with a black blouse, also tucked in, and a leopard print jacket (there’s also a leopard print theme going on here apparently…). Needless to say, I’ll probably be wearing them again this weekend, if not this week.
It’s worth noting, I’ve had a pair of leather front leggings from Club Monaco for a couple of years, which are wonderful, but the total faux leather leggings are just so much more versatile.
SPANX FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS
The first pair I ordered was the Spanx faux leather leggings. They’re certainly a cult classic and I was sold after I heard Blair Eadie singing their praises on the Bad on Paper podcast. I ordered both a small and a medium, and when I pulled them out of the package, both looked as if they were children’s sizes.
But, being Spanx, they stretch. I went with the medium (for reference, I wear a 26 or 27 in jeans, but I definitely have a butt) and, I have to say, these things SHAPE. Seriously, I looked like I had a thigh gap. And, believe me, I do not. Unfortunately, the super-high waistband did gape on me…like several inches gape. But, that does tend to be an issue for me, so it’s not a dealbreaker.
I feel like this needs to be highlighted: these are 100% not faux leather. They are a super comfy, thick legging with a sheen. They look more like a workout version of leather leggings. If I wanted something comfy to lounge around in, wear to run errands, throw on for brunch, these would be it. However, a noticeable seam up the side of the leg and a thick yoga-inspired waistband are just too casual for a dressier legging.
COMMANDO PERFECT CONTROL FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS
Similar to the Spanx leggings, I ordered both the small and the medium from Commando and wondered how I was going even get one leg in. But, they stretch. The first time you put them on, you’re going to be shimmy-ing. A lot. Once you’ve broken in that first wear, however, they’re totally fine, though I would recommend going with the bigger size.
The Commando leggings are truly a faux leather legging. This is this finish I wanted. I would say they’re close to as comfortable as the Spanx leggings, with perhaps Spanx having a slight edge. These don’t have a waistband, but they do come up practically to your boobs, which is wonderful if you plan on wearing anything that remotely resembles a crop top (that Spanx workout-inspired waistband is just NOT going to cut it!).
WHICH IS BETTER? SPANX OR COMMANDO FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS?
Let me first add a caveat: I think these leggings have different purposes. HOWEVER, since I wasn’t about to spend $200 on faux leather, I only kept the Commando faux leather leggings.
For me it came down to two things: First, I want faux leather, not a legging with a leather-inspired sheen. And second, I want to be able to wear short tops, so a waistband ruins that look.
If you want something to wear super, super casually, or for travel, go for the Spanx. They’re comfy, they’re flattering, I can see why everyone loves them. But, if you want a legging that’s versatile, that you can wear out on a Friday night or to work with an oversized blazer, you absolutely, hands down, need the Commando faux leather leggings in your life.