As a Sag Solar, Virgo Moon, I’m not somebody who significantly wants validation per se, however I’d like credit score the place credit score is due. I’m a cool lady who tends to attempt new issues, which frequently leads me to each write about them but additionally share them in my day-to-day life. And the #1 factor I’d like some credit score for is being the primary particular person in our workplace of many to sing the praises of Spanx’s fake leather-based leggings. I received them precisely a yr earlier than everybody else I do know, which means I had an entire yr of softly admiring them earlier than the storm that was Fake Leather-based Legging Fall and Winter™ hit TEG in 2019.
I’d like my credit score, however I additionally see why everybody went nuts over them: they’re sturdy, past comfy, ultra-flattering, and pair with principally something from a elaborate sweater and heels to sneakers and a sweatshirt. They’re a staple in all of our wardrobes, however as extra cheap choices have hit the market, I used to be dying to see in the event that they lived as much as the hype. I ordered 4 different pairs to match to my beloved Spanx, and the outcomes had been shocking to say the least.
Spanx: The Reigning Champ
I attempted these on final simply to present them a real comparability to the contenders, and as I used to be attempting on the others, I used to be like, “OK, possibly these Spanx ones aren’t even that nice.” I stored considering of all the great issues concerning the others that the Spanx didn’t have. Then, I put them on my physique and remembered. These are really simply probably the most comfy leggings there are, and they’re so compressive, which lends to simply how flattering they’re. They clean each bump and crevice there may be.
I went by way of fairly the journey the final two years with these being terrified to point out my crotch, however I’m actually over it and don’t care anymore. Except it’s like an precise critical camel toe state of affairs, it’s simply my physique, and it’s wonderful. However my favourite option to put on these is unquestionably with an extended cozy sweater like this one!
As somebody who not often believes in an funding, I feel these are one of many few issues I’ve purchased which have really held up and are in contrast to every other pant on the market.
Aerie: The Closest Dupe
Our editor Jess grabbed these throughout Black Friday final yr, and I used to be enthralled when she wore them to the workplace and I couldn’t inform a single distinction. Whereas they had been on, they seemed precisely the identical as my Spanx pair. So once I noticed they got here out once more this yr (in a couple of different colours), I grabbed a pair. The black was out of inventory in my measurement, however I attempted the olive for somewhat ~one thing new~.
Right here’s the take care of these: I’d say that they’re the closest dupe you’ll discover. I appreciated that they’re lined with fleece, so that they’re a lot thicker and hotter than the Spanx leggings. The one factor they’re actually lacking is the compression, which I found by way of this experiment is the place the Spanx actually shines (pun unintended).
I’m usually an XXL in Aerie, however these had been approach too massive on me. You’ll discover I had this drawback with nearly each pair I ordered, so I’m unsure if I’m ordering the fallacious measurement for myself or in the event that they run massive, however I’d say when doubtful, measurement down with these!
These prime the record at least costly choice, coming in at $16 a pop. Generally my takeout lunch prices me $16. I used to be anticipating these to be fairly lackluster primarily based on the value, however Goal really impressed me. This can be a actually skinny materials that really form of replicates the Spanx with out all of the compression. If you happen to’re strapped for money, these aren’t a horrible choice. However they weren’t my favourite both. I’d relatively spend somewhat extra on the Aerie (await a sale!).
I ordered an XXL, they usually had been undoubtedly nearly a full measurement too massive, so I’d measurement down should you’re between sizes.
Amazon: The New Beau 💞
Once I ordered these, I anticipated little or no. I ordered the most important measurement and was actually frightened they wouldn’t match me, however the measurement chart sounded proper to my measurements (a serious plug right here to take! your! measurements! should you’re a web based shopper) and the opinions had been outrageous. I’ve by no means seen so many optimistic opinions for any merchandise of clothes, not to mention a legging from Amazon. Once they arrived within the mail, I opened the package deal in my elevator as a result of I used to be so intrigued. I pulled them out and laughed so onerous. “There isn’t a approach these will match,” I stated as I used to be cackling attempting to tug these up my ankles.
Then, I had an actual Kombucha Woman meme second once I pulled them on and stated, “Oh, hey, wait…” They pulled all the best way on and seemed AMAZING. I undoubtedly wouldn’t say they’re a dupe for the unique fake leather-based legging from Spanx, however … dare I say it … I like these so, so a lot better. My largest gripes concerning the Spanx leggings are that they’re freezing chilly within the winter as a result of they’re a super-thin materials that wind blows proper by way of (simply Chicago issues) and that they lose their leather-look somewhat too shortly for my liking. These clear up each of these issues, as they’re lined with fleece (excuse me whereas I cry) and have an actual leather-based look as an alternative of a shiny coating. I wore these to a patio brunch final weekend and received dozens of compliments from strangers—precisely how you already know they’re a winner.
As I stated, I used to be actually stunned by the match, considering they’d run small (my expertise with most issues on Amazon), however they didn’t! I’d advocate ordering your typical measurement.
BP.: The “Meh” Pair
If you happen to couldn’t inform by my thumbs down, I actually didn’t like these. Just like the Amazon pair, these are a extra “leather-based” materials than a shiny coating just like the Spanx. I believed that will make me love these, however the match is simply poor. I ordered my typical measurement in BP. (XXL), and I used to be swimming within the material. I particularly seen tons of material gathering on the crotch, which was annoying as a result of I already am self-conscious concerning the legging crotch state of affairs, and this made it a lot worse. Once I had my sweater pulled down, these nearly seemed extra like pants than leggings, which I’m not towards, however as a result of the highest is a legging look, you possibly can’t get away with pairing these with crop tops and bodysuits. The whole lot about these was simply “meh” to me. It was like in all places that Spanx, Aerie, and Amazon hit the mark, these fell majorly flat. They’re solely somewhat cheaper than the Spanx and are literally greater than the Aerie, so I’d say you possibly can most likely skip.