Under $100/ Wardrobe Tips/ Fashion / 29 Sep, 2020

An Honest Review Of The Best Faux Leather Pants In My Wardrobe


fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a balmain blazer and a NY yankees capI’ve shared various faux leather pant styles on the blog over the past few years now. Although I have a few pairs that I swear by and always resort to, I’ve also acquired newer ones as well. I wanted to break down every single pair I own for you guys and share my honest thoughts on them. Now that the weather is starting to cool down, it’s definitely a great time to invest in one or two pairs. You can style them with the season’s coziest fabrics like faux fur or shearling – or tailored pieces for an elevated look. Whether you’re looking for a true leather pant or a pair of comfy leggings, there’s a style for you. Scroll ahead for the best faux leather pants of the season.


fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a bcbg max azria blazer from macy's holiday 2018BCBG Blazer (sold out, similar here and here; better for budget here) | Gucci Belt (wearing a size 70 – read my “Gucci Belt Sizing Guide” HERE) | Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS, also love these) | Christian Louboutin So Kate Heels (better for budget here) | Gucci Marmont Bag

These Blank Denim faux leather pants are a tried-and-true wardrobe staple for me. I’ve honestly gone through several pairs over the course of many years. They fit more like a pair of skinny jeans so you can wear them to work, dress them up for a date night, or even create an edgy street chic look. Even though I’m only 5’2, these are slightly cropped on me, which I love. They’re a great way to rock the leather trend without the high price tag (under $100). 

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing spanx faux leather leggings from the shopbop buy more save more saleSimilar Nike Down Vest (wearing an XS) | Nike Hoodie (wearing an XS) | Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (wearing an XS) | Nike Cortez Sneakers (run TTS) | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Quay Sunglasses | Black Beanie (also love this one)

If you’re looking for comfort, then nothing beats the Spanx faux leather leggings. They have more of an athleisure vibe to them with a slight sheen and seams going down the sides. They could honestly pass for a pair of workout leggings, but I find them so comfortable I really don’t mind. You can literally wear them while you’re at home all day and they feel amazing. I especially love wearing mine with other athleisure pieces (as seen above) – although you could easily dress them up with the right pieces too.

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a camel coat and hat from the nordstrom anniversary sale 2020Commando Faux Leather Leggings (wearing an S) | Halogen Camel Coat (wearing an XS, similar here) | Halogen Gray Sweater (wearing an XS) | Stuart Weitzman Over-The-Knee Boots (on sale now, better for budget here) | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Treasure & Bond Hat

For a true leather legging that feels more elevated, I can’t recommend the Commando faux leather leggings enough. Unlike the Spanx, these look and feel more like a true leather fabrication. There’s no seam going down the sides and the hem is unfinished so they feel dressier. They are high-waisted and incredibly stretchy, making them super figure flattering. I love the built-in liner, which conceals any panty lines. In terms of fit, these leggings run small – I’m typically an XS but I took a S. Also, they’re not as comfortable as the Spanx – and probably wouldn’t be my first choice for wearing all day.

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a camel sweater and commando leather leggings from revolveRevolve House of Harlow Sweater (wearing an XS) | Commando Pantent Leather Leggings (wearing an S) | Revolve Raye Booties (sold out, similar here) | Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack | Gucci Belt (read my ‘Gucci Belt Sizing Guide’ HERE)

I purchased these Commando vinyl leggings last year and have been dying for the temperatures to drop so I can wear them again. I absolutely love the look of these leggings; however, they’re not the easiest to get on. Once they’re on though, they immediately conform to the body and hold everything in place. The look is so unique, slimming, and incredibly sexy. They will squeak while you walk so be sure to rub some oil or vaseline between the thighs to resolve the issue! Like the Commando leather leggings, I felt that these ran small so be sure to go up one size.

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a gray plaid coat from abercrombie for fallAbercrombie Plaid Coat | Abercrombie Vegan Leather Leggings | Similar Black Tunic Sweater | Prada Cahier Bag | Chanel Combat Boots (2020 version available in my shop here, better for budget here) | The Styled Collection Beaded Bracelets

My latest vegan legging purchase is from Abercrombie, which is great if you’re looking for a budget-friendly pair. They feature a high waist and soft inner lining, making them super comfortable to wear. I found them a little long for my height but nothing too ridiculous. Quality wise, they’re not exactly on par with the Commando leggings but you definitely get the look for less. Overall, I felt that they were worth the price and loved how they looked with cozy knits and layers.

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a plaid blazer and brown coated denim for fallMadewell Plaid Blazer (wearing an XXS) | Joe’s Camel Coated Denim (wearing a 23) | Gucci Belt (exact color sold out, wearing a size 70) | Gucci White Bag (similar here and here) | Christian Louboutin White Pumps (similar here, better for budget here) | Tom Ford Aviator Sunglasses (exact sold out, similar here)

When I want the faux leather look but don’t want to wear anything too warm or constricting, I reach for a pair of coated jeans. My favorite pair of the season is this one by Joe’s Jeans. It comes in a variety of colors that are great for the fall season, including black, olive green, dark brown and more. I recommend sizing down so you get a true form-fitting, skinny fit all day long. They’re a bit pricey, but worth the investment if you want the look of leather combined with the comfort of denim.

mia mia mine wearing a camel sweater and leather pants from intermix fall 2020INTERMIX Off-The-Shoulder Sweater | INTERMIX Leather Leggings | Alexandre Birman Tie Ankle Sandals | Amazon Sunglasses | Saint Laurent Sunset Bag (medium size)

Real leather leggings are incredibly pricey but justifiable if you love and appreciate the buttery soft texture, warmth, and luxe factor. This pair by INTERMIX is constructed of 100% lambskin with a stretch jersey backing, and they’re the most luxurious leggings in my wardrobe. Like any other leather legging, they can be dressed up or down for any occasion. I especially love the zippered hem so I can wear them undone as seen above.

Other Faux Leather Pants I’ve Worn…

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing black faux leather pants and a sheer sleeve top with a bottega veneta the pouch bagMango Sheer Top (sold out, similar here) | Abercrombie Faux Leather Belted Pants (sold out, similar here) | Scoop Heels ($30!) | Bottega Veneta The Pouch (budget version here) | Dior Lucky Locket Necklace (better for budget here) | Ear Crawler Earrings

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a gray cozy sweater from express Express Sweater (exact style sold out, similar here) | Express Leather Paperbag Waist Pants (2020 version here) | Saint Laurent Sunset Bag (medium size) | Tamara Mellon Heels (better for budget here and here)

fashion blogger wearing a winter outfit from expressExpress Cutout Sweater (exact style sold out, similar here) | Express Faux Leather Pants (2020 version here) | Bottega Veneta The Pouch (budget version here) | Revolve Raye Booties (sold out, similar here) | Givenchy Sunglasses

xo, Maria

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