Lizzo, Kelsea Ballerini, and Kelly Clarkson all count themselves as fans of these super stylish and comfortable leggings.

By Rebecca Shinners
Updated August 19, 2020
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Gone are the days when leggings were just for the gym or lounging around your house. If I have to wear pants, they might as well be a cozy pair of leggings, right? That's where the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings ($65, was $98; spanx.com) come in handy—they're as comfortable as my softest gym pants, but offer a more dressed-up style that's appropriate for practically any occasion.

This probably isn't the first time you've heard about these faux leather leggings: they have been named a Spanx bestseller, have accumulated more than 2,000 5-star reviews on Nordstrom's site, and have gained an A-lister cult following that includes Lizzo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson, and Jana Kramer. To say they're popular would be an understatement.

I'm not usually one to buy viral products, but in this case, curiosity got the best of me. "I'll probably end up returning them," I thought to myself after ordering a pair. "They can't really be that good, right?" Spoiler alert—I was completely wrong. These Spanx leggings are easily the most versatile item in my closet, and they have been for the last two years since I bought them.

When I tried the faux leather leggings on for the first time, it was truly love at first sight (or feel!): The slick material resembles a sleek leather, but is soft to the touch and stretchy enough to comfortably move around in. They feature the brand's signature compression technology—also used for its shapewear and undergarments—which provides an amazing shaping effect, and the high waist holds you in without cutting off your circulation, unlike other compressive leggings out there.

I haven't always felt comfortable wearing leggings without a long top to cover my hips, but these are so flattering, that I don't mind showing off how they look around my midsection. They give me an airbrushed effect that enhances my natural figure—and I'm convinced they elongate my legs (which is ideal for petite girls like me). I originally sized up from my usual small to a medium, and the fit was perfect at first, but after wearing them nonstop for two years, they have stretched out slightly. I recommend sticking to your usual size if you want them to last year after year. That being said, the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings come in plus and petite sizing, so there's a pair for everyone.

Since I've been rocking these leggings for two years, I can confirm that there are endless ways to style them. And don't limit their use to casual weekends: I've even paired them with a cropped blouse, oversized blazer, and booties to the office. This year is, of course, a little different since many of us are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings are still a great addition to your quarantine wardrobe for days when you want to look more put-together—although, in reality, they feel a lot more like cozy pajamas. (Life hack!)

Before the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings, I hadn't bought a pair of athleisure bottoms with such a steep price tag—but they are worth every penny and I've definitely gotten my money's worth from them. But lucky for you, you can score the celeb-loved leggings (and my favorites) for over 30 percent off right now during the the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

The bad news? These faux leather leggings tend to sell out whenever they're marked down. Ugh. But, the good news is that if you miss the boat on this deal, Spanx is price-matching all items included in Nordstrom's sale starting today, August 19th—which means you can snap up these leggings at the same discounted $65 price tag. And here's a pro tip: If you sign up for the Spanx email list, you'll get a code for an extra 10 percent off—bringing the leggings to just under $59, which is the lowest I've ever seen them sold for.

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