In case you missed it, faux leather pants came back in full force this season, urging me to step outside of my comfort zone in the name of fashion. After a long quarantine period where I wore nothing beyond joggers, sweatpants, and high-waisted leggings, I was up for the challenge — but not without putting in a solid amount of research. Because faux leather pants are great in theory, but tricky to execute.
After watching countless try-on hauls of women showing different options from beloved mall retailers on social media platforms, I felt like I had a good grasp of what was available, but I didn't particularly love anything I saw. A lot of the current offerings looked cheap or simply took on a life of their own in the most unappealing way, whether they created awkward, squeaky noises while walking or spewed that unsettling smell of faux leather upon unboxing.
So yeah, my standards were high when it came to finding the perfect pair of faux leather pants. After all, if I was going to pull on a pair of edgy rock n' roll pants, they better fit and flatter like a good pair of jeans — but better. Luckily, I found all of that and more in Spanx's Leather-Like Flare Pants.
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This sleek new style (which the brand sent me to test) brilliantly smoothed everything out thanks to a hidden shaping panel in the tummy area, and the high waistband hit me just right. I'm petite, but once I put on a pair of ankle boots, my legs looked miles long. The first time I wore them, my close circle of friends actually did a double take and told me how tall I looked that day.
Another time, I wore them while picking up coffee in a very popular area of Los Angeles, and a pair of middle-aged ladies stopped mid-conversation to tell me how great my pants looked, asking me for the brand name and product information. Since that moment, I lovingly refer to them as my magic pants because I feel completely and utterly invincible in them. They hug my curves like a reliable pair of compression leggings, but the flare leg dresses them up considerably and adds height out of thin air.
The pull-on waistband eliminates buttons and zippers, while the structured shape of these pants feel anything but basic. Every time I recommend the style to a friend, I get word that they're often sold out or low in inventory in popular sizes — further proof that the edgy essential is being embraced by the masses.
Keep an eye on inventory for restocks in your size and get yourself a pair of faux leather flare pants from Spanx immediately.