Athleisure Wear

These Faux Leather Leggings and Joggers Give Your Athleisure Look Some Edge—Without Losing the Comfort

Saanya Ali

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If you're looking for faux or vegan leather leggings and joggers, you've come to the right place. But let's rewind and start from the beginning. The year is 2021, and leggings and joggers have become the linchpins of the fashion world. The battle against "hard pants" is won, comfort reigns supreme, and we have collectively mastered the art of making Casual Fridays look cool enough to extend to the other six days of the week. But what about those days when you want to spiff up your daily sweatsuit or black leggings and oversized tee uniform? We're talking the days when you want to feel a little ~fancier~ than usual, and strut your stuff on your way to the bar (or the grocery store) but still feel cozy. Enter: faux or vegan leather leggings and joggers.

Faux leather pants in any form look stylish. They add the perfect amount of edge to any wardrobe and are supremely versatile. Pair them with a T-shirt and sneakers during the day, or swap for a boot and corset combo for a night out—they've got you covered. The benefit of opting for vegan leather leggings or joggers is that on top of channeling mega Bella Hadid vibes, they are also usually more comfortable than the real thing, so you can reap the cozy benefits of wearing loungewear while still elevating your look.

According to Melissa Chataigne, TV host and stylist, the best way to find a pair that is vegan and eco-conscious but doesn't look overly faux and cheap is "to look for texture. Anything too smooth looks fake. It must have a bit of thickness and grain. Imperfections make the leather look real." Sold yet? Scroll down to shop the 15 best pairs of faux leather leggings and joggers that you'll want to dress up and down all season long.


Best faux leather leggings

Commando Faux Patent Leather Flare Legging — $148.00

These high-shine, flared leggings are not your average pair of black leggings. The four-way stretch gives you optimal mobility, while the high rise and smoothing waistband are supremely flattering.

Yummie Women's Faux Leather Shaping Legging — $68.00

With Amazon Prime’s Try Before You Buy program, you can take these shaping leggings out for a test drive before you realize how much you love them. They’re machine washable and the zippered ankle elevates the look while also making them so much easier to pull on.

BLANKNYC Luxury Vegan Leather Pants — $100.00

Like their iconic faux leather jackets, these BLANKNYC leggings are a durable, closet staple that everyone needs in their autumn arsenal.

Lysee High Waist Faux Leather Leggings — $108.00

Tired of your classic black leggings? This bright reddish-orange pair (we can go with a burnt sienna) is here to mix it up. The comfortable waistline makes it feel like you’re not wearing pants at all, and the unique color is perfect to pair with any black or neutral sweater.

Wolford Estella Faux Leather Leggings — $475.00

Wolford knows stockings. But as it turns out, they know leggings, too. These textured faux leather leggings are cozy, compressing, and a perfect closet staple.

Tagoo Stretchy Faux Leather Leggings Pants — $37.00

What’s better than a classic leather legging? When they’re fleece-lined. These lightly lined leggings are cozy enough to keep you warmer than others like it, but also won’t make you sweat while you wear them.

LPA Legging 650 — $148.00

Patent leather leggings are a surefire way to take a classic black legging outfit and turn it into a right off the runway look. The front zip closure on this pair even makes it looks like a pair of “hard pants” while still being comfy like leggings.

Express Super High Waisted Faux Leather Front Slit Leggings — $54.00

Yes, winter whites are very on trend. This pair of sandshell leggings features an ankle slit that makes them perfect to pair with heels.


Best faux leather joggers

Ramy Brook Samson Pants — $325.00

These mid-weight joggers are high rise and supremely flattering. The versatile fit means that they can be paired with a sweatshirt for a comfy look or with a cropped top for a going out style.

Spanx Leather-Like Jogger — $148.00

With sizes from XS to 3X, these leather-effect trousers are structured without sacrificing comfort. The elastic cuffs also make them perfect to wear under or over boots.

Commando Faux Leather Jogger Pants — $148.00

These are the softest of all of the joggers on the list. The smoothing waistband and fitted—but not elastic— cuffs make the style perfect to dress up or down.

Philanthropy Scarlett Faux Leather Joggers — $248.00

With four neutral shades to choose from, these faux leather joggers are a perfect fit for any wardrobe. The drawstring waist also means that there’s space to tuck in a sweater (or two…or three).

Alice + Olivia Pete Faux Leather Jogger Pants — $275.00

These slouchy joggers are just as baggy as your favorite pair of high school sweatpants but also cool enough to wear to the club.

Good American Better Than Leather Cargo Pant — $169.00

Cargo pants are back in style…but did they ever really leave? These faux leather joggers are the closest option to a classic pant style without actually being tight and uncomfortable.

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