Sunday, January 17, 2016

5 Faux Leather Leggings Looks

I bought my faux leather leggings in the fall to take on my trip to Germany (they are faux leather in the front and a sketchy ponte material in the back; I ordered them in tall). I knew I was going to attend several holiday parties and thought the leggings would be a nice, easy-to-pack option as they are dressy yet easy to wear.

Loft Faux Leather Leggings

The leggings worked great for the parties (I added a black blazer to the outfit above), but I was surprised by how much I wore them the rest of my trip and after I got back home.

On a side note, I LOVE the Loft tunic, and I got it in the wine color above, in black, and in green - all on sale. Tunics were on my list of clothing items to get/replace as I only had one or two presentable ones but wear leggings and skinny jeans often. I wish the Loft tunic came in more colors as it’s pretty much perfect (and maybe they’ll add some new colors for spring! One can hope…).

Originally, I only bought the tunic above (40% off), but once I got it in the mail (it was an online only item) and tried it on, I knew I wanted it in the other colors as well, as it’s perfect to wear with leggings or skinny jeans; definitely an item that will get lots and lots of wear for years to come (especially since it washes very well). Plus, the material is thin enough to wear well into spring. When the tunics went on sale even more (50% off), I ordered the black one, but I thought getting the green one as well was a bit excessive. But I soon regretted that decision. Sadly, when I wanted to order the green one, it was out of stock in my size. After stalking it online for several weeks, I got lucky and got it for 60% off the sale price. I’ve also been eyeing these tunics from Nordstrom; they seem very similar to the Loft tunics and come in quite a few colors.

But back to the leggings. They are super comfortable, and I ended up wearing them with almost all my sweaters and blouses I brought on the trip. I like the leggings dressed up as well as with a flannel shirt and a sweater; they ended up much more versatile than I had thought they would be.

Here are five looks I’ve been recently wearing:

1. Faux Leather Leggings and Jacket Society’s Tie Dye Fringe Cardigan

I previously wore the fringe cardigan from Jacket Society over simple black leggings. It was an easy way to add some interest to a basic outfit. This time I wore the cardigan over a creme-colored blouse from Loft. I added a fringe necklace for some extra fun.

Loft Faux Leather Leggings 01
Loft Faux Leather Leggings 2 
Jacket Society Tie Dye Fringe Cardigan 
2. Faux Leather Leggings and Black Fringe Sweater

Since I had fringe on my mind, I decided to bring out my black fringe sweater. I got this fun piece 10+ years ago at Chico’s. I hadn’t worn it in years, but I lately really enjoy wearing it. This shows that it’s worth it to hold on to unique clothing items, even if you don’t wear them for a while. (Incidentally, I haven’t bought anything from Chico’s in years, so I just browsed their website a bit. I love this asymmetric tunic, this long black vest, and this fringe sweater. I think all would look great with leggings, and all three pieces are on major sale.)

Loft Faux Leather Leggings 3
Loft Faux Leather Leggings 4
Black Fringe Sweater 2

3. Faux Leather Leggings and Flannel Shirt and Sweater

I originally hadn’t planned on wearing the leggings with an Old Navy flannel shirt and a sweater, but once I tried it on, I loved the mix of more dressy and laid-back.

Loft Faux Leather Leggings 5

4. Faux Leather Leggings, Black Tunic and a Grey Sweater

Once I started pairing sweaters and longer shirts and tunics with the leggings, there were endless possibilities. I like the black and grey combo and had fun adding a black and white necklace and my black and white Adam Lippe for Target flats.  

Loft Faux Leather Leggings 6
Loft Faux Leather Leggings 7

5. Faux Leather Leggings, Black Tunic, and Faux Fur Scarf

I got a faux fur trimmed scarf from my mom, and I couldn’t wait to wear it. I love it over the black tunic. It was a fun, slightly-more-dressy-than-my-normal look on a recent date with Andy.

Loft Faux Leather Leggings 8
Faux Fur Trimmed Scarf 
I’m very happy that I got the faux leather leggings. Faux leather leggings and pants have been a “hot item” for a while now,  and I had been intrigued by them. But, honestly, I wasn’t sure I would wear them all that much, so I took my time buying some. The holiday parties I was going to attend were a great excuse to give them a try. Luckily, I found that I wear them a lot. One of the reasons is that they are very comfortable, mainly because of the great ponte back. 

Questions: What recent (or not-so-recent) clothing item do you wear more than expected? Do you own (faux) leather leggings or pants? If so, what’s your favorite way to wear them? 

Be well,
Andrea



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54 comments:

  1. Great leggings!!!! I've been wanting that tunic! :)
    Jaymie
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    1. Thanks, Jaymie! And, yes, that tunic is pretty much perfect... I really hope they'll bring it back in different colors!

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  2. I love your leggings! I have a pair of pleather joggers and jeans, but I'm really after a pair of leggings. I want the pair from Zara, but they always seemed to short on me, so I'm still on the hunt. I want the legging to go be full pleather though. Do you mind that yours are half and half?

    They're so easy to style as you have shown. They look great on you Andrea!

    Thank you for linking up to the Kremb de la Kremb Style Stories.

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. It's funny because these leggings are the "long" size, but they are just long enough... I can't buy regular leggings in stores as they are always too short...

      I actually like that they are half/half because the ponte material is nice and stretchy, which makes the leggings very, very comfortable. And I like the look. I think it actually looks better on my legs than full pleather leggings...

      Thanks for hosting Style Stories; it's a fun linkup!

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  3. These are real closet essentials, Andrea! All the looks are fabulous, and make me want a pair too. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Patti! They are fun, and I love that I enjoy pairing them with pretty much everything in my closet... :-)

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  4. I have so been on the hunt for faux leather leggings, these are perfect!!! I especially love them with the wine tunic!! Just gorgeous!!

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    1. Yes, the tunic is fabulous!!! I really hope they'll bring it back in more colors. The material would be perfect for spring!

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  5. I too bought faux leather and suede leggings, with Ponte backs. Wore them more than ever expected. They're Calvin Klein Womens, and yes I'm over 60 and plus size but they made me happy with tunics and short boots. And although I machine washed and hang dried...perfect!

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    1. I'm glad you are enjoying yours, too! I machine and hang dry, too, and it works great. Washing had been another of my concerns...

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  6. I love these faux leather leggings, Andrea! They look great on you!

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  7. you are rocking those leggings in literally every outfit. I love how different and creative each one is!

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  8. Thanks for the style inspo - I also am so in love with the faux leather leggings can't stop wearing them lately! Have a great week!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. Glad you are loving yours, too, Rebecca! Have a great week!

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  9. Well you've really got the long gams to make these look amazing!

    I have one pair of faux leather pants but they are too tight for me right now : ( I need to get on the treadmill.

    How you find yours wash? I was worried about that.

    My favourite item right now is my vintage midi chevron skirt. I'm wearing it all the time.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks! :-)

      I wash them inside out, using the "hand wash" cycle in the washing machine with very little, mild detergent and line dry them. It's been working out very well.

      And that skirt is AMAZING!

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  10. You looks so great & so fashionable! I am fashion clueless since I left the Corporate world a lot of years back! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jody!

      Our work environment definitely affects what we wear! I teach in a VERY casual environment, and I find it's influencing me more and more...

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  11. Glad you are getting so much wear out of your leggings! :) I think the first outfit is my favourite :)

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  12. A pair of well bought leggings can be a key piece in winter! They fit you perfectly and match with all your tops. I especially like them with the wine colour sweater...

    I haven't been wearing leggings recently, but in the future...you can never know!

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  13. Hi dear! I like your blog! You're beautiful and amazing! I took my new blog. I would be very pleased if you find time to appreciate it! Thank you! Kisses!

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I'll check out your blog right now! :-)

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  14. I have a few faux leather leggings/skinnies and I love them. You look fab in yours and I like how you styled all your looks especially our fringe cardigan. Thank you so much for featuring again, I really appreciate it and I will be sharing it on our social media tomorrow!
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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    1. Thanks, Nora! It's a great piece! :-)

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  15. It is so interesting because I just found out that I kind of like leggings...I was so reluctant to try...and after getting a black one, I decided on a second pair...the faux leather leggings look very good...and I like how you matched the top...
    Thanks for the ideas...have a great week Andrea :)

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    1. Glad the timing of this post is right for you! :-) Have fun with the leggings!

      Have a great week, too!

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  16. I own a pair of faux leggings, but they seem to rip very easily and I've lost count at how many times I've had to sew them back up. Love all your looks! The all black one is my fav.

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    1. I'm sorry that your faux leather leggings are ripping easily. Luckily, mine have been holding up great.

      I like the black look, too, and am glad that I held on to the fringe sweater for all those years (even though I didn't wear it for years)...

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  17. You've matched the leggings with loads of great looks.

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  18. Lovely looks! My favourite is the one with a black fringed sweater, very beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Olga! So glad I held on to that sweater...

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  19. Fabulous leggings and you styled it so well with all the different outfits.

    xo Sheree
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    1. OMG, I missed your posts! I did not get them, I will suscribe again! Those outfits are great, I also love my faux leather pants. I love the outfit with the fringe sweater and the one with your mother scarf the most!Thank you so much for joining my Fashion linkup party!

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  20. I love everything about those outfits - just now sure how they would work on me since I am so short - I'd be the perfect weight if I was 5'11 not 5'2! :D

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    1. :-) I think it'll all depend on the proportions. The tops will have to be long(er) but not too long. Also, you could try some skinny jeans instead of leggings. You may like the added structure. Also, you can always add some heels to add some height! :-)

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  21. What a fab bunch of looks! Love those leggings on you! I have a pair with a faux leather strip down the side and I don't wear them very often. I think they don't quite fit me right. These fit you like a dream!

    Thanks for joining Fun Fashion Friday!

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    Dawn Lucy
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  22. I don't have leather leggings but you're now making me want some after I see how versatile they are. Also, I love the looks of the LOFT tunics and can see why you bought them in multiple colors. Speaking of tunics and in answer to your question as to what I've been wearing a lot lately, I find myself gravitating to my new turtle-neck tunic sweater a lot lately! I love that I can fit a layering tee under it but it still has a nice shape.

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    1. Leather leggings are so much more versatile than I had thought! Your turtleneck tunic sweater is great!

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  23. Hi Andrea! I love your faux leather leggings! I have to say, like you, I bought a pair back in the fall - they pretty much have replaced my black leggings day to day, I even wore them on the airplane last week on a trip because they are so comfortable. The key I think is finding a pair that you love the fit on and are comfortable. Yours are great with the ponte in the back. I love al your looks. I think if we think of them as a "dressier" legging or even an option to a skinny jean - they have tons of places they can go! PS Love your Adam Lippes flats, great outfit!

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    1. Yes, finding the right fit is really important! I got lucky that the ones I ordered fit really well. And you are right, they are a dressier legging, and you can really wear them in place of leggings or skinny jeans with so many different tops. I'm really glad I got the Adam Lippes flats; I wear mostly flats but want them to be fun and stylish! :-)

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  24. I have a similar pair that I bought this year and have only worn them once. I am still building my courage to wear them. Love all the ways you've worn your leggings!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Once you start wearing them with different tops, it's hard to stop! :-)

      Thanks for hosting the linkup; it's a lot of fun to see your current outfits and the throwback version!

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  25. Good heavens you are right, these skinnies (leggings) are terrific. You create a different outfit all together by just throwing on another top and/or shoes. Especially that fringe top (second picture) and the black tops impressed me. As does your hair. Your hair looks the way I would love my hair to look haha. But I have thin hair and little of it. Doing my best to "fluf it up" especially in front of the camera. Which is why I hate wind haha.
    Greetje

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    1. Thanks, Greetje! I'm so glad I got the fringe top and kept the black top!

      My hair is quite wavy, and I have to straighten it, or it looks "off." I definitely have my share of "bad hair days"... :-)

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    2. Isn't it funny how people (women??) always want the opposite of what they've got?

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