Though they started out as a shapewear brand, Spanx has grown to become a heavy-hitter in the world of fashion. The secret lies in the company’s ability to make clothing that is on-trend, flattering on all figures and, most importantly, comfortable. They’ve all but done away with the notion that items like shapewear or undergarments like bras, leather leggings and more need to be constricting and unappealing.
Part of Spanx’ growth and success stems from their iconic leggings, which come in a variety of fabrics and styles. Even many who disavow wearing leggings as pants can agree that Spanx leggings are as good as it gets. You won’t break a sweat getting them on, they hug curves beautifully and they look much more expensive than they actually are. And if you aren’t a leggings person, their growing array of trousers offer that same Spanx quality and fit, but with a bit more flair.
As it happens, our editors happen to be huge fans of a whole range of Spanx clothing. Once we started talking about our favorite Spanx items, we couldn’t stop. Everyone has strong opinions about what made their pick the best one, but one thing the entire team agreed on was their preference for the brand’s traditional clothing items over shapewear.
With such passionate points of view, you can trust that you’re in good hands with these options. Keep reading for our editors’ picks on the ultimate Spanx items — they do not disappoint.
Faux leather moto leggings
Available in petite sizes XS-3X, these faux leather leggings add a bit of edge to your everyday leggings look. They're smooth and center-seam-free, so you don't have to stress over unfortunate camel-toe situations.
"I love the look of leather pants, but never felt like I could find a pair that would flatter thicker thighs and hips. Enter Spanx! These faux leather moto leggings fit me like a glove and have a shaping waistband and contoured design that really lifts my seat. Seriously, people will be asking for your squat routine. I pair these leggings with a comfy black sweater for a perfect day-to-night outfit." — Abigail Williams, Head of Audience
Stretch twill cropped wide-leg pant
Available in six colors from XS to 3X with petite and tall sizing, these kicky wide-leg pants are perfect for spring. The fabric is stretchy and buttery soft and has a chic worn-in look.
"I saw these pants (in the color Parchment) on an influencer who only wears very high-end clothes in monochromatic, creamy tones, and I had to find out who made them. I was shocked to see they were Spanx, because this influencer wears loose-fitting clothing and would never squeeze herself into something like a sausage, which is how I always stereotyped anything made by Spanx. I'm about 5'10" so I was thrilled to see they carry the pants in tall, and I ordered them. I'm so glad I did, because not only are they comfortable and the perfect fit, but they're the only pair of summer pants that I've ever gotten compliments on." — Kristen Aiken, Head of Life
The Perfect Pant jogger
If you thought you couldn't dress up joggers, think again. These are about to be your go-to pants for everything from flights to WFH, errands and grabbing drinks with friends. They're made of smooth ponte fabric with a comfortable waistband that elevates a casual look. These pants are available in XS-3X.
"They are, by far, the best pair of pants I've owned. They're a very smartly designed pant — thick, well made and stretchy. Very flattering." — Danielle Belton, Editor-in-Chief
Leather-like ankle skinny pant
Available in XS-3X with petite and tall sizing as well, these pants are a great alternative for those who want a slightly looser fit than what you get with Spanx's faux leather leggings. They're structured enough to wear to work or for a night out on the town, but as comfortable as Spanx's classic leggings.
"These leather-like ankle skinny pants are my go-tos whenever I have to look presentable lately. Not only are they extremely versatile, but they are SO comfortable. I can sit in them for hours and not feel constricted. (I love other Spanx leggings but sometimes there's too much compression. If you know, you know.) These allow you to breathe and move while still providing support. They also come in various lengths -- tall readers, run and buy these ASAP -- and a decent size selection. Pro tip: Size down a size for the best fit." — Lindsay Holmes, Senior Wellness and Travel Editor