Friday, July 9, 2021

SPANX Plus Size Faux Leather Leggings Review: Sizing, Tips, Styling

Hello, friends! I hope you're doing well and having a great summer. It's kind of hard to believe, but the time has come when retail shifts seasons and fall fashion starts to make its way into stores. One of the most beloved and popular fall staples talked about on social media are Spanx faux leather leggings. July is also one of the few times they go on sale! Spanx faux leather leggings are a bit pricey, but they always get marked down during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and then price matches during that time as well. If you've never tried them but always wanted to, this is one of the best times to do it. 

I was lucky enough to partner with Spanx for some Instagram content last fall and will be doing the same thing this fall. One of the reasons I love doing this is because so many plus size ladies often have questions about the fit of the faux leather leggings, especially if they are on the higher end of plus. And that's where I come in! On average, I wear anywhere from 24 to 26 to 28 or a 3X/4X. It really just depends on the brand, the cut of the item, etc. 

Spanx faux leather leggings (that's a mouthful) stop at a size 3X. And if you read reviews on them, most people will say you should size up. So if you're a 3X, what do you do? Well, that depends on how you feel about the fit. They are not meant to be buttery soft, stretchy leggings. They have the same shapewear technology of regular Spanx you'd wear under a dress. That means they suck everything in. They compress. If you're just looking for a soft, loosey goosey legging to lounge around the house in, that's not what these are. And if you are a woman who wears a 3X, you actually CAN wear the 3X leggings. Sizing up for someone who is a 2X gives them a looser fit, but it absolutely doesn't mean you can't wear them if you are a true 3X!

I've heard a lot of people say they can't get them up over their legs, but instead of thinking of them like a pair of pants, think of them like pantyhose. They are of course far more durable than pantyhose, but think about what a pair of pantyhose looks like before it goes on your bod. Tiny, right? And somehow, as you work them up your legs, and then pull them up over your hips, that tiny looking scrap of delicate fabric is covering your entire lower half. It's the same concept with the leggings. PRO TIP: Sit down to put them on, then start working them up your leg. Give yourself a few minutes to get them on so you don't get frustrated!

Last fall I made an entire YouTube video dedicated to styling Spanx faux leather leggings! You can check it out here for more of my thoughts on the fit and see some outfit ideas. 

In addition to the classic faux leather leggings, they also have a camo print and a moto style! Just click on this image if you want to shop the leggings. (affiliate link)

In the look below, I'm actually wearing head to toe Spanx with the exception of my shoes and hat. My leggings, jacket, and top are all from Spanx! This is proof positive you can wear several things from the Spanx line whether you're a size 12 or 26. Now, does every single thing fit me? No. But that's true of a lot of brands and retailers. Every brand is going to fit each person's body differently. But until I tried the clothes and experimented with them, I never knew how much I would enjoy them. It was a great reminder to get out of my comfort zone and stop assuming something won't work for me unless I actually try it for myself.

Here are a couple of outfit ideas to get you thinking about how you might make Spanx leggings work in your wardrobe! If you see anything you like, you can also click on the images to shop them. (affiliate links)

I hope this helps you when trying to decide if Spanx plus size faux leather leggings are for you! If you have any questions just drop a comment and I'm happy to help. I share lots of fun plus size fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and motherhood content over on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. Take care and be well!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The BEST Plus Size Spring Outfits

Hello, friends! I hope your spring is off to a great start! 
This is a time of year when I really start to transition my wardrobe for warmer weather, so I thought I'd share some great basics you can mix and match as you build your own spring wardrobe, along with some really fun outfit ideas. The best part is, everything is super affordable and most items are under $50! I have said it over and over again, and it never stops being true - you don't have to spend a lot of money to look like a million bucks!

The benefit of having basics like this is simple: you get endless outfit combinations! These pieces can not only be mixed together to create outfits, they can be paired with other items you already have in your closet to style looks for every occasion. If it's been a while since you've gone through your closet, spring is a great time to see what's in there. You might already have some of these basics on hand, or you may need to do some shopping to round out your wardrobe! Remember you can shop all of these images if you see something you love - there is a link below each picture for you! 

These links are affiliate links and I do make a small commission, but there is no extra cost to you. Thank you SO MUCH for supporting me by shopping with my links. 

If you look at the image above and just see a bunch of random clothes - don't worry! I created three different looks with just these items so you can see how they work together to create stand alone outfits. These basic items give you so much bang for your buck!

Looking for even more plus size spring outfit inspiration? I've got you covered! The outfits below include some great basics AND some really fun seasonal pieces I think you'll love. 




One last little piece of plus size spring style inspiration before you go.....
Check out my YouTube video styling a basic $13 t-shirt dress SIX different ways!

I hope you feel inspired and ready to have fun with your spring wardrobe, friends! 

Monday, March 1, 2021

4 Places You Should Be Shopping

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is where I find my clothes and where I shop. Although I like to shop with many different retailers, there are a few key places I consider essential to building a plus size wardrobe I love, and that works for my budget. Check out some of my go-to retailers for plus size fashion and why I love shopping with each of them!

Target offers a lot of great wardrobe options, but I love their dresses most. You can always count on Target to offer staples like the little black or little white dress. They also do plenty of on trend dresses with fun prints, sleeve details, and other nods to whatever is popular at the moment. When I go back and look at my most worn and loved dresses from recent years, Target really takes the top spot. BONUS: they also offer wide width shoes online and all of their clothing, including most pajamas, go up to a 4X. 

Walmart is not only one of my personal favorites, it's a favorite of those who follow and shop with me on the app. (If you don't have the app, it's completely free and allows you to find everything I share in one place, ready to shop! Click HERE. This is an affiliate link.) Walmart finds are among my most popular content, and I understand why! Year after year, they continue to offer basics and trendy pieces at prices that can't be beat. Work, lounge, cute, casual options perfect for weekends - it's all there. I really love the house brand Terra and Sky, and the recent addition of Eloquii Elements, a much more affordable offshoot of the Eloquii brand where nothing is over $50. 

Amazon can be a bit tricky, but it does have a lot of hidden gems! The great thing about Amazon is how easy it is to shop. Everything right to your door in a snap, and a crazy easy return process. No matter what you're looking for, you can search for ANYTHING. Even though I love Target and Walmart, I'm probably never going to find a cocktail dress there. A quick search on Amazon will not only yield a cocktail dress, I'll most likely find matching jewelry, shoes, and a bag while I'm there. I also love being able to see so many reviews with pictures of real people, not models. It helps so much when trying to decide on a size or color. As an Amazon Fashion Influencer, I have my very own Amazon Storefront where you can shop my favorites and recommendations any time, just click HERE. This is an affiliate link. 

Old Navy plus size options have become a huge part of my wardrobe as loungewear has become more popular. The sweatshirts and sweatpants and matching lounge sets are hard to beat! At times Old Navy items can be a bit pricey for being a mass retailer, but they have sales and coupons often, so I try to never pay full price for anything. Another thing I love about Old Navy is that they are size inclusive with their matching family PJ options at the holidays, and they make plus clothing for kiddos. I wish they would make all sizes available in store, but for now, shopping them online is a go-to for me and I do love their plus selection. 

After you read this post, be sure to head over to my YouTube channel HERE  where you can see videos featuring these exact retailers. I post plus size try on hauls and share tons of outfit ideas and styling tips on my channel and I'd love to have you as part of my YouTube fam! I hope this post is helpful and gives you an idea of some tried and true places you can start building a plus size wardrobe you truly love and enjoy.