13 best faux leather pants and leggings of 2022


The cold weather is just around the corner and faux leather pants are a chic fall wardrobe staple that can be easily styled up and down. Vegan leather materials have a similar look to genuine leather without the more challenging care instructions. Pair these pants with a chunky sweater and slim blazer for the office and a corset and heels for going out — yes, faux leather pants can be so versatile!

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab consists of fashion experts who report on the latest trends, including loafers, sustainable denim and athleisure, while providing expert advice on various fabrics and materials. GH analysts reviewed dozens of faux leather pants and also had testers try different styles in different sizes to get feedback on comfort and fit.

Our top picks:

After reviewing our picks for vegan leather pants, read on to learn more about how to buy the best faux leather pants and how we test products at Good housekeeping. Combine these pants with cozy sweaters and comfy boots for the ultimate winter look!

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Best overall faux leather pants


The Melina high-rise vegan leather pants

Material100% polyurethane with 100% polyester inner
InseamsShort, regular and long
ConcernMachine washable

Best overall faux leather leggings


Faux leather leggings for tummy control

MaterialNylon/spandex with waistband lining in polyester/spandex
InseamsRegular and small
ConcernMachine washable

Faux leather pants with the best price


The Bond Pants

Material60% polyurethane, 40% viscose
ConcernMachine washable

Best Curvy Faux Leather Pants

Abercrombie & Fitch

Curve Love 90s vegan leather straight leg pants

Material90% polyester and 10% elastane with polyurethane coating
InseamsExtra short, short, normal and long
ConcernMachine wash cold, with similar colors and tumble dry low

Best plus size faux leather pants


Perfect Vintage Straight Jeans: faux leather edition

Material57% polyester/43% polyurethane
SizesStandard: 23-34 and Plus: 14W-28W
InseamsSmall and tall (standard size only)
ConcernMachine washable

Best faux leather long pants


1970s flare jeans in faux leather with a high waist

Material100% Polyester
InseamsSlender, regular and long
ConcernMachine washable

Best faux leather paperbag pants


Faux leather paperbag trousers

Material55% polyurethane, 44% viscose
ConcernWashing machine cold

Best edgy faux leather pants

Urban Outfitters

Olivia imitation leather pants with zipper

MaterialPolyester with polyurethane coating
ConcernDry cleaning

Best faux leather maternity pants


Mama Faux Leather Maternity Leggings

MaterialNylon/elastane with polyurethane coating
ConcernMachine washable

Best faux leather wide leg pants


High-waisted leather effect trousers

MaterialPolyester with polyurethane coating
ConcernMachine wash, hang dry

Best imitation leather sweatpants


Imitation leather joggers

Material55% polyurethane, 44% viscose, 1% elastane
ConcernWashing machine cold

Best imitation leather carpenter trousers

Free people

We The Free The It Factor vegan pants

MaterialViscose with polyurethane coating
ConcernWashing machine cold

Best imitation leather shorts


High-waisted black faux leather shorts with wide legs

ConcernWash hands

How we chose these faux leather pants

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab is made up of fabric and fashion experts who have reviewed and tested all types of clothing, including rompers, workout leggings, travel dresses and more. To evaluate faux leather pants and leggings, GH analysts had testers try popular styles in a variety of sizes before taking a survey to provide feedback on fit, comfort, style and more. GH professionals also reviewed the different types of materials and fibers used in faux leather pants to help you inform your shopping choices.

What to look for when shopping for the best imitation leather pants

✔️ Material: While various types of vegan leather are used in handbags and other accessories, most faux leather pants are made from a synthetic material with a coating for a shiny, leather-like look. Many featured styles are made from polyester blend fabrics with a polyurethane coating. For added comfort, choose materials with spandex or elastane for a bit of stretch.

✔️ Fit: Just like any other pants, faux leather pants come in a variety of fits, such as skinny, wide leg, cropped, leggings and more. Some styles have short or long inseams, which were very popular with our testers.

✔️ Washing label: While some faux leather pants are machine washable and suitable for tumble drying, other pants require hand washing or dry cleaning. Follow the care label closely to ensure they remain in good condition after wear.

How to wear imitation leather pants?

Testers wore faux leather pants for all kinds of occasions. Some styled them for casual office environments, while others wore them on dates and out to dinner. Many testers paired faux leather pants with a bodysuit or fitted top and a blazer or sweater. Like jeans, faux leather pants are extremely versatile and can be easily styled up and down. Testers noted that they found faux-leather pants that generally got hot and felt uncomfortable when sweaty, so we recommend saving them for the colder months.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?

Emma Seymour has been a senior textile product analyst in the Good Housekeeping Textiles Lab for more than three years, leading lab and consumer tests with fashion stories of comfort heels, white sneakers and swimwear brands. An avid fan of vegan leather, she studied Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University with research experience in product quality assessment. A lifelong seamstress with previous experience in product development, she has a strong fashion background with expertise in proper fit and construction.

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13 best faux leather pants and leggings of 2022

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