Difference Between Original SPANX® and ASSETS® by SPANX® Leggings

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Updated: 10/29/2019 | ASSETS by Spanx VS Original SPANX

The SPANX® and ASSETS® shapewear company has helped women find the body shape they’ve desired since 2000. SPANX was created by Sara Blakely. Sara started with hosiery and slowly evolved into a collection of shapewear that magically transforms a woman’s body and boosting her self-confidence in anything she wears.

Both the SPANX® and ASSETS® lines manufacture slimming shapewear, however, there are differences between the two brands and qualities that may influence a woman’s preference for one line over another.

In this post, I’ve reviewed seamless leggings from both lines. I wear leggings about 95% of the time and always wondered what the major differences were and if it were better to invest in the original SPANX® line versus the ASSETS® by SPANX®.

ASSETS® by SPANX® is usually sold at a significantly lower price point, so although the price is enticing, does it also mean I will be sacrificing quality? Let’s find out!

SPANX® versus ASSETS® by SPANX®

I immediately noticed a difference in quality after testing out both pairs. Ultimately, I decided to keep both because one was great for wearing under dresses and one was perfect for wearing as pants.

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SPANX Original versus SPANX Assets – Seamless Leggings (front view)
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SPANX Original versus SPANX Assets – Seamless Leggings (back view)

I created this chart to compare the leggings side by side.

 SPANX®
Look At Me Now Seamless Leggings
ASSETS® by SPANX®
Seamless Slimming Leggings 2045
StyleComes in various lengths: leggings and capri/cropLeggings only come in extra long length. Can be worn over heel.
MaterialNylon, Spandex and Elastane blend92% Nylon, 8% Elastane
Cost$68-$72$28
Leggings are very affordable.
Waistband/RiseHigh rise with a tall waistband. Waistband sat more like medium rise on my 5’5″ frame.High rise with a tall waistband. The waistband measures 6″ and sat above my navel and almost to my bra line.
Inseam27″ – Sits at my ankle.

Leggings also have an outerseam (see image below)

29″ – Can be worn over heels.
CompressionVery compressive throughout.Form-fitting and only compressive at the waist.
Opacity (is it see-through?)Leggings are not see-through.Leggings ARE see-through while standing and especially when bending over. I can see my skin at my knees, so I know it is see-through from the back. The leggings did have an underwear shape that I wish was used throughout the legging.
GussetHas a diamond-shaped gusset.Has a diamond-shaped gusset.
Intended Use
  • Can be worn as a layer, as pants or under a tunic/dress/sweater.
  • Can be worn casually or as activewear.
  • This line includes full body shapers, bras and panties, swimsuits, pantyhose, leggings, and men’s shaping undergarments.
  • Intended for layering under clothing.
  • Should not be worn to workout since the leggings are transparent.
  • Offers primarily pantyhose, leggings, body shapers of varying styles, and panties for women only.
ColorwaysComes in different colors and prints, including camouflage and heathered.Only comes in solid black.
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SPANX® Assets® (left) versus SPANX® Original (right) – Opacity Bend Test

The biggest differences I saw between the two brands were quality, cost, and assortment.

  • The original SPANX® quality is far superior to ASSETS®
    • Opacity: I had issues with opacity while wearing the  ASSETS® seamless leggings (see above).
    • Pilling: I had issues with ASSETS® when I was sitting on a rough surface and the back of the leggings pilled (see image below). That did not happen with the SPANX® Look At Me Now leggings.
  • Cost: ASSETS® are half the price of the original SPANX® line. However, you definitely get what you pay for.
  • Assortment: ASSETS® offered only neutral colors, while the original SPANX® line offered various fabrics, styles, and lengths.
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Back thigh pilling detail on seamless Assets by SPANX leggings.
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Side seam detail on SPANX Look At Me Now leggings

Final Verdict

Nothing compares to the original SPANX® line. If you’re looking for leggings that you can wear as pants, definitely go for the SPANX® Look At Me Seamless leggings. I also appreciated the colors offered through the original line. The differences in quality were also very apparent. If you’re looking for something that performs, again, go with the original line.

If you’re on a budget, I would definitely check out ASSETS® by SPANX®. It’s a great introduction to the SPANX® line. Just be aware that there are differences and learn how to wear the differences appropriately (and not as pants!). ASSETS® does have an awesome ponté legging style that is great for professional wear and not see-through. You can find it here.

And lastly, one of my favorite things about the SPANX® brand is their investment in programs that promote success for women and girls. The Sara Blakely foundation has supported educational, technological, entrepreneurial, and empowerment programs throughout the world. When you invest in SPANX®, you’re also investing in something greater than a pair of leggings.

Where to Buy Original SPANX®

Where to Buy ASSETS® by SPANX®

 

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