Wait what? The weekly favorite is NOT a beauty product? Yep. Your eyes do not deceive you. I’m branching out this week for my weekly favorite into the world of workout pants. And really, the only leggings worthy of a whole post are the Zella leggings.
But first, a little background. There are three key factors at play here:
1. Part of dealing with the symptoms of PCOS is to exercise. Therefore, as much as I hate it, I workout regularly. As in, five days a week regularly.
2. I usually go to a ton of different fitness classes. Think barre, cycling, interval training, rowing, etc. Because many of these classes involve weird leg movements, I prefer to wear leggings versus shorts to prevent any accidental indecent exposure. Also, I can’t be bothered to shave my legs some days, so I wear pants for the good of the people.
3. Since I mostly work from home nowadays I tend to wear my workout clothes all day (I go to class in the evenings).
So, in summary: I wear my workout pants all day, approximately five days a week. Since I actually workout in these clothes they need to be cute, durable and most importantly, they need to hold in the jiggly parts. Yes, I just said jiggly parts. No matter how much I workout, the jiggle is here to stay. I’m sure all the crap I eat has nothing to do with it…
Throughout the last year I’ve tried a ton of different brands. I’ve tried Nike, Old Navy, Champion, Z by Zella, Adidas, etc. And guys? Zella leggings are by far the best.
Zella is sold online and in store at Nordstrom. I believe the brand itself is actually the in-house line of athletic-wear produced by Nordstrom. There is also the Z by Zella line produced exclusively for Nordstrom Rack. Note that this post refers specifically to the Zella line, NOT the Z by Zella. Unfortunately my experience with Z by Zella has not been the same.
What I Like About Them
+ First & foremost, the fabric on every single Zella legging I’ve tried is the perfect thickness. As in thick enough to hold the jiggle, but stretchy enough for even the weirdest barre moves.
+ They are the most durable leggings I own. As mentioned above, I wear these every day. And, since I workout in them I usually put them in the more intense cycle of the washing machine. ALL other brands of leggings I’ve done this to have faded, thinned, stretched out and even ripped. If I’m going to spend $40 on leggings they better last longer than 5 washes.
+ There are a ton of patterns, colors and even lengths of Zella Leggings. Most of mine are the Midi length, but I also have a couple Capri length.
+ Besides the cute colors, patterns and styles, many of these pants are high waist. HIGH WAIST people. Who doesn’t need a little extra hold in that area?
+ Although the full price of most styles is in the $55-69 range, they are often on sale and closer to the $39-$48 range. This is half the price of a pair of Lululemon leggings!
There isn’t anything I don’t like about these pants. I think they are amazing quality for the price point. Considering I rotate each pair at least once a week, paying around $40 for a pair seems pretty reasonable. Just think of how often you wear some things. If you buy a nice dress for $200 but only wear it twice, it essentially cost you $100 per use. These leggings on the other hand get enough wear to drive the cost per use to just pennies. Bottom line, it makes sense.
I couldn’t link any of the patterns I currently own here since the styles are no longer available. However, I am linking a few of my favorite of the current styles below. Based on my experience with 6 pairs, the quality and fabric on these is pretty consistent so any of these should be a safe bet.