When it comes to our first choice for comfortable clothing, leggings are one of our favorite wardrobe essentials. We wear them for everything from working out to lounging around the house to serving up off-duty supermodel vibes with street style looks and — let’s be honest — even to the office. They also come in so many different material and style choices that we never hesitate to add a new pair to the growing collection in our dressers. Since we purchase active and loungewear so frequently, we prefer to stock up on leggings while a good sale is going on. Lucky for Us, our favorite leggings brand has so many designs available for as much as 50 percent off right now!

Yes, we mean the Nordstrom house brand Zella and yes, so many great leggings choices are available at a sweet sale price! The brand has become a favorite with so many reviewers noting how flattering they are and raving about how well they hold up over time. Right now, there are so many cool sale options to choose from including high waist silhouettes, fun prints and those trendy details we adore like mesh inserts. The Zella In Dreams High Waist Leggings is our favorite from the sale section and it’s obvious why.


See it: Snag the Zella In Dreams High Waist Leggings (marked down 50 percent off its original $75 price, now $37) while so many sizes are still in stock. Prefer a different style? Browse the rest of the Zella leggings on sale at Nordstrom right now!

The Grey Graphite Melange color is an alternative for the hoard of black leggings we already own but still a neutral. The leggings also have all the details we love in a good workout pair. They have a high waist silhouette plus a wide supportive waistband for extra support in the tummy area. The moisture-wicking fabric is meant to dry up perspiration quickly so we stay cool and comfortable even when we are working up a sweat during physical activity. Whether running along a trail in our neighborhood or enjoying an hour-long hot yoga session, these leggings are designed to save the day!

Breathable mesh inserts travel up the front and back of the leggings in a stylish slanted design meant to vent excess heat and keep Us cool while we are on the move. These leggings also feature a fabric blend that includes spandex, making them stretchy and durable. The blend is designed to prevent thigh chafing, which is especially a plus. While we love our cropped leggings, these are conveniently full-length making them a practical choice for the chilly winter season.


Shoppers who bought and wore the In Dreams design seemed most impressed by how well the extra waistband and stretchy fabric fits and sculpts the body. One shopper noted the leggings have the “right amount of compression.” Reviews did note that this pair is long so it is important to eye the size guide to score the best, most comfortable fit for your height and frame. Sizes range from XXS to extra large.

We also appreciate how fashionable these leggings are! These are the bottoms we want to be wearing when we snap selfies at the gym. The mesh inserts serve a purpose but they also offer a sultriness to the primarily sporty look. We will be wearing these workout tights with a long sleeve T-shirt or knit top, fresh white low-top sneakers and a fun fleece or teddy bear coat for a standout athleisure look. The leggings would also look just as cool with an oversized graphic sweatshirt and our favorite pair of boots.

Of course, we will not be letting a Zella leggings sale pass Us by with only one pair in our carts. Even more of our favorites are marked down in the lineup, including the Victory High Waist Seamless Crop Leggings with a seamless design that is perfect for layering underneath sweatpants or skinny jeans when the weather gets really cool. The sale also includes several leggings made from recycled fabric so we get to have our activewear fix while also choosing clothes that are environmentally friendly.

See it: Snag the Zella In Dreams High Waist Leggings (marked down 50 percent off its original $75 price, now $37) while so many sizes are still in stock. Prefer a different style? Browse the rest of the Zella leggings on sale at Nordstrom right now!

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On January 6th, I started a new fitness routine. A coworker literally held my hands to the gym to sign up. It was exactly the push I needed.

Since then, my obsession with finding the perfect pair of comfortable, moisture-wicking, tummy-control, and opaque leggings has been on the rise. Extra points if it doubles up as a casual work pant and ultimate travel wear.

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I’ve gone through more than a handful of leggings that make some of these promises only to be let down two or three wears into it. After months of searching for the best pair, I’m happy to break this to you that the Zella live in high waist leggings is the only pair of leggings you need!

I’m one of those people who read product reviews before placing my order. So, I naturally scrolled to the bottom of the page to learn about the Zella live in high waist leggings reviews.

I was impressed to see that this single pair of high waist leggings had a record-breaking 4.5+ star review from over five thousand (5,000) verified buyers.

You’d agree with me that an amazing review like this is hard to ignore. I bought a pair of this high waisted tummy control leggings during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

I placed my order confidently knowing that Nordstrom offers free shipping and free return on all orders. My only regret is not buying more than one pair of this Zella live in leggings on the spot.

For reference, I wear a size 4. 130-ish lbs, 5”5, and 8.5/9 in shoes.

I’m not one to wear leggings to work. But when the leggings are thick and easily double up as a pair of fitted pants that are super comfortable, I’m game.

I usually wear fitted pants with skinny legs like this Cuddl Duds fleece wear. Pants like these are not overly professional or super casual because they tread lightly between both dimensions. I work in a professional setting, and semi-casual workwear outfits are our norm.

No matter what pants I wear feeling comfortable is a priority especially to work, to the gym, and on long flights to and from Alaska. Pulling and tugging on my pants is a distraction that can be counterproductive.

Zella live in high waist leggings review

I was hooked on the Zella Live in Leggings the first time I put it on. This legging is made of high-quality fabric (88% polyester and 12% spandex) to withstand a lot of tension. It is perfect for your workout and athleisure needs. Like I mentioned before, I wear these to work with a beautiful blouse and closed-toe shoes (restyled here).

I’ve had this pair on repeat throughout the summer, and it has held up well. In my opinion, the Zella live in high waist leggings are the perfect all-round leggings that are versatile. This legging and the Cuddl Duds fleece wear pants are my favorite pants for extended travel.

Living in Alaska means long travel/layover times and these two pants are the only clothing I feel most comfortable wearing on long trips.

The Zella live in high waist leggings does not peel, and it has excellent tummy control without being restrictive. This leaves your mid-region smoothly sucked in under your top.

The leggings are the perfect length for someone the regular and tall individuals. But those who wear petite sizes may need to get a minor alteration of the length.

I noticed that after a few wears the leggings stretch out a tiny bit. But it bounces back to its original form after a wash. I’ve gone through one too many leggings that stretch out and stay stretched out forever #soannoying.

What I really like about this high-waisted leggings:

  • Moisture-wicking feature
  • Soft and smooth wear
  • No roll, high waisted design
  • Non-restrictive, medium tummy control
  • Wide waistband to protect your rear
  • No-show, opaque high-quality fabric

So my point is that you can LIVE IN these Zella live in high waist leggings 😉 I wear this high waisted tummy control leggings on heavy rotation because it’s that good.

But if leggings are not your cup of tea, then I recommend checking out the Betabrand yoga pants dress pants (read my Betabrand yoga pants review).

Also part of this series:

  • Gray Sweater Outfit
  • Mustard Yellow Sweater Outfit
  • Pink Sweater Outfit (Workwear Look)

Zella high waist leggings with a Pink cowl neck sweater

I know I said I do not have a favorite color. But here’s another pink sweater outfit for you! Sweaters with ruffles and exaggerated sleeves have been the “it” style for a while, and it looks like they are not going anywhere soon.

I was drawn to the pink cowl neck sweater (similar) because of the frills on the shoulder. The ribbed detail and generous sleeves made this sweater a keeper. Sadly, this hot pink sweater is an oldie from my wardrobe. This ruffle pullover sweater is the closest style I can find.

And the same thing goes for my taupe structured purse (similar). The style and color remind me of dupe of a high-end designer purse. The designer dupe bag that comes to mind is Chloe. I’ve also linked a similar one below for you.

Pink Cowl Neck Sweaters on Amazon

Good news! My hot pink braided slide flats are available in 6 colors. It was a lot pricier when I ordered a pair a few months ago. I’m obsessed with this slides and love how well they fit.

Since I am an in-between size, I wanted to order a size 9, but it was out of stock. So I settled for 8.5. It fits snugly without being uncomfortable.

The suede is soft without looking cheap. And the braided bands are plush and comfortable to walk in all day. The footbed is lightly cushioned for convenience. If you like this braided flats, I suggest you make the purchase before Amazon decides to hike the price on them again.

I am wearing:
Nokia Activity watch (exact)
Pink cowl neck sweater (similar)
Nordstrom Zella leggings (exact)
Designer dupe structured purse (similar)
Amazon Fashion braided slide flats (exact)
Photos by Jenna Sparks Photography

More pink sweaters from my favorite retailers:

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In addition to thousands of positive online comments, this top-rated pair of leggings received high praise from our models in every size we tried. Read on for a more in-depth look at these versatile leggings.

Size Small


Our model Christine was an instant fan of these leggings in a size small. She paired them with a striped T-shirt and a pair of white sneakers.

“The material is soft, very elastic — just very comfortable. It’s not bothering me at all,” she said.

Comfort is important to Christine because her job requires her to work overnight, but she still wants to feel stylish. “You can put a nice top on top of it, and really nice shoes, and you are good to go,” she said.

Her only complaint? The leggings were too high-waisted for her personal preference.

“I would rather have them low-waisted,” she said. “That would be a much better option for me because I feel like they are so tight on my stomach.”

Size Medium


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Elissa, who tried on the leggings in a size medium, was equally enthusiastic about their fit and feel.

“I love these leggings. They are perfect,” she said, “I said that they are the Goldilocks of leggings because they are not too thin and they are not too thick. They are just right.”

In comparison to Christine, who chose a casual look, Elissa decided to dress up with a blouse, necklace and a pair of nude flats — perfect for a comfortable yet chic office look.

“I am always a little extra,” she said. “I tend to add a little more pizzazz to things than just a T-shirt.”

Overall, Elissa said, “They hold everything in place and they are high-waisted, which I really like.”

Size Large


Our model Kourtney loved her size large leggings, which she paired with a blue sweater shirt and black slide-on sandals. Unlike our other models, Kourtney said she doesn’t regularly wear leggings as part of her personal style.

“I actually don’t have a pair in my closet at all so the fact that I was able to try on a really nice quality pair is perfect,” she said. “I wish I could bring these home. The waistband fits so well. It’s not too tight; it’s not too loose. I feel really kept in and comfortable.”

Kourtney appreciated the thickness of the material. “A lot of leggings are sheer when you put them on, and these are not,” she said. “They’re thick enough that there is no see-through, but they also aren’t so thick that you are sweating.”

She added, “They are the perfect feel and fabric for any sort of activity — from sitting on a plane or even just running some errands. It’s really just so versatile.”

Size X-Large


Our model DeAndra, who tried the leggings in a size x-large, echoed her counterparts’ praises of these bestselling leggings.

“They are high-waisted, which covers my belly, and I love that,” she said. “They come down to the ankles, which is also good. It’s very flexible as far as the fabric.”

DeAndra chose to wear the leggings with a T-shirt, a statement necklace and a pair of black sandals. Her look was polished but still comfortable and casual. Once again, versatility also earned the leggings high marks.

Overall, DeAndra said, “I love these. I would take them.”

Size XX-Large


Elizabeth tried the leggings on in a size xx-large and paired them with a T-shirt blouse and sneakers.

“I wear leggings probably once a week,” she said. “Definitely on a Saturday morning to run errands.”

The Zella leggings checked every box for Elizabeth.

“The fit is great,” she said. “It’s not too tight throughout so it fits, but I still feel super secure in them. Compared to a pair of cotton leggings, I feel super secure in these but then they are super comfortable.”

For Elizabeth, the high waistline was one of her favorite things about the leggings.

“It was like your whole body got into them,” she said. “They kept it tight but the material still feels good.”

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Nordstrom’s Black Friday Sale is in full swing, which means you can finally stock up on those products you’ve been ogling for months, whether it be a gorgeous pair of comfortable snow boots, stylish, podiatrist-approved shoes to wear to the office, or luxurious silk pillowcases that fight wrinkles. It’s also the ideal time to pick up wardrobe staples like leggings.

You can literally live in a good pair, donning them everywhere from yoga class (with a flowy tank) to the office (with a silk blouse). While on a mission to find some great deals on a few pairs, we came across the Zella Live In High Waist Leggings. Not only are they just $29.50 on sale, but they also have nearly 5,500 perfect reviews on Nordstrom.com—that’s a ton of hype over a pair of solid-colored, seemingly ordinary leggings.

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As it turns out, these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill pants. Nordstrom shoppers are obsessed with the moisture-wicking leggings (which come in three colors, BTW) because they’re super comfortable, and the fit is just that good. The waistband doesn’t slip down, and it sits high on the waist, creating an ultra-flattering silhouette. Just check out some of these stellar reviews:

“You can’t go wrong with these! They fit true to size and are the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn,” writes one reviewer.

“I buy several pairs of these exact same leggings. Some for exercise and others to wear as my daily leggings in the cooler months. The high waist is great and keeps everything looking slim. Super comfortable,” notes another.

“THE. BEST. LEGGINGS. Always pick up a pair of these in the sale. High waisted and do not roll down. Material is thick and not see through at all. Best leggings ever!” exclaims another happy customer.

We don’t know about you but we’ll definitely be stocking up on a few pairs while they’re marked down. Now through Monday, November 26, they’re on sale for just $29.50—a 50% markdown.

Dana Leigh Smith Dana Leigh Smith is currently a senior branded content editor for Women’s Health and Prevention specializing in nutrition, food, and health; she previously worked for Eat This, Not That!

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