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Leggings Review – Hue Leggings vs. Zella Live In Leggings

All 3 pairs of leggings are part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which ends TOMORROW NIGHT!  Get your orders in now because prices go up Monday, August 3rd!

I am about 5 or 10 years behind the times but I have finally embraced wearing leggings and skinny jeans!  Haha!  🙂  I have always thought that they make me look shorter and squatter than when wearing bootcut or flared pants, but I have now changed my opinion.

I decided to check out 3 pairs of univerally praised leggings: the Hue Ultra Wide Waistband leggings, Hue Super Smooth Denim Leggings and the Zella Live In leggings.

I loved both the Hue Ultra Wide Waistband and the Zella Live In leggings.  Was not a fan of the Hue denim leggings.

Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings

The Hue Ultra Wide Waistband leggings were so comfy.  I tried on the XS and they were a little long for me (I’m 5’1) but the waistband and legs fit well (I typically wear 24 or 25 in jeans). I will need to get them hemmed since I don’t like the scrunched look at the bottom.  The leggings were a nice matte fabric and most importantly, not sheer!

The rise was mid-rise for me.  I measured them to be a 9″ rise in the center.

Zella Live In Leggings

I had tried the Zella Live In capri length a few years ago and I own several pairs for lounging around the house and working out.  I decided to get a pair of the full length for winter time.

These are also very matte and not sheer at all.  I tried on the XXS and the XS and I preferred the fit of the XS.  The XXS was just a little too snug and felt a little like compression socks!  Haha!  I measured the difference between the XXS and the XS while laying the 2 pairs flat, and in the legs, they are about 1 cm smaller throughout the leg.  The waist and length were exactly the same.

The Zella leggings are a lower rise than the Hue leggings.  I measured them to be a 7″ rise in the center. The fabric is slightly thicker weight than the Hue leggings.  Like the Hue leggings, these will need to be hemmed.

I think the Zella leggings could be worn outside of being active, but the inside seam is a little more of a prominent flat lock seam than the Hue leggings.

Hue Denim Leggings

I tried the Hue denim leggings on in the store.  These ran really small!  I tried an XS and couldn’t get them on my legs at all and sized up to S for a comfortable fit.  However, the main reason I didn’t like them was the fit was very saggy in the crotch area. I wonder if this is because I had to size up?  In any case, I wasn’t a big fan of the fit.


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Ending Soon – Great time to pick up wardrobe basics!

The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is ending on Sunday and prices will go *up* on Monday, August 5th!

This is a great time to pick up your wardrobe staples like skinny jeans, flats, boots and undies especially if you wear a hard to find size.  For me, regular end of season sales are usually hit or miss since I wear a size that they don’t stock in large quantities.

I just wanted to share a few items that I thought were of great quality and great value.

Yummie Tummie ‘Stephanie’ Shaping Tank

Yummie Tummie 'Stephanie' Shaping Tank (Sale: $22.90, Regular Price: $34.00)
Yummie Tummie ‘Stephanie’ Shaping Tank (Sale: $22.90, Regular Price: $34.00)

This is a great piece to put under clingy tops to help suck everything in a little bit!  They are also great for keeping you warm in the winter.

Chantelle Intimates ‘C-Chic Sexy’ Bra

Chantelle Bra - C-Chic Sexy Foam Spacer Bra (Sale: $44.90, Regular Price: $68.00)
Chantelle Bra – C-Chic Sexy Foam Spacer Bra (Sale: $44.90, Regular Price: $68.00)

Yes, this bra is pricey, but it is so worth it.  This fits really comfortably and maintains its shape through many wears and washes.  The band has not gotten loose for me as most bras do over time.  I love getting one in nude and one in black for wearing under everything.  This bra just disappears under your clothes, as a good bra should!

Zella ‘Live-In’ Capris

Zella 'Live-In' Capris (Sale: $28.90, Regular Price: $44.00)
Zella ‘Live-In’ Capris – Available in Regular and Plus sizing (Sale: $28.90, Regular Price: $44.00)

These are probably my favorite item from Nordstrom.  They really are “live-in” for me, as I wear them ALL. THE. TIME! They are great for working out (if you do that kind of thing! :-)) and they are great for lounging around the house, going out for a playdate, chasing after a baby… everything!

I bought a pair last year and have worn it tons and it still looks great.  I bought a second pair during the sale so that I would always have a clean pair!  I also think these are of outstanding value.  The fabric is completely opaque (here’s looking at you, Lululemon!) and really comfy.  I recommend these capris to all of my friends.  They also come in full legging length, though I personally prefer the capri length.

Zella ‘Booty’ Pants

Zella 'Booty' Pants - Available in Regular and Long length (Sale: $39.90, Regular Price: $62.00)
Zella ‘Booty’ Pants – Available in Regular and Long length (Sale: $39.90, Regular Price: $62.00)

I think these are another gem of the Nordstrom Sale.  I can’t say it’s a “hidden gem” because these pants are massively popular!  Just look at the 118 reviews, of which 88 are 5 stars!  These pants are extremely flattering.  I love them and am waiting for them to come back from alterations for hemming as they are quite long.

I also think these are a great value at $39.90.  I think the Lululemon Groove pant is quite comparable and it retails for $98.00.

Citizens of Humanity ‘Ava’ Jean

Citizens of Humanity 'Ava' Jean (Sale: $129.90, Regular Price: $189.00)
Citizens of Humanity ‘Ava’ Jean (Sale: $129.90, Regular Price: $189.00)

I love Citizens of Humanity jeans and there is no better time to find them on sale and IN YOUR SIZE than the Anniversary Sale.  I always have a hard time finding my size during the Women’s Half Yearly sale, so this is when I normally buy my jeans for the year.  I love this wash and cut.  So, so flattering!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Trench Coat

MICHAEL Michael Kors - Trench Coat (Sale: $119.90, Regular Price: $198.00)
MICHAEL Michael Kors – Trench Coat – Available in Regular and Petite sizing (Sale: $119.90, Regular Price: $198.00) 

A trench coat is always in season for the Fall. The Anniversary Sale is a great time to pick out a coat you can wear the whole season, rather than having to wait until next year!  I love that this coat is available in Petite sizing as well.  I have realized that petite coats fit me so much better… I need to stop buying regular cut ones.  Nordstrom has a pretty great selection of Petite coats year round.

That’s all for my list of wardrobe basics!  What items are your favorites to stock up on during the sale?