There’s a reason this high-waisted pair is Nordstrom’s most-reviewed legging.

By Braelyn Wood
January 22, 2020
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When perusing the activewear section at Nordstrom, you’ll likely run into a few familiar names, like Nike, Adidas, and Alo Yoga. But one brand you’ll definitely stumble upon is Zella, the retailer’s in-house activewear label.

If you’re unfamiliar with Zella, here’s a quick summary: It first gained attention in 2009 when a savvy shopper discovered Nordstrom hired a former Lululemon designer to help launch its own activewear range. Since then, Zella has spiked in popularity with shoppers obsessing over its stylish performance gear that’s offered at an affordable price point. (Related: Everlane Leggings Are Officially a Thing—and You’re Going to Want So Many Pairs)

While the brand offers a wide range of styles, its Live In High Waist Leggings (Buy It, $59, are by far the most popular. The sleek, sculpting leggings have over 4,900 five-star reviews on Nordstrom, with shoppers comparing the quality to high-end brands like Lululemon. Similar to the pricier pairs in your closet, the leggings include smart features like a non-slip elastic waistband with a hidden pocket, a moisture-wicking fabric that stays dry during intense cardio sessions, and flatlocking seams that won’t rub or irritate your skin. 


Buy It: Zella Live In High Waist Leggings, $59,

Between a delightfully high-waisted fit and a flexible-yet-sculpting fabric, there are plenty of reasons these leggings have earned a good reputation with fitness fanatics and loungers alike. However, one of the biggest selling points is their durability. Not only do they maintain their shape over time, but you won’t catch them pilling after a few wears either. In fact, Shape’s very own editorial assistant, Megan Falk, previously shared: “I’ve had two pairs of these Zella Live In Leggings for five years now and they barely look worn.” 

As if you needed another reason to give them a try, they’re also super comfy. The fabric is brushed, which lifts fine fibers to the surface to create extra softness. Despite a buttery smooth feel, they’re still thick enough to provide plenty of squat-proof coverage and keep you warm during outdoor workouts. (Want even more options? Check out these fitness pros' top picks for the best workout leggings for women).

Best of all, the leggings are reasonably-priced: Nordstrom sells them for just $59, which is well below many of the competitors. What’s more, Nordstrom loves to include Zella in all of its major markdowns, including its Anniversary and Half-Yearly sales, and regularly slashes prices on seasonal colorways or discontinued styles. You can even score a handful of Zella’s adored Live In leggings on sale right now. Just be sure to add these deals to your cart quickly, because there's a chance they’ll sell out soon.


Buy It: Zella Live In High Waist Leggings in Green Ponderosa, $59, $36,


Buy It: Zella Live In High Waist Leggings in Metallic Print, $69, $42,


Buy It: Zella Live In High Waist Leggings in Green Ponderosa (Plus-Size), $59, $36,


Buy It: Zella Live In Pocket 7/8 Maternity Leggings, $65, $39,



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