I had first discovered Zella a few years ago during once of my mad midnight searches on Nordstrom.com. I had come across a seriously chic workout jacket that had both thumbholes (my weakness) and asymmetric zippers. Whoa. Hello.
So when Nordstrom reached out asking if I’d like to cover the launch of Zone Zella (a pop-up shop in-store featuring all the latest and the greatest from the new Zella collection) I didn’t have to think twice. I was beyond curious to see what Nordies was up to.
Welcome to Zone Zella
I was terribly excited. The fabrics are soft (which is non-negotiable for workout gear, in my opinion), the prices affordable, and the designs are seriously chic. (BONUS: Almost everything they make is also available in plus sizes. Soooo…there’s that.)
Where I Put Zella To The Test
Have you ever tried Barre3? It’s an intense workout class geared to strengthening your core (and bum – they turn your bum into a work of art). But we’re not talking sit-ups. At Barre3, they work the really deep core stuff: transverse abdominus and pelvic floor muscles – the exact same muscles that are often weakened in pregnancy. It’s my fav, and a nice-n-sweaty way to put Zella to the test.
(A HUGE thank-you to Barre3 Rosemont for letting me shoot at the studio. You guys rock.)
tank: Zella Double Scoop Tank (crazy soft, and is my new fav tank top for everything, not just working out – would be PERFECT for nursing)
bra: Zella Move Sports Bra for a pop of color
workout leggings: the softest-ever Zella Live-In Space Dye Leggings (“live-in” is right. Seriously.) Also, these leggings (like all Zella leggings) are nice and thick with a high enough rise to prevent any sort of muffin-top problem.
socks: Zella Legwarmers
Zella All Day Long
So here’s the thing: my workout gear has to be cute enough to be worn all day. The three (three!!) precious days a week I carve out for my workouts are usually filled with errands, shopping/research (same difference, right?), meetings, and writing time (usually in a coffee shop). Not on my list? Time to go home and shower/change. It simply doesn’t happen.
And here’s my big disclaimer: I am able to carve out those three beautiful days because my youngest – my baby!! – is FOUR. Since the birth of my oldest in 2008, not only was I totally unable to work out (time/sleep depravation/etc), but I just….didn’t want to. So please, new mamas, be gentle with yourself. Whatever you decide, know that you aren’t alone.
jacket: Zella Personal Best Reflective Jacket (with thumbholes)
leggings: Zella Live-In Space Dye Leggings
hat: old, but here’s a similar wool cap (minus the pom)
boots: old, but these Eden Over-The-Knee boots are almost identical and WATERPROOF
bag: (free with purchase of Zella products…as long as supplies last, anyway. Was actually going to recycle it, then…liked it. Hunh.)
More Zella Favorites
I had a marathon try-on session in the dressing room, two, actually, trying to decide which pieces to bring home. It was a tough decision, and one that was ultimately based on comfort and thumbholes. But there is lots to love from the new Zella line. And what kind of a blogger would I be if I didn’t take a few #dressingroomselfies? And #hashtag ’em because it’s #howwedo. (I apologize in advance for all the duckface. I’m still not quite sure how it happens.)
Above I’m wearing Zella’s Serenity Sweatshirt (yup thumbholes), Zella Optic Mesh Leggings (so sexy, right?) and Zella Dash Running shoes. I love how these shoes look, but they’re not as comfortable without socks as my Nike Frees. For reference, I’m wearing an XS in the sweatshirt and a S in the leggings (XS was out of stock in-store. I ordered the XS and they look MUCH better.)
Underneath the sweatshirt I have on Zella’s More Mesh tee in white, and Zella’s Body Flow sports bra in black/white, both size S (but I would order an XS shirt). Both of these pieces are very, very soft.
This is the kind of thing I used to dance in. Love the cropped sweats (Zella Same Team Capris), and Zella’s dolman tee is cute in it’s own right, workout or no. I’m wearing size XS in both pieces. Also wearing Zella’s Body Flow sports bra in black/white and Zella’s awesome legwarmers.
Also? The Studio Draped Wrap Top is everything (of course it has thumbholes).
Running Mamas!! Here’s one for you….
I present the softest-ever running top – with thumbholes – and running tights that are MUCH cooler in person. Pics don’t do these justice. The strip of detail almost looks like…patent leather? But in a good way?
This might be the coolest workout top I’ve worn in a long time. As long as it wasn’t too tight (I went up a size), the cutaway chest area is really flattering. This is the Zella Pulse tank (wearing a size S for reference).
Shop It All
To make shopping easier (shopping enabler and all that)….here’s a boutique with all of the pieces I mentioned above, along with a few others that I don’t have pics of.
A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all product choices, thoughts, and opinions are my own. (Or as Pax would say, “MINE OWN”.) Thank you for supporting the reatailers who help support The Mom Edit.
A special thank-you to Kenneth at King of Prussia Nordstrom – your team is so amazingly helpful and fun!! And to Karyn at Barre3 Rosemont for so graciously letting me shoot in the studio.
photography credits: Mike Draugelis