Workout Wear // Adidas sneakers + Zella Leggings (kids vs. womens)

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Adidas tee xs, Zella cropped leggings xxs (also in gray – see on me), Quay sunglasses
Adidas Tubular knit sneakers kids sz 4 (fits like womens 5.5 – 6; read review below)
*subtract 2 from your womens shoe size to convert to kids sizing

Who else is just a little excited about Adidas’ comeback over the past year? I remember begging my parents for those clamshell Superstars in middle school, and when they finally caved, they of course bought them several sizes too big for me to “grow into” (which never happened). Nevertheless, I roamed the halls proudly in my clown-sized striped kicks. With the brand’s resurgence (wish I had the foresight to invest a year ago), I finally picked up some cute pieces, in sizes that actually fit this time around!

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I’m partnering with Nordstrom today to share some chic workout pieces, that can also be integrated into everyday athleisure outfits. This cotton Adidas tee is just the right amount of cropped on me. When paired with high-waisted bottoms, it shows only a sliver of skin, and is a sporty little top for running errands in before or after the gym.

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Adidas mesh crop tank xs (also in black), Zella girl freedom leggings kids sz L (10-12)

I hope some of you were able to pick up Zella leggings at a great price during the Anniversary sale! They’ve been a longtime favorite of mine for both active and regular wear. I wanted to recap two high-rise styles that I own and love, and review a third, low-rise option in kids that’s a good length for petites (plus is on sale and well-stocked!):

– Womens, high-rise: Zella Live-In leggings (needs hemming on petites; see 3 ways to style them, wearing xxs). This is the best starter pair in my opinion, and the most versatile. I wear mine on repeat for travel, running, and so much more. The material doesn’t pill or stretch out, and sucks you in without being restricting. I got mine hemmed by my tailor, but if you have a zig zag-style stitch on your sewing machine, that should work for the stretchy ankle opening.- Womens, high-rise: Zella Turning Point crop leggings (see the black on me above and the gray on me here in xxs). LOVE these as an alternative to my solid leggings! They have the comfort and hold of my Live-ins, while the mesh paneling adds something extra. I read through all the online reviews – the lower ratings relate to the mesh panels being unflattering or restricting at the thighs (or the overall sizing running small), which I honestly didn’t find to be the case. But it might be more so if you have muscular thighs. These have been restocked in a few sizes each afternoon, so keep an eye out if interested!

– Kids, low-rise: Zella girl freedom leggings: After going high-rise I simply can’t go back, but I wanted to review these for ladies who want low-rise! Kids size Large (10-12) fit me like a glove and the length is great for shorties, without hemming needed. The material feels similar to that of the popular adult live-in leggings – the kids’ is slightly thinner, but still opaque with a similar finish. Aside from that and the low rise, another difference is a tiny little slot pocket in the front waistband of the kids, versus a very generously-sized one (that almost fits my iPhone!) on the adult Turning Point leggings.

Below is another petite-friendly Adidas top that I picked up, in a sturdy but breathable mesh. It’s listed as a crop tank, but hits at a flattering regular length on someone my height. There’s a split hem, and I like that the back is a little longer with tush coverage.

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In the world of streetwear sneakers, Adidas Tubulars have been giving Nike Roshes a run for their money. Nick is more into sneaker trends than yours truly, and actually picked up these kids Tubulars for me (the womens version sold out in a jiffy during early access) at a great sale price! These are a lightweight fabric sneaker with a slightly retro-inspired silhouette.

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Size-wise for sneakers, I’m a womens 5.5 to 6 or a kids 4. The rule of thumb for converting to kids is usually to subtract 2 whole sizes from womens, so a kids size 5 here should fit a womens 7. I took my typical size 4 in the kids Tubulars with a little room to spare, and might’ve been able to do a 3.5. The material is a gray knit fabric with small white speckles (not sparkles, which I was worried about based on the stock photo) that actually works well for both genders. If you have extra petite feet, these also come in smaller sizes here – a kids 2 should be equivalent to womens size 4.

One thing to note, fit-wise: if you have lower ankle placement or if you usually find shoes to rub up against the bottom of your ankles, then this style might not be for you. This is a common issue for one of my feet, so I stock up on heel lift inserts (see what they look like) which help elevate the foot (and reduce ankle rubbing). These sneakers come up close to my ankles so I put my heel lifts in, but it didn’t seem like an issue for anyone else based on the reviews.

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Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.


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