Zella leggings fit guide (womens vs kids) + Spotted Sweater

leopard sweater fall petite maternity outfit ideas

Happy Friday! Sharing a very casual look featuring this spotted sweater and also how I’d dress it up a bit in the Fall. And since my beloved Zella leggings are on sale for 2 more days, I wanted to do a more detailed petite fit guide (scroll down below) for anyone debating between Zella Womens vs. Kids sizing!

Zella Leggings Fit Guide for Petites

This is usually the best time of the year to pick up Zella leggings at a discount (sale ends Sunday 8/30!). I usually live in my 7/8 length pair year round from working out to casual wear, and have since switched to their supportive maternity leggings. For some easy outfit ideas with these, check out my prior post 5 ways to style black leggings!


Zella leggings fit guide petite maternity kids

1. Zella Womens Studio Pocket 7/8 Length ($42.90 ; regular price $65 )

    • Style: Perfect petite-friendly ankle length with light-medium weight compression and 3 useful pockets. 2 of the pockets are on the side and are deep enough to hold a cell phone, keys or money. The 3rd pocket is hidden in the front waistband. The pocket design has been updated and improved from prior year to look more streamlined. These are moisture-wicking and also dry quickly (I like to air dry my Zellas)!
    • Fit: TTS – I wear XXS pre-pregnancy, and my mom who is 105lb, under 5’2″ wears XS.
    • Measurements: 24″ inseam, 10″ rise on XS.

2. Zella Kids Live-in Leggings ($24.90 ; regular price $39)

    • Style: Compared to their Womens, these are lighter in weight with less of a compression feel and no side pockets, but still good leggings at a notably lower price (personally, I pay more to get the womens version for these reasons). I love the dark “urban green” color this year for kids – my mom did the bend over test and did not find this color to be see through on her.
    • Fit: Kids XL can fit Womens XS (length is still a tad long on my Mom), and a Kids L can fit Womens XXS Petite.
    • Measurements: 25.5″ inseam, 9.5″ rise on kids XL

3. Zella Live-in Maternity Crops – not on sale, but very much worth it to me as I’ve worn these so darn much this pregnancy and will likely continue doing so several months postpartum!

    • Style: Feels very supportive for my belly and lower back in Zella’s signature “live in” compression fabric (a little thicker than their Studio legging). FYI, there is a Zella maternity legging included in the NSale but note those have a longer 27″ inseam.
    • Fit: TTS but when pregnant I usually go 1 size up on clothes in order to be extra comfortable. Size XS has been fitting well and growing with me.
    • Measurements: 21″ inseam, 15″ rise including the belly panel on size XS.

Zella Leggings Comparison 7/8 vs kids

Left: Zella 7/8 leggings xxs (outfit from this post) vs. Right: Zella Kids leggings XL + top (outfit from this post)

Here’s how the maternity crops look on me, for a quick home workout vs. styled normally for everyday wear!

Zella Maternity Leggings Fit Review

Left: Zella scalloped bra xs, maternity crop leggings xs // Right: SM BOOTIES 5.5, SOCIALITE TEE xs, HALOGEN CARDIGAN xxs petite (older version)


A few NSale items in my closet that are still well stocked:

fall 2020 long cardigan outfits for petites

BP cotton cardigan xxs, H&M skirt (very similar for $22), JCF scallop cami xxs, SM booties 5.5

Madewell leopard mules (under $50) – fully stocked starting in size 5, with a flattering almond shaped toe. This is another item that I got prior year and would recommend! If you wear a lot of neutrals and basics like I do, a flat mule in a versatile pattern is a great way to tie together solid colors in your outfit. This year’s version is a pretty true leopard print – see my try on here, towards the bottom (jump to the try on photo).

SM Nadalie leather booties ($79) – (see below at bottom of this post. + more styling ideas) I mentioned this before, but these will probably get the most wear out of my shoe buys this year. The shaft height and pointed toe are timeless, and the ankle opening isn’t too loose around narrow ankles. I went up to a size 6 in these.

Natori Feathers bra in “cosmetic” – Great range of sizes (ie. 30B to 36G!) and a very comfortable, lightweight fit. The stretchy mesh overlay panels are especially nice if your girls are slightly lopsided / different sizes, and the lace trim is soft (not itchy).

Cotton Open Stitch Cardigan ($32) – Pictured above. The 100% cotton, medium weight (not thin) material and versatile longer length makes this one of the best everyday basics in the sale. Mine from prior year has washed and held up well – I usually wash sweaters inside out in a large mesh laundry bag.

blank nyc black faux leather jacket petite

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  1. Love all the style inspo and the legging sizing comparison – super helpful in deciding which way to go. You are winning me over with Zella. I really want to try them now. Also love seeing your mom featured!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  2. Theresa wrote:

    Do you think it’s worth it to invest in maternity leggings specifically for workouts? I don’t wear them as daywear so I wasn’t sure if it was worth the cost to buy them just for workouts or if I might be able to get away with my regular leggings for most of my pregnancy and postpartum.

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Theresa – I think it depends on how your regular workout leggings fit and how your waistline changes…the ones I had, there was no way they would stretch comfortably enough to fit as I got pretty big my 2nd & 3rd trimester. Also not sure if you’ll be pregnant during cooler weather but you might change your mind about leggings as day wear!

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  3. Amanda Hill wrote:

    Just purchased the skirt!! What a great find! It was only $15 just now.

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      That’s awesome! I hope you love it

      Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  4. May wrote:

    Love Zella leggings! Usually I can find them on sale at Nordstrom Rack too!

    Posted 8.30.20 Reply
  5. Demi wrote:

    Ooo I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Zella Leggings. Maybe I’ll get myself a pair!

    Posted 8.29.20 Reply
  6. Denise wrote:

    May I ask where I can find the dresser top item and the dresser?

    Posted 8.29.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Denise, the dresser is an old one by Darby Home brand! The item at the top is a glass organizer from Target.

      Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  7. Sweetlove618 wrote:

    Been eyeing the BP cardigan for days but you’ve just convinced me to check out 😀lookin forward to cooler days wearing it around the house esp with WFH mode

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I hope you like it : ) Definitely a good basic to have in my opinion for this more dressed down year!

      Posted 8.31.20 Reply

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