Update: giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Jenny C (yahoo), Judy Z (gmail) and Jessica U (gmail)! And a big thank you to everyone who shared a comment – I just loved reading all of them with my husband!
If you’re shopping the Nsale, it’s now open to the next level of cardholders! Aside from beauty items and and some luxe goodies for gifts (check this blog post for try ons & my recommendations across the categories), I didn’t buy much for myself since most of my wishlist was crossed off in prior years and those items are still going strong.
I wanted to do a post comparing pieces from some of the most loved categories of the Anniversary sale (BFD, joggers + leggings!) and how the styles fit a petite frame. I also wanted to include some simple outfits with pieces I got in previous years that are back / updated for this year’s sale!
Zella Joggers Guide (Restore vs Live In)
A quick look at Zella’s two most popular jogger pants and how they fit a petite frame!
1. Zella Restore soft joggers
There are my old favorites (read my review) and one of the top items I’d recommend from the sale! Even though they are regular sizing, the xxs is petite-friendly on me. The fabric is incredibly soft and comfortable, but still has a smooth finish which is nice (not “fleecy” which can get pilly or nubbly on pants). Pair with one of the BFD cardigans for extra cozy lounging with a side of Hulu shows.
A few of you also mentioned they make a kids restore soft jogger on sale too up to size girls XL (typically a girls L fits the most like an xxs womens) but I haven’t tried it personally to check out the fit or compare whether the material is the same quality!
2. Zella Live in joggers xxs Petite
I knew these had a longer inseam, so never bothered to try until Petites came out. The fabric is a lightweight woven material, making these better for athleisure outfits and running errands, compared to the Restore which I wear to at home to curl up at my desk or on the couch in! They also have a small zippered pocket convenient for things you don’t want to lose while working out, like keys.
Barefoot Dreams Cardigan Guide
Around this time of year I always get questions on the cuddly Barefoot Dreams cardigans, and which style is best for a petite frame. I have a small collection from over the years and pretty much lived in them during pregnancy, postpartum and for travel back in the day. They also make a cozy gift for mom, MIL, aunts, sisters, even grandma!
For fit reference, I’m about 5 feet tall, size xxs / 24 in jeans
1. Barefoot Dreams Long Cardigan size xs, pictured in Bisque
Weight: CozyChic Lite
This is my favorite lately of my BFD trio! I tried it on a few years ago and didn’t even consider it, thinking it was too long for a petite frame. But tastes change, and as I’ve gotten older I keep gravitating toward longer lengths which I now find more flattering. While this one is longer than other BFD styles, it’s also cut a little slimmer throughout the body and the sleeves, helping it look sleek and drape well. Like with the other styles, I do have to cuff the sleeves up on this one.
2. Barefoot Dreams Drape Rib Cardigan size xs, pictured in Beach Rock
Weight: CozyChic Ultra Lite
This made a cameo last year as a limited edition style, which is why there are no customer reviews. It’s the lightest weight out of the bunch but only by a little. The sash belt is stitched to the back center which means you won’t lose it, but you also can’t remove it (can try tucking it into the pockets when unused). Personally, this one is less versatile for me bc the belt doesn’t come off and I like to wear my cardigans open
3. Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan size XS/S
Weight: CozyChic Lite
The most loved style of the BFD family! And my first step into this cozy, snuggly world many many years ago. I think this cocoon shape is the most universally flattering cut out of the bunch, and the sizing is a little more flexible, so would be my pick if you’re shopping for one to gift a friend or loved one. If you’re poking through the thousands of reviews on this, I would suggest sorting to read the most recent ones instead of ones from 5 years ago, in case they’ve made updates!
4. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Waffle Cocoon Cardigan size xxs/xs
Weight: CozyChic Thick
This one is new and I just had a chance to try it on. It is very thick and probably the type of cardigan that you only need to wear if you live somewhere cold and you don’t keep the heat on very high in your home! Compared to the popular Circle cardigan this is definitely more of a cocoon shape that envelopes you and has dolman style sleeves. Sizing starts in XXS/XS but fit is pretty oversized.
If you’re debating between the long and the circle cardigan ~ same outfit, slightly different looks:
Leggings Guide (Zella, Comando, Spanx)
The other Nsale shopper favorites are compression leggings, which I especially appreciate postpartum! I rotate my Zellas for running, light workouts, lounging and travel while I love a good faux leather legging for everyday fall-winter outfits. Here’s a rundown of some popular styles and how they compare:
1. Zella Studio Lite Pocket 7/8 leggings size xxs
My favorite Zellas thanks to the shorter length and convenient, generously sized pocket for holding my phone! Mine in the photo are a prior year version, and they’ve since moved the pocket up to make it more flattering and flush against the leg (I did try on this year’s to confirm). The 7/8 length in a regular size XXS ends below my ankles, though they just came out with Petite which should be a little more cropped.
2. Zella Live In leggings size Petite xs
The original Zellas with nice and smooth compression fabric (a tad thicker than Studio Lite) and a little slot pocket hidden in the waistband. Regular sizing is much too long on me, but they just came out with Petite this year! After reading the reviews I sized up, and the Petite XS is a comfortable fit on me, length hitting a little below my ankles (I have the hem folded under in these photos).
Just added these to my staple leggings collection! After two babies, I’ve been wanting a slightly higher rise and more compression, and these delivered with a subtle pebbled faux leather finish. The Commando have the look of lightweight leather pants with a higher rise, while the Spanx below are more like stretchy activewear leggings with a slinkier feel. Heads up, the Commando leggings did take me a little time to pull on at first, and have a raw cut hem so I fold it under.
These are thin and light, liquid style leggings with a wide banded waist and side seams. A Petite XS was a little too much like a tight second skin on me and showed my knee grooves, etc (and was ~ 2 inches too long), so I had to return. Compared to Commando they are a lot stretchier, though, so I can see how comfy they are for all day wear and sitting.
I was curious about their very affordable kids sizing so gave these leggings another try, unfortunately the Kids XL pictured here is too loose throughout and pretty long (hems are folded under a few inches in the pic), though might suit someone who is a Womens XS and taller. Someone my size might fare better with a girls L!