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Z by Zella Review: Block It To Me Striped Crop Mesh Leggings

Z by Zella Review: Block It To Me Striped Crop Mesh Leggings
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Z by Zella Leggings













  • Stretchy
  • Comes in Different Prints and Colors
  • Inexpensive


  • Fabric Does Not Stretch
  • Fast Fashion Brand

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Z by Zella leggings (left to right): High Waist Daily Leggings, Cobra Shine Perforated Knit Cropped Leggings, Feel Good Colorblock Crop Mesh Trim Leggings in Black Red Wine, and Block It To Me Crossdye Capri in Teal Parrot

About Z by Zella

Z by Zella is Nordstrom’s off brand of women’s active wear and is part of the Nordstrom Product Group (NPG). Nordstrom carries a variety of brands, but to maximize their profits and brand they also create in-house labels within the NPG.

Z by Zella produces an entire collection of activewear that includes: leggings, bras, shorts, jackets, hair accessories, gym bags and even underwear. The entire Z by Zella collection is offered through Nordstrom Rack only.

Read my full review of Zella’s Live In leggings and why I believe they’re superior to lululemon here.

Z by Zella Review: Block It To Me Striped Crop Mesh Leggings

I was browsing athetlic wear at Nordstrom Rack and was attracted to the front stripe panels on these Z by Zella leggings. I bought them and took them home to try on. They were decently priced (~$30) and looked like they would be something I’d wear often. This was my first time trying Z by Zella.

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Z by Zella Block It to Me Crop Leggings

#1 Size: Z by Zella runs true to size (TTS). I wear a size SMALL per their size chart and am a size 6 in lululemon for reference. Buy your leggings according to how compressive or comfortable you want your leggings to fit. Z by Zella fits exactly like the original Zella brand.

Z by Zella Sizing: XXS=00-0, XS=0-2, S=2-4, M=6-8, L=10-12, XL=14-16

#2 Style:  Z by Zella makes long, midi, crop and knicker length leggings.

#3 Inseam:  The Block It to Me crops come with a 21″ inseam. The leg opening sits on the lower third of my calf.

#4 Rise: Z by Zella makes both standard (fits below navel) and high rise (at or above navel) leggings. The Block It to Me crop leggings have a 8″ front rise and 10″ back rise.

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Z by Zella Block It to Me Crop Waistband

#5 Waistband: The Block It to Me crop leggings have a medium rise pants  and a 2.5″ waistband. There’s also a waistband pocket on the right hip to stow your keys or cards.

#6 Fabric:

  • Fabric content:
    • Body: 88% polyester, 12% spandex
    • Mesh Panels: 80% polyester, 20% spandex
  • Fabric Feel: Unlike the brushed feeling of Zella’s Live In leggings, Z by Zella fabric feels slick and durable. It feels similar to athletic wear fabric used in Champion activewear at Target or Under Armour fabrics. Overall I am not a fan and prefer the brushed Live In fabric feel.
  • Fabric Performance: Moisture-wicking fabric dries quickly to keep you cool and comfortable.  Fabric is form fitting and slimming.
  • Opacity: Leggings are 100% opaque. Only printed leggings are white backed. In my previous experience the printed leggings have stretched to white.
  • Fabric Features:
    • Leggings have a hidden waistband pocket to stow your credit cards or keys.
    • Zella uses a similar silhouette for all their Live In legging variations, and offers a wide range of designs and features. Some Live In leggings have mesh or laser cut panels for added breathability. I have also seen a pair with shiny fabric panels. I love all their iterations of the Live In silhouette. It keeps me coming back to see what’s new!
    • No visible logos
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Z By Zella Block It to Me Crop (front and back)

#7 When to Wear: The Block It to Me crops are great for exercising (yoga and aerobics), high intensity sports, and casual wear.

#8 Cost: Z by Zella leggings range from $25-$30. The leggings are very affordable and inexpensive. However, you are definitely getting what you pay for.

#9 Gusset: Z by Zella leggings have a triangle-shaped, single layer gusset.

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Z by Zella Block It to Me Crop Gusset

#10 Stitch Seam: Smooth flatlock seams are used on the inseam, waistband, gusset and front and back rise. The seams are guaranteed to not rub or irritate during wear.

#11 UPF Protection: There is UPF Protection but the level is not disclosed.

#12 Made in China. I have also seen Z by Zella pieces made in Vietnam.

#13 Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low. Yes you can tumble dry them and they will not pill. These leggings are essentially indestructible! I alternate between rack drying and tumble drying my leggings to prolong their life. I hang to dry on a foldable drying rack such as this one.

Should I buy Z by Zella?

I recommend Z by Zella because it is affordable, form flattering, and durable. The only gripe I have is that Z by Zella fabric does not have as much give or plush feel as Zella Live In fabric. The price point is excellent, ranging from $24-$30. I still prefer Zella over Z by Zella because of the quality and fabric selection. I didn’t think I would like these crops but I ended up falling in love with the fit and how they look on my body.


Where to Buy Zella Live In Leggings

  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Ebay – The quality is long lasting. Sometimes it’s worth it to buy second hand. Make sure you read up on the condition before purchasing. I’ve found excellent used condition (EUC) Zella pants for only $12!
  • Mercari – Use code SYVFUT for $2 off your first order.
  • Poshmark – Use code SCHIMIGGY for $5 off your first order.

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Friday 7th of August 2020

I used to love the zella workout pants. But in the last 2 years they have changed and now I will no longer buy them. They no longer mask the imperfections of the body.


Friday 21st of August 2020

oh darn. thanks for the update! I haven't bought them in a while. the quality might have changed.

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