Legging Review: lululemon vs. Spanx vs. Zella vs. 90 Degree by Reflect

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This post was a suggestion from Joanne @ English Living, Stateside Dreaming (thanks so much for the idea, Joanne!)  While I don't have all the brands she mentioned in her comment, I thought I would just round up the ones I do, and share my thoughts on them.

One thing to note before getting into the different leggings.  My thoughts are based on wearing these out and about, or lounging around the house.  While I am sure they would be fine for working out (and I know people do wear them to workout in), I prefer my Reebok leggings for workouts.

lululemon Align Leggings ($98.00).  I got my first pair of lululemon leggings last fall, and fell in love.  They are buttery smooth, and so very comfortable.  The waist sits high, which is my preference, and even though the leggings aren't compression at all, the wide waistband seems to somehow shape your waist.  They are incredibly stretchy, and again, SO comfortable.  With being at home this year, I ended up ordering another pair, in the black camo.  I also got a capri length pair, too.  They have held up well to multiple washes - I just make sure to wash on delicate, then hang to dry.  One thing to mention, I got the 25 inch align leggings.  They come in different lengths, so you can get which best suits your height.  For reference, I am about 5'3".  

The only downfall to these leggings is the cost.  They are expensive!  You are able to shop them using Rakuten, though, which can help with the cost.  I was able to get 11% cash back on the camo ones I ordered using Rakuten.  Of course, they don't always have that high of a cash back percentage, but it's worth checking.



Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (on sale for $64.90 / regularly $98.00).  While these aren't exactly comparable to the other leggings, given they are faux leather, I did want to mention them.  I like that these leggings are high waisted, suck you in (they are Spanx brand after all!), and can immediately elevate an outfit.  I initially got these for a more dressed up legging look, but they really look just as good dressed down with a pair of tennis shoes.  Comfort wise, I would say that I find both the lululemon and Zella leggings more comfortable, but that doesn't mean they are uncomfortable, because they are.  They just aren't AS comfortable as the others.

For their fit, I would recommend going up one size - they really do suck you in!  Also, if you are 5'3", or shorter, I would recommend getting them in petite.  I think if I would have gotten the regular size, they would have bunched at the ankle.

  



Zella Live In Legging (on sale for $38.90 / regularly $59.00).  I had to see what the hype was about these leggings, and now I get it.  They are very comfortable, a bit thicker, and hold everything in very well.  Like the lululemon leggings, they have a wider waist band, but the difference is that I can tell the Zella leggings are sucking me in more, so I find the lululemon leggings a bit more comfortable.  But, the Zella leggings are a bit thicker, which is nicer in the cooler months, and if you want that more substantial feeling while wearing them.  Plus, the price point is much better than lululemon, and even more so right now when they are on sale.



90 Degrees by Reflex ($27.99 - Amazon Prime).  I got these leggings after hearing how similar they were to the Zella leggings.  The lower cost didn't hurt, either!  I really liked them at first, but as I wore them I noticed how much they attracted lint.  They just started looking sloppy, and attracting more and more lint with each wear.  They were comfortable enough, but overall the lint was a big deterrent for me.  I ended up getting the Zella leggings next time they were on sale, and have since gotten rid of these leggings.

  Overall, if I had to choose my very favorite, it would be the lululemon Align leggings.  They are just so darn comfortable, and I love their buttery feel.

That said, I think it depends on what you are looking for.  If you want that buttery, comfortable feeling, I would try lululemon.  If you want something that's comfortable, yet a bit thicker with a bit more hold, I would try the Zella leggings.  And if you want a pair that elevates your look a bit, then definitely the Spanx faux leather leggings are the ones to try!

If you have a favorite legging that you would recommend trying, please share!

Linking up with Lindsay.


11 comments

  1. I can't mentally pay for lulu lemons but so want a pair. I always forget about rakuten. I just signed up. thanks for the reminder.

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    1. I know! I told my mom I wish I had never tried them simply because of the cost! I think some companies were 'off' Rakuten for awhile at the start of the pandemic, but most of them seem to be back on, and you can get some really great deals!

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  2. Have you tried the CRZ brand on Amazon? I noticed the same thing about the 90 Degrees so I tried the CRZ and they’re a different material. I really like them!

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  3. So I have the Spanx and the Zella and I wear them for different things like you said. But the Zella ones are my favorite for errands and workouts! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

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  4. Thank you for this. I have the 90 degree ones and the Spanx ones. I have a similar pair of the Lulu but in crop. I have never tried the Zella ones. I think I will order a pair of the Zella and the Lululemon's and see which I like better!

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  5. I just got that new pair from Amazon a couple of months ago (the ones that everyone says are a dupe for Lulu) and they are THE BEST leggings I've ever put on. I'm actually wearing them today! They basically just feel like a second skin. It's unbelievable. I've never worn Lulu before, so I can't compare the two, but my goodness, I can't imagine finding leggings more comfy than these! I've only worn them a few times, though, so hopefully they'll hold up!

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  6. I can't stand leggings that pick up lint! I have the Zella live in leggings and they are so comfortable but agree - more for casual wear in colder months. I have owned my fair share of Lululemons but can't justify the price point. The Spanx faux leather leggings are amazing for the fall! I have them in brown, olive, and black. I would recommend you try Old Navy Elevate leggings and Powersoft. The elevate leggings have a great high waist band for sculpting but they can attract lint some. The powersoft are oooohhhhhh so soft! You can get them on sale for next to nothing when Old Navy has great sales!

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    1. I know - the price always gets me with lulu. Although I have bought more, so I guess it's not THAT much of a sticking point, haha. I will add those to my list of ones to try. I will probably steer away from the elevate with the lint warning, but the powersoft sound right up my alley! And for some reason I never knew Spanx had brown faux leather leggings - I will have check those out, too!

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