IVY PARK SS16 – Where’s your park?
I’m not going to lie; my park wasn’t an actual park. It was an alleyway I used to puff a cigarette down in my smoking years, generally when my parents had pissed me off.
My park, was the alleyway down the end of the road, that my mum could see me peeking down when I first ran away from home, my small and empty backpack flung across my eight-year-old shoulder.
My park wasn’t quite as romantic as Beyoncé’s park, and although I have no desire – or more importantly – anywhere to wear the iconic leotard she’s sporting in the billboard advertising, I was interested to see the collection first hand.
So what’s Yoncé’s debut sportswear collection like in real life? And is it wearable?
When I saw the ad for the range I was certain it would be pricey. But, everything is reasonably priced and well made, ranging from £8.00 for a headband to £160.00 for an all-in-one leotard.
I purchased my Ivy Park goods from Net-A-Porter, which had it’s delivery with me five days quicker than the original order stated #winning. Boxed in the iconic Net-A-Porter black gift box, black tissue paper and branded ribbon which costs no extra, it was a joy to open. Like a small child on Christmas day, as I flung out the tissue paper, I was impressed with the quality of the fabric, for the price, and the look and feel.
In particular, the Ivy Park Printed Jersey Tank, £12.50 was soft with a lovely loose fitted style that gives a hint of side-boob and sports bra, making it wearable and flattering.
The stretch jersey leggings in charcoal, £35.00 are beautiful and thick and hold you in at all the right places. Sadly the range doesn’t support all shapes and sizes, though. You may struggle if you’re pear shaped or big boobed as the sports bras and leggings do come up a tad small. I opted for a medium in the leggings, and I’m a size 12 (ish). I would predict a size 14 would need a large. Sadly, you can forget it if you’re a size 16 + or very busty.
With an ever growing selection of fitspo gals on Instagram dropping their own Yoncé pose it’s already popular. And, as it’s so accessible, I’m predicting it will be draped across every gym bunny, in and around every gym over the next few months.
My advice? Stick to the less emblemed pieces for longevity.
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