Review: Ivy Park

Let’s be honest… If you haven’t heard of Ivy Park by now, you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. So when the opportunity arose to review some items from the collection (stocked by JD Women), I just couldn’t say no.

The brand, co-founded by none other than Queen Bey (yep, the Beyonce), aims to take you from the street, to the gym and back again – in allllll sorts of style. We’re talking lux activewear, at high street prices. The best part? There’s no scrimping on quality either.

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The Leggings:

Any gym girl knows what she wants when it comes to a pair of leggings:

  • A thick-but-stretchy material, which SURE AS HELL ain’t see-through.
  • The squat-proof guarantee: when we drop it down low, do the leggings stay up? Don’t want to be giving any onlookers a cheeky (pardon the pun) peep at your peach.
  • A chunky waistband, because it’s most flattering, and also contributes to extra stay-uppiness.

Check, check, check – these leggings have got it all. Whilst the waistband doesn’t have a tie adjustment for extra peace of mind, they’re reliable enough at staying up on their own, because of the resilient, almost scuba-like material. SO GOOD.

They’ve even got a pair of built in undies – seamless of course, so no VPL issues. What more could you ask for!? I mean, really…

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The Top:

An oversized fit, teamed with drop armholes and a statement print. It gives off the kind of gym-chic vibe as seen on your Instagram girl crush (you have those too, right?).

This piece (along with most of the collection, when I think about it) is all about the little details. The tape trim gives just the right amount of sass, and a monochrome colour scheme is always a winner in my eyes.

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As a whole, the brand suggests a pairing of ‘technical innovation’ and ‘fashion led design’ throughout their collections; a very fair claim, I’d say!

I’ll definitely be buying some gym clothing from their collection (and you probably should too), stocked both in store and online at JD Women.

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REVIEW: PINK SODA SPORT

Fun, fresh, and oh so chic. Pink Soda Sport is everything. Sportswear with extra sass, what more could you want? Set up by JD Sports, the brand is aimed at the modern woman, enabling a swift and effortless transition from everyday life to gym bunny.

The label aims to ‘push performance to new levels’, by creating an alternative mentality towards health, placing the focus on ‘clean living and positive body image’. In other words, Pink Soda believes that there is more to fitness than just the gym. Rather, it is a way of life, and their pieces embody this vision.

I was kindly gifted five pieces from their collection, and let’s just say, it was love at first sight.

The Hoody: Cozy and fitted, it wears like a dream. With this item, it’s all about the details: we’re talking mesh inserts and colour-block panelling. Even the little toggles which adjust the hood are super cute.

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The Leggings: These babies are exactly what every gym girl needs: a soft, thick material, with a wide waist band and high quality elastic. No one wants that behind-the-knee sagginess. An added perk (and absolute must in my books), a tie around the waist, which keeps the leggings up, and makes them totally squat-proof… No booty peeping in sight.

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The Sports Bra: Just enough squeeze, but not too much to inhibit breathing; a bonus at the best of times, especially whilst working out. I’ve worn/washed this piece a lot, and so far all of the printing has stayed perfectly intact.

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The Crop: Don’t judge me, but I totally wear this as a regular top. Personally, I don’t find it has a huge amount of support, so I wouldn’t choose this item if I was doing anything too bouncy. But who cares? We have the sports bra for that, ladies.

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The Sleeveless T: Dropped armhole, with some pretty niche detailing. This swanky T is great for getting to the gym, where I tend to take it off and train in a sports bra. Post-workout, I use it to cover up my sweaty self, paired with the Pink Soda hoody, of course.

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So if you like looking good whilst working out, you don’t need to spend a bomb on your sportswear. Pink Soda Sport is both fabulous and affordable. It may just be the brand for you.

Note: this post is not endorsed. These opinions are my own entirely, and I am sharing them solely to advise others.