If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember I was lucky enough to attend the preview of the launch of Ivy Park at Topshop Oxford Circus back in 2016* when it first launched in the UK. As the event got closer and closer, I got so excited! I went from 0 to 100 in about 5 minutes of entering the building!
When I got home just before midnight, I jumped straight online to write the original version of this blog post. I shared all my immediate thoughts with you before you dived in to do your own shopping, especially surrounding how the Ivy Park sizing came up and share a little about the pieces I picked out for myself.
Where To Buy Ivy Park in 2020
Well, since the first launch, there have been a few more collections exclusively sold in Topshop and then ASOS. For 2020, Ivy Park announced that they would be joining forces with Adidas to launch the adidas x IVY PARK clothing range. I’m a huge fan of both brands so I was excited to see what came of it.
Well, the first collaboration dropped and now we’re onto adidas x IVY PARK DRIP 2, with pieces also available at JD Sports and ASOS. All other links on this page will take you directly to Adidas UK (or your own regional site).
THIS IS MY PARK.
On the morning of 29th October, an email landed in my inbox telling me that my exclusive adidas x IVY PARK experience would begin at 09:00, with checkout at 10:00.
I couldn’t resist. And there I was ready at 10:00 with items on my shopping list (note: nothing is reserved for you). And to no-ones surprise, I’m sure, I couldn’t check out. After 4 minutes of a hold screen, it said “something went wrong, please try again“.
After that error got bored, it said I had to change my credit card. I tried 4 different cards and still got the same error. So I think I will have to heed the very first point of my own advice…
Number 1. There Will Be More…
The number one need to know about the Ivy Park collections was always, and still is, that there will be more. After the partnership with Topshop came to an end, Ivy Park then partnered up with ASOS but that seems to have come to an end since this launch.
For what will now be known as DRIP 1, they released the stock of the Adidas range bit by bit and for Drip 2, it seems to be the same premise, with an October drop and a November drop (Drip 2.2) confirmed so far, so don’t worry… you will get a piece or two.
Each range, there has always been something for everyone. And Drip 2 has an array of feminine pieces in addition to lots of unisex – or gender neutral – pieces. It’s packed full of what I would call urban streetwear – sweaters, hoodies, t-shirts, caps, beanies, a harness bag, joggers, cycling shorts, a fanny pack….
Drip 2.2 adidas X IVY PARK – November 2020
Just Dropped: [Black Pack] with a marked shift from the colourful palette of the first drop, to what looks like a mainly black and gold palette. Inspired by inner beauty, strength and resilience, this collection “pushes the boundaries of traditional performance wear to deliver a collection that is effortlessly functional and always inclusive” carrying up to size 4X in a number of pieces.
For Drip 2.2, the exclusive shopping process has been updated again. I spent an hour waiting until I had to train my clients, during which time I was let out of the waiting room. I couldn’t actually shop till I was finished and by then (around 13:00 GMT) there was no more waiting room, and no issues choosing what I wanted and checking out.
How To Shop Adidas x IVY PARK
- Join the waiting room where you can browse collection – you can’t click into individual items to see things like sizes
- When it’s your turn to shop, add items to bag and proceed quickly to checkout
- You have a limited time to check out – you’ll beed to complete your order before the time allocates is up.
Check Out The Current Ivy Park Collection:
Accessories & Shoes:
Number 2. Ivy Park Pricing
In comparison to previous ranges, this new adidas collaboration is a little more expensive. I mean, the socks and beanies are the cheapest items at £21.95!
The most expensive piece of clothing is the Ivy Park Mesh Jacket and the Ivy Park Windbreaker (Gender Neutral), both at five pennies under £160. Other than that, the adidas IVY PARK Nite Jogger Shoes are still £140. If you’re used to shopping in lululemon or Sweaty Betty the prices won’t put you off.
Number 3. Ivy Park Sizing
In the past, the sizing has always been pretty true to size. However, with the gender neutral pieces, you need to pay a bit more attention to sizing. For example, the crew sweatshirt says: “Sizing may differ from your regular size. Find your perfect fit with our Sizing Guide for gender neutral apparel.”
UNITEFIT is a gender-neutral fit system with a new pattern, created according to different body shapes and sizes instead of gender norms. Your size may differ from the one you normally wear, so for tops we recommend choosing your size based on your chest width.
I’m a UK 10 and according to the size charts, I *think* a XS is the size for me in gender neutral. Last time, I was unsure with the sizing for the sweatshirt and went for Size: 10 (S) with the only other viable option being 6 (XS) which I figured would be too small, so I’ll update you when I receive the items.
After multiple attempts, I got an email saying my order had been received and shipping confirmation would follow. I never got confirmation via the website, so who even knows, but here is what I attempted to order:
What I ordered (Drip 2):
- 3-Pack Logo Socks*
- Long Sleeve Hoodie (Gender Neutral)*
- Cycling Shorts*
- 3-Stripes Suit Tracksuit Bottoms*
- Knit Tank Bodysuit*
I opted for Size 10 (S) in the womxn’s pieces and XS for the gender neutral hoodie.
What I ordered (Drip 2.2):
I decided not to go too crazy this time round, seeing as I haven’t even worn the pieces from the first drop. I’m considering switching the green tracksuit bottoms for these black ones – will decide when they arrive.
Number 4. It’s Kinda Fashion…
As per the first adidas x IVY PARK collaboration, this collection continues with the more sporty urban street vibe to it than previous ones. In my opinion though, as with previous ranges, it looks like the range is not all functional. It is very much a fashion line with a few less sequins than before and more structured, “suit” style pieces.
I basically live in “athleisure”, so that really doesn’t bother me. It’s nice to separate my sports wardrobe into “stuff I exercise in” and “stuff I don’t exercise in” even if at the end of the day it’s all sports wear.
Number 5. Get Your Discount
Although Adidas offer a student discount on their products, you can’t use it or any other any discounts and promotions on this collection. You do however get fast and free delivery if you spend over £50, which isn’t hard!
If you do purchase any pieces from the range tag me on Instagram (@ellelinton) so I can see what you chose and how you rock it!
So which colour palette are you into more? Red, yellow or green?! oooor Black / Gold?!
*April 4th 2016 was when this post was originally published.