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.
I’ve kept this post updated with every single launch… and now it’s launch time again for FLEX PARK… a swim-centric capsule collection to celebrate Summer (at last).
adidas x IVY PARK returns with FLEX PARK
Where To Buy Ivy Park in 2021
Well, since the very 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 three collaborations dropped and now the adidas x IVY PARK aka FLEX PARK collection is here. As before, I envisage that pieces will also available at JD Sports and ASOS. I’ve added an Adidas Global link below; all other links on this page will take you directly to Adidas UK (or your own regional site).
HOW DO YOU FLEX?
The FLEX Park Collection:
Fearlessly FLEX your best self.
Accessories & Shoes:
With previous launches, I would notice more hits on this page but this time I missed the increase. At 11:27 on the day of the FLEX PARK drop, I got an email from adidas telling me it was live at 11:00.
With 30 minutes before I was due in with a client, I updated this post as fast as possible. Hopefully my predictions continue to be right, and there will be more so I can treat myself to a couple of pieces.
Things seem a little calmer this time round in regards to the shopping process. As with other items, you add to your basket and check out… but you’re probably advised to be as quick as possible so you don’t miss out.
I’ve not shopped the range yet personally, but I’m gonna keep an eye for my sizes in the pieces I like and 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 and JD Sports where select pieces are typically available a day or two after the main 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 was pretty much the same premise, so don’t worry… you will get a piece or two.
Each range, there has always been something for everyone. And the FLEX PARK collection has an array of feminine pieces in standard sizing and plus size. There are no gender neutral pieces this time round, just two pieces for men, and a handful of accessories.
FLEX PARK | adidas X IVY PARK (July 2021)
July ’21 Drop: each collection seems to come with its very own colour palette and the FLEX PARK collection is a based solely on Solar Orange to “capture the true essence of summer“.
According to the email, FLEX “by definition is a boastful statement or display. FLEX PARK elevates and celebrates the different ways we confidently express and FLEX our identity, personality and positive body image, boldly“.
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 from back in 2016, the new adidas collaborations are quite a bit more expensive. I mean, the water bottle is the cheapest item at £38!
Previously I’d always said if you’re used to shopping in lululemon or Sweaty Betty the prices won’t put you off. Although ICY PARK was next level with prices, these pieces are ‘smaller’ (literally) so don’t seem as crazy expensive.
Other than the accessories, you won’t find anything for under £50.
Number 3. Ivy Park Sizing
In the past, the sizing has always been pretty true to size. Recently, sizing was updated with a number of different fits including tight fit for women, oversized for women, plus size pieces, gender neutral regular fit and gender neural oversized.
Specifically, the FLEX PARK capsule collection has been “crafted with every shape and person in mind” featuring silhouettes for all genders, with sizes ranging from [XS] to [4X].
Here’s some guidance on how to choose the correct size:
Order your usual women’s size for a compressive fit. For a slim fit that’s less compressive, size up. It’s designed to accentuate the female form, this tight, compressive fit hugs every curve.
Order your usual men’s size for the oversized look. For women, it’s recommended to size down. These items are oversized, genderless, and made for impact, this fit is large with volume throughout the sleeves and body.
Yes! Order your usual women’s size for the oversized look. Crafted specifically for women, this oversized fit makes a statement with its loose and voluminous proportions.
Order your usual men’s size for a regular fit. For women, we recommend sizing down. Created for every body, this genderless fit will be larger on women than on men.
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, and the Small worked out okay.
It took me multiple attempts to get my order placed in November and randomly I never got confirmation via the website but did get email confirmation. This process seemed to go a lot smoother for me so I managed to order a few peices:
What I’M Hoping to ORDER (FLEX PARK):
I tried to purchase a couple of these pieces that still had my sizes left, but the site says payment is declined no matter what option I choose. I tried a credit card, PayPal, a debit card and even Klarna to see if it would process, but no luck.
Previously, I opted for Size 10 (S) in the womxn’s pieces and XS for the gender neutral hoodie. On the site they advise your regular size for a tight fit, and size up for a slim fit.
Number 4. It’s Kinda Fashion…
As per the first three adidas x IVY PARK collaborations, this collection continues with the more sporty urban street / beach vibe to it than previous ones.
In my opinion though, finally, it looks like the range is pretty functional for vacation, the beach and swimming. It still is very much a fashion line though and you’re gonna stand out in the Solar Orange.
Number 5. Get Your Discount
Although Adidas offer a student discount on their products, you can’t use it or any other discounts and promotions on this collection. You do however get fast and free delivery if you spend over £50, which isn’t hard! Creator Club members also get free delivery on all orders so remember to log in.
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? White, brown, red or the monochrome print?
*April 4th 2016 was when this post was originally published.