Admittedly, this post is a bit overdue, but I finally broke down and purchased my first item from ivivva a couple months ago: a pair of hey sailor stripe speedy shorts. Ivivva is the “mini” version of lululemon–many of the products and fabrics are very similar, but ivivva is designed to be for children. Being an usually small size is a perpetual source of massive frustration when shopping for clothing, but this is one of the rare times when basically being the size of a 10-year-old has a perk, since ivivva is generally cheaper than lululemon for a similar product.
Ivivva speedy shorts are, as the name implies, virtually identical to lululemon’s speed shorts. The critical styling elements are all the same: venting, back zipper pocket, short length, etc. At $46, this particular style is only slightly cheaper than lulu’s standard speeds price of $54, but hey, 8 bucks is still savings.
One difference is that the speedies only have one front waistband pocket instead of two, and the drawstring pull opening is narrower.
Although I often find ivivva’s patterns a bit too juvenile, I couldn’t resist these hey sailor stripe speedies when I put them on. I believe the stripes are jet set blue, ultramarine, pow pink light, and bali breeze. This combo is right up my color scheme alley, so they match most of my tops (in these pics I’m wearing my Splits59 devon tank in tidal, and they also look rad with everest). The waistband is light up lilac with rosebud inside. I kind of wish the waistband was one of the colors of the stripes, but I can live with it. :)
One of the reasons I jumped on these shorts is because they’re 2-way stretch. Lululemon seems to have phased out 2-way speeds in new colorways, and I’m not ready to let 4-ways totally overtake my collection, so I had to grab these. In the stock pics, and the pics I saw from other ladies who purchased these, the stripes do not always line up in this colorway, so I’m glad I got lucky with a pair that does!
I see a ton of questions about ivivva sizing, so here are my fit notes for the speedy shorts:
The ivivva speedies are definitely shorter than speeds. Measuring at a teeny 2″ inseam, these are even shorter than many older lulu speed shorts, which makes them quite a lot shorter than recent speed short releases, since the inseams on many pairs have been creeping a bit longer. That said, I can squat or bend over in these without my butt cheek hanging out. Always a good day when your butt stays where it should, ya know.
While the waist is only a little bit smaller than my size 2 speeds, the hips and especially the leg opening are both considerably smaller. When worn, I can definitely feel that they’re smaller compared to most of my speeds. The nice thing is that the smaller leg opening helps keep the shorts from gaping at the thighs on me, which helps with the potential flashing situation. Depending on your body type, these sizing differences might mean you get a better fit or might mean these are totally wrong for you.
I purchased these in a size 12. I normally wear a size 2 in speed shorts (both 2-way and 4-way). If you are on the bigger side of 2 or you wear a size 4 in speeds, I suggest going with an ivivva size 14. While a lulu size 6 can fit in some of ivivva’s other items, the speedy shorts seem to be cut a bit too small to work for a 6.
You can find the latest speedy short colors here!