After all the hype surrounding Ivy Park’s launch, I had to get in on the action. Fortunately, I acted quickly enough to scoop up these crops, since most of the line sold out within hours! New styles and restocks have been slowly trickling in since launch day.
I went for the 3/4 leggings in cobalt. I’m absolutely in love with this shade of blue. The seam details are beautiful, too. They’re a longer crop length that hits just a couple of inches above my ankle (I’m 5’3″).
I ordered my crops in size XXS and they fit me very well. The fit is snug and decently compressive, but not constricting. I was surprised to see that the other reviews of these crops state that they run small, because that wasn’t true for me at all. The one thing I do agree with the reviewers on is that the snug fit does flatten the bum a bit, but I actually didn’t even notice at first, so I don’t think it’s that bad.
In my opinion, my pair in XXS fits the same as a 2 in lululemon. Maybe color has something to do with the variation in size? Or maybe I just got lucky. I have no idea, so just know that your mileage may vary here. On the plus side, Nordstrom does offer free shipping and free returns, so even if the size is wonky for you, you’re not out any cash.
With high rise activewear gaining more popularity every day, it’s getting harder to find low rises these days. So, I was happy to see that Ivy Park offers a variety of rises for women of all different tastes. Even though these are low rise, the back still has enough coverage for squat days.
The fabric is slick and lightweight, similar to lululemon’s luxtreme. There’s nothing particularly exceptional about it, but it’s perfectly adequate, especially considering the price tag. Because of the inner boyshort liner (see pic below), the crops aren’t sheer at all, even in a deep squat. Woohoo! Both the liner fabric and the crop fabric itself is lightweight, but if you wear full coverage underwear, you might find the bum area a bit bulky with that many layers of fabric. In my opinion, it’s best to go with something sans bum coverage underneath. The liner sits flush since it is sewn down on the sides.
Since the waistband is plain elastic, there’s no place for a pocket. To compensate, they sewed in this pocket on the inside, but I find it a bit bulky around the hip, so at some point I’d rather just cut it out. Another small complaint is that the second waistband tag (which popped off when I was trying these on) is sewn onto the elastic waist. It left behind a loop of thread that was difficult to cut off. When it did, it made a tuft in the elastic. Never a good thing when cutting a tag off leaves a style imperfect. It’s not really noticeable though, so I’ll deal.
Overall, I decided these were keepers! I can’t resist cobalt, and they look and feel good on. For the price, you’re getting a good value if you ask me. You can find the same crops I got right here, or the rest of the Ivy Park collection here.
By the way, I also ordered this reflective v-hem bra. I ordered an XS since there wasn’t an XXS available. I don’t have any pics to post because it was SOOO small!!! I usually consider XS a size up for me, but I am not exaggerating when I say I couldn’t even get it on. The band in particular is very stiff and has almost no stretch. I’m assuming the non-reflective version would be the same, since they have the same band. If you try this bra (or its non-reflective sister), you’ll want to grab at LEAST one size up, if not two.