Aside from my #GymOutfit situation the title of today carries another Q: could a gym outfit, be more than a gym outfit?  If we can be anything we wanna be, why can’t our outfits do the same?

There’s only one thing greater than finding a great shop, and that’s finding a great shop that has ALL the bestest shops and brands at your fingertips. That fab fashion hub is none other than OCTER. I’ve recently come across their shop and I loved it for 2 reasons: 1) they’ve got the go-to brands we all stalk for best buys, so instead of checking each and every shop separately I just click on octer.co.uk., and 2) it’s super easy to navigate, brand and items wise.

Like an obsessed potato that I recently realised I am, of course I was clicking and filtering everything though the gym/workout/leggings/bustiers/sweatpants filters. I guess we all gotta do what makes us happy, right? I’m having wine on Friday, so we good.

Seriously though, OCTER has it all: from Dorothy Perkins, to Asos, to Topshop, Puma, Adidas, to Mr.Porter. My heart though belongs to Beyonce and her Ivy Park sportswear collection, so you can imagine my reaction to receiving what I am wearing today.

Navy Ivy Park sportswear from Octer – Ivy Park collection 

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Why it’s the best workout outfit?

It holds my razzmatazz into place. It looks pretty good, and I will say… it can go beyond the gym. Leggings can go to a casual day out, and the crop top that I am wearing can be styled with jeans even.

Those who follow me on Instagram or who know me, know I’m kinda obsessed with working out so I’m always on the look out for great gyn outfits, cause of my other obsession: fashion. Ah, I know I am such a fucking cliche. At least I’ve channelled myself towards a healthier obsession on this one. I’m sorry Jack (Daniel’s that is).

So on Sunday I went to my local gym, that’s practically become my second home, and put on my new outfit, did a bit of a workout, and shot some pics with my girl. Was it awkward (playing the model instead of the workout beast)? You bet your ass, But… we did it.

So this Ivy Park outfit catered to both my obsession for gym, as well as for style, and I LOVE wearing it.

Here’s why:
  • the fabric is so thick and elastic that you can run 1,245,201 miles, or dance through a tornado and it’d still be in place.
  • because it’s so thick and elastic it’s hard to put on (it’s not like sweatpants), but once it’s  on, it stays.
  • when you squat, deadlift, lunge et all the leggings stay in place, so there was no need to keep pulling them up. Same goes for the top, as it’s so elastic you can move your arms perfectly.
  • sizing is weird. I am usually size S, or XS in gym outfits, but this was XXS. So what you need to do before buying it, is to measure yourself according to their size chart and go for that, even if you think you might be bigger or smaller. I guess Ivy is a size smaller.
  • no camel toe. Amen to that sister.
  • no sweat stains.
  • love the little key-holes, and the colour.
  • LOVE the high waist, and how you can fold it and wear the leggings as mid-rise if you want.

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Anyone who loves athleisure, gym outfits, and working out – hands down I highly recommend Ivy Park. The leggings are insane. They feel like second skin so you can literally focus on your form when you work out instead of heaving to worry how they pulled down in the back or how they give you a camel toe, or how you sweat and look like you peed yourself. And because their fabric is so thick they kinda sculpt your body.

They look amazing even for a coffee run or a lunch in town, but for working out they are 100% my fave outfit in the world.

If you’re into this make sure you browse Octer for tons of brands and styles. Spoiler: Puma X Fenty. Shut the front door.

Anyhow, here I am wearing Ivy Park leggings and top | Octer

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Get the look here:

Ivy Park leggings | Ivy Park top | Octer

{Photos by Florina Ciupertea}



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