By Jess Beech
My name is Jess and I’m terrified of running on my own in the dark. But, with gym treadmills taped off and daylight savings meaning it’s pitch black by 4.30pm, I’ve been left with little choice. Hence why my first Black Friday purchase will be a very practical one from the Sweaty Betty Black Friday sale.
I first spied the Sweaty Betty Power Reflective Gym Zip Through Jacket on Instagram. And as the influencer in question jogged towards the camera lit up like a beacon, I let out a little squeal of excitement - the kind I usually reserve for impractical heels and designer handbags.
In fact, it felt a little silly to be this excited about activewear, but it did offer a solution to my running quandary. If I was so completely, utterly visible to both cars and passers by, would I feel so quite scared?
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the fabric, I feel I should admit that I’m far from an athlete. My style of running is a slow, pondering jog, which I dutifully embark on an attempt to keep my frazzled brain on the right side of sane.
Now, back to the jacket. Unlike other running tops I’ve seen that merely feature a strip of glow-in-the-dark fabric, the Sweaty Betty Power Reflective Gym Zip Through Jacket is completely covered in little reflective circles that light up its wearer like a (slightly-sweaty) Christmas tree.
The fabric itself helps with the problem of sweat too, wicking moisture away from the body to keep you both cool and comfortable. It doesn’t ride up or rustle as you run either.
However, despite its many plus points, the Sweaty Betty Power Reflective Gym Zip Through Jacket does ring in at eye-watering £110. I know you can’t put a price on your sanity, but unfortunately my credit card would be inclined to disagree.
Lucky for me (and for you) Sweaty Betty are offering 25% off all items site wide from 26th November, as part of their Black Friday promotions. The deal has already dropped for subscribers, so check your inbox to get a head start.
That brings my beloved jacket down to a slightly more reasonable, £82.50. I’m tempted by the matching leggings too, priced at £63.75 with the discount.
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Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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