Did you wake up at 6am on Sunday, quietly chuffed with yourself that you’d awoken before your alarm?
Maybe you had to manually change your clocks or – if you’re an iPhone user and run on time controlled by the Apple Gods – you might not have even realised that Sunday marked the end to Daylight savings for some (cue rejoicing over one more hour of sleep and cursing one less of daylight).
For those of us who work nine to five, the conclusion of Daylight savings signals the end of afternoon exercising – although there’s nothing quite like isolated, dark streets to get you running, there’s also nothing like a trendy, all-black outfit to get you hit by a car.
But before you give up your PM jog and retire to the sofa, we’ve found a compromise. Put (read: throw) away your high-vis vest and get glowing with one of these more fashionable, reflective active wear pieces that have been specifically designed for exercising in the dark.
lululemon’s capsule collection, Lucent is an innovative new approach to reflectivity that doesn’t let functionality compromise fashion. It uses reflective threading embroidered onto mesh in the form of a feminine, rose pattern to make you visible in the dark. The collection includes four pieces: Lucent jacket, tank, Ice Queen tight, and short. Plus, the jacket is water-resistant so there’s really no excuse not to get sweaty.
Did you know, all Nike Running apparel has a reflective element? It’s usually hidden within their signature swoosh. We’re currently obsessing over Nike’s latest running collection, particularly the ensemble pictured above. The Hyper Shield Jacket has reflective stripes, is ultra lightweight and was designed to protect you from the wind and rain; The Power Speed tight has a compression fit, flattering print and added reflective pocket detail; and the AeroReact top features a revolutionary, breathable fabric that responds to your sweat to help you maintain optimal temperature throughout your run.
Be seem from dusk ’til dawn in Lorna Jane’s Night Ryder collection. Spotted (and diamoned) with reflective features, you’re sure to stand out in the daylight and the dark. Choose from the 7/8 tight or short, or pick up the whole collection so you’re covered for whatever the weather brings.