Today I’m reviewing a brand that’s new to the blog: Sweaty Betty. Sweaty Betty itself isn’t new–they’ve actually been around for quite some time, and they have a sizeable fan base in the UK, where they were founded. They’re quickly growing their market in the US and have opened several stores in the northeast (jealous).
I check up on Sweaty Betty’s website every once in a while, and I’ve really liked what I’ve been seeing lately. They just dropped a new collection for winter and launched a nice and clean new website, too. Their offerings run the gamut from yoga to dance to spin to run, and more, all infused with a fun, sporty, British aesthetic. One of the things I like about SB is their size selection. Many of their styles are available all the way down to XXS, and some also come in short and/or tall lengths. Since leggings with special style elements often fall on the wrong place on us shorties, having styles re-proportioned is extremely helpful!
It was about time I got some Sweaty Betty on the blog! I was so excited when Sweaty Betty offered to send me a couple pieces from their fall lineup, and I was even more excited once it arrived.
Disclosure: these pieces were complimentary from Sweaty Betty. All opinions in my reviews are always honest, no matter where the products come from.
Photos in this post by Julia Romano Photography
For these photos, Julia and I went the extra literal mile in search of some fall color as a backdrop. I am so pleased with how the end result turned out! The all-black outfit turned out to be a beautiful contrast against the golden aspens.
Glisten Long Sleeve
When I first pulled this top out of the package, I was worried to see an “S” on the size tag, because that’s one or two sizes up for me. To my surprise, it fits very well! So, the S will actually fit XXS and XS as well. The sleeves are the only looser part for me, so they don’t run quite as small as the rest of the top. There is subtle texturing on the fabric that’s hard to make out in pictures (and is quite subtle in real life too), which I believe helps with venting. The top is a seamless construction through the body that makes it very soft and comfortable.
The fabric on this top is lusciously wonderful. Although it’s not labeled as a thermal fabric, it’s thicker and cushier than most technical tops. It has bamboo in the fabrication, which gives it that ultra-soft feel. It’s a mid-weight layer that can work on its own, over a tank, or as a base layer. For my workouts, I found it warm enough to ward off chills, but breathable enough that it didn’t feel stuffy and uncomfortable once I started to work up a little body heat. The only downside of this top is that it does not have thumbholes! If you’re a thumbhole junkie, keep that in mind.
If left to my own devices, I probably wouldn’t have thought to order this, but now that I have it, I actually really love it! My long sleeve top options are pretty lacking and this will serve as a nice and versatile basic. I’ve already been reaching for it regularly!
Thermal run leggings
These tights are so wonderful, anytime I wear them I don’t want to take them off. I could literally sleep in them. The brushed fabric is unbelievably soft and cozy. They’re completely opaque, too, no matter what you wear underneath, which is another huge plus. I like this fabric at least as much as I like lululemon’s rulu fabric, and fans of rulu will know that’s saying a lot!
Both sides of the fabric are the same brushed material, which means compression is pretty light. The comfortable and supple fabric make these an excellent base layer option for winter. Since they’re a simple design, they’re suitable for wearing on their own or under another pair of pants for extra warmth.
Although these leggings are mostly pretty simple, there are some nice details Sweaty Betty added to the mix. The front seam detail adds flattering contours to your figure, and is reflective for added visibility. The reflective seam is visible from both the front and the side. There’s a continuous drawcord in the waistband, plus a back waistband zip pocket. The rise is medium, about where your average active bottoms land.
During my workouts, these did very well. The soft fabric moved easily with me even in all manner of squats, bends, and stretches. They did not slide down or need adjusting even after running, jumping, and squatting. Much like the top above, they feel warm but not stiflingly hot. The only downside is that the brushed fabric definitely does not repel pet hair, so I can’t sit on the couch when I’m wearing these. ;) I’m also hoping that the fabric holds up well over time–I’ll be on the lookout for pilling, but it’s too early to tell.
Price-wise, I’ll note that Sweaty Betty is not for the faint of heart. Almost all of their bottoms will set you back over $100. As with any kind of purchase, it just depends on your budget, priorities, and general pricing comfort level. Sometimes you can find coupon codes or sales, too–first-time buyers can get 10% off by signing up for their email list. Whatever position you’re in, my goal is for my reviews to help you make an informed decision.
Overall, I’m thrilled with my new Sweaty Betty pieces. The fit and feel of both pieces is amazing, and both will be staples for my fall/winter wardrobe. For my first experience with this brand, I have to say I’m pretty sold–I’m placing an order for a few more thermal pieces. :)
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