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Our Top Picks For A Great Summer Getaway!

With autumn on the horizon and changeable weather rolling in across the country, now is the perfect time to salvage what’s left of the summer and head off on holiday. If you’re looking to pick up a few extra travel items to help you on your way, take a look at our top holiday picks below.

No matter how far you’re going, packing for a trip away is never stress-free. If you’re concerned about protecting your possessions whilst travelling, this Quadra Tungsten Wheelie Bag is the perfect way to safeguard your items from damage. With 65 litres of storage space and plenty of internal and external zipper pockets, there’s room for everything you need to relax in style during your break, and with a handy retractable tow handle, it’s easy to manoeuvre even at its maximum capacity.

Suitable hand luggage is another important consideration for holiday pre-planning, and if you’re searching for something compact that doesn’t compromise on quality, this Bagbase Retro Travel Bag is the perfect choice. With 7 litres of storage space it has room for all the essential items you’ll need to keep entertained during your journey, and the sturdy shoulder strap makes it easy to transport upon arrival. Available in a selection of colours and with a wallet-friendly price tag, it also makes an ideal day bag for when your trip gets underway.

When it comes to long haul flights, it’s our legs that feel the effects of restricted movement the worst. These Silky Mens and Womens Travel Socks aim to combat the problem, with their soft top comfort band and graduated design helping to aid leg circulation in challenging environments. With a specially constructed build that combats tightness and compression rings, they’re the perfect choice for staying comfy during long car or plane journeys, with their anti-microbial fibres also helping to keep feet naturally fresh.

Be sure to visit Universal-Textiles.com for more great deals on our entire range of luggage and travel accessories!

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Our Top Picks For Men This Summer

Shopping for summer may seem simple on paper, but if you or your loved ones are struggling to beat the heat during the warmer months, being a savvy shopper can really pay off. We’ve gathered together our top menswear picks for the summer, with hints and tips about what to do to survive the season and stay sweat-free.

Whilst style is definitely important, the composition and colour of an item can play a bigger part than you might think. Lightweight polyester tops like this Just Cool Men’s Plain Performance T-Shirt, are a prime example, with the fabric incorporating a special moisture-wicking fibre to help keep sweat at bay. Avoiding black and other dark colours is another top tip, with these darker shades being scientifically proven to absorb more heat when exposed to direct sunlight.

In professional environments the standard shirt and tie are inescapable, even in summer. But those wishing to keep their cool when at work whilst also staying in their boss’s good-books should stock up on short sleeve shirts, such as this Fruit Of The Loom Poplin Shirt, blending practical heat-management with an office-friendly finish. With a light polycotton blend, it’s the perfect choice to boost personal ventilation.

Whilst sweaty feet are undoubtedly embarrassing, they can also lead to a number of genuine health complaints, including athlete’s foot. Though many choose cotton socks by default, these are often a major cause of the problem, with cotton tending to hold onto moisture rather than dispersing it. These Men’s Wool Blend Socks are a far safer option, with their wool rich build allowing feet to breathe easier and stay ventilated during warmer weather.

If you’re keen to free your feet even further, a pair of good quality sandals can go a long way to keep them cool and dry. These Surf Men’s Closed Toe Sandals offer efficient ventilation without sacrificing comfort or stability, making them the perfect choice for casual summer wear. For added accessibility, these Floso Men’s Stripe Palm Print Flip Flops are another great option, boasting a vibrant palm tree design and a pocket-friendly price-tag.

For further inspiration visit the Universal Textiles menswear section, with shorts, shoes and much more also on offer!

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Our Top Picks For 2014′s Summer Of Sport

With the World Cup, Wimbledon, Tour De France and now the Commonwealth Games all taking place, 2014 has truly provided us with a summer of sport. If watching the efforts of the world’s top athletes has inspired you to get moving, Universal Textiles has got everything you need to exercise in comfort and style. We’ve gathered together our top sporting picks from our range of swimwear, clothing and accessories, with everything at excellent prices. Happy shopping!

Whether you’re at the beach or the pool, swimming is a fantastic way for people of all ages to exercise, providing an effective sweat-free workout during the warmer months. Made of lightweight material and a special quick-dry fabric, these Aqua Sphere Mens Tiber Swimming Shorts are a great choice for swimmers of all capabilities, and for women, this Aqua Sphere Lazer Swimsuit is an eye-catching choice, boasting high UVA protection and a supportive cross-back design.

Football fever may now be cooling off following Germany’s triumphant World Cup victory earlier this month, but those in love with ‘The Beautiful Game’ can always keep the dream alive on their terms until 2018 rolls around. Available in a variety of different colours and designs, this Errea Long Sleeve Football Shirt is a stylish choice for men looking to take to the pitch, and these Puma Mens Kratero Football Boots are great for maintaining your footing when conditions are against you.

Without a doubt rugby is one of the toughest sports around, and, with that in mind, players need clothing to match. Produced by leading rugby kit brand Canterbury, this Mens Short Sleeve Hooped Rugby Jersey is certainly up to the challenge, and for smaller players looking to score a try, this matching Kids Short Sleeve Rugby Top is the perfect choice, with sizes to fit boys from six to fourteen years of age.

Cycling can be a great way to fit some quality exercise in around your daily life, whether you’re heading out on a weekend bike ride or simply riding to work. Made from a special performance fabric that’s designed to keep you cool and dry, these mens and womens Spiro Cycling Jackets are the ideal way to work out and stay comfortable, and with their cushioned padding these mens & womens Spiro Bikewear shorts are great for preventing aches and pains from occurring the following day.

Check out or new Sport section at Universal-Textiles.com for more of our top quality sportswear!

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Buying Cotton Socks and Gloves to Protect Your Feet from Sunburn

Outdoor activities may be tough on the hands and feet. However, there are practical accessories that you can wear to protect your extremities from the strains and stresses of your everyday activities. Whether you are out skiing, gardening, or engaging in some extreme sport, you will need the proper type of gloves and socks to protect your hands and feet from the elements.

Gloves are pretty basic and you will find many practical styles, designs, and materials to fit your requirements, whatever the season. You can choose from ski gloves to work gloves made out of different blends of textiles and fabrics, each type offering protection from different elements. Cotton gloves, for example, are excellent for use when doing light mechanical work, driving or, if you want to keep your hands warm during slightly cold days. Cotton is also a common choice of material for casual socks, since they absorb sweat and saturate quickly. Cotton socks protect your feet from sunburn while making light outdoor activities more comfortable.

Socks also come in a wide variety of styles and types. Just like gloves, there are very specific sock styles for every activity. Athletic socks or multi-sport socks range from traditional white gym socks made out of moisture-wicking fabrics to technical athletic socks that are designed for running and cross training. Most athletic socks are made with sole cushions, but are kept thin to reduce the overall bulk and increase comfort.

Running socks, on the other hand, are thin liner socks that have light padding and dense cushioning in the ball of the foot and the heel. While some runners prefer to have less padding, others prefer more to add cushioning and reduce foot fatigue. Walking socks provide cushioning and offer moisture-wicking properties, ideal for long walks and fitness walk.

Lightweight socks for hiking are also available. Designed especially for the needs of hikers, these socks offer moisture wicking properties and modest cushioning to maximize movement. There are also backpacking and mountaineering socks, which are heavier than common hiking socks.

Ski snowboard socks offer padding in the shin and underfoot areas to provide additional warmth and protect the pressure points of the feet. Casual socks can be easily distinguished by their casual styling, colors, and designs. They are often made out of performance fabrics, like merino wool, or more lightweight fabrics like cotton.

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Celebrate The 2014 Open With Universal Textiles!

Today marks the start of the 143rd Open Championship, with talented golfers from around the globe gathering together to battle it out for the coveted trophy and a special cash prize. To celebrate, we’ve selected our favourite golfing items from our range of clothing and home textiles, with everything available at fantastic prices. Happy shopping!

Although golfers may favour a warm, sunny day for taking to the field, keeping harsh sunlight at bay is still a top priority, especially when one precise shot can make or break your chances in a game. With that in mind, this Beechfield Pro-Style Baseball Cap is ideal for shielding eyes from the summer sun, with a Coolmax sweatband and a sturdy curved peak helping to keep players eyes on the ball.

Whether you’re shopping for the golf fanatic in your life or simply looking to treat yourself, this Nike Golf Starter Gift Bag is the perfect choice. Boasting a towel, two golf balls, a repair tool and four tees, it has everything you need to get a game going, and with everything bearing the instantly recognisable Nike hallmark, quality is guaranteed.

A good golfer is always prepared for bad weather, and with this Adidas Golf Umbrella there’s no reason to let a rain shower scare you off the field. With a 60 inch canopy and a vented interior to help resist windy weather, it’s the perfect way to keep dry when conditions take a turn for the worst.

Next week subscribers to the Universal Textiles newsletter can look forward to an extra 15% off some of our top golfing items, with polo shirts, sport socks, golf bags and gift sets all at great prices, so be sure to click here and register today!

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Pick Up A Bargain With Our Special Russell Sale!

This week at Universal Textiles we’re offering customers a special 12% discount off our entire range of Russell clothing, with great designs for both men and women at fantastic low prices. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, there’s a product and style to suit everyone, and to help you on your way we’ve gathered together a few of our favourite picks from the collection! Remember, these discounts are available for one week only! Happy shopping!

Russell are a brand that pride themselves on stocking a quality range of comfortable casual wear, and this Russell Authentic Full Zip Hoodie is certainly no exception. Available for both men and women, it boasts a premium three layer fabric for a fuller feel and extra warmth, and comes in a choice of six different colour designs, each with a soft cotton build.

Although we may officially be in summer, there’s no guarantee that warmer weather is here to stay. If you want to keep comfortable without digging out your winter wear, this Russell Softshell Performance Jacket (mens/womens) is a great way to stay warm and dry throughout the unpredictable British summer. Made from lightweight polyester coated with a water repellent finish, it’s designed to tackle the elements whilst letting skin breathe, making it the perfect remedy to a sudden summer shower.

Modern life can be tough on today’s worker, and if you need help keeping cool when under pressure in the office, then this Rusell Moisture Management Work Shirt (available in men’s and women’s designs) is the ideal purchase. With a cotton rich build that also incorporates a special sweat wicking fabric, it’s designed to provide effective ventilation and ensure that moisture gets drawn away from the skin, keeping you comfortable and dry on even the most stressful of days.

Check out our full range of Russell clothing at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Our Top Summer Baseball Cap Picks

It’s no secret that when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones from the harmful effects of the sun, a high factor suncream is always the best option. But if you suffer from sensitive skin or simply take your UV prevention seriously, a good sunhat can go a long way to keep harmful radiation at bay. Check out some of our top summer headwear picks below!

Although on first glance this Just Cool Sport Baseball Cap might look simple, internal Neoteric wicking technology and a built-in sweatband makes it the ideal way to manage moisture and perspiration during the warmer months, and with a sturdy, curved peak and a choice of thirty colours, it’s a stylish way to beat the heat this Summer.

For those who require extra ventilation, this Beechfield Trucker Style Snapback Cap is the perfect choice, boasting a full mesh back that allows air to circulate and moisture to escape from within. With a simple snapback fastener it’s easy to adjust to your own specifications, ensuring a comfort fit for both men and women of all ages.

When it comes to sunburn, it’s not just your face that’s vulnerable to harmful UV rays, and legionnaire hats are the perfect investment for those wishing to also protect their neck from the effects of the sun. With an elasticated side adjuster and a fabric drape back, this Result Unisex Legionnaire Cap is a simple but effective way to boost your protection and ward off any unexpected burns.

With the summer holidays approaching, protecting kids as they head out for fun in the sun should be a top priority for parents. With a variety of baseball caps featuring Spiderman, Minnie Mouse, Ben 10 and a whole host of other familiar faces, Universal Textiles has an extensive range of styles and designs to cater to even the most choosy of young customers, perfect for making sure they stay cool in more ways than one!

Check out our full range of baseball caps at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Celebrate The Tour De France With Universal Textiles!

With the World Cup drawing to a close and our Wimbledon hopes already up in flames, Britain’s last chance for sporting success this year lies squarely with the Tour De France, and if you’re a budding biker, now is the perfect time to invest in some quality cycling gear! Check out the products we have on offer below!

Made from special Cool-Dry performance fabric and with breathable, contour fit panels, this Spiro Bikewear Long Sleeve Top is perfect for keeping cool and dry whilst on the move. Available in mens and womens styles, this item is also up for grabs for through our weekly Facebook competition, so head over to facebook.com/UniversalTextiles for a chance to win!

A few hours on the saddle can leave many cyclists sore, but these Spiro Padded Cycling Shorts are perfect for protecting bikers’ posteriors as they hit the road. Available in mens and womens designs and built with an antibacterial fabric pad, they’re the perfect remedy to those awkward aches and pains.

When it comes to cycling, travelling as light as a possible is a key concern. However, for
those who don’t wish to be without their valuables, this Quadra Apex Hydration Backpack is the perfect compromise. With a streamlined build and several handy storage compartments, there’s plenty of room for water bottles, phones, spare clothes and more, and as an added bonus, the Quadra Apex even comes with it’s own hydration bladder!

Check out our full range of sportswear at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Wimbledon 2014: Our Top Tennis Picks

Wimbledon 2014 is well under way, and to celebrate the efforts of the talented players taking to the court to battle it out for this year’s top honours we’ve gathered together our favourite picks from our range of sportswear and athletic accessories. Whether you’re the next Andy Murray or simply starting out, we’ve got everything you need to get active this summer. Who knows, maybe it’ll be you lifting the trophy this time next year! Happy shopping!

Stable and supportive footwear is an important consideration when it comes to any sport, and tennis is certainly no exception. Boasting a specially designed shock-absorbing midsole and carefully engineered side vents, these Skechers Diamond Back Tevor Mens Shoes are the ideal choice for men who take their sport seriously, and these Skechers Ladies Flex Appeal Trainers offer similar benefits for female feet.

Sports socks are also vital for protecting hard-working feet during tiring athletic activities, helping to prevent painful blisters from popping up. These Mens Plain Sports Socks are a simple but effective choice, with a cotton rich build that also incorporates elastane for a comfy stretch fit. Ideal for both men and women, these Kariban Trainer Sport Socks are another great option, offering a thinner blend of material and a lower, more subtle cut.

Come rain or shine, you’re guaranteed to work up a sweat whilst playing tennis, and therefore lightweight clothing is an absolute must. For men, these Kariban Sports Shorts are the perfect choice, boasting an elasticated waist and special quick drying fabric. Skorts are also popular amongst female players, blending together the lightweight build of a skirt with the added modesty that shorts provide. This Rhino Performance Skort is a great example, with its stretch fabric build also allowing athletes to move freely on the court.

Of course, with all this new gear, you’re going to need something to put it in! This Sols Calcio Sports Holdall is perfect for storing everything from clothing and accessories to personal items, and even comes with a special compartment for shoes and boots. This Bagbase Sports Gymsac Bag is also great for those looking for a lighter, brighter option, coming in a selection of eight vibrant colours, each with a bargain price-tag of just £1.49.

Be sure to check out our full range of sportswear and accessories at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Choosing The Best Women’s Socks

There are many kinds of socks available for women, differing in terms of material, thickness, structure, length, and design. For most women, socks are not just protective garments, they can also work as great fashion statements. For instance, where polka-dot socks are playful, striped ones give off a punk vibe, and long socks with a solid colour can go with almost anything, especially printed bottoms.

The colour of socks is also important to consider. Most women choose colours that are easy to match with their wardrobe. Animal print socks are exotic, trendy, and funky. They come in different patterns and prints, such as leopard, snakeskin, tiger, and cheetah—and in different colours, too.

One may think that plain socks are only for the  working lady, but some
designs are suitable to be worn with trendier outfits and dressing styles. Boots, for example, can be worn with socks that are showing on the topmost part for an edgy look, or Mary Janes with a pair of short white socks with a folded top for a sweet look.

If you are interested in using socks to change up your look, then make sure you have the following styles in your wardrobe:

  • Athletic socks
  • Trouser socks
  • Fold-over socks
  • Slipper socks
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Shoe liner socks
  • Trainer socks
  • Over-the-knee or long socks
  • Travel socks

Check out our full range of women’s socks at Universal-Textiles.com

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