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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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Our Festival Survival Guide

With Glastonbury only five days away and a whole host of other fun festivals coming our way over the summer months, now is the perfect time to pick up the essential items you’ll need to make it through the season in one piece. We’ve gathered together our top picks from our extensive range of clothing and accessories, with styles for men and women all at great prices. Check out our festival survival guide below!

Although it’s often hard to guarantee what the weather will do on the day, it’s always best to come prepared for the worst. This Splashmacs Adult Rain Poncho is the perfect remedy to a sudden rainstorm, with drawstring fasteners and a pop stud placket to really keep the damp at bay. Available in a choice of clear PVC or seven vibrant colours, it can even fold away conveniently into a handy carry case when conditions improve.

A sturdy backpack is the best way of keeping your valuables with you whilst on the move, whether it’s travelling to your festival of choice or zipping between your tent and the stage. This Bagbase Heritage Retro Rucksack is a stylish choice for festivalgoers of all ages, and comes with a storage capacity of 18 litres, perfect for holding onto everything from water bottles and umbrellas to spare jumpers and coats.

If you’re planning on camping out during a multi-day festival, comfortable and warm bedding is a must. In addition to sleeping bags and pillows, blankets are a great way of keeping snug and adding extra warmth if needed. With a super soft build and an anti-pilling finish, this Result Plain Outdoor Fleece Blanket is the perfect choice for a great night’s sleep, and comes in a choice of four colours.

Last but definitely not least, the all-important British festival staple; the wellington boots. With thousands of feet churning up the field, wellingtons  can be a life-saver if the weather takes a turn for the worst. These unisex Dunlop Wellington Boots are the perfect choice to keep feet warm and dry, and at just £12.20, they’re an effective and affordable option. For those wishing to be a little more adventurous, these Cotswold Ladies Sandringham Wellingtons are a vibrant, colourful choice, with striking pink and purple shades on offer, as well as metallic silver and gold.

Next week customers can get an extra 15% off top summer staples including Wellies, Raincoats, Backpacks, Summer Hats and Dresses when you spend over £30 by using voucher code VP43JVB7 at the checkout. 

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Look Good And Be Safe with Swim Accessories

Browse through any online retail store’s collection and you will find a wide range of swim accessories. If you want to be practical and not overspend on swim accessories, keep in mind that you really need only three essentials if you want to stay safe in the water. These essentials include your swimsuit, swimming cap, and swimming goggles. Here are some tips on choosing the best swim accessories:

  • Swimsuit – For men, swim briefs or trunks are the best choice for training, especially when you want to achieve fast lap times. Board shorts, while less revealing and ultimately more fashionable are not as good for swimming as briefs as they create too much drag. For women, a one-piece suit is best as they help build a streamline shape, and also provide better body coverage.
  • Swim cap – There are many different types of swim cap available on the market. Latex and rubber designs tend to offer a tight fit around the head, whereas silicone swim caps are a popular choice for those allergic to latex. Whilst slightly more expensive than latex, silicone protects the hair very well against the water, but tends to be more prone to slipping. Lycra is another alternative, and is ideal for creating a more uniform look. Lycra caps are made out of the same material as most swimsuits, but they are not as waterproof as their silicone and latex counterparts due to their tendency to slip.
  • Swimming goggles –There are four things that you should look for when buying goggles; comfortable lenses, adjustable straps, waterproof sockets, and 100% UVA/UVB protection. There are all kinds of tints available, from dark to light. Remember that dark lenses are only advisable for use in bright environments.

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

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Grab Some Football Bargains With Our World Cup Gift Guide

It’s official, the 2014 World Cup has arrived! To celebrate the efforts of all the teams that have gathered in Brazil to battle it out over the next four weeks we’ve selected our top football-friendly picks from our range of clothing and accessories, with everything from socks to duvet sets all at great prices. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for the football fanatic in your life, there’s something for everyone. Happy shopping!

If you’re not able to make it to Brazil to catch the action in person this year, fear not! This Limited Edition Men’s World Cup T-Shirt captures the spirit of this year’s competition perfectly with its vibrant mix of the Brazilian colours and a fun football text design. Available in sizes small to extra-large, it’s the perfect summer-friendly option for football fans, and with a 100% cotton build, it’s a comfortable, lightweight choice for the warmer months too.

If your little ones are as excited about the World Cup as you are, these Kids England Football Design Trainer Socks are the perfect way for them to show their support. Available in both girls and boys designs, the colourful mix of football patterns and England text motifs are sure to go down well with kids, and their cotton rich build will ensure that smaller feet are comfortable and protected throughout the World Cup and beyond.

If you want to support your favourite team without pushing the boat out when it comes to pricey official football shirts, these SOLS Short Sleeve T-Shirts are a subtle but effective way of donning your favourite country’s colours. With designs for men and women in a wide selection of vibrant shades, they’re also a great choice for casual summer wear, and with prices starting at just £2.45, there’s little reason to say no!

This official England Football Double Duvet is a fun and functional option for die hard
England supporters, and with a comfortable polyester build and matching pillowcases, you’ll be able to grab a great night’s sleep after each and every game. If you’re looking to take your support further afield, these St. George Car Flags are the perfect patriotic choice. With two flags per pack, they’re easy to clip onto any car door, ensuring that everyone knows who you’re supporting this year.

Check out our full range of England merchandise and more at Universal-Textiles.com!

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