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August, 2011

Kid’s Caps

There is a wide selection for kid’s caps on the market. They come in various styles and designs. Children’s caps can also feature their favourite cartoon or TV show character. These can make an excellent gift for kids. The plain children’s caps and hats are ideal as they can match any outfit for the fashion conscious child.

Kid’s caps are also ideal for holidays or days out in the sun. They are a quick and easy way to protect the child from the sun while still managing to look casual. Baseball caps and hats for kids are also very cost effective.

Many of the popular kid’s caps have adjustable straps at the back, making them suitable for all head sizes. Velcro fastening makes it easy for children to adjust the size on their own. There are also several unisex styles. The plain baseball caps can be worn by both boys and girls; however, there are a range of hats to suit just boys, and hats to suit just girls.

The pink Minnie Mouse hat is perfect for little girls. Pink is often a favourite colour of girls and the style of this cap is very feminine. Little boys are more likely to prefer a style such as the Bart Simpson baseball cap or the Action Man Atom Gear It Up cap.

For smaller children there is a range of baseball caps with designs such as Fifi and the Flower Tots or Bob the Builder. Mr. Men and Little Miss designs are classics and remain very popular.

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Adult Caps

Baseball caps are popular headgear for both men and women. They come in a variety of styles and colours and can match any casual outfit. Adult caps are perfect for days out at sporting events or the beach, and are often worn as everyday head wear.

Choosing adult caps as a gift can be confusing as there are so many styles and designs from which to choose. Plain block colours are ideal in this situation. The Adult Plain Baseball cap has an adjustable strap making it ideal for most adult head sizes. It is also one of the most affordable in the range of available caps.

If buying for someone with a particular taste, then perhaps the camouflage caps would be more suitable, or maybe even a cap that is patriotic, such as one of the England, Scotland or even Brazil styles. Distressed fabrics can also give a vintage look and are perfect for a dressed down, casual look.

There is also a range of sun visors that many people prefer. This style allows the wearer to keep the sun from their eyes without having their head covered. Very popular with lady golfers, these come in a range of colours to match any outfit.

The Old Course St. Andrews design adult caps and the official New York Yankee caps both come in a variety of colours. These along with a cap commemorating the England World Cup win of 1966 will make excellent gifts for any sports fan.

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Buying Guide to Children’s Flip Flops

When it comes to summer footwear for children, the choice is relatively easy.  Flip flops and sandals are the best options as they can protect the feet and keep them cool at the same time.  The range of children’s flip flops and sandals has widened in recent years. They are now available at very low prices, so stocking up for the summer holiday has never been easier.

The standard flip flop is perhaps one of the most popular options.  These come in a variety of colours, patterns, and sizes and are ideal for days on the beach.  Even the cleanest sand can have all manner of hazards such as rubbish, broken glass, and insects lurking beneath the surface. Flip flops can help to protect the feet without causing the child to feel as though they are weighed down with clunky footwear.  Flip flops are waterproof and can be worn to protect the foot further while paddling in the sea.

Children’s flip flops are not the only summer footwear option.  There are many different designs of sandals for girls in particular.  The gladiator-style sandals have become very popular in recent years.  These can be worn with different outfits and have a strap around the ankle as well as a zip at the back.  They come in a variety of available colours, although girls will particularly love the shades of pink, purple, and silver.  Other girl’s sandals come with a pretty bow design that they will love to pair with their summer dresses.


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Buying Guide to Ladies Flip Flops

The range of styles in ladies flip flops is fairly wide.  While the basic design of the flip flop is the same, they do come in a variety of colours and patterns.  As they are relatively inexpensive, it is also possible to have more than one pair, so that they can be alternated and matched to different outfits.

The basic function of ladies flip flops is to protect the feet while on the beach, by the pool or wandering around the shops.  They are ideal for those who want to go for a paddle but are wary of stepping on anything that might cause damage, as many styles are waterproof and can be worn without fear of water or sand ruining them.

The variety of ladies flip flops offers both bright and pastel colours for those who want to add a splash of colour to a plain outfit. The range of sizes for most styles covers foot sizes three through eight, so there is something available for the majority of women.

In addition to flip flops, gladiator style sandals are available.  These are perfect for those days when you want to do a little more walking or if you are not comfortable with the design of the flip flop.  These come in both studded and plain styles so you can dress the outfit up or down as you need to.  These zip up at the back, so there is no fiddling with straps.


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Buying Guide to Men’s Flip Flops

Deciding on a wardrobe for a summer holiday can take a while for some people, but one item that should always be included is flip flops.  These are the perfect footwear for hot summer days, particularly if you are just lazing by the pool, taking a trip to the beach or wandering around the town.  They are comfortable, allow the skin to breathe, and are the ideal way to make sure that your tan does not stop at your ankles.

The basic design of men’s flip flops is the same but there are different variations.  The simple shoe, which has a thinner base and is waterproof, is ideal for those who are not doing a great deal of walking.  Other designs have thicker soles, which makes them more comfortable for wandering around town, particularly if you are going to be walking for several hours.

Men’s flip flops come in a variety of colours and designs.  Some may prefer the camouflage pattern that is available in more than one shade of khaki, while others may prefer a striped or even a floral pattern.  They also come in a range of sizes, so finding flip flops to fit is easy.

As prices begin from just a few pounds, many people purchase more than one pair, making it easier to co-ordinate them with different outfits.  The flip flop is ideal for casual wear and is perfect for the needs of most people on holiday.


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Choosing Children’s Nightwear

One of the biggest trends in children’s nightwear is character nightwear.  All children have their favourite cartoon, film, and television characters, and they love to have these images on their nightwear.  For younger children there are characters from popular shows such as ‘In the Night Garden’ and ‘Thomas the Tank Engine.’  Older children might prefer characters such as ‘Ben 10’ and Power Rangers.  These designs appear on all styles of children’s nightwear, from standard pyjamas to t-shirt style nightshirts.

Characters are not the only popular images to be featured on children’s nightwear.  There are also emblems of sports clubs, so finding one that features their favourite football team should not be a problem.  The football team design is available in long trousers, long sleeved tops, and as a shorts and t-shirt set that resembles a football strip.  The colours match the football strip of their team.

Girls will love the shorts and t-shirt sets that are made specifically for them. They come in a range of pastel colours with frilled edges to the legs and sleeves, and feature characters such as Dora the Explorer.  With dressing gowns that also feature characters, they are easy to mix and match if the child has more than one favourite.

All children’s nightwear styles are easy to care for, as they are all machine washable and are 100% cotton.  Prices begin at just a few pounds and sizes are designed to fit children from toddlers to age 12.

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Nightwear for Her

Ladies nightwear now encompasses a very wide variety of items, from the practical winter garments for keeping out the cold to the more feminine items.  You need to consider different factors when choosing which items you want to purchase.

The fun loving among you may like the cartoon character nightwear.  These will remind you of childhood and come in a range of styles.  You can purchase the simple T-shirt style nightdress, which comes in a variety of sizes and colours.  These comfortable and practical items offer freedom of movement.

Dressing gowns are another essential in the ladies nightwear range.  These can be warm terry towelling versions that are perfect for wearing after a bath or shower, or simple cotton designs, which are ideal for warmer days.  Designs come patterned or plain in a polyester and cotton mix that is machine washable.

Many women today are opting for the ‘mix and match’ style of pyjamas.  These are usually t-shirt style tops with trousers in a contrasting colour or design, and these can easily be matched to other items if needed.  The trousers have elasticised waistbands and the sets are comfortable and warm.

Alternatively, you can opt for the vest top and shorts sets, which are perfect for warmer summer nights.  These often come in pastel or bright colours, or with a pattern.  They are also available with a t-shirt and are light and comfortable to wear.  These are easy to care for, as they are machine washable.


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Buying Guide to Men’s Nightwear

Buying men’s nightwear used to be an easy task as there was really only one style of pyjamas.  Now there is a range of nightwear suitable for men and these come in a variety of fabrics and designs.

The basic pyjama set is still available, with the long trousers and the long sleeved top that buttons down the front.  These can be purchased as patterned, with both items featuring a pattern, or with the top only having the pattern and the trousers being a block colour.  Many designs are a polyester and cotton mix, which makes them easy to care for as they keep their shape and are machine washable.

Another popular design at the moment is the short-sleeved T-shirt style top, which can be purchased with both long trousers and shorts.  These are mainly cotton, although some designs also mix this with viscose.  As these simply pull on over the head and there is no need to fiddle with buttons, they are ideal for those who avoid traditional style pyjamas.

Children are not alone in their love of character pyjamas. There is a whole range of men’s nightwear featuring characters from popular culture.  These T-shirt and shorts sets feature characters such as Spiderman and are popular with younger men.  These are made of 100% cotton and are machine washable.

The bathrobe is an essential item for many men.  It is perfect for wearing on colder mornings or putting on after you have just had a bath or shower.  These are also 100% soft cotton and are machine washable.

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Buying Guide to Children’s Underwear

As with every aspect of purchasing children’s clothes, buying children’s underwear is something of a minefield.  Children are particularly fussy and sometimes it is difficult to know what they would like.  However, parents understand the need to be practical and this is often difficult to match with the latest fashions.

As a practical item, vests are essential.  They can help to keep out the cold on winter days and come in a range of styles.  Girls in particular are particular about vests; they like them to be pretty as well as warm.  Vests are available in packs of two and come in a range of designs.  They are also easy to care for, as they are machine washable.

Boys in particular like to choose character designs for their underwear. Available character designs include Spongebob Squarepants and characters from the film ‘Madagascar’.  These are available in a range of bright colours and styles. Briefs are available in pack sizes ranging from two to five.

Of course, there are also plain styles of children’s underwear in more muted colours that are practical for everyday wear.  Boxer briefs are particularly popular with boys as they are simply a smaller version of the adult designs and can help to make them feel a little more grown up.  These are ideal for when they are playing sports, as they are comfortable to wear and offer more freedom of movement.  They also keep their shape when washed, so they last a long time.

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Quality Women’s Underwear

The range of options in women’s underwear is one of the widest of all clothing styles.  Women like to have different styles of underwear for different outfits and occasions. As a result, the available designs for women’s underwear are numerous.

For standard daily wear there is the bikini brief.  These are often available in multi-packs that ensure value for money as they begin from just a few pounds and come in every colour imaginable.  They are easy to care for, as they are machine washable and keep their shape well.  With different cuts such as high leg and low leg, it is easy to find a style that suits.  Because comfort is a very important factor, the briefs are often made from plain cotton that ensures the skin can breathe.

Some women are more sensitive about carrying a little extra weight around their tummy and hips, and control women’s underwear is very popular.  This can help to keep a smoother shape no matter what type of outfit you are wearing and can give that extra little bit of confidence.  Styles range from high waist briefs to longer leg briefs that provide more control in the thigh area.

For a little extra warmth in winter, there is a range of vests for women.  These have thinner straps than men’s vests but offer the same degree of warmth.  There is also a wide variety of thermal underwear that can help on those very cold days.

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