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June, 2013

Choosing Men’s T-Shirts and Polos

41djLVSg9WL._SS160_We have recently launched a new range of over 1350 products! These include brands such as Adidas, Nike, Front Row and Henbury. So if you’re looking for a t-shirt, you have a lot of choice! But how do you know which one to choose? This week we are comparing some to help you make an informed decision.

Our first offering is from Hanes, a popular brand, with this Plain Polo Shirt. This shirt is made from 100% Cotton which allows your skin to breathe, perfect if you’re wearing this to play sports in.

Next up, is a super cool Adidas Shirt, with Climacool technology which is great for wicking away sweat. It is our most expensive item of the bunch at £38.20 but you are getting Adidas quality. This shirt features the logo at the back of the neck and underarm mesh panels which keep you cool. This shirt is designed for golf players but can be worn for any sport or occasion.

From Front Row, we have a Stripe Rugby Shirt, which is made from a heavy jersey fabric. These shirts are as suitable for casual wearing as they are for playing rugby.

Another one from Hanes, this is a V-Neck T-Shirt, which is really versatile and can be worn for any occasion. This shirt would look great layered up with a check shirt for a really laid back outfit, ideal for the weekend.

Lastly, again from Henbury, we have a Tipped Polo Shirt. This shirt features a really nice contrast detail on the collar and cuffs which gives this shirt a little bit of edge. It is made from a Polycotton mixture, which allows your skin to breathe whilst also making the garment easy to care for and long lasting.

Browse our full range of Mens T-Shirts and Polos here.

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Choosing Women’s Summer Dresses

51pXkL6a0eL._SS290_The weather is warming up and the sun is shining, so why not browse our range of summer dresses? Dresses are perfect for summer, with so many bright colours, fabrics and styles available they really get you in the mood for cocktails, parties and getting outdoors. But how do you find your perfect summer dress? Well, we have a few options…

Firstly, we have a Zebra and Flower print 3-in-1 Dress, which is our most popular summer dress. This dress has an elasticated top and can be worn as either a skirt, a strapless dress or as a halter neck dress. This dress is made with 100% Cotton and with its beautiful print, you can see why it is so popular.

Next, we have a Jersey T-shirt Dress from Bella, a popular American brand, this dress has a crew neck, short sleeves and a vintage wash. This dress would look great with leggings or can also be worn as a long T-Shirt.

Another 3-in-1 dress, this delicate Floral Pattern Dress is so pretty. This pattern is so subtle and cute, this dress is a nice length, long enough to wear without tights but still short enough to show off your tan. This dress would look great worn with some girly accessories such as a flower garland headband.

This dress from Brave Soul has a really bright pattern and is perfect for holidays or garden parties. Made with 100% Cotton, it’s lightweight and perfect for this time of year.

Lastly, we have a Maxi Dress with a Symmetrical Print. This maxi dress would make a great evening outfit when paired with a some heels and a statement clutch bag. Maxi dresses look great on anyone and the long flowing fabric is great for giving an elegant silhouette and can even make you look taller.

Now you just have to decide which one you are going to wear first! Browse our full range here.

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Festival Fashions! A buying guide for Wellingtons

wellFestival Season is upon us, and whatever sort of music you are into, there are a few necessities you need. Whether you’re going to Glastonbury or Download, Isle of Wight or Reading, you will need the number one festival essential – Wellingtons Boots. We stock a variety of Wellingtons for men, women and children, but how do you choose? To make things easier for you, this week are comparing a few different options.

Cotswold are a big name in Wellingtons, and these Carnival Wellingtons are bright and colourful; perfect for the Isle of Wight Festival. They are manufactured with a Super Lightweight EVA Fabric meaning they don’t weigh your feet down. They have Pull-On holes which makes them easy to get your feet into and their colourful design will make you stand out in a crowd.

Another one from Costwold, these Short Wellingtons come up to your ankles, which prevent your calves from getting too hot if the weather is sunny. These Wellingtons are seriously on trend right now, with lots of celebrities wearing them this year. They are made from PVC which makes them easy to clean and lightweight. These would be perfect for Hyde Park Festival.

These Moo Wellingtons are really cute! They are also manufactured by Cotswold, and come up just below the knee. They are made with a fully waterproof Rubber upper and a Cotton lining, which will keep you protected but also allows your skin to breathe. The funky cow print will be right at home at Worthy Farm for Glastonbury.

One for the guys here, these Dikamar Evora Wellingtons are great quality at a great price. Made from PVC which makes them lightweight, and available in two colours – Black and Green, these would be great for Download Festival.

Lastly, we have these Dikamar Administrator Wellingtons. These are the typical festival Wellingtons. Made from PVC with a Nitrile Sole, they have a ribbed outer collar which makes it easy to get the boot on and off. Perfect for any festival!

So whichever festival you’re going to, we hope this buying guide makes it easier to choose, if you would like to browse our full range of Wellingtons, please click here.

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This Week’s Giveaway!

wellybobsFollowing the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a Ladies Summer Dress, this week the prize is a pair of Dunlop Devon Wellingtons.

These Wellingtons Boots have a slip resistant outsole, a steel toe cap and mid-sole protection. These Wellingtons are perfect for festivals, farmers, or even walking the dog in the mud.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!

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Buying Mens Flip Flops

flipSummer is here and most of us are thinking about our holidays, dreaming of having a week in the sun, soaking up some sand, sea and sunshine. You also have to start thinking about packing your suitcase and what you’re going to wear. One of the essentials has to be footwear, and nothing says beach holiday like flip flops do.

Flip flops have a timeless design, and haven’t really changed much since the Ancient Egyptians wore them in 4,000 BC, although the name ‘Flip Flop’ did not come into use until 1972. The design has always consisted of one strap which goes between the toes with a rubber, foam or sometimes leather sole. Flip flops are great as they allow and sand and sea to pass over the shoe instead of getting stuck in your shoes. These days the designs are bright, colourful and bold yet still retain the simple style.

Browse our range of colourful range of mens flip flops here.

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Choosing Summer Pyjamas

pjPyjamas are an all year round essential, but at this time of year, you don’t want to be wrapping yourself up in big fleece pyjamas. Why not take a look at our light, breathable, Ladies Summer pyjamas.

Our Summer pyjamas consist of shorts instead of trousers and short sleeved shirts instead of long sleeved shirts. Most of our pyjamas are made from Cotton or a Polycotton blend, which allows your skin to breathe and also makes the garment long lasting and easy to care for.

Our pyjama sets can be mixed and matched together, we also sell pyjamas for men and children so they too can get a cool and comfortable nights sleep. Browse our range here.

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Summer Special – Save 43%

summerIn this week’s newsletter we are offering an extra 15% discount on our Summer Special, meaning you could potentially save up to 43%!

Summer is well and truly on its way so it is time to start thinking about your summer wardrobe. We have a brand new range of products including summer dresses and shorts. For women, we have lovely Maxi and Jersey dresses. For men, we have some cool and comfortable shorts. Lastly, for girls and boys we have cute dresses and shorts. The time to buy is now, especially with an extra 15% discount for all our subscribers! Don’t miss out!

View our newsletter here and enjoy the massive savings!

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This Week’s Giveaway!

dress Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a pair of Brave Soul Men’s Swimming Shorts, this week the prize is a Ladies Summer Dress.

This is a lovely Summer Dress. The dress has an elasticated top and can be worn as either a skirt round the waist, a strapless dress or as a halter neck dress. It provides a comfortable fit and is made with 100% Cotton. Perfect for weddings, wine or walks.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!

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Choosing Women’s Shorts

shortsShorts are perfect for this time of year. The sun is shining, Summer is warming up and it’s the perfect time for being outside.

Shorts are an ideal Summer garment. They allow you to keep cool and yet give you a bit more versatility than, say, a dress or a skirt. There are many varieties of shorts such as cargo shorts which typically come down to the knee, hot pants which usually finish quite high up the leg and then there are shorts which finish mid thigh. It all depends on the wearer as to what length you choose. Shorts look great when paired with a funky t-shirt and some pretty sandals.

We stock all varieties of shorts in many lovely Summer colours. Browse our range here.

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Choosing Sweatshirts and Hoodies

hoodieEven though Summer is upon us, there are still some colder days to contend with, and the range of men’s Sweatshirts that are available can help with this.  There are some days when it is not cold enough for a coat or jacket, but it is too warm to go without that extra layer.  A sweatshirt is the obvious choice, particularly the Hoodie style that is very fashionable at the moment.  These practical items can help to keep that extra bit of cold away.

Men’s sweatshirts come in a range of styles, so finding one to suit should be fairly easy.  They are generally a blend of Polyester and Cotton – synthetic and natural fibres respectively – and this means that they are machine washable and easy to care for.  Many of them have a detachable hood section so they can be worn with or without a hood, depending upon the wearer’s preference.

The jackets have good sized pockets on each side, which are enough to hold your keys, phone, and wallet, and they come in a range of colours.  Popular options now are blue, grey, and neutral shades such as beige.  The striped hoodie sweatshirt is also a fashionable design. Others feature logos, such as that for Oxford University.  Some of the styles available have a zip running the full length of the front of the sweatshirt while others have a small zip at the neck to allow extra room for the top to be pulled on. Browse our range here.

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