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July, 2013

Choosing Women’s Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Cardigans

With the glorious summer weather temporarily on hold, you may need more than the T-shirts, shorts and dresses this week. At Universal Textiles we have a variety of hoodies, sweatshirts and cardigans ideal for cool summer evenings and those chillier days. Light layering, as it’s often known, allows you to be prepared for all weathers and temperatures, without being weighed down by cumbersome garments when it stays warm. Below we take a look at just a few on offer.

We begin with this Gildan Crewneck Sweatshirt. Made with the quality you would expect from Gildan, this sweatshirt has a soft feel and heavy blend to keep you comfortable and warm. The classic crewneck design is available in 26 colours, making it the perfect garment to wear when the temperature drops.

The cardigan is great piece for this time of year, and one such example is this Plain Long Sleeve Cardigan. Loose fitting and lightweight, it’s provides an ideal solution when out on a summer evening. This particular cardigan is fitted with two pockets and available in six colours.

Hoodies such as this SG Full Zip Hoodie are also suited to summer casual wear. With a full front zip and waffle fabric in the hood, this cool lightweight garment will keep you warm without being stuffy. The hoodie also has the additional bonus of a pocket for your MP3 player and buttonhole opening for earphone cables.

Another hoodie on offer is the Fruit of the Loom Fitted Hoodie. A high quality garment, it provides greater shape retention than many others and an extremely soft feel. Fitted to the feminine form, this simple, classic and high quality item is available in ten unique colours.

Perfect for wearing over a shirt or blouse, this Henbury Fine Knit V-Neck Jumper will add a touch of understated sophistication and class to many an outfit. Ideally suited to both casual and formal wear, this lightweight fitted jumper is available in three colours.

Lastly, we have a new range of Extra Long Jumpers, including this Cable Knit Casual Short Sleeved Extra Long Jumper. They can be worn both as an individual piece with tights or leggings or as layering for an existing outfit. Made from high quality fabric and available in a variety of designs, these make an excellent addition to your wardrobe throughout the year.

To view our full range of Women’s Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Cardigans click here.

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Choosing Men’s Shorts

Whether for a holiday or a family barbeque, a quality pair of Men’s Shorts are a must have for the summer. Here at Universal Textiles we have plenty to choose from, so here is just a sample of what we have to offer.

These Brave Soul Mens Cargo Shorts are great summerwear. Made from 100% cotton, they are of the high quality you would expect from Brave Soul. They come with a stylish striped belt and are available in burgundy and teal. The comfortable fit makes them perfect for casual wear, whilst they would also make a great addition to many a holiday suitcase this summer.

The Cargo Bay Shorts are another excellent pair of casual shorts. Adorned with an ever-popular camouflage design and made from 100% cotton, these comfortable and quality shorts would be great for enjoying many a summers day in.

Great for both work and casual wear, these RTY Mens Cargo Shorts have been hugely popular with our customers so far this summer. They have several deep, secure pockets to keep all your valuables in and are durable as well as being comfortable and lightweight. Available up to 5XL, these shorts would be ideal if you’re planning any DIY this summer or sadly have to be at work in the great summer weather!

For those of you planning a more active summer, the KooGa Murrayfield Shorts are just one of our great range of sports shorts available on our website. These have an elasticated drawstring waist and are incredibly lightweight. The quality of fabric means they are sure to survive several games in the park and other, more serious, sporting activities.

A timeless design, these Soulstar Denim Shorts are an incredible 50% off, so get them now before they sell out! They have a washed denim look, zip pockets and turn-up at the knee. A must have for so many during the summer months, these comfortable shorts have all the qualities needed to become a summer regular.

Lastly, for those of you who are looking forward to spending your summer by the pool, the Brave Soul Swimshorts are both perfect for swimming and casual wear. Fully lined and available in three colours, these versatile checked shorts are a holiday must have.

To view our full range of Men’s Shorts, click here.

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Choosing Boy’s T-Shirts and Shorts

With the school holidays beginning, many parents will be looking to purchase a few extra clothes for their kids in anticipation of a busy summer. At Universal Textiles we have clothing they’ll love at great prices. From top brands such as Tombo and Caterpillar, these durable garments will keep your kids going through the summer. Here we will look at some of the Boy’s T-Shirts and Shorts we have on offer.

Firstly, we have the SG Heavyweight T-Shirt and the Gildan Heavy Cotton T-Shirt. Both are available in a variety of colours and constructed with fine knit so as to provide superb shape retention, meaning they will survive various trips to the park and the like. At under £2 each they offer great value for money without compromising on quality.

Next we have this Humbugz Supersoft Baseball T-Shirt. Specialising in Children’s clothing, Humbugz products are finished to a high standard and made from quality materials. This particular T-Shirt is made from 100% ring-spun cotton, it offers a supersoft feel and comfortable fit. It is available in three designs and has longer sleeves to keep your children protected from the sun.

We have a wide range of T-Shirts from Caterpillar which prove ever popular with kids and parents. This Caterpillar Earth Moving T-Shirt is just one of these items. Adorned with fun print designs on the front, these are durable garments which will maintain their shape. Plus we are currently offering 23% off our range of Boy’s Caterpillar T-Shirts, making it a great time to buy.

As well as T-Shirts, we also have an excellent range of Boy’s Shorts. These Brave Soul Cargo Shorts are proving a particularly popular choice.  A simple yet classic design, they are made from 100% cotton. They also have several pockets and come in a variety of colours, making them ideal for the summer.

Lastly, two pairs of shorts perfect for sports and activity. The Tombo Teamsport Shorts and the Spalding Training Shorts are both made from smooth, lightweight fabric. They have an elasticated waistband and come in several colours. The Tombo shorts also have a mesh lining and are currently at 31% off.

To view our full range of Boys T-Shirts and Shorts, click here.

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Choosing Women’s T-Shirts and Tops

The sun is shining down on us, and the winter jumpers have been put firmly to the back of the wardrobe! Here at Universal Textiles we’re offering discounts across our range of T-Shirts and Tops this week, making sure you’re equipped for the heatwave. We’ve got great products from top brands such as Fruit of the Loom and Gildan, plus an extra 15% off all our T-Shirts and Tops for newsletter subscribers this week. Here we shall focus specifically on women’s T-Shirts and Tops, helping you decide which ones to buy.

This Fruit of the Loom Strap Vest offers great value for money. A traditional and established brand, Fruit of the Loom garments are a guarantee of quality. Made from 100% cotton and available in a variety of colours, this timeless design is a summer wardrobe staple.

Next we have this Bella Boxy T-Shirt. Cropped in length and with a wide neck, it is designed with an oversized, relaxed fit to keep you cool this summer. The brand, Bella + Canvas, adheres to the highest and most stringent of quality standards, and this is reflected in this stylish and simple garment.

The Brave Soul Diamante Vest Top offers both practicality and style. Equally suited to casual wear and evenings out, this top provides a fashionable edge to your day to day. Available in a variety of colours, this is one of a range of original vest tops designed by Brave Soul which are available on our website.

We are proud to offer several products from Gildan. They are a brand who not only provide top quality clothing, but also pride themselves on their ethical and environmental practices. The Gildan Short Sleeve T-Shirt and Gildan Vest Top are both made from 100% ringspun cotton. The Tank Top is produced with deluxe 30s soft style yarns and both are made with a tapered fit giving great quality, style and comfort.

Finally, from Bella + Canvas once again, we have this Bella Lightweight T-Shirt. With a relaxed longer body length and deep scoop neck. This lightweight T-Shirt will leave you feeling cool and refreshed whilst providing effortless style this summer.

To view our full range of Ladies T-Shirts and Tops, click here.

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Choosing Hats and Baseball Caps

A quality summer hat can be both practical and stylish, providing protection from the sun whilst also serving as a great accessory to many an outfit. Yet with so many styles and designs to choose from it can be difficult to know which one to buy. Here we take a look at a few that are proving popular this summer.

Firstly we have this Vintage Snapback Cap. Defined by its flat peak and snap fasteners, the Snapback is a retro design which acts as a wardrobe staple for many. The plain white panelling on the front of the cap allows it to be easily customised with print and embroidery. Available in a variety of colours, this Beechfield cap is on sale at the incredible price of just £2.70.

An arguably even more classic design is that of the Baseball Cap. Suited to many styles, it is worn as much for casual wear as sporting activity for example. One particularly iconic cap is the New York Yankees Baseball Cap. Whilst seen in many forms, we offer the classic Yankees design, fitted with a velcro strap and made from 100% cotton to provide extra comfort.

If a cap is not for you, however, there are a multitude of other styles to choose from. The Fedora is particularly stylish hat, which has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years. This Fedora Hat is styled in the traditional way, being creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. Available in both black and white, the white hat with a black trim would be particularly suited to this time of year. Worn with a jacket or fitted shirt, this would be a great hat for summer garden parties.

For those who enjoy filling their summer days in the garden or walking, the Cargo Hat with UPF50 Protection provides a practical and affordable option. It is made with a towelling sweat band with mesh lining for extra comfort and fitted with an elasticated drawcord to easily adjust size. It also offers UPF50 protection against sunlight, an essential considering the current climate!

Lastly, an ideal hat if you’re working in the sun all day. This Folding Legionnaire Hat is made from 100% plush cotton. With a three section fold-up peak and two eyelets on either side, this comfortable hat will keep you protected from the sun.

To view our full range of Baseball Caps and Hats click here.

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Choosing Mens and Womens Flip Flops

Flip FlopsHoliday season is upon us, and regardless of your destination this summer we’re sure you’ll need to pack a quality pair of flip flops.

We offer a wide range of flip flops and with an extra 15% off the entire range to newsletter subscribers this week, you can stock up on your holiday essentials at great prices! Below is a taster of what we have to offer.

First up is a pair of ever popular male flip flops. These Mens Flip Flops with Canvas Strap are adorned with a fashionable beach scene design. Made with man-made materials and fitted with a canvas strap, they provide a comfortable fit for holiday excursions or a day at the beach.

We have added several new pairs of flip flops to our range this summer, including these Mens Hawaiian Print Flip Flops. Priced at just £1.95 and featuring a simple Hawaiian design, they would be perfect for the beach or the poolside.

Also new to our range we have the Mens Tribal Print Flip Flops. Ready to buy in both Grey and Navy with Lime and Red detail respectively, they are fitted with a padded canvas strap for extra comfort.

We also have a huge variety of womens flip flops available in multiple styles and designs, making it difficult to know exactly which pair to buy! An incredibly popular pair this summer has proved to be the Womens Polka Dot Flip Flops. A simple and classic design, they would be equally suited to wearing at a restaurant or sitting round a campfire.

Very much on trend this summer are the Womens Floral Print Flip Flops. Available in both blue and red, they provide a stylish accompaniment to your holiday wardrobe.

Lastly, if you’re after a more glamorous piece, suited to evenings out whilst away, these Womens Studded Gladiator Sandals would be ideal. Fastened with a zip at the back of the sandal and available in both Black and Silver they effortlessly combine comfort and style.

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Choosing the right Sports Shorts, T-shirts and Trainers this Summer

It’s shaping up to be another great summer of sport and now we have the weather to match! So whether you’re inspired to pick up your racquet or jump on your bike, we have the perfect products for you!

Firstly we’d like to introduce a brand new range from Tombo. As a company they pride themselves on providing ‘affordable, high quality multi-sport apparel’ such as this Tombo Teamsport Mens Performance Wicking T-Shirt. It comes in a variety of colours and is made from Aridus Dri moisture wicking fabric, which is designed to keep the wearer dry and cool. These are ideal for summer sporting activities, and with 31% off across our mens and womens Tombo Teamsport range, now is the time to buy.

Other top quality sporting garments we offer include this Fruit Of The Loom Mens Vest, made from 97% Heather Grey Cotton and 3% Polyester. Whilst for women we have a Kariban Sport T-Shirt made with quick drying lightweight fabric. Both would be great for a day at the park or more serious sporting activities!

Next, if you’re a keen cyclist or the Tour de France has made you want to give it a go, we offer these Spiro Padded Cycling Shorts. Available for men and women, they are made with soft athletic Cool-Dry performance fabric, designed to keep the skin cool and comfortable.

Lastly, we know with all this activity you’ll need an excellent pair of trainers! The Mirak Womens Trainers are a vented shoe, helping you stay cool in the summer. We also have the ever popular Dunlop Green Flash Trainers, a classic design which has been around for over 50 years.

So whatever your sporting ambitions this summer, make sure you come to Universal Textiles!

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Choosing Women’s Shorts

skirtThe temperature is rising and we hope that we may finally be able to say “Summer is here!” You may need to re-stock on your summer clothes, so why not browse our range of shorts we have available this summer. To help you choose, we have a compared a few…

Firstly we have a pair of hot pants from Brave Soul. They have two pockets on the front and two on the back. Made with 97% Cotton and 3% Elastene, and available in two colours; pink and green. They are perfect for festivals in the sun.

Secondly we have a pair of Craghoppers Nosilife Insect Repellent Shorts, with a dry bag in the cargo pocket, a permanent insect repellent which will not diminish with washing and elasticated waist at the sides, perfect for holiday excursions.

Next, we have another pair of Brave Soul summer shorts, these also have two front and back pockets and are made with 97% Cotton and 3% Elastene, available in Lilac, Mint and Orange, these are perfect for wearing in the garden for BBQs.

These Lotto Racquet Tennis Skorts are perfect for sport. With a fully elasticated waistband and contrast piping to give that little bit of detail. This garment is a mix of shorts and a skirt (hence the name Skort), with the protection of shorts and the style of a skirt, they are made with 100% Polyester with fast drying properties.

Lastly we have another Skort, this time from Rhino. This stretch fabric allows movement and comfort, making it ideal for netball, hockey, lacrosse and many other sports.

So whether you want shorts for sport or for summer wearing, browse our full range here and you are sure to find something that suits you.

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