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Summer-Proof Your Kids With Our Top Seasonal Picks

Whether it’s the extended school holiday or sunny trips out with family and friends, kids have a lot to be excited about when it comes to summer. To make sure that they’re ready to get out and about and make the most of the warmer weather, we’ve gathered together our top picks for sun-friendly children‘s clothing and accessories, covering everything from headwear to footwear.

Although the summer sunshine offers many positive benefits, prolonged exposure can also lead to sunburn and whole host of more serious ailments, particularly when children’s sensitive skin is concerned. Suncream goes a long way to battling harmful UV rays, but a peaked cap such as this Just Cool Children’s Baseball Cap can help to add further protection, and this Beechfield Legionnaire Hat goes the extra mile to shield kid’s necks too.

Lightweight clothing is a must for the summertime, and that’s certainly no exception for kids. Made from 100% cotton and available in a choice of six vibrant colours, this Contrast Piped Short Sleeve T-Shirt is the perfect choice for boys, and this Floral Pattern Summer Dress is a cute summer-friendly option for girls looking to keep cool and have fun in the sun.
Whether it’s the beach or the pool, at home or abroad, summer is the perfect time for kids and adults alike to take to the water. Boasting a netted inner lining and a trendy Hawaiian design, these Boys Palm Tree Board Shorts are a great option for trips to the coast, and with its stretchy build and high UV protection, this Aqua Sphere Cabana Swimsuit will ensure that girls are ready for the beach when term time draws to a close.

Beach towels are another important consideration for parents taking kids to the coast, and these Children’s Microfibre Towel Ponchos put a spin on the traditional summer staple, turning them into wearable garment. With a host of different styles for girls and boys including pirates, starfish, strawberries and sun glasses, they’re as as fun as they are as effective, and can also work to keep kids warm if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Effective summer footwear needs to offer proper ventilation without compromising on comfort. Sandals and flip-flops are the go-to choice for many a parent, but with a built-in light-up toe, these Boys Skechers Street Lightz Sandals offer something a little different, and will ensure that kids are the envy of their friends. For girls, these Floso Flower Trim Flip Flops are great for easy on-off access, and even boast synthetic flower detailing on the toe strap, perfect for the ultimate girly girl.

Be sure to check out our full range of children‘s clothing at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Top Tips For Keeping Cool This Summer

Heat can be unbearable in the summer, but whilst you may find it hard to stop sweating altogether (sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself down!) there are ways to keep cool and prevent sweat accumulation, which can cause itchiness, skin disorders, bacteria build up, and body odour. Here are some excellent ways to keep cool this summer:

  • Choose to exercise when it’s cooler, like early in the morning or late at night.
  • Have a spray bottle with water in the fridge and spray it on your face after spending time outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that are made of 100% cotton. Restrictive clothing can be uncomfortable in the summer.
  • Choose to wear light coloured clothing, such as white. Darker colours tend to absorb more heat than lighter ones.
  • Wear cotton socks with breathable shoes or sneakers.
  • Consider using foot powder before putting your socks on to prevent bacterial growth that will cause foot odour and fungus, which can grow when you keep wearing sweaty socks.
  • Avoid beverages that may cause dehydration, such as alcohol and caffeine. Consume plenty of water and sports drinks or beverages that can provide your body with electrolytes, which you lose when you sweat a lot.
  • If your home is not air conditioned, make arrangements to spend a few hours in a shopping centre, movie theatre, or public library, where you can take advantage of the air conditioning. 
  • Wear a summer hat. Choose one that is made of materials that let air in, such as straw. A visor hat can also work as it keeps the top of your head exposed to prevent sweat from accumulating.
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Grab Some Great Warm Weather Bargains!

With Summer not officially kicking off until the 21st of June, there’s still a little way to go before the weather permits us to slip on our board shorts and take to the beach, but with
sunshine said to be on the horizon, it’s never too early to stock up on a few summertime essentials. Universal Textiles has everything you need to make sure that you and your loved ones take advantage of any warm weather that comes our way.

Even though we Brits are always keen to welcome the sun back after months of dull, grey winter weather, keeping cool soon becomes our immediate priority. With that in mind, designs like this Womens Diamond Pattern Summer Dress are a great way of balancing style with practicality throughout periods of hot weather. Made with 100% cotton, the dress flows freely and leaves your arms and shoulders open to the air, helping you soak up the sun without overheating in the process.

For men looking to beat the heat this year, these Brave Soul Over The Knee Cargo Shorts are perfect for getting out and about whether you’re taking to grill for an early barbecue or simply lounging in the garden. Their 100% cotton build means that you’re guaranteed comfort and softness, and with a total of five pockets, there’s plenty of room for your phone, wallet and keys. Try pairing these with this Front Row Mens Denim Shirt for the perfect sun-ready outfit.

It goes without saying that kids should always make the most of warmer weather whenever the opportunity presents itself, and in the likely event that they’ve already outgrown last years’ sun-friendly garments, these Brave Soul Denim Shorts are perfect for kids embarking on outdoor adventures. With its cute, Hawaiian flower pattern and strappy design, this Floral Pattern Dress is another great option for girly girls looking to have fun in the sun throughout the coming months.

By now we’re sure you’re more than ready to stow away your winter wellies and trade them in for something lighter and brighter. These Mirak Mens Yachtmaster Slip-On Shoes are a great casual and colourful choice, perfect for pairing with cargo or board shorts, and these comfortable Cotswold Summer Sandals are perfect for ladies looking to relax with friends at informal warm weather get-togethers.

Be sure to check out our full range of shirts, shorts and dresses at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Find The Perfect Gift For Mother’s Day

As your mum will no doubt have tried to subtly tell you, this Sunday marks the return of Mother’s Day. If the idea of the search for the perfect present is already leaving you weary, take a look at our very own gift guide for Mothering Sunday 2014.

With warmer weather hopefully on the horizon, make sure your mum is ready for summer with our range of strappy maxi dresses. Available in sizes 8 to 22, this Feather Print Maxi Dress comes in a choice of two vibrant colours, and the lightweight, 100% cotton design is perfect for warm weather at home or abroad.

With full waterproofing and an easy pull-on design, the Cotswold PVC Long Wellington will ensure that your mum is prepared for whatever the British summer throws at us, and with a range of styles ranging from floral to leopard print, she’ll always be sure to stand out from the crowd.

When it comes to the difficult job of present hunting, appealing to your mum’s softer side rarely fails. With his fluffy brown fur and friendly face, our Mumbles Bracken Plush Teddy Bear will be no exception. Made of soft fabric and with a bean-stuffed interior, Bracken is available in small, medium and large sizes.

With its colourful, dotted design, this Ladies Walking Umbrella will appeal to the mum who takes accessorizing seriously. Available in pink, purple, and black, the 97cm span will keep your mum safe and dry through many an April shower.

This Heart Print Sweater is another great way to show your mum you care. In a choice of black with red or cream with pink, this knitted, square neck pullover offers both style and comfort with its contrast pattern and soft material, and is available in small, medium and large sizes.

This lightweight, Spot Design Scarf is perfect for long walks through the countryside during the summer months, and in a range of six colours including black, fuchsia and pink, there’s a style to suit every outfit.

If your mum is the type to put comfort first, our range of women’s dressing gowns are sure to bring a smile to her face. The Spot Print Supersoft Dressing Gown offers warmth for wearers looking to relax in bed or around the home, and the fleece rope belt will ensure that your mum stays cosy all through the year.

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New for Spring/Summer 2014

With the weather beginning to change for the better and the evenings getting lighter, it’s time to start looking forward to the Spring and Summer. We’re awaiting the sunshine with eager anticipation here at Universal Textiles and have already begun assembling our Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Below is just a taster of what you can find in the upcoming months, with new products being added almost every day.

Firstly we have this Mens Roll Up Block and Stripe Shirt. Ideal for the summer, the horizontal stripe of the body is contrasted with the block upper. Perfect for a BBQ or evening out, the shirt can be worn as either a three quarter or long sleeve garment.

Next we have this Nike Golf Victory Striped Polo Shirt. One of many high quality products from leading brands, this Polo has a solid knit collar and thin stripe design. With the famous Nike tick stitched on the sleeve the shirt is available in four colours. Made with Nike’s famous Dri Fit technology, this shirt will keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest of days.

As ever this summer, we will have an extensive range of Skirts and Dresses for Women and Girls. One particularly versatile garment is the Ladies Creeping Flower Print 3 in 1 Dress. In two colours, this floral design garment can be worn as skirt, strapless and halter neck dress. This high quality item is made of 100% cotton.

We also stock a wide range of affordable summer staples. One such item is the Mantis Ladies Loose Fit T-Shirt. Comfortable and stylish, this single jersey item has a relaxed fit. Ideal for lazy summer days in the park, the T-Shirt has a scooped hem and seamless shoulders.

From Aqua Sphere we have a large selection of new swimwear for this season. As well as the new AquaLight range, as discussed in this previous blog, Aqua Sphere is also launching the Brazil 2014 collection, which features these Boys Rodrigo Aquashorts. Adorned with the colours of the national flag, these shorts are quick drying and chlorine resistant. Made from the high quality materials one expects from Aqua Sphere, these snug fit shorts offer high UVA and UVB protection which is ideal for the summer.

Keep an eye out for the full range coming soon at Universal Textiles.

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A Selection of Sweater Shop Products

As discussed in Tuesday’s blog, Universal Textiles is now stocking the high quality knitwear of Sweater Shop. Their entirely British Made products are made to an exceptionally high standard using the latest in knitting technology.

To celebrate this new partnership, we are offering newsletter subscribers 15% off our entire Sweater Shop range this week. As well as this, we are giving away one Sweater Shop product on our Facebook page for free.

Below we take a look at just a small selection of Sweater Shop products available now.

The Womens Long Sleeve Cricket Sweater is typical of the premium quality garments expected from Sweater Shop. Made in the classic design, the sweater has a striped pattern above the cuffs and waistline. The unique 019 Sweater Shop branding is embroidered on the sweater, which is available in ten colours. Made from a unique cotton blend, this stylish garment will look great worn as a stand-alone upper body piece or as part of a layered outfit.

The Mens Cotton Rich Cable Front Sweater is a great wardrobe staple. Again made from Sweater Shop’s unique cotton blend, it is available in seven colours with a subtle contrast trim on the neck and waistline. The sweater is both formal enough to be worn to work, yet stylish and casual enough to be worn on evenings out.

Since their return to the retail market, a particularly popular Sweater Shop item has been the Womens Skinny Rib Polo Sweater. The one size fits all garment stretches to the shape of your body, making for a perfect fit. Like all Sweater Shop products this sweater is made from the finest locally sourced yarn. Worn alone or as part of an outfit, this versatile piece is great throughout the year.

A style that has returned to height of fashion is Fairisle knit, as seen in this Mens Classic Sweater. This crew neck sweater is made from a British wool rich blend and comes in three colours. The fairilse jacquard design is complimented by subtle contrast tipping on the neckline.

As well as sweaters, the company offers a multitude of other products, made to the same high specification. One such item is the Womens Skater Dress. The round neck dress has a vertical striped knit pattern in an owl colour. Again made in a wool rich blend, this dress is both stylish and understated.

Lastly, the Womens Chic Dogtooth Scarf represents incredible value at just £10. The chic high fashion scarf is made from a cotton and acrylic blend. At 72” in length, this large houndstooth check scarf is sure to keep you warm throughout the winter months.

To view the full range of Sweater Shop products, click here.

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Sweater Shop has Arrived!

Universal Textiles is delighted to announce that we are now stocking Sweater Shop clothing!

Famous for their high quality products and exceptional value, the high street store you used to love is back. From Sweaters to Scarves and Dresses, Sweater Shop is the brand to buy when purchasing high quality knitwear.

In today’s blog we will take a look at the company itself and then on Friday we shall take a look at some of their products in more detail.

Formed by Brian de Zille, the founder of the original Sweater Shop, the company aims to address “both the need and desire to rejuvenate the knitwear manufacturing industry in England.” All their products are manufactured in England, combining tradition and quality with fashionable and pioneering designs.

The products are made using the latest knitting techniques, known as WholeGarment® technology, so as to deliver the highest quality of product to the customer. Operations Director Ben de Zille Butler explains the benefits of this technology as follows:

“Traditionally, knitwear has been produced in separate pieces – for example, the two arms and the body section of a sweater – which have then been seamed together, but with the astonishing versatility that WholeGarment technology now offers us, we can knit highly creative garments in one piece, with no seams whatsoever.”
This enhances the fit, stretch and design of the garments. The technology, in partnership with Shima Seik (the world’s leading knitting machine manufacturer), also allows production costs to be lowered meaning Sweater Shop can offer customers amazingly low prices.

With plans to open new stores and add to their ever expanding range, these are exciting times for Sweater Shop. To take a look at their full range and join the many loyal customers who swear by their quality knitwear, click 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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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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