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Thermal Clothing: What You Need To Know

Thermal clothing is the perfect way to keep extra warm throughout Autumn and Winter. They are also useful if you want to keep the cold out while playing winter sports or simply enjoying the outdoors. This is why you need to shop for high-quality thermal clothing. The next time you go shopping for winter thermals, keep these important tips in mind:

  • Check the materials. When it does to thermal wear, it’s all about the fabric. Low-quality thermal underwear does not wick your sweat away, leaving you feeling wet and cold. It’s a good idea to spend a little bit more money on “wicking” thermal clothes made of materials that easily spread out moisture. You want a thermal garment that moves sweat away from your skin and dries quickly. Look for thermal clothing that is made with lightweight and stretchable materials like spandex and polyester, so they easily balance moisture and temperature. Try to avoid polypropylene because it tends to retain odour and becomes stinky.
  • Fleece is fantastic and you can’t go wrong with it. It’s a tried and tested insulator, making it perfect if you spend a lot of time outdoors. It still performs even when wet, and it dries quickly because the material spreads the moisture out.
  • Layering is the key to staying warm. Invest on thermal sweaters, turtlenecks, pullovers, and vests. If you are outdoors a lot, you need an exterior layer that repels water from snow, rain, or sleet, and effectively blocks wind.
  • Protect your face, neck, head, and extremities. Did you know that 60% of your
    body heat escapes from your head? Preserve that heat by wearing a thick,
    insulating hat. A fleece neck gaiter or scarf is also recommended to cover your neck area. You also need insulated gloves and medium-weight or lightweight thermal socks.
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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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Choosing Men’s and Women’s Hoodies

A casual and sportswear essential, the Hoodie is a staple of many a wardrobe. Easy to throw on for an extra layer of warmth, the timeless design comes in many variations. In time for the colder weather, Universal Textiles is offering newsletter subscribers an extra 15% off our entire range of Hoodies next week! Below we take a look at some of our bestselling Men’s and Women’s Hoodies to give you a taster of what’s on offer.

First up, we have this Unisex College Hoodie from AWDis. The plain hoodie comes in 49 different colours and is great as a versatile and understated addition to your wardrobe, as well as being perfect for printing. With ribbed cuffs and a kangaroo pouch it has all the essentials required from a hoodie, with an outstanding price of under £9 next week.

From the trusted Caterpillar brand, we have this durable Trademark Hooded Sweatshirt. Great for on and off the work-site, this cotton heavy hoodie has a rib trim to aid shape retention. With the famous CAT logo printed on the front, this fleece lined hoodie is a warm and comfortable garment for the winter.

As well as pull-overs, we also have a great choice of zip-up hoodies. One example is this Gildan Men’s Vintage Hoodie. The hoodie is made with an air jet yarn which gives it a softer feel and no pilling. The heavy blend high quality hoodie has an unlined hood and contrast drawcord providing a contrasting retro look.

Our great choice of Women’s hoodies includes this AWDis Longline Hoodie. This long length feminine cut garment is of the same high quality of the AWDis college hoodie discussed earlier. As with that hoodie, it is available in a variety of colours and is easy to print on if needed.

For extra warmth, this Henbury Women’s Hoodie is a great item to choose. With a double layered hood, the cotton heavy hoodie is warm and comfortable. It has a shaped waist and forward shoulder seam for a more stylish fit. With a front kangaroo pocket and available in three colours, this hoodie would make a great addition to your winter wardrobe.

Lastly, from their superb range of slim fitting stylish clothing, we have this Skinni Fit Women’s Premium Hoodie. As with the Henbury hoodie, this has a double hood with rib panelling detail. The cuffs and waistline of this cotton rich hoodie are also ribbed, with the cuffs having thumb holes for those particularly cold days.

To view our full range of Men’s and Women’s Hoodies, follow the links.

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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 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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