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No matter where you are headed for the summer, there are certain things that you should always keep handy to stay stylish, fashionable, and ready for any summer escapade and activity. Shop for these summer essentials only from the most trusted online retailers and you will be all set for an unforgettable summer vacation:
• Summer Hat – hats are rarely given the attention that they deserve, but they are very practical, especially during days when the sun is high up. They can also be very fashionable additions to your summer wardrobe, especially when you find a summer hat that goes with all your summer dresses and getups. You will avoid burning your face and protect your hair from sun damage while keeping a fashionable get-up.
• Swimwear – whether you prefer a one-piece suit, a two-piece bikini, a good pair of trunks or some surf shorts, carrying around a nice pair of swimwear is essential during summer, when there are plenty of opportunities for water activities.
• White cotton/linen Shirt – White is the most neutral colour you can wear for summer. It is also designed to keep the heat away from the body. A nice and crisp cotton T-shirt or polo will not only look great, but keep you cool as well.
• Summer scarf – Scarves are probably the most versatile accessories you can own. A lightweight scarf with fun patterns in all kinds of summer colours is the best accent for your plain white shirt or any other outfit you have on. They also come in handy when you have to cover up while wearing your swimsuit.
• Waterproof bag – Beach hopping is one of the most fun activities to do during hot summer spells. Having a waterproof bag where you can keep all your essential belongings while you enjoy the water keeps your gadgets, wallet, and all other personal belongings dry and safe from water damage.
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.
Get ready for the Cold Snap with Universal Textiles’ Winter Survival Kits.
With the temperatures set to plummet, we have put together a collection of low cost Survival Kits to help you through the cold.
Kits include Thermal Underwear, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Fleeces, Jackets, Socks, High-Visibilty Vests and Bags.
To view the full Survival Kits and read more about the products and upcoming weather, click here.
As with our Hats and Gloves, our range of Winter Scarves has also been reduced by up to an extra 50% in anticipation of the cold weather. Plus next week newsletter subscribers will receive a further 15% off our entire range of Scarves and Hat, Gloves and Scarf sets. Below we look at a few of the products available in this offer.
From the premium FLOSO brand we have a great selection including the Mens Fleece Thermal Winter Neck Snood and the Mens Plain Thermal Polar Fleece Winter Scarf. Both are made with a warm fleece fabric which will keep you warm in even the coldest of conditions. Ideal for winter sports and everyday wearing, the snood can also be adjusted depending on the temperature and the preference of the wearer.
Next, from Sweater Shop, we have this fantastic Unisex Dogtooth Scarf. At an incredible 50% off, this British made scarf is made of a rich cotton and wool blend. Never compromising on quality, this long scarf would make a great accessory or Christmas present this winter.
As well as Scarves, our Hat, Gloves and Scarf sets are also reduced. One such set is the Ladies Spots Fleece Thermal Winter Scarf, Gloves & Hat Set. The stylish leopard design with give you a striking look, whilst the thermal fleece fabric from which they are made will keep you warm.
Reductions can also be found on our Children’s Scarves and Sets, this includes the Girl’s Hooded Winter Scarf. This soft knit scarf will keep both their face and neck warm and comes in five different colours. Buy for under £5 this week.
We also have a great selection of Children’s Hat, Gloves & Scarf Sets from many of their favourite characters including this Boys Angry Birds Hat, Gloves & Scarf Set. Made from high quality warm fabrics, these sets are in designs they’ll love at prices you’ll love.
To view our full range of scarves, click here.
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.
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.