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Back To School Bargains!

With the nights already drawing in and the weather growing unpredictable, it seems that the best of the summer has been and gone. As any parent will undoubtedly tell you, this also means that children across the country will soon be returning to classroom captivity, and therefore now is the perfect time to stock up on everything they need to make it through the coming term in one piece. Check out our top picks for back to school below!

It might not be time to roll out the winter wear just yet, but with sudden rainstorms and dropping temperatures on the horizon, there’s no sense in waiting to make sure that they’ll be kept safe and warm when autumn finally descends. With a soft polyester build and a choice of five colours, this Fruit Of The Loom Fleece Jacket is great for both boys and girls looking to layer up during colder weather, and those seeking a lightweight way of keeping rain at bay should look no further than this waterproof Result Core Stormdri Jacket.

Kids socks go through a lot at the best of times, and with countless hours of wear and tear to contend with, childrens school socks have to be ready for anything. With a cotton rich build and a selection of four colours, these Childrens Plain School Socks are the perfect choice for keeping feet snug and warm, and at £1.95 for three pairs, they’re painless to replace when kids inevitably grow out of them! For girls, these White Knee High Socks are also perfect for adding a cute touch to an otherwise drab school ensemble.

A sturdy backpack goes a long way to keeping your little ones’ possessions safe and sound, and this SOLS Kids Rider School Rucksack is perfect for keeping everything from books to pencil-cases in tip top condition. With two spacious zipped compartments and padded, reinforced shoulder straps for additional comfort and support, it’s the ideal way to transport their essentials to and from the classroom.

A smart, clean school shirt is the best way to start a new school term, and made from durable cotton blend fabric, this Childrens Long Sleeved Shirt is a smart and comfortable choice for the months ahead. For those seeking a more casual design, this SG Childrens Just Cool Polo Shirt is perfect, and with built in moisture wicking technology, it’s also a great choice for P.E. lessons.

Be sure to check out our full range of childrenswear at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Our Top Picks For Men This Summer

Shopping for summer may seem simple on paper, but if you or your loved ones are struggling to beat the heat during the warmer months, being a savvy shopper can really pay off. We’ve gathered together our top menswear picks for the summer, with hints and tips about what to do to survive the season and stay sweat-free.

Whilst style is definitely important, the composition and colour of an item can play a bigger part than you might think. Lightweight polyester tops like this Just Cool Men’s Plain Performance T-Shirt, are a prime example, with the fabric incorporating a special moisture-wicking fibre to help keep sweat at bay. Avoiding black and other dark colours is another top tip, with these darker shades being scientifically proven to absorb more heat when exposed to direct sunlight.

In professional environments the standard shirt and tie are inescapable, even in summer. But those wishing to keep their cool when at work whilst also staying in their boss’s good-books should stock up on short sleeve shirts, such as this Fruit Of The Loom Poplin Shirt, blending practical heat-management with an office-friendly finish. With a light polycotton blend, it’s the perfect choice to boost personal ventilation.

Whilst sweaty feet are undoubtedly embarrassing, they can also lead to a number of genuine health complaints, including athlete’s foot. Though many choose cotton socks by default, these are often a major cause of the problem, with cotton tending to hold onto moisture rather than dispersing it. These Men’s Wool Blend Socks are a far safer option, with their wool rich build allowing feet to breathe easier and stay ventilated during warmer weather.

If you’re keen to free your feet even further, a pair of good quality sandals can go a long way to keep them cool and dry. These Surf Men’s Closed Toe Sandals offer efficient ventilation without sacrificing comfort or stability, making them the perfect choice for casual summer wear. For added accessibility, these Floso Men’s Stripe Palm Print Flip Flops are another great option, boasting a vibrant palm tree design and a pocket-friendly price-tag.

For further inspiration visit the Universal Textiles menswear section, with shorts, shoes and much more also on offer!

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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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Essential Things to Buy for Summer Vacations

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.

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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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How To Update Your Office Wardrobe

shoesFor some, the importance of dressing for the workplace can get lost during the hustle and bustle of the early morning rush, but in order to perform to the best of your ability you need to be comfortable both mentally and physically in the clothing you select. If you or your loved ones’ workwear wardrobe could do with a little updating, check out our selection of great quality shirts, ties, shoes and accessories below, perfect for any worker looking to be the envy of the office.

A crisp, clean Oxford shirt is a sure-fire way to make a good impression on your colleagues and superiors. This B&C Mens Long Sleeve Shirt is made from genuine Oxford fabric, and has a built-in Easycare finish to ensure that the product is protected against shrinking and creasing during washing and ironing. The female design makes use of the same technology, with both the collar and body also being tailored to be comfortable and flattering for women in the workplace.

Whether you prefer patterns or colours, skinny or standard or knotted or clip-on, a necktie can be a great way for men to inject a little of their own personality into an otherwise drab office uniform. This Premier Mens Coloured Business Tie is available in a choice of over twenty different block colours, with a shade to suit even the most discerning of workers, and it’s a steal with 25% currently slashed from the original retail price.

Perhaps one of the most vital aspects of a successful office wardrobe is your choice of footwear. Whether you’re attending meetings, delivering presentations or sprinting to catch the last train, sturdy and supportive shoes are essential. Crafted from real leather and incorporating soft internal padding, these Cotswold Mens Lace-Up Oxford Shoes are a great choice for the male worker looking to balance practicality with style.  Similarly, these Amblers Ladies Court Shoes boast a genuine leather build and a 1 ¼ inch heel, perfect for a busy day in the office.

Whether you’re looking after confidential papers or simply wanting to protect your shoesvaluables (not to mention your lunch) during the daily commute, a practical and smart-looking work bag can be invaluable. This Shugon Briefcase Bag boasts 11 litres of storage space, with its spacious inner compartment protected by both a zip fastener and a front-folding flap which can be clipped at the bottom for extra security. For those who need a little extra room, this Bagbase Portfolio Briefcase Bag has an extra 4 litres of storage, and comes in shades of blue, black and grey.

Be sure to check out our full range of workwear at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Essential Buys For Back To School

backpackIf you’re reading this message, congratulations, you’ve made it through the Easter half term. But if entertaining your family for the past two weeks kept you far too busy to plan ahead for the new school term, fear not! We’ve gathered together some of the latest and greatest deals from our range of excellent value children’s clothing and accessories, with discounts of up to 41% applied to certain items. Happy shopping!

If there’s one thing that any parent will tell you, it’s that kids grow out of shoes almost as soon as they’re bought for them. With that in mind, these Mirak School Shoes are perfect for the new term ahead. Available in both boys and girls styles, their sturdy build and smart black finish make them the ideal footwear choice for kids as they take to the playground. Shoes for P.E. are sorted too, with these Mirak Unisex Plimsolls boasting elasticated gussets and a simple slip-on design for easy on-off access.

If you’re looking for an outer layer that’s perfect for adding warmth but also easy to adjust when conditions improve, this Jerzees Schoolgear Childrens Fleece Cardigan is the ideal solution. Available in a variety of colours including smart and school-friendly black, the button-down design makes it easy to pair with any school or polo shirt, perfect for slipping on as they head outside at lunchtime.awdis

With warmer weather on the horizon, summertime school-wear will soon be a must. This Just Cool Unisex Kids Plain Polo Shirt is made with innovative Neoteric fabric, designed to wick away sweat from the body for easy evaporation, making it the ideal choice to keep kids cool in school throughout the warmer months.

A durable rucksack is essential for keeping your kids belongings safe both to and from school and throughout the school-day itself. Available in a wide variety of colours, this Beechfield Junior Backpack is the perfect choice, and with 14 litres of storage space, there’s room for everything they need to get them through the day. Those looking for something to safely hold onto P.E. supplies are also in luck, with this Shugon Drawstring Tote Bag currently available for just £1.24 in our current sale.

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How To Keep Cool And Banish Sweat From Your Workout

jogladyjogWhen it comes to working out, most of us can admit that we need all the help we can get. With our modern-day lifestyles growing ever more hectic, it can be hard to make time to hit the gym or slide into our running gear for a jog around the block, particularly when the outcome leaves you tired, sore and soggy with sweat. But are you wearing the right thing? Many of us jump at the chance to try the latest superstar diets and flock to whatever workout class is suddenly in fashion, but when it comes to effective exercise, your wardrobe choices play a bigger part than you might think.

Perhaps one of the most off-putting aspects of exercise is the sweat factor. Whether or not you buy into the old adage of ‘If you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right’, perspiration is a natural part of the workout process, and even though it may be tough to prevent it, innovations such as Adidas’ Climacool technology can help to minimise its lasting impact.

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Made from a combination of warmth and moisture management materials, the Adidas Climacool sportswear range is designed to move heat and sweat away from the body through ventilation channels built into its three-dimensional fabric. These channels allow air to reach the skin, instead of locking it beneath a wall of dense material that acts as a perspiration prison, thus allowing moisture to evaporate and escape instead of lingering on your body.

But how did they come up with it? The first step was to use sophisticated infrared cameras to generate thermal body maps of athletes in action. These were analysed and used to identify the key spots where sweat formed during a particular exercise. From there, the Adidas team were able to design ways of ensuring that fresh air reached the problem areas.

climachillFor those that want an even more comprehensive cooling experience, Adidas just last month launched an enhanced range called Climachill. The new collection features strategically-placed aluminium cooling spheres sewn into the fabric, providing an instant cooling sensation and drawing heat further from the body.

Perhaps most importantly, Adidas have been quick to acknowledge that our bodies react differently to different sports. To this end, the Adidas Climacool range covers everything from golf and running gear to rugby and football kits, ensuring that whatever you take on, you’re guaranteed protection that is designed with you in mind.

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Keep Your Kids Happy This Easter Half Term

As any child between the age of five and fifteen will tell you, the half-term break is fast approaching. Yes, you may have only just recovered from Christmas, but next week they’ll spill out of the school-gates and be ready to run wild once again. Here are our top buys to ensure your little ones make the most of their time off.

Although a seaside paddle may still be a few months off, a day out at the local pool is sure to entertain your brood (and hopefully wear them out nicely too!). With an elasticated, drawstring waist and in a choice of three colours, these Cargo Bay Boys Hawaiian Print Swimming Shorts are perfect for young swimmers looking to take to the water, and this vibrant Heart Prink Halterneck Swimming Costume is ideal for girls who want to stand out from the crowd.

Whilst spring may (finally) be rearing its head, there’s no guarantee that Mother Nature’s going to give us an easy ride as we slide into summer. So, whilst you’re planning your next big adventure, slip these B&C Sirocco Lightweight Jackets into their backpacks. Designed with the K-Way system, they’re easy to fold into the small pouch attached to the jacket, making it the perfect answer to an unexpected rain shower. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

Whatever your kids are passionate about, half-term is the perfect time to indulge their interests. If you’ve got a budding baker in the family, brighten up the kitchen (and protect their clothes!) with the Premier Kids Bib Apron. For the sportier youngster, these Lotto Spider Football Boots are sure to go down a treat, with a Velcro fastener and six removable studs making them ideal for the pitch. If your little ones are more interested in ballet than the ball, these Full Foot Silky Dance Tights will ensure they’re ready to take to the stage.

If the idea of entertaining your kids for a whole two weeks has already got you biting your nails then there’s no sense in waiting until half-term winds down to buy your back-to-school supplies. With a stylish black finish and Velcro straps for security, these Mirak school shoes are perfect for their return to the playground, and in both boys and girls styles there’s something for everyone. P.E. supplies are also sorted thanks to this kids Unisex Sport Polo Shirt and these Shadow Stripe Sports Shorts, and this smart Quadra Kids Backpack is perfect for keeping their belongings safe and sound during the hustle and bustle of the school run.

Be sure check out Universal Textiles’ full children’s range for further inspiration!

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Grab A Bargain In The B&C Clothing Sale

Here at Universal Textiles we love a good bargain, and that includes the ones we offer to our customers! This week marks the start of the B&C sale, with sizable price cuts applied to the brand’s full range. Take a look at our choice picks below!

First up we have the B&C Childrens Sirocco Lightweight Jacket. Just in time for half term, this piece boasts a double-slider zip system and comes in a choice of six colours including green, yellow and royal blue. The jacket also incorporates the K-Way system, allowing it to fold into a small pouch when not needed. With this ultra-portable approach and 24% shaved off the original price-tag, it’s the perfect way to keep your little ones dry this Easter.

Don’t let the April showers fool you, summer is on the Horizon. If you’re searching for a casual, lightweight garment to keep you cool throughout the warmer months, look no further than the B&C Ladies Patti Tank Top Vest. Bringing together a wide crew-neck collar and double-stitched arm-holes, this 100% cotton piece will ensure that you feel the sun on your skin whether you’re at home or abroad, and at just £4.24 you can shop guilt-free!

The B&C Mens Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt is perfect for the office worker looking to stay sharp this Spring-time. Made of high quality Oxford fabric with an Easy Care finish, this piece offers a sleek, button-down collar and comes in a choice of five colours, including Blue Chip and Silver Moon. With 23% knocked off the original price, it’s a stylish purchase at an affordable price for any formal occasion.

The B&C Real+ Thermo-Isolated Jacket is a must-have for those who don’t let the weather stop them from getting out and about. Available in both mens and womens sizes and in a selection of six colours, the Jacket offers protection from the elements with its waterproof and windproof build, as well as its warm quilt padding and a concealed drawstring hood. With almost a quarter of the original price slashed, it’s essential for any outdoor adventurer at £29.24.

Click here to see the full range of items in the B&C sale, happy shopping!

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