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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.
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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Outdoor activities may be tough on the hands and feet. However, there are practical accessories that you can wear to protect your extremities from the strains and stresses of your everyday activities. Whether you are out skiing, gardening, or engaging in some extreme sport, you will need the proper type of gloves and socks to protect your hands and feet from the elements.
Gloves are pretty basic and you will find many practical styles, designs, and materials to fit your requirements, whatever the season. You can choose from ski gloves to work gloves made out of different blends of textiles and fabrics, each type offering protection from different elements. Cotton gloves, for example, are excellent for use when doing light mechanical work, driving or, if you want to keep your hands warm during slightly cold days. Cotton is also a common choice of material for casual socks, since they absorb sweat and saturate quickly. Cotton socks protect your feet from sunburn while making light outdoor activities more comfortable.
Socks also come in a wide variety of styles and types. Just like gloves, there are very specific sock styles for every activity. Athletic socks or multi-sport socks range from traditional white gym socks made out of moisture-wicking fabrics to technical athletic socks that are designed for running and cross training. Most athletic socks are made with sole cushions, but are kept thin to reduce the overall bulk and increase comfort.
Running socks, on the other hand, are thin liner socks that have light padding and dense cushioning in the ball of the foot and the heel. While some runners prefer to have less padding, others prefer more to add cushioning and reduce foot fatigue. Walking socks provide cushioning and offer moisture-wicking properties, ideal for long walks and fitness walk.
Lightweight socks for hiking are also available. Designed especially for the needs of hikers, these socks offer moisture wicking properties and modest cushioning to maximize movement. There are also backpacking and mountaineering socks, which are heavier than common hiking socks.
Ski snowboard socks offer padding in the shin and underfoot areas to provide additional warmth and protect the pressure points of the feet. Casual socks can be easily distinguished by their casual styling, colors, and designs. They are often made out of performance fabrics, like merino wool, or more lightweight fabrics like cotton.
Wimbledon 2014 is well under way, and to celebrate the efforts of the talented players taking to the court to battle it out for this year’s top honours we’ve gathered together our favourite picks from our range of sportswear and athletic accessories. Whether you’re the next Andy Murray or simply starting out, we’ve got everything you need to get active this summer. Who knows, maybe it’ll be you lifting the trophy this time next year! Happy shopping!
Stable and supportive footwear is an important consideration when it comes to any sport, and tennis is certainly no exception. Boasting a specially designed shock-absorbing midsole and carefully engineered side vents, these Skechers Diamond Back Tevor Mens Shoes are the ideal choice for men who take their sport seriously, and these Skechers Ladies Flex Appeal Trainers offer similar benefits for female feet.
Sports socks are also vital for protecting hard-working feet during tiring athletic activities, helping to prevent painful blisters from popping up. These Mens Plain Sports Socks are a simple but effective choice, with a cotton rich build that also incorporates elastane for a comfy stretch fit. Ideal for both men and women, these Kariban Trainer Sport Socks are another great option, offering a thinner blend of material and a lower, more subtle cut.
Come rain or shine, you’re guaranteed to work up a sweat whilst playing tennis, and therefore lightweight clothing is an absolute must. For men, these Kariban Sports Shorts are the perfect choice, boasting an elasticated waist and special quick drying fabric. Skorts are also popular amongst female players, blending together the lightweight build of a skirt with the added modesty that shorts provide. This Rhino Performance Skort is a great example, with its stretch fabric build also allowing athletes to move freely on the court.
Of course, with all this new gear, you’re going to need something to put it in! This Sols Calcio Sports Holdall is perfect for storing everything from clothing and accessories to personal items, and even comes with a special compartment for shoes and boots. This Bagbase Sports Gymsac Bag is also great for those looking for a lighter, brighter option, coming in a selection of eight vibrant colours, each with a bargain price-tag of just £1.49.
Be sure to check out our full range of sportswear and accessories at Universal-Textiles.com!
There are many kinds of socks available for women, differing in terms of material, thickness, structure, length, and design. For most women, socks are not just protective garments, they can also work as great fashion statements. For instance, where polka-dot socks are playful, striped ones give off a punk vibe, and long socks with a solid colour can go with almost anything, especially printed bottoms.
The colour of socks is also important to consider. Most women choose colours that are easy to match with their wardrobe. Animal print socks are exotic, trendy, and funky. They come in different patterns and prints, such as leopard, snakeskin, tiger, and cheetah—and in different colours, too.
One may think that plain socks are only for the working lady, but some
designs are suitable to be worn with trendier outfits and dressing styles. Boots, for example, can be worn with socks that are showing on the topmost part for an edgy look, or Mary Janes with a pair of short white socks with a folded top for a sweet look.
If you are interested in using socks to change up your look, then make sure you have the following styles in your wardrobe:
- Athletic socks
- Trouser socks
- Fold-over socks
- Slipper socks
- Fuzzy socks
- Shoe liner socks
- Trainer socks
- Over-the-knee or long socks
- Travel socks
Check out our full range of women’s socks at Universal-Textiles.com
It’s official, the 2014 World Cup has arrived! To celebrate the efforts of all the teams that have gathered in Brazil to battle it out over the next four weeks we’ve selected our top football-friendly picks from our range of clothing and accessories, with everything from socks to duvet sets all at great prices. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for the football fanatic in your life, there’s something for everyone. Happy shopping!
If you’re not able to make it to Brazil to catch the action in person this year, fear not! This Limited Edition Men’s World Cup T-Shirt captures the spirit of this year’s competition perfectly with its vibrant mix of the Brazilian colours and a fun football text design. Available in sizes small to extra-large, it’s the perfect summer-friendly option for football fans, and with a 100% cotton build, it’s a comfortable, lightweight choice for the warmer months too.
If your little ones are as excited about the World Cup as you are, these Kids England Football Design Trainer Socks are the perfect way for them to show their support. Available in both girls and boys designs, the colourful mix of football patterns and England text motifs are sure to go down well with kids, and their cotton rich build will ensure that smaller feet are comfortable and protected throughout the World Cup and beyond.
If you want to support your favourite team without pushing the boat out when it comes to pricey official football shirts, these SOLS Short Sleeve T-Shirts are a subtle but effective way of donning your favourite country’s colours. With designs for men and women in a wide selection of vibrant shades, they’re also a great choice for casual summer wear, and with prices starting at just £2.45, there’s little reason to say no!
This official England Football Double Duvet is a fun and functional option for die hard
England supporters, and with a comfortable polyester build and matching pillowcases, you’ll be able to grab a great night’s sleep after each and every game. If you’re looking to take your support further afield, these St. George Car Flags are the perfect patriotic choice. With two flags per pack, they’re easy to clip onto any car door, ensuring that everyone knows who you’re supporting this year.
Check out our full range of England merchandise and more at Universal-Textiles.com!
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Father’s Day is fast approaching, but if you’ve yet to pick up the ideal present to show your dad you care on June 15th, don’t panic! We’ve gathered together a few ideas to suit everyone from working dads to new fathers, so check out our gift guide below (and don’t forget to pick up a card!) Happy shopping!
Balancing family and work can be a difficult task for modern men, so there’s no better time to reward today’s busy working fathers. This Quadra Portfolio Briefcase Bag is a perfect choice, boasting a detachable shoulder strap and an internal organiser that’s built to house everything from notebooks and stationary to phones and wallets, and this Premier Men’s Business Tie is great for office-proud dads, with twenty four colourful designs on offer.
Whilst socks might have a reputation as something of a cliché catch-all gift, no-one can deny that they ultimately make a practical present that everyone can make use of. These Honeycomb Top Argyle Socks are a smart choice that’s perfect for almost any occasion, but for those looking to make more of a statement this Father’s Day, these Greatest Dad Novelty Socks are a fun way to show you care, and even come in a special gift box, perfect for gift-wrapping.
If you’re buying on behalf of smaller shoppers, this pack of three children’s bibs will make a great gift for new dads. With a fun ‘I Love My Daddy’ message and a choice of boy’s baby blue and girl’s soft pink shades, they’re a fun and easy way to show some appreciation this Father’s Day, and their cotton rich build will also ensure that babies stay clean and comfortable throughout dinnertime.
Slippers are another great gift idea for Father’s Day, ensuring that your dad’s feet are kept comfy and warm throughout the year. These Men’s Suede Mule Slippers are a great lightweight choice for dads who want easy on-off access, and these Mirak Stag Men’s Classic Slippers are a perfect for those who prefer a more secure, fitted feel, with each design available in a selection of different colours.
Be sure check out our full range of menswear at Universal-textiles.com!
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 summer dresses. Avoid wearing clothes that are made of thicker fabrics, as well as synthetic fabrics that do not breathe.
- 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.