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New Year, New You: Our 2015 Fitness Picks

yellowWith 2015 finally here and Christmas but a distant memory, the time to be making New Year’s Resolutions is officially upon us. Whether you stuck to the promises you made back in January 2014 or not, now is the perfect time of year to rest, recharge and reflect upon the months to come, and if the first wish on your list is to get back into shape following the annual festive blowout, Universal Textiles has everything you need to kick start your journey to a new you this new year. Take a look at our top picks for New Year’s fitness below!

Signing up with the local gym is the end result of many a New Year’s resolution, and with a variety of machines in place to tone and train different areas of the body, it’s a great way to get an all-over workout.  This Mens Gildan Performance Vest is a great choice for those looking to keep cool whilst working out, with its sleeveless build and special moisture-wicking fabric helping to move sweat and excess heat away from the body. For women, this Spiro Performance T-Shirt is another great choice, with its quick-dry polyester build helping you to avoid excess perspiration.

Combining effective, aerobic exercise with relaxing, therapeutic motion, swimming is a great way to get fit, with around 3 million of us in the UK making a splash on a weekly basis. These Mens Aqua Sphere Montreal Jammer Shorts are the perfect way to get a streamlined swim, with their chlorine resistant build and breathable, high stretch fabric allowing you to exercise in comfort. For women, this Aqua Sphere Rachel Swimming Costume offers similar benefits, with a supportive bra-style back and UV protectant build helping you to get the most out of your swim.blackshoes

Going for a regular run can be a great alternative for those looking to take care of their body without hitting the gym, allowing you to avoid costly monthly fees. A sturdy and supportive pair of shoes like these Hi-Tec Ladies Covent Garden Trainers is a must however, with their glass fibre stability shank and waterproof leather upper helping to keep feet safe and dry whilst you’re on the move. For men, these Skechers Flex Advantage Trainers boast a memory foam insole and a shock absorbing midsole to keep feet both comfortable and stable, with built-in mesh fabric panels to allow effective ventilation.

Be sure to check out our full range of sports and fitness gear at Universal-Textiles.com, with athletic clothes and accessories for men, women and children all available at great prices!

Happy New Year from everyone at Universal Textiles!

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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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New Premium Hosiery Ranges!

New to Universal Textiles this week is our fantastic new range of tights, socks and underwear from 4 great brands. Whether you’re shopping for winter warmers, school socks, graphic print tights, lingerie or basic leg wear, we have everything you’ll need to accessorize all of your favourite outfits.

With the cold weather still upon us make sure your little ones are wrapped up warm with the Couture Little Ladies Winter Thermal Tights. Knitted, soft and cosy, these are a great addition to any School uniform. Don’t forget to keep yourselves snug too; our Silky Women’s 140 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights are perfect for casual wear and those winter nights out.

We also have a huge collection of occasion wear tights for all you party lovers, these Women’s Silky Jazz Print Tights will make any outfit sparkle and if you’re looking for something a little more revealing then why not try our Silky Ladies Conga Stay Ups, still classy and great with any black dress. As well as classic opaque pairs, we also have a range of various printed tights like these Signature Ladies Silky Galaxy Tights perfect for the more daring fashion followers amongst us.

If you’re shopping for more practical leg wear, these Cindy Ladies Lightweight Support Tights are great for everyday wear; they come in 6 colours ranging from classic Nude to Diamond Grey and are perfect for holding in that extra Christmas pudding. Tiring job? We recommend the Silky Work and Travel Socks, available for both men and women. Equipped with a soft top band and graduated compression to aid circulation and help you on your feet all day.

Whatever it is you’re looking for, check out Universal Textiles for a full range of brand new products.

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Choosing Girls Tights

The best way to keep your little girl warm and stylish this winter is tights. Tights can add cute detail to any outfit but still add that extra layer to keep her warm while playing or at school.

Tights are categorised by denier, which is a unit for measuring the linear mass density of fibres. For example, a single strand of silk is approximately one denier. Tights are generally available from 10 to 120 denier, where the 120 denier is the thickest as these contain most fibres per gram.

Our tights are available in cotton, which allows your child’s skin to breathe whilst also being thick enough to keep her warm. They come in different colours and patterns. Anything from plain greys and black to cute heart patterns or stripes. They can be worn with a skirt and ballet pumps or shorts and boots, they are completely versatile.

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