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April Shower Solutions: Our Top Picks For Coats & Umbrellas

Summer may seem as though it’s just around the corner, but as this week’s weather has proven, it’s all too easy to get caught in a sudden April shower. If you’re looking for something to fend off an unexpected cloudburst without weighing you down, we at Universal Textiles have a variety of transitional jackets and umbrellas to keep warm and dry until the summer months arrive. Take a look at our top April shower solutions below!

Whilst a sunny spring day may signal the approach of warmer weather, slipping on your shorts and t-shirt too soon may leave you more soggy than sunkissed. This Brave Soul Survivor Transitional Jacket is perfect for unpredictable conditions, combining a comfortable, lightweight build with a special showerproof finish, ensuring that rain is kept at bay without bringing you out in a sweat. For women, this Brave Soul Rave Jacket brings together fashion and functionality, coupling equally effective showerproofing with an eye-catching floral pattern.

For those seeking something even more convenient, this SOLS Shore Packaway Windbreaker Jacket offers water resistant and windproof protection in a design that folds neatly away into the jacket’s front right pocket. Younger customers are also well catered for, with our Boys and Girls Packaway Jackets being the perfect choice for parents looking to keep kids dry on the way to school or during trips out.

Though somewhat unwieldy in windy conditions, a quality umbrella can prove to be an invaluable tool when faced with an unforeseen downpour. Available in London and New York designs, this stylish Compact Close Cityscape Umbrella is the perfect choice for those looking to stay dry whilst on the move, and this Kimood Auto Open Walking Umbrella is a smart, sleek choice for sheltering two people from the elements.

Check out Universal-Textiles.com to see our full range of coats, jackets and umbrellas for men, women and children. Happy shopping!

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Ward Off Winter With Our Top Picks For Jackets & Coats

redjacketAs we enter February Christmas may seem like a distant memory, but as last week’s weather kindly reminded us, winter is far from over! If you’re looking for the perfect jacket to beat the wind, rain and frigid conditions outside, Universal Textiles has a variety of styles to suit men, women and children of all ages. Take a look at our top picks for cold weather jackets and coats below!

With over twenty years of experience, outdoor specialists Result know a thing a two about crafting the perfect outdoor coat. This Result Mens 3-in-1 Aspen Performance Jacket certainly lives up to its name, boasting a comprehensive waterproof and windproof build that also allows for effective ventilation, ensuring that not only wind and rain but also sweat is kept at bay. With a durable, heavy-duty zip and a detachable hood, it’s the ideal multi-purpose coat for tackling a variety of different weather conditions. For women, the Result Ladies Urban Technical Jacket offers similar benefits, with added quick-drying properties making it the perfect choice for winter.

Softshell jackets are a great lightweight alternative for the traditionally bulkier winter coat, with their special layered build helping to keep you warm whilst allowing your skin to breathe. This Kariban Mens Softshell Performance Jacket couples three layers of specially bonded fabric with a water resistant outer, making it the perfect choice for showery weather. For women, this B&C Hooded Premium Softshell Jacket offers a fully waterproof build and a fleece-lined inner to help tackle cold and wet conditions, with this design also available in a choice of six colours.

If you’re looking to take things even lighter, a trusty Pac-A-Mac jacket is the perfect bluebluechoice. Combining lightweight but effective protection from wintery weather with a handy pack-away build, it’s the ultimate coat for those uncertain days, and is easy to stow away if conditions improve. This Ladies Hooded Rain Jacket couples a lightweight pack-away build with a showerproof outer, making it the perfect choice for women on the go. A Pac-A-Mac is also a great choice for ensuring that kids stay dry whilst keeping baggage to a minimum, with these boys and girls Hooded Pack-Away Macs catering for kids from five to eleven years of age.

Visit Universal-Textiles.com to browse our full range of coats and jackets for women and children! Happy shopping!

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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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Women’s Coats

There are so many styles of coats available so how do you choose? You need to consider the purpose of your coat when choosing the style, for example, is it for a formal occasion or is it just for walking your dog? Also the conditions of where you will be wearing it will have to be taken into consideration. Do you live in a cold climate where a thick woollen coat would be preferable, or would a light jacket suffice?

Coat is one of the earliest clothing words in English, dating as far back as the early Middle Ages. By the eighteenth century, overcoats had begun to supplant capes and cloaks. The term jacket is a traditional term used to refer to a short coat, although they are used interchangeably as terms for outerwear.

Whatever you need from a coat, you are sure to find what you are looking for on our website. We have different styles and colours available. Everything from a Weather-proof Jacket to a Suede effect Winter Coat, you’re sure to find something to suit you.

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Useful Winter Items for Spring

While many of us may be enjoying mild weather at the moment, the UK is not known for very predictable weather patterns. We have seen plenty of cold springs in the past, so it is a good idea to be prepared for the possibility that some of the coming days may feel more like winter.  Putting items away just to get them out again a few days later is inconvenient and time consuming.  This means that we do not have to abandon all of our winter garments just yet; we can certainly get a few more weeks of use out of them.

Plenty of items in our winter wardrobes will be useful in spring.  Items that are ‘thermal’ may not be needed, but plenty of lighter items, such as beanie hats and basic gloves, will be ideal for those spring days that start out with a touch of frost.  Casual scarves are useful for keeping the chill away and these are available in a basic acrylic version, rather than the heavy wool or fleece associated with winter.

There are plenty of baby winter items that should still be used at the start of spring.  These include the baby winter coats.  Young babies cannot let us know if they are very cold and it is important if venturing out to ensure that they are warm enough.  Items such as pram blankets may no longer be needed on mild days but it is as well to have them on hand just in case.

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Benefits of Packaway Winter Coats

This is a strange way to refer to winter coats, as they are all portable while they are being worn.  However, we do not always need a raincoat and this is where the packaway version of the rain mac comes in handy.  These fold down so that they take up almost no space in a handbag or they can be stowed away in a car for an emergency.  They are ideal for winter walks, camping trips and many different outdoor pursuits.

There are times when we cannot be sure if we are going to need emergency rain gear and getting caught out in the rain is one of the fastest ways to attract a chill.  These raincoats are ideal for wearing over jackets as they are often very light and a larger size will fit easily over fleece jackets or other styles.  This type of jacket is made from a form of plastic, which is ideal as it is very long lasting and will dry out fairly quickly.

Winter coats come in a variety of shapes and styles and it is an essential item for the colder months.  Without adequate protection during winter people are susceptible to the cold and in recent years we have seen just how bad the weather can be.

This type of winter rain wear is ideal for children.  They cannot always be persuaded to wear waterproof gear all the time, so carrying a packaway can be a solution that suits everybody.

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