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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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New for Spring/Summer 2014

With the weather beginning to change for the better and the evenings getting lighter, it’s time to start looking forward to the Spring and Summer. We’re awaiting the sunshine with eager anticipation here at Universal Textiles and have already begun assembling our Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Below is just a taster of what you can find in the upcoming months, with new products being added almost every day.

Firstly we have this Mens Roll Up Block and Stripe Shirt. Ideal for the summer, the horizontal stripe of the body is contrasted with the block upper. Perfect for a BBQ or evening out, the shirt can be worn as either a three quarter or long sleeve garment.

Next we have this Nike Golf Victory Striped Polo Shirt. One of many high quality products from leading brands, this Polo has a solid knit collar and thin stripe design. With the famous Nike tick stitched on the sleeve the shirt is available in four colours. Made with Nike’s famous Dri Fit technology, this shirt will keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest of days.

As ever this summer, we will have an extensive range of Skirts and Dresses for Women and Girls. One particularly versatile garment is the Ladies Creeping Flower Print 3 in 1 Dress. In two colours, this floral design garment can be worn as skirt, strapless and halter neck dress. This high quality item is made of 100% cotton.

We also stock a wide range of affordable summer staples. One such item is the Mantis Ladies Loose Fit T-Shirt. Comfortable and stylish, this single jersey item has a relaxed fit. Ideal for lazy summer days in the park, the T-Shirt has a scooped hem and seamless shoulders.

From Aqua Sphere we have a large selection of new swimwear for this season. As well as the new AquaLight range, as discussed in this previous blog, Aqua Sphere is also launching the Brazil 2014 collection, which features these Boys Rodrigo Aquashorts. Adorned with the colours of the national flag, these shorts are quick drying and chlorine resistant. Made from the high quality materials one expects from Aqua Sphere, these snug fit shorts offer high UVA and UVB protection which is ideal for the summer.

Keep an eye out for the full range coming soon at Universal Textiles.

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Sweater Shop has Arrived!

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.

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Women’s Summer Dresses

We have just added loads of new summer dresses to our range here at Universal Textiles. The styles include, maxi dresses, jumpsuits, kaftans and day dresses.

Maxi dresses are ideal for formal occasions, as they allow you to still look glamorous without dressing too formally.

Jumpsuits are perfect for pool parties, they are so casual and look great when teamed with a bright hair accessory and white sandals.

Kaftans perfect for the beach, allowing you to cover up while your away from the pool, or just giving you a bit more detail to your outfit.

Lastly, our day dresses are suitable for any occasion; work, weekends or parties. We have many styles, colours, lengths and options available so you will find one that suits you! Browse our range here.

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Choosing Girl’s Summer Dresses

Now is the time, as the sun is starting to peek through the clouds, that you may want to start thinking about buying your little girl some summer dresses.

A summer dress, or sundress is a dress intended for warmer weather, typically they are made from lightweight fabric to keep the wearer cool, most commonly from cotton and are loose fitting. Lilly Pulitzer popularised the sundress in the 1960s. The sundress provides a feminine look, more comfortable than a skirt or trousers. There can be many variations of hemlines and details, meaning there are lots of different styles to choose from.

We stock sundresses for girls for many occasions, in many styles, prints and colours. Browse our range here.

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