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Our Top Picks For Warm Winter Hats!

With icy winds and dropping temperatures to contend with, tackling harsh Winter weather can be difficult, and along with hands, your head is the area of the body that feels the bite of the cold the most. It goes without saying that an appropriate hat should be a staple of everyone’s winter wardrobe, but if you’re still looking for the perfect design to keep you warm over the coming months, Universal Textiles has everything you need to keep the cold at bay without compromising on style. Check out our top picks for winter hats below!

For men, this Fairisle Pattern Bobble Hat boasts a brushed acrylic build, ensuring a super-soft feel that nicely compliments its traditional knitted look and stylish Fairisle design. Available in a choice of 2 colours, shoppers can even pick up a matching scarf for the perfect co-ordinated winter look! For those aiming to keep things simple, this Floso Winter Melange Hat offers top quality insulation courtesy of trusted thermal experts Thinsulate, and contains an internal fleece layer to lock in heat for longer.

We also stock a versatile range of hats and headbands for ladies, with a design to suit whatever style you’re searching for. With a built in water resistant and windproof membrane this Cable Knit Bobble Hat is a fashionable but practical choice, with a special Thinsulate thermal layer helping to keep the wearer warm. Those seeking something a little different should look no further than this Floso Thermal Trapper Hat, with its faux fur trim and bold purple colour ensuring that it stands out from the crowd.

Whether they’re into Teddy Bears or Monsters, Spongebob or Hello Kitty, we’re sure to stock a style that’ll keep your little ones happy and warm through Winter.  Parents seeking a practical option will no doubt love this Yoko Unisex Winter Hat, offering effective Thinsulate thermal protection in a choice of eight vibrant colours, and this Hi-Vis Beanie Hat also boasts special Scotchlite banding, perfect for making sure they’re visible on the walk home from school on dark and misty evenings.

To browse our full range of winter hats for men, women and children, please visit the Universal Textiles homepage!

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Preparing Your Little Ones For The Colder Weather

Whilst Summer may still technically be with us, it seems that the best of the warmer weather may well be over. When it comes to keeping kids warm through autumn and winter, it’s never too soon to start planning their cold weather wardrobe.

Infants and toddlers are small and unable to generate as much body heat as adults, making them vulnerable to the cold. Without proper insulation and warmth, they can get sick during the harsh winter. Protective and insulating clothing are crucial for babies. Apart from thermal clothes and underwear, they also need winter accessories like hats.

Around 60% of body heat escapes from our heads, making winter hats necessary for infants and toddlers. Winter hats are specially made with insulating materials that can prevent heat from escaping, thereby maintaining body heat. There are thermal beanies and wool bonnets for babies that are designed to fit snugly around the head of an infant or a toddler, yet are soft enough to be worn comfortably all day without causing irritation.  Sheepskin and cashmere are also ideal for warmth. If the baby is allergic to wool, materials like polyester fleece, cotton flannel, and winter hats that are made from thick, synthetic fibres are great alternatives.

The best winter hats for babies cover the ears. Chin straps are useful for keeping the hat in place, but is not always necessary. Check the outer fabric of the hat and make sure it is water or wind resistant. Go for a winter hat that is lined with bamboo, hemp, or cotton.

Does your baby have sensitive skin? Then some fabrics may be better than others. There are certain types of wool that may cause irritation, while fleece may cause static and may surprise your baby.

You may need a variety of different hats of various thickness for fall, winter, and spring. Lightweight hats with no or thin lining are best for fall and spring, while thicker hats are great for winter. It’s better to have back-up hats just in case you misplace or lose one.

Be sure to visit the Universal Textiles website to see our full range of baby clothing!

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Our Top Summer Baseball Cap Picks

It’s no secret that when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones from the harmful effects of the sun, a high factor suncream is always the best option. But if you suffer from sensitive skin or simply take your UV prevention seriously, a good sunhat can go a long way to keep harmful radiation at bay. Check out some of our top summer headwear picks below!

Although on first glance this Just Cool Sport Baseball Cap might look simple, internal Neoteric wicking technology and a built-in sweatband makes it the ideal way to manage moisture and perspiration during the warmer months, and with a sturdy, curved peak and a choice of thirty colours, it’s a stylish way to beat the heat this Summer.

For those who require extra ventilation, this Beechfield Trucker Style Snapback Cap is the perfect choice, boasting a full mesh back that allows air to circulate and moisture to escape from within. With a simple snapback fastener it’s easy to adjust to your own specifications, ensuring a comfort fit for both men and women of all ages.

When it comes to sunburn, it’s not just your face that’s vulnerable to harmful UV rays, and legionnaire hats are the perfect investment for those wishing to also protect their neck from the effects of the sun. With an elasticated side adjuster and a fabric drape back, this Result Unisex Legionnaire Cap is a simple but effective way to boost your protection and ward off any unexpected burns.

With the summer holidays approaching, protecting kids as they head out for fun in the sun should be a top priority for parents. With a variety of baseball caps featuring Spiderman, Minnie Mouse, Ben 10 and a whole host of other familiar faces, Universal Textiles has an extensive range of styles and designs to cater to even the most choosy of young customers, perfect for making sure they stay cool in more ways than one!

Check out our full range of baseball caps at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Summer-Proof Your Kids With Our Top Seasonal Picks

Whether it’s the extended school holiday or sunny trips out with family and friends, kids have a lot to be excited about when it comes to summer. To make sure that they’re ready to get out and about and make the most of the warmer weather, we’ve gathered together our top picks for sun-friendly children’s clothing and accessories, covering everything from headwear to footwear.

Although the summer sunshine offers many positive benefits, prolonged exposure can also lead to sunburn and whole host of more serious ailments, particularly when children’s sensitive skin is concerned. Suncream goes a long way to battling harmful UV rays, but a peaked cap such as this Just Cool Children’s Baseball Cap can help to add further protection, and this Beechfield Legionnaire Hat goes the extra mile to shield kid’s necks too.

Lightweight clothing is a must for the summertime, and that’s certainly no exception for kids. Made from 100% cotton and available in a choice of six vibrant colours, this Contrast Piped Short Sleeve T-Shirt is the perfect choice for boys, and this Floral Pattern Summer Dress is a cute summer-friendly option for girls looking to keep cool and have fun in the sun.
Whether it’s the beach or the pool, at home or abroad, summer is the perfect time for kids and adults alike to take to the water. Boasting a netted inner lining and a trendy Hawaiian design, these Boys Palm Tree Board Shorts are a great option for trips to the coast, and with its stretchy build and high UV protection, this Aqua Sphere Cabana Swimsuit will ensure that girls are ready for the beach when term time draws to a close.

Beach towels are another important consideration for parents taking kids to the coast, and these Children’s Microfibre Towel Ponchos put a spin on the traditional summer staple, turning them into wearable garment. With a host of different styles for girls and boys including pirates, starfish, strawberries and sun glasses, they’re as as fun as they are as effective, and can also work to keep kids warm if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Effective summer footwear needs to offer proper ventilation without compromising on comfort. Sandals and flip-flops are the go-to choice for many a parent, but with a built-in light-up toe, these Boys Skechers Street Lightz Sandals offer something a little different, and will ensure that kids are the envy of their friends. For girls, these Floso Flower Trim Flip Flops are great for easy on-off access, and even boast synthetic flower detailing on the toe strap, perfect for the ultimate girly girl.

Be sure to check out our full range of children’s clothing at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Top Tips For Keeping Cool This Summer

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 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.
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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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Huge Savings on FLOSO Winter Hats!

At Universal Textiles we’re offering an extra 50% off our entire range of hats, gloves and scarfs, with newsletter subscribers receiving even further discounts on hats next week. Over the next few weeks this blog will look at our high quality range of winter accessories.

Here we shall focus on the premium FLOSO range of hats. Exclusively available from Universal Textiles in the UK, FLOSO produce warm winter wear of the highest quality. From scarves and gloves to hats and thermal underwear, these products are made with materials designed to keep you warm and comfortable.

The first hat we shall look at from this range is the FLOSO Heavy Knit Winter Thermal Hat. This warm knitted hat is made with Thinsulate technology, as many FLOSO products are, which is made with a higher fabric density designed to maintain heat and facilitate the removal of moisture thus providing improved comfort. Perfect for winter sports and everyday use, this is a versatile hat great for the winter months.

For those looking for a design different to the beanie, we have this FLOSO Peaked Thermal Trapper Hat. With thermal warmth, this hat is perfect for even the coldest of days. A classic winter design, the trapper hat can be worn as a stylish accessory to a winter outfit (pair with a trench for example to achieve a more military look), or as a practical outdoor garment. The hat has warm fleece lined ear flaps which can be buttoned up when not as cold, whilst the hat also has a peak to provide extra protection from the elements. Choose from two designs.

New to our range, we have this fantastic FLOSO Ladies Polar Fleece Thermal Hat. With a smooth warm finish, this hat is available in four colours and would make a lovely, and practical, gift this winter. Again made with Thinsulate technology, it provides the ultimate in thermal warmth without compromising on design.

Another new addition from FLOSO is this Ladies Ribbed Floral Beanie Hat. This chunky knit ribbed beanie stretches to the perfect shape for its wearer, meaning it is more effective in maintaining heat as well as being more comfortable. The hat has a knitted floral pattern to the side and comes in four designs making it a stylish accessory for the winter.

FLOSO also provide a great range of Children’s Hats, including this Animal Design Winter Beanie Hat. The hat comes in four cute designs so they can pretend to be a little tiger, panda, bear or dog this winter. Made from a warm acrylic yarn, the hats also have ears. The hat stretches for extra comfort, also allowing room for them to grow!

Lastly for Kids, we have this FLOSO Peruvian Hat with Tassels. The popular Peruvian design keeps their ears and face warm. With a fun bobble and tassels adding to the design, this fairisle print hat is fleece lined for extra warmth.

To shop our range of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Winter Hats, follow the links.

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A Great Selection of Regatta Products

At Universal Textiles we are proud to offer customers products from many top brands, including Regatta. Britain’s best loved outdoor clothing and footwear brand, Regatta’s reputation has been built on providing stylish and practical outdoor wear. With over 80 years of industry experience, their range of high quality weatherproof garments are both reliable and durable. They also pride themselves on using ethically sourced materials and providing customers with great value for money.

So whether it be a pair of trousers, gloves or a jacket you need, Regatta have all your outdoor needs covered. Below is just a selection of Regatta products available on our website.

Regatta produce a wide range of high quality fleeces, including this Ladies Thor III Fleece Jacket. Made from a premium yarn, they are lightweight yet warm, as reflected in their GSM (grams per square meter). This particular fleece comes in five colours and has fleece cuffs and an adjustable shockcord hem to maintain heat.

The signature quality expected from the company is also reflected in their hats and gloves. Many of their hats, including the Thermal Winter Fleece Hat, are made with Thinsulate technology. This increased density of fibres enables heat to be maintained, whilst moisture can escape.

Regatta products are ideally suited to outdoor sports such as skiing. This is reflected in these Kids Waterproof Ski Mittens. Both waterproof and made with a thermal lining, these mittens will keep children’s hands dry and warm for hours. The grips on the mittens make ski poles easier to grasp, with an adjustable velcro strap enabling the mittens to achieve the perfect fit.

Whether for work or recreational use, Regatta’s waterproof trousers are renowned for their exceptional quality. The Packaway Waterproof Trousers are one such pair. Both wind and waterproof, the trousers are made with taped seams and press studs at the hem. They also have an elasticated waist and are breathable as well as waterproof, making them comfortable to wear both as an individual garment and atop another pair of trousers.

The garment Regatta is perhaps most noted for, however, is the jacket. Just one of many great jackets available from them, the Benson II 3 in 1 Waterproof Breathable Jacket, features many of the trademark features expected from a Regatta jacket. Made with waterproof and breathable Isotex coated taslan fabric, Isotex is Regatta’s own family of waterproof and breathable fabrics that offers a waterproof performance of up to 20,000mm.

With anti-pill fleece lining for warmth, a concealed hood and a studded stormflap, the jacket is suited to all conditions. It is also windproof, has taped seams and several pockets to store maps, mobile phones and much more.

To view our full range of Regatta products, click here.

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Choosing Hats and Baseball Caps

A quality summer hat can be both practical and stylish, providing protection from the sun whilst also serving as a great accessory to many an outfit. Yet with so many styles and designs to choose from it can be difficult to know which one to buy. Here we take a look at a few that are proving popular this summer.

Firstly we have this Vintage Snapback Cap. Defined by its flat peak and snap fasteners, the Snapback is a retro design which acts as a wardrobe staple for many. The plain white panelling on the front of the cap allows it to be easily customised with print and embroidery. Available in a variety of colours, this Beechfield cap is on sale at the incredible price of just £2.70.

An arguably even more classic design is that of the Baseball Cap. Suited to many styles, it is worn as much for casual wear as sporting activity for example. One particularly iconic cap is the New York Yankees Baseball Cap. Whilst seen in many forms, we offer the classic Yankees design, fitted with a velcro strap and made from 100% cotton to provide extra comfort.

If a cap is not for you, however, there are a multitude of other styles to choose from. The Fedora is particularly stylish hat, which has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years. This Fedora Hat is styled in the traditional way, being creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. Available in both black and white, the white hat with a black trim would be particularly suited to this time of year. Worn with a jacket or fitted shirt, this would be a great hat for summer garden parties.

For those who enjoy filling their summer days in the garden or walking, the Cargo Hat with UPF50 Protection provides a practical and affordable option. It is made with a towelling sweat band with mesh lining for extra comfort and fitted with an elasticated drawcord to easily adjust size. It also offers UPF50 protection against sunlight, an essential considering the current climate!

Lastly, an ideal hat if you’re working in the sun all day. This Folding Legionnaire Hat is made from 100% plush cotton. With a three section fold-up peak and two eyelets on either side, this comfortable hat will keep you protected from the sun.

To view our full range of Baseball Caps and Hats click here.

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This Week’s Giveaway…

Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a colour changing Umbrella, this week the prize is a Result Unisex Trapper Hat.

The trapper is ideal for keeping your head warm while the snow is still threatening. The hat is made from Acrylic with a Faux Fur Lining and an Aztec print on the outside. The hat covers your ears and protects them from biting cold winds and traps the heat the gets released from your head, keeping you nice and toasty.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!

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