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Choosing Women’s Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Cardigans

With the glorious summer weather temporarily on hold, you may need more than the T-shirts, shorts and dresses this week. At Universal Textiles we have a variety of hoodies, sweatshirts and cardigans ideal for cool summer evenings and those chillier days. Light layering, as it’s often known, allows you to be prepared for all weathers and temperatures, without being weighed down by cumbersome garments when it stays warm. Below we take a look at just a few on offer.

We begin with this Gildan Crewneck Sweatshirt. Made with the quality you would expect from Gildan, this sweatshirt has a soft feel and heavy blend to keep you comfortable and warm. The classic crewneck design is available in 26 colours, making it the perfect garment to wear when the temperature drops.

The cardigan is great piece for this time of year, and one such example is this Plain Long Sleeve Cardigan. Loose fitting and lightweight, it’s provides an ideal solution when out on a summer evening. This particular cardigan is fitted with two pockets and available in six colours.

Hoodies such as this SG Full Zip Hoodie are also suited to summer casual wear. With a full front zip and waffle fabric in the hood, this cool lightweight garment will keep you warm without being stuffy. The hoodie also has the additional bonus of a pocket for your MP3 player and buttonhole opening for earphone cables.

Another hoodie on offer is the Fruit of the Loom Fitted Hoodie. A high quality garment, it provides greater shape retention than many others and an extremely soft feel. Fitted to the feminine form, this simple, classic and high quality item is available in ten unique colours.

Perfect for wearing over a shirt or blouse, this Henbury Fine Knit V-Neck Jumper will add a touch of understated sophistication and class to many an outfit. Ideally suited to both casual and formal wear, this lightweight fitted jumper is available in three colours.

Lastly, we have a new range of Extra Long Jumpers, including this Cable Knit Casual Short Sleeved Extra Long Jumper. They can be worn both as an individual piece with tights or leggings or as layering for an existing outfit. Made from high quality fabric and available in a variety of designs, these make an excellent addition to your wardrobe throughout the year.

To view our full range of Women’s Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Cardigans click here.

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Choosing Women’s T-Shirts and Tops

The sun is shining down on us, and the winter jumpers have been put firmly to the back of the wardrobe! Here at Universal Textiles we’re offering discounts across our range of T-Shirts and Tops this week, making sure you’re equipped for the heatwave. We’ve got great products from top brands such as Fruit of the Loom and Gildan, plus an extra 15% off all our T-Shirts and Tops for newsletter subscribers this week. Here we shall focus specifically on women’s T-Shirts and Tops, helping you decide which ones to buy.

This Fruit of the Loom Strap Vest offers great value for money. A traditional and established brand, Fruit of the Loom garments are a guarantee of quality. Made from 100% cotton and available in a variety of colours, this timeless design is a summer wardrobe staple.

Next we have this Bella Boxy T-Shirt. Cropped in length and with a wide neck, it is designed with an oversized, relaxed fit to keep you cool this summer. The brand, Bella + Canvas, adheres to the highest and most stringent of quality standards, and this is reflected in this stylish and simple garment.

The Brave Soul Diamante Vest Top offers both practicality and style. Equally suited to casual wear and evenings out, this top provides a fashionable edge to your day to day. Available in a variety of colours, this is one of a range of original vest tops designed by Brave Soul which are available on our website.

We are proud to offer several products from Gildan. They are a brand who not only provide top quality clothing, but also pride themselves on their ethical and environmental practices. The Gildan Short Sleeve T-Shirt and Gildan Vest Top are both made from 100% ringspun cotton. The Tank Top is produced with deluxe 30s soft style yarns and both are made with a tapered fit giving great quality, style and comfort.

Finally, from Bella + Canvas once again, we have this Bella Lightweight T-Shirt. With a relaxed longer body length and deep scoop neck. This lightweight T-Shirt will leave you feeling cool and refreshed whilst providing effortless style this summer.

To view our full range of Ladies T-Shirts and Tops, click here.

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This week’s giveaway…

Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured Skechers Ladies Trainers, this week the prize is Ladies Speedo Swimwear.

This is a great piece of high quality swimwear, perfect for summer holidays and looking great by the pool. The swimwear enchances and supports the body, and has an improved resistance to chlorine.
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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Choosing Ladies Umbrellas


The weather may be changing for the better at long last but there are still a few showers threatening to ruin your hair! That’s why you need a new umbrella!

The word umbrella derives from the Latin “umbra” which means shadow and ancient forms including palm leaves, but these days there are many to choose from and they come in a myriad of colour and designs.


Classic umbrellas, the typical style, offer a big canopy to shelter from the rain and are strong and sturdy. They feature a U shaped handle for comfort and are usually made from plastic or canvas.
Compact umbrellas are more light and portable than traditional umbrellas and perfect for popping into a handbag. Although they may not be as strong as traditional umbrellas they have the advantage of being light and still keeping the rain out of your hair.

Bubble umbrellas are clear semi-circled shaped, mostly in clear plastic or vinyl and can feature a quirky design. These are popular with children as they can also feature characters from their favourite TV show or film. Bubble umbrellas have the advantage that they tend to cover your shoulders offering you even more protection.

Browse our range of umbrellas here and find the right style for you.

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Choosing Ladies Swimwear

It’s time to start thinking about your summer holidays and what you will need to pack, swimwear is one of the most essential holiday items, but where to start? Ladies swimwear comes in a wide variety of choices. One piece, tankini, bikini, and swim shorts are popular styles, and within each of those options, there is a wide choice of other options such as high leg, medium leg, briefs, or string styles. That is without trying to decide which colour or pattern to choose. Picking out the best option is not necessarily an easy choice. It all depends upon personal taste and style.

For those choosing a one-piece suit, this is perhaps the easiest choice of all. The styles are often very similar and the biggest worry will be what colour to choose to best show off the holiday tan. One of the most popular choices is black. Not only is black a slimming colour it can also be teamed with a sarong or other beach style wrap of any colour and will remain stylish.

Good quality ladies swimsuits are also lined, which means less risk of being see through when wet. Swimsuits made from material with a certain amount of elastane means the garment will stretch to fit, will remain in place when moving in the water and will be comfortable as it is flexible enough to move with the body.

Our range of Swimwear is massive, great quality and all at affordable prices! Browse our range here!

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