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Back To School Bargains!

With the nights already drawing in and the weather growing unpredictable, it seems that the best of the summer has been and gone. As any parent will undoubtedly tell you, this also means that children across the country will soon be returning to classroom captivity, and therefore now is the perfect time to stock up on everything they need to make it through the coming term in one piece. Check out our top picks for back to school below!

It might not be time to roll out the winter wear just yet, but with sudden rainstorms and dropping temperatures on the horizon, there’s no sense in waiting to make sure that they’ll be kept safe and warm when autumn finally descends. With a soft polyester build and a choice of five colours, this Fruit Of The Loom Fleece Jacket is great for both boys and girls looking to layer up during colder weather, and those seeking a lightweight way of keeping rain at bay should look no further than this waterproof Result Core Stormdri Jacket.

Kids socks go through a lot at the best of times, and with countless hours of wear and tear to contend with, childrens school socks have to be ready for anything. With a cotton rich build and a selection of four colours, these Childrens Plain School Socks are the perfect choice for keeping feet snug and warm, and at £1.95 for three pairs, they’re painless to replace when kids inevitably grow out of them! For girls, these White Knee High Socks are also perfect for adding a cute touch to an otherwise drab school ensemble.

A sturdy backpack goes a long way to keeping your little ones’ possessions safe and sound, and this SOLS Kids Rider School Rucksack is perfect for keeping everything from books to pencil-cases in tip top condition. With two spacious zipped compartments and padded, reinforced shoulder straps for additional comfort and support, it’s the ideal way to transport their essentials to and from the classroom.

A smart, clean school shirt is the best way to start a new school term, and made from durable cotton blend fabric, this Childrens Long Sleeved Shirt is a smart and comfortable choice for the months ahead. For those seeking a more casual design, this SG Childrens Just Cool Polo Shirt is perfect, and with built in moisture wicking technology, it’s also a great choice for P.E. lessons.

Be sure to check out our full range of childrenswear at Universal-Textiles.com!

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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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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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How To Update Your Office Wardrobe

shoesFor some, the importance of dressing for the workplace can get lost during the hustle and bustle of the early morning rush, but in order to perform to the best of your ability you need to be comfortable both mentally and physically in the clothing you select. If you or your loved ones’ workwear wardrobe could do with a little updating, check out our selection of great quality shirts, ties, shoes and accessories below, perfect for any worker looking to be the envy of the office.

A crisp, clean Oxford shirt is a sure-fire way to make a good impression on your colleagues and superiors. This B&C Mens Long Sleeve Shirt is made from genuine Oxford fabric, and has a built-in Easycare finish to ensure that the product is protected against shrinking and creasing during washing and ironing. The female design makes use of the same technology, with both the collar and body also being tailored to be comfortable and flattering for women in the workplace.

Whether you prefer patterns or colours, skinny or standard or knotted or clip-on, a necktie can be a great way for men to inject a little of their own personality into an otherwise drab office uniform. This Premier Mens Coloured Business Tie is available in a choice of over twenty different block colours, with a shade to suit even the most discerning of workers, and it’s a steal with 25% currently slashed from the original retail price.

Perhaps one of the most vital aspects of a successful office wardrobe is your choice of footwear. Whether you’re attending meetings, delivering presentations or sprinting to catch the last train, sturdy and supportive shoes are essential. Crafted from real leather and incorporating soft internal padding, these Cotswold Mens Lace-Up Oxford Shoes are a great choice for the male worker looking to balance practicality with style.  Similarly, these Amblers Ladies Court Shoes boast a genuine leather build and a 1 ¼ inch heel, perfect for a busy day in the office.

Whether you’re looking after confidential papers or simply wanting to protect your shoesvaluables (not to mention your lunch) during the daily commute, a practical and smart-looking work bag can be invaluable. This Shugon Briefcase Bag boasts 11 litres of storage space, with its spacious inner compartment protected by both a zip fastener and a front-folding flap which can be clipped at the bottom for extra security. For those who need a little extra room, this Bagbase Portfolio Briefcase Bag has an extra 4 litres of storage, and comes in shades of blue, black and grey.

Be sure to check out our full range of workwear at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Choosing Men’s Formal Attire

At Universal Textiles we offer a selection of Men’s Formal Attire, ideal for work or specific events. Below are just some the products available.

The classic oxford shirt is an essential part of many a man’s wardrobe. Made from oxford weave, the B & C Men’s Oxford Shirt is an example of this classic and largely unchanged design. This particular shirt is short sleeved and, as is to be expected from an oxford shirt, has a left breast pocket. The shirt also has narrow cuffs, a button down collar and is available in five colours.

The poplin shirt is an ideal work shirt, as it is both smart and durable. Easy to clean and more resistant to creases and wrinkles, the Premier Men’s Poplin Shirt is available in 24 colours. The shirt has long sleeves with button fastened cuffs as well as a stiffened formal cut collar.

In addition to our range of shirts, we have a variety of premium ties suited to a multitude of formal situations. The Premier Men’s Pure Silk Tie is made from 100% woven pure silk and thus has both the look and feel of high quality. The tie is available in seven subtle yet stylish designs. If, however, you are looking for something a little more for formal dinners and the like, we have this Premier Bow Tie. With classic hook and bar fastening and available in four colours, the garment is made from 100% polyester satin weave.

From Brook Taverner we have a range of high quality suit jackets and trousers. Brook Taverner, based in Yorkshire, is one of the UK’s most respected names in men’s classic tailoring, and is based on three principles: quality, service and price. The exceptional quality of their pieces can be seen in this Imola Single Breasted Suit Jacket. The three button jacket is a stylish and comfortable fit made with a centre vent and fitted with four internal pockets.

Also available from Brook Taverner we have the Avalino Flat Front Suit Trouser. These trousers are a smart and well-fitting addition to a highly formal outfit or merely a shirt and shoes.

To complete your formal outfit, Universal Textiles also stock smart belts and formal shoes. To view our full range of formal clothing, click here.

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Choosing Men’s T-Shirts and Polos

41djLVSg9WL._SS160_We have recently launched a new range of over 1350 products! These include brands such as Adidas, Nike, Front Row and Henbury. So if you’re looking for a t-shirt, you have a lot of choice! But how do you know which one to choose? This week we are comparing some to help you make an informed decision.
Our first offering is from Hanes, a popular brand, with this Plain Polo Shirt. This shirt is made from 100% Cotton which allows your skin to breathe, perfect if you’re wearing this to play sports in.

Next up, is a super cool Adidas Shirt, with Climacool technology which is great for wicking away sweat. It is our most expensive item of the bunch at £38.20 but you are getting Adidas quality. This shirt features the logo at the back of the neck and underarm mesh panels which keep you cool. This shirt is designed for golf players but can be worn for any sport or occasion.

From Front Row, we have a Stripe Rugby Shirt, which is made from a heavy jersey fabric. These shirts are as suitable for casual wearing as they are for playing rugby.

Another one from Hanes, this is a V-Neck T-Shirt, which is really versatile and can be worn for any occasion. This shirt would look great layered up with a check shirt for a really laid back outfit, ideal for the weekend.

Lastly, again from Henbury, we have a Tipped Polo Shirt. This shirt features a really nice contrast detail on the collar and cuffs which gives this shirt a little bit of edge. It is made from a Polycotton mixture, which allows your skin to breathe whilst also making the garment easy to care for and long lasting.

Browse our full range of Mens T-Shirts and Polos here.

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Women’s Blouses

Blouses are an all year round essential, they can be worn under a jumper for when it’s cold or on their own in summer. They always look neat, especially when paired with some smart trousers. Blouses can be worn in the workplace, such as an office or coffee bar, or for more formal occasions.

Blouse is a French word, meaning “dust coat.” They did not really come into fashion until the 1890s, when a blouse and skirt was worn by the newly expanded female workforce of that time. They are usually made from cotton or silk and feature collar and sleeves. Women’s shirts usually button on the reverse side of men’s shirts.

Our blouses come in a variety of fits and styles, to suit your shape, and also many different colours, have a look at our range here.

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